Book Review: Countdown City – Ben H. Winters

There is just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job.  With the Concord police force operating under auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone.  With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

The second novel in the critically acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Coundown City  presents a fascinating mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse—and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions beyond “whodunit.”  What do we as human beings owe to one another?  And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around us?

Book will be released 07/16/13
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one.  This books starts out with a  missing person, Brett Cavatone but it turns into so much more.  With the asteroid getting closer and closer people are doing some strange things.  There are people out there that believe they can stop it, others who believe in government conspiracies.  I really enjoyed getting to know Hank’s dog, Houdini, which he acquired in the last book.  Also getting to know his sister Nico and a little bit about Hank’s childhood.  In a world where a lot of people have given up or have just said “screw it”, Hank finds himself still caring about right and wrong.  This book had me guessing on so many things and gave me a few surprises.  I can’t wait to see where the next book will conclude and whether or not the asteroid will really hit Earth.

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