Nelson Jackson is no more, only the Reaper remains. The group of Sin Eaters that he leads is wreaking havoc on those that seek to take down the Republic. It is their greatest hope to help the Republic regain control of our nation. The Federal States is bent on destroying those that try to exercise their constitutional rights.
Watson’s fifth novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America Series, Sin Eaters is the most intense yet. What was once just an annoying gnat to the Federal States is now a swarm of angry hornets. And, any other nation that tries to assist the Federal States has the Sin Eaters visited upon them.
As dark as the writing is for this book therein lies several moments of levity. It is well balanced and helps break the tension. Watson does an excellent job of bringing out all of the reader’s emotions. What remains to be seen is if there is hope of rescuing Nelson from his Reaper persona should the Federal States be taken down.
5 out of 5 stars.
Charlie will have to dig deep to become part of a coordinated team fighting against the DHS thugs and their allies. The new kids on the block are the Chinese heading for the west coast and the Russians and Cubans coming up through Florida. Pockets of resistance are everywhere and slowly coming together to overthrow or at least put a hurting on the president’s draconian regime.
Browning’s and American’s fourth book in the Charlie’s Requiem series, Retribution, shows us what is happening outside of Charlie’s immediate area and how it impacts what direction the resistance must go. Having the Russians and Cubans side-by-side with DHS is a game changer. The resistance is outmanned and outgunned but has hope and determination.
The farther we get into this series the more it ties into American’s The Survivalist Series. I can’t wait until the two series crossover.
5 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Russell and a group from the valley have left in search of food and medical supplies. Along the way, they were ambushed. They now find themselves at the mercy of a gang of hardened criminals bent on nothing but torture and death.
Meanwhile back in the valley many of those remaining are gravely ill with an unknown pathogen. The able body members are few. Yet, three of them decide to go off on their own. One seeking the immediate help from a neighbor from another valley. The other two on a fool’s errand to try and save some imprisoned children in a distant subdivision.
And, then there is the fate of Faith Gallo.
Rudolph’s fourth novel in the What’s Left of My World series, Divided We Stand pulls the story into five different arcs. It is daunting at times to keep up with some many storylines at once. They are all wrought with danger and the likelihood of losing some of their companions. This time the book ends with several cliffhangers. There are a lot of questions left unanswered.
The author’s storytelling ability is getting better with each book. The pace is more action-packed and varied. He has started developing some of the supporting characters. It was nice to have folks from previous books in the flashback chapters brought into the present day story.
I have a feeling that the next book with be the most revealing.
4 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Russell and her family have established a close-knit community in Trout Run Valley of West Virginia. Life is hard in a post-apocalyptic world. While most everyone had prepared by stocking up on supplies they are having to barter with neighbors for garden vegetables and fresh meat from livestock. The clan wants nothing more than to be left alone to subsist with one another. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a roving hoard of Takers have other plans. The valley will be under siege. Do they have enough to defend their homesteads and families? More importantly, do they have what it takes to survive?
Rudolph’s second novel in the What’s Left of My World Series, This We Will Defend: The Continuing Story of a Family’s Survival, is very much like book one in its meandering pace. There again are several flashback chapters which break of the flow of the story. The most disappointing part of these books is that Lauren’s character is the only one that is really fleshed out. The subplot with Faith Gallo at the FEMA camp is much more cultivated. I can say that this novel was much better edited than the first.
The uniqueness of Lauren’s training instituted by her father from her very early years is what keeps me interested in these books. She is a very complex young woman. While she makes mistakes based on her impulsiveness and desire to know everything her instincts are almost primal.
3 out of 5 stars.
Luke Messner and his fiancé, Amy Landon along with all the other characters you have grown to love throughout this series come together in one final story. Winter is fast approaching and many more will perish. The Messners and their friends that have blended into a small community have prepared as well as they can. With the Civil War hitting closer to home more so now than ever Luke feels he needs to join the ragtag Texas Army National Guard not only to help but also to vent his pent-up anger. Will Luke retain his humanity or be lost forever by those who love him dearly?
Allen’s seventh and final novel in the Walking in the Rain series, Midnight Skills focuses on both the battle between the states and Luke’ inner battle. It is a heart-wrenching tale that brings all the characters together for one last stand. Some will not make it. Those that survive even though physically damaged may not survive mentally.
This is the longest book in the series and is divided into two parts. Somewhere about a third of the way through the editing suffers. There are many mistakes that should have been caught before now. And, even though I thoroughly loved the story and will miss the series I cannot give it five stars with the number of mistakes is has.
4 out of 5 stars.
John Matherson lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina working as a professor at Montreat College. It’s an idyllic place to live and raise a family. Then the USA suffers an EMP attack that leaves virtually everything nonfunctional. Nothing will be the same for John as he struggles to hold his family and his community together. Keeping everyone alive and safe from a society that has broken down, with the worst of the worst cutting a path of destruction everywhere they go, is his number one priority.
Forstchen presents us with a ‘what if’ scenario in very real terms. His insight into human behavior is spot on. He doesn’t sugarcoat the issues and presents new world problems in the harsh environment of a post EMP strike. He does a good job of developing John’s character. The world building has enough details that I can envision the scenes. Overall, these books are well written and attention-grabbing.
You will enjoy this series. It will educate you and challenge you. If nothing else, it is thought-provoking.
5 out of 5 stars.
**Expected publication March 2018**
Samuel Aden Moore is a high school teacher for the North American Commonwealth. The NAC is a totalitarian regime that controls the eastern half of the US. Sam is a member of the Directorate which rules the NAC. He has always followed the party line while enjoying some of the forbidden contraband, such as novels and history books.
When some of his students introduced him to the ideology of the Western Alliance his resolve to remain an arm of the Directorate starts to crack. Then Katie Spenser provides him a short-wave radio where he can listen to the WA broadcasts. She also has a video of the death camps run by the NAC. Now, Sam questions everything he has been taught.
Chalk’s novel, Revolution 2050, caught me hook, link, and sinker right off the bat. I dove eagerly into this book and rapidly consumed Part 1. Part 2 was the total opposite. It was long and boring. Chalk even delved into the paranormal here. This section could have easily been condensed into a couple of chapters or for the most part cut completely out of the book. Part 3 recaptured my interest but not to the level as the beginning. The ending left the story wide open to a sequel.
Watching Sam struggle with his morality and grow into a leader was well written. The overall storyline is very original. The similarities with many things happening currently in our real world are eerily concerning. This novel certainly proves Edmund Burke’s quote – “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
A good editor is needed to clean up and streamline the story. The middle punched the air out of my balloon. Therefore, I am unable to give more than 3 out of 5 stars.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.