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Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2) by Ben Winters

COuntdown City cover artThe asteroid is coming. It’s getting closer. Only a few more months before it hits. Humanity is changing…

You know the end of the world disaster stories where everyone is living normally one day but then the next it’s a race to survive… Or the post-apocalyptic stories where the race to survive moment is over and communities and laws have already formed and a new normal becomes the way of life… well, this book tells a completely different story.

It’s not a race to survive. There is no rebuilding or planning for the future – everyone knows they will more than likely die when the asteroid hits – or soon after. There is no hope, for most.

Former Detective Hank Palace stays sane by creating his own hope. Even though he was fired from the police department – times have changed, nobody needs a detective any more – he decides to take on a missing person case. His old babysitter is frantically trying to find her husband who she claims just disappeared one day. He tries to convince her that he probably went bucket list along with thousands of other people, but she insists that’s not true. The further he investigates, the more he believes her and starts looking in earnest.

This is a great story that shows strength of character and perseverance even though most of humanity has lost hope. I give Countdown City by Ben Winters 5 out of 5 stars.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman cover art I read and reviewed The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters last summer. I’m happy to share some good news, it has been nominated for an Edgar Award – Best Paperback Original.
Congratulations Ben H. Winters and Quirk!
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The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

It really made my day when I heard that I was going to get an advance copy of The Last Policeman by Ben Winters from Quirkbooks.

Ben Winters takes the question, “What would you do if you knew the world was going to end soon?” and created a true-to-life story that included humor, suspense, and believable drama.  Ben did a great job at capturing the various emotions that people would go through during this world-ending situation.

There is a huge asteroid nearing earth and as the probability of it hitting the earth goes up, the behavior of everyone changes. Hank, a policeman, decides he is going to handle it by going to work. When a body was found in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant, Hank is not convinced that the body was a victim of suicide. He starts a murder investigation that seems fruitless in the eyes of almost everyone he encounters. All the evidence points towards suicide; is he wasting his time?

Was it murder or was it suicide?

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Bed Bugs by Ben H. Winters – a book review

Bed Bugs by Ben H. WintersSusan, her husband, Alex, and their daughter, Emma, move into their dream home. Susan believes that this perfect house will be the inspiration she needs to pursue her artistic aspirations. Feeling slightly guilty that she gets to stay home while her husband has to work outside of the house everyday, she begins to get paranoid

Does her husband blame her for having to work so hard?

Is he having an affair?

Do they have bedbugs?

Bedbugs become an obsession for Susan as her thoughts become more unstable and delusional. Everyone tries to convince Susan that the bedbugs aren’t real and that she is just imagining them. Susan knows better; she knows these are not ordinary bedbugs and she knows what she must do to break their curse, even if it means murder.

Bedbugs is a horrific, suspenseful tale of mind-bending awesomeness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes spine-tingling, white-knuckle reads.

It seems like such a great apartment, until…

They’re everywhere!

>Android Karenina

> Ok, here it is! My review of Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters. (Find out how to win glorious prizes at the end of this entry!)

First of all, a confession… I haven’t finished reading it yet. I have some things going on right now that are interfering with my reading time. (I close on my house on Friday! and right now, most of of my things are packed and I’m living on the barest necessities – almost like camping… but not.)

I have gotten as far as Part Four though and have been loving every minute of it.
I recently finished reading Anna Karenina and was impressed with the way that Leo Tolstoy developed each character but when I started reading Android Karenina… well, it totally knocked my socks off they way Ben brought in android companions enhancing each character even more.

In this version everyone gets a Class III android companion when they become of age. Each companion holds their master’s/mistress’s memories for them and is basically their best friend and confidant. Most androids have speech capabilities and reflect their master’s/mistress’s emotions. The companion of Anna’s husband is actually an implant on his face (kind of like a phantom of the opera mask) and Anna finds it hard to tell the difference between the man and the machine.

Like the original, it’s a beautiful love story that focuses on two couples. The addition of the steampunk atmosphere brings a whole new twist to our perception of the characters.

I give this one 5 gold stars! I love it! Way to go Ben H. Winters!

This is a great fast-read (must faster than the original)and I can’t wait to finish it – even though I have a pretty good idea on how it’s going to end.

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