Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.
With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out - for everyone.
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Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.
The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.
He owns this series. All of it.
The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.
So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.
Say something about yourself!
All good things must come to an end. If you are looking at reviews to decide whether to venture into this trilogy, do yourself a favour. Get it now.
If you listened to/read The Last Policeman and Countdown City, and enjoyed them, you will be glad to read the last part of the trilogy. it is a satisfying resolution of the threads that Ben Winters spun in the first two instalments.
But as a stand-alone book, it is pale. The story draws down on the goodwill that the first two novels established. The charming quixotic-ism of those stories becomes a bit strained here. Henry Palace gets just a bit too weird, unless you have already come to love him.
The last one, which I will not spoil by describing.
As the great mystery begins to be resolved and Henry's quest draws to an end, it actually pulls you into his world, which is about to end. It is a sad book.
The narrator, Peter Berkrot, departs from the verbal style he used in Last Policeman and Countdown City, and ruffles Henry Palace's easy calm. This Palace is hectic and talky, the annoying monologger sitting behind you on the Greyhound bus. I think it was appropriate to the change in mood of the story, but it was a bit wearing. I am giving full marks for the performance because I think it was a good artistic choice for a book that is, let's be frank, a bit hard to take.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
This final book in the “Last Policeman” series was satisfying on several levels. First, it continued to document the final collapse of society in the face of destruction, showing that different communities were reacting in different ways. The inclusion of an Amish community and their unique solution to the impending disaster lent a new twist to the usual apocalyptic scifi novel.
At the level of literature, I could feel Ben Winters improve as a writer across the three books. In this third installment, the characters were more fully developed, their longings and unfulfilled desires reaching out to grab my heart. I will admit that I got teary-eyed several times. Kudos to Winters for having the guts to deliver on so many levels.
[I listened to this as an audio book read by Peter Berkrot]
I'm so conflicted on the entire Last Policeman trilogy. I purchased each of the three books in the hopes that it would build to a climatic conclusion. On paper these books are right up my alley. The world is coming to an end, and Detective Hank Palace is trying to figure out what to do with the remaining months of his life. The first two novels (The Last Policeman & Countdown City) were both good entertaining short reads. Nice appetizers in between some of my more meaty reads this year.
Out of the three books World of Trouble is probably my least favorite. Its not a bad book but I just found Hank's motives and mindset to be completely unbelievable. The fact that Hank is continuing to be a detective until the very last moments of humans existence doesn't even make sense. He has this vendetta to find a sister that throughout the novels never seems to really want to spend the remaining time alive with him. I also never got the feeling that Hank was a real person. He always felt like an ideal of a detective at the end of the world.
There were some interesting moments but I was kind of left without any emotion. I'm just not sure the idea of a detective at the end of the world made for the best story. I think it could have but this wasn't it. Still its a entertaining short read and a journey that although not exciting was worth the journey nonetheless.
and that was a good idea. I was both eager and reluctant to listen to this book, given the premise of the series, which is that an asteroid -- a "planet killer" -- is reaching Earth, and this is not the kind of series that would end with some kind of last-minute space heroism. Instead this is a trilogy of how one ordinary man conducts his life as time runs out. A policeman for a short amount of time, a detective for even less before civil society breaks down, he finds purpose in continuing his work on his own, reminding himself of the rules he learned in the little bit of training he got, collecting evidence and fingerprints even with no one to analyze them, attempting to right wrongs. In this third book, he leaves a relatively safe refuge to find his troubled sister and solve the mystery surrounding her activities in the last few months. I liked the story, and the ending was very well done. The problem I had though was with the performance. Peter Berkrot breathlessly read each line with urgency, even when the line was something like "I looked under the sink to see if I could find any evidence." I thought that undermined the main character, who created structure and meaning in his last remaining months by solving mysteries through dogged persistence and an almost absurd adherence to procedure, rejecting the hysteria, panic, and anarchy he finds along the way. You can't narrate an entire book at a fever pitch. I bought the Kindle edition and finished the book that way.
The high premise carried the story through am three books and Winters unique voice made every page awesome.
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