First Bird:Episode 3 is the closing section to a serialized novel by Greig Beck, published in 3 parts, released on June 1, July 1 and August 1, 2013. Beck is simply getting better and better. Each part must be read, in sequence, to get the full benefit. It's really all one single novel, broken up into 3 pieces. But each piece is different, and each is thrilling.
The ending is a real corker. I don't want to reveal too much, especially about the final few pages which upped my already very high esteem for Beck's plotting another few notches. Suffice it to say that the plague introduced in Episode 1, and its source and method of control introduced in Episode 2, both come home to a US in total chaos in Episode 3. There are stark, disturbing and gripping scenes, reminiscent of images from "Swan Song" and "The Stand", but written in an extremely succinct style that permeate this last episode. The action is non-stop, and although the shortest of the 3 sections, I think this is the most terrifying. The ending is simply brilliant, and not what you will expect. That's all I've got to say, although I may post a more detailed comment with some spoilers in a day or two after I've thought about it a bit more.
Greig Beck now has a string of some 5 or 8 hit novels (depending on how one counts them), and not a dud among them. He is a force to be reckoned with, and someone whose work I hope to enjoy for many years to come.
Very Highly Recommended.