This is the second book in the Limbus, Inc. anthology. You don't "need" to read the first to read this one, but it's a bonus to follow the thread started there.
Since other reviewers delved into a summary of each story, I'll focus on my experience. The two books are similar but different. The similarity is in the concept, idea of the book, Limbus' motto, and their twisted approach to employ people. However, book 2 is more structured, perhaps because of the connecting thread. It's also darker, with more violence. Limbus 2 is gritty at times but it gets the reader involved in the lives of the men down on their luck and alcoholic, who lost everything in their lives (except for the last story).
Like with any anthology, some stories are stronger than others. For me the ones that stood out were:
- Zero at the Bone by Harry Shannon: Shannon's smooth storytelling will take you on a ride as you follow Snake's journey to finally reach what he wanted...to forget it all. I was ready for my heart to break by the end, and the author didn't disappoint, except it broke in a good way.
- Three Guys walk into a Bar by Jonathan Maberry: I'll start by admitting that I'm a big Joe Ledger fan. In my book, Joe can't go wrong even when he's wrong. And his sense of humor! Maberry delivers cut throat dialogs, scene cuts, and storyline that's more action oriented than the rest. It felt right for this story to be the last one in the anthology.
There's cussing, violence, and some politically incorrect statements in this book. If you don't mind any of these, please go ahead and read it.