Patron Review: The Last Policeman and Countdown City by Ben Winters

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These are books 1 and 2 of a proposed trilogy, which PR describes as a pre-apolocalyptic police procedural. It has a strong and appealing lead character, tension and drama, and a mystery good enough to keep you interested. The various conspiracy theories latched onto by different characters sound pretty plausible in today’s political climate. The question of what would you do if the world was coming to an end is always intriguing (to me), and if you liked Life as We Knew It (also a trilogy, by SB Pfeffer), or even On the Beach (Nevil Shute), you would like this book. This not YA, like Pfeffer’s trilogy, it is more of an adult view of how humans behave under dire circumstances. In The Last Policeman you have to overlook a couple of very convenient coincidences. Countdown City is even better, more tightly plotted, with a couple of great set-pieces: one on a campus taken over by its students, and another with the Coast Guard protecting our shores…harrowing, but too believable. Volume 2 leaves us with enough questions for Volume 3; truly, the last line is “What if?” I devoured these 2 in 2 days, and now I’ll probably have to wait way too long for the conclusion.

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