The last in the four book series, Dead End. The blurb says In this stunning conclusion, nothing is left unanswered, except one question; what does it really mean to be A Very Good Man. I was a little disappointed. I didn’t find it a ‘stunning’ conclusion, although it was for me a fairly satisfactory one. Although there did seem to be a fast wrap up, skipping over a lot of events needed to get to the ending. There was a small feeling for me that the author got tired of writing, and finished up the way kids do: and then, and then, and then, and then, the end.
General thoughts about the series: I could buy into the whole zombie thing. (After all, if not, why be reading a zombie apocalypse book?) But the creation of a world filled with other ‘races/species’ of folks with all kinds of super abilities got to be a bit much, kind of overkill. This reader began to feel that they became necessary to bail Jake out of the zombie corner that the author wrote himself into. Without the special powers people, there was no way to clean up the zombie situation. I guess I like my zombie stories with some teeny potential of possibility. I mean, an asteroid hitting the earth and everybody becomes zombies? Nah. But an accidental unleashing of a nano-something infection caused by a scientific experiment gone awry? OK, that could make some frail sense.
A lot of preaching about what the humans have done to totally wreck the planet. OK, I get it. We have screwed up. Stop sermonizing at me and get on with the story.
And one last nitpicky thing: this final volume seemed much less edited for typos, missing words, homonyns, that kind of thing. Didn’t bother me overly – a lot of indie books are not line edited, so I cut them a deal of slack. It’s just that the other three were pretty clean.
All in all, I liked the series very much. But then, I read the books one right after the other.
This author is prolific. His bio on Goodreads says in part: P.S. Power works in fiction, mainly focusing on Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror genres, with brief forays into other things just to keep life interesting. He averages 1 to 2 books monthly and has several series going.
Writing one to two books a month sounds about right for the hup hup hup style.
And his bio on Amazon reads:
A long time ago, which is actually a little less than four years, I was involved in a special program in a different place. A very different place. I won’t go into the details, because… Boring. The overview is simple enough so I’ll just share that.
Using extreme mental conditioning I was to transfer into a different reality scheme, and the person there moved into my own.
It worked. Yay.
Now I’m stuck here, so, you understand, I need to do something.
The person I replaced was a wizard. Now I can do that, sure, who can’t?
But your world only has about three of those officially, and people look at you funny when you try to tell them that’s what you do for a living. How other me managed I don’t know. Can you imagine explaining that to the checker in a grocery line? Talk about awkward.
So I decided to share some of my writing with you. I know you’ll like it.
OK, wizards, different reality scheme. Yeah. Right.
See you later. I am now deep into a sci fi story about a guy who salvages space junk. Now THERE’S a different reality scheme. Beam me up, Scotty.