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August 22, 2014 / Leslie

World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

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by Ben H. Winters

Genre: Pre-apocalyptic Detective/Mystery
Publisher: Quirk Books | July 2014
Format: Paperback | 316 pages
Rating: 4½ of 5

From the Publisher:

The third novel in The Last Policeman trilogy, World of Trouble, presents one final pre-apocalyptic mystery – and Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond whodunit: How far would you go to protect a loved one? And how would you choose to spend your last days on Earth?

My Thoughts:

After scientists announced that asteroid 2011GV1 will slam into the earth within the next six months destroying most of the planet, many people abandoned their responsibilities and went off to pursue their bucket-lists during their remaining days.

In book one, The Last Policeman, we are introduced to Detective Hank Palace, a regular guy still doing his job, fighting crime and living his life while society is breaking down around him. Even if the world may soon end, Hank takes his job seriously, and eventually solves the crime.

In book two, Countdown City, scientists have pinpointed the date of impact with the asteroid and now know most of earth will be destroyed in 74 days. Hank has been laid off from his job in the Crimes Division; no one cares about solving crimes anymore. Except for Hank. Against a backdrop of an increasingly dysfunctional world, Hank agrees to try to find a friend’s husband who has gone missing.

In the final book, World of Trouble, the earth is days away from the asteroid strike. Rather than seek safety, Hank, accompanied by his dog and a grifter/thief he met a few months back, set out to find his sister who has run off with a cult that has a plan to save the world.

The pace picks up with a sense of urgency as Hank becomes more and more desperate to find his sister, and time is running out. The journey is treacherous and approaching people along the way can be deadly. The author has given us a realistic sense of what it would be like in those final days. Food is difficult to come by and technology is non-existent.

The characters are well-developed and the reader will easily become engaged in the story while racing to end for what we expect to be the inevitable conclusion. I’m not going to tell you if the world does end, but I will say there were some unexpected turns along the way that will keep you guessing.

While the first two books can be read as stand alone novels for their mystery/detective story, the final book will be best enjoyed as the culmination of a series, where questions are answered and loose ends are tied up in a satisfying conclusion.

Source: Review copy from Quirk Books through LibraryThing.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Aug 22 2014 9:57 am

    I read the first book and didn’t feel a sense of urgency so didn’t continue with the series. Now I’m thinking I should finish it.


    • Leslie / Aug 22 2014 10:02 am

      The first book was kind of slow. None of the sense of urgency that we get in the final book.


  2. debbierodgers @Exurbanis / Aug 22 2014 10:41 am

    I’ve been told by several friends (including you!) that this series is very worth reading. I guess I had better read it 😉


  3. stacybuckeye / Sep 1 2014 7:46 pm

    I mostly skimmed your review because this is a series I want to read. Glad it ended on a good note!


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