3.5 stars. I had a suspicion this book wasn’t of the caliber of the first 5 when I found myself putting it down for long stretches of time. But I trusted NSS to weave his magic, so I kept reading. The series is still readable and it wasn’t till near the end of this book that I finally decided it wasn’t quit as good as the first five. In order to explain the 3.5 rating, I had to include some spoilers.
SPOILERS: 1 there’s a random Italian dude that traverses Rome with his pet mouse, not sure what that’s about.
2 Beckham is a mere shadow of his former self...NSS, why did you take his hand, why wasn’t his leg enough for you.
3 the unrelenting bromance.
4 the internal guilt trips had me wondering if all the characters were Catholics in a former life.
5 the bad guys so competent at every turn, why because
6 the good guys made unbelievably stupid mistakes. Example: Ellis, smart double doctorate CDC super science dude. One minute he’s saying how he could handle himself because he’d been practicing—then suddenly has explosive mouth diarrhea that costs him his life.
Additionally, truly I never understood why Europe when the north and South American contents were still struggling. Why couldn’t we just send arms and supples instead of solders we couldn’t spare. And where did all the arms come from anyway when our cities and society was in collapse.
Near the end, I found myself skimming paragraphs just so I could get through the book. I’d say I wasn’t going to read the next but I will for closure because this book leaves everything hanging. Do yourself a favor and stop at book five where Beckham gets to retire a hero and the future is looking hopeful.