Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Countdown City by Ben H Winters

Hank Palance has only 77 more days to go before the world ends.  Everyone in his world is a bit strange by now.  They are doing the items on their bucket list, getting drunk or drugged up and not caring, running away, killing themselves or anything else panic might inspire.  When his babysitter from his youth asks him to find her husband, he's not even sure where to begin or why he might be gone.  She swears he loves her and would never leave willingly, but he's gone...

Quirk Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  The first book was The Last Policeman and I have reviewed that one too, see here: Last Policeman.  This book has been published and you can check with your local bookstore for a copy.  Also, it can be read as stand alone.

I liked this book better than the first one.  Maybe it's because it took me a bit to get my head around the idea of finding out death is inevitable and how people were responding to it.  By this book, I knew the premise and it was easier to accept.

Mr. Winters has created an interesting mystery:  where has Brett gone and why?  And why is no one offering any real information to help find him?  He has to get his sister involved even if she is involved with this anarchist college group to try to figure out the case.  The more he learns, the more confused he gets.  When he learns the answer even more of his world shatters.  What little bit of the past he was holding onto broke into pieces again.

Poor Hank Palace.  And he has another book to star in since this a trilogy.  I wonder what Mr. Winters will do him next...

Happy reading.

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