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Adapt Or Die

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Chaos Reigns SL2

Book, Shadow, and Blaster are desperately trying to get Kristi and her kids to the sanctuary of their hidden retreat. Kristi’s sister and her family are the antitheses of everything the Rangers stand for. While they want the Rangers’ help they place a significant burden on everyone trying to advance to safety as quickly as possible. All around them society is devolving. Atrocities await them at every turn.

Watson, Allen, and Allen have come together once again for the second novel in the Stolen Liberty series with Chaos Reigns. The editing was far superior over the first book. The story was every bit as exciting. Thankfully, it did not make me cry. The characters in this story are growing and adapting to their new reality.

We were teased with a smattering of Pirate’s story down in Florida. I thought that what little information we received about him and his family could have been better dispersed within the book. I kept expecting more of that story. By the way this book ended, I expect the next will go into more detail regarding Pirate.

4 out of 5 stars.

Relaxing Is Not An Option

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Nathen Owens and his ragtag adopted family have finally made it to the compound in Idaho. While those already ensconced in the redoubt are thrilled to have him home they quickly realize that they need to double up on their survival skills. The news Nathan brings about their journey across the country is grim. Danger is no longer out there somewhere, it is in their own backyard.

Watson’s and Allen’s fourth novel in the Dark Titan series, War Zone: Homefront is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I’ve read to date. It is witty, humorous, and frightening all at the same time. The story grabs you by the collar and never lets go. The levity interspersed with the dark reality of evil that has been unleashed upon the US is in perfect balance.

It was refreshing to see all the characters from the previous books in the series having retained their unique personalities. The new characters brought a new dimension to the story. Though Nathan is the protagonist, Emma quickly steals the show. She has everyone wrapped around her little finger.

Too bad I can’t give this book more than 5 stars as it certainly deserves it.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Talent For Killing

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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.

Promise made, promise kept

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Behind the Curtain

While on a mission in Afghanistan four of the remaining squad of Rangers in the 75th Infantry Regiment swore an oath to their dying Sergeant to take care of his family back in the states. And, that they did plus some. So, when the United States starts tearing itself apart under the new administration their efforts become more intensified. It is now a matter of life or death. Will they still be able to keep their promise?

Watson, Allen, and Allen combined efforts in their first novel of the Stolen Liberty series, Behind The Curtain is one of the best political/military thrillers I have read. These three authors have seamlessly brought their talents together in this action-packed book. Having read each of them individually I was unable to tell who wrote which part.

The first chapter of the book was a tough read for me. But, once I read farther into the book I was able to understand its relevance. The book hooked me and was hard to put down. To me, there is never a good place to leave a cliffhanger, but I feel they did a good job on this one. Of course, it made me cry.

I felt the e-book version that I read was a bit rushed to publication. There were quite a few more mistakes than usual. For that reason, I cannot give it a 5-star review. I do however highly recommend the book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

Homeland Security Gone Rogue

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Scott Keller is working hard with the rest of his family and those who have joined them on the farm to survive in this post pulse dystopian world. New threats to his humanity seem to keep coming no matter how well they try to protect themselves. It seems that one faction of the remaining government has gone off the deep end and is in bed with the worst of mankind. What horrors must the Keller’s eradicate to stay alive and establish a new society?

Allen’s sixth book in the Walking in the Rain series, Lines in Shadow, concentrates on the Keller farm and the area immediately impacting it. The story is told from Scott’s point of view and really brings out the depth of his character. As he faces the spawns of Hell he must fight his own inner demons.

While I loved the story and can’t wait for the next installment, this book contained an unusual number of typos and failed to address a couple of points that left you hanging. Hopefully, when you read the book the typos will have been corrected. **Possible SPOILERS** What was Katrina’s ultimate fate? Maybe I missed that somehow. And, what about the drones? Their final disposition wasn’t addressed.

3 out of 5 stars.

The World Upended -No Electricity, No Food, No Law

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The Walking in the Rain series, books 1 – 4, were quick reads and I apologize to the author, William Allen, for not reviewing them individually.

Luke is in Chicago on a fieldtrip from Texas to attend a science fair in hopes of earning a scholarship. He is stranded there when the pulse hits. Luke wants to get home, to what he perceives as a safe haven. Northeast Texas is a long walk from Chicago, especially for a sixteen year old boy on his own in a world turned upside down. There is no electricity, no food unless you scavenge for it, and most of all, no law.

The first four books in this series follow Luke as he grows into a man during his horrific journey. These books are riddles with typographical errors which were distracting. Even with the events of the time and the struggles for life and death it was hard to believe that Luke was only sixteen. The story is told firsthand from his point of view and his language skills are on par with a college graduate, not a sophomore in high school.

The story itself is a good one and the characters are well developed. The pace is fast and not for the faint of heart.

3-1/2 stars out of 5.

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