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It's an intelligent, thought-provoking thriller, with a great eye for detail and an engaging plot, set against one of the most original premises of recent years. Ben Winters has shown that pre-apocalyptic fiction can be even more interesting than the standard post-apocalyptic stories, and I honestly cannot wait for the final part of this trilogy. --Starburst magazine, July, 2013----The finest, and possibly only, example of apocalyptic noir. Not just highly recommended this is essential reading for any fan of crime fiction, or, indeed, of books in general. --Classic Mystery wordpress, June, 2013
Winters has produced another compelling dystopian thriller that benefits greatly from its inherent charm. He is an author that is equally comfortable with both male and female characterisation and this leads to a nicely balanced story populated by realistic people. What I like about Countdown City is that while it shows a world that is without doubt going to pot, it is currently still a way from falling apart completely and the bizarre combination of mass suicides, those fulfilling their bucket-list objectives and those simply trying to carry on as normal (like Hank) make for a peculiarly believable vision of what would actually occur under these circumstances. Hank Palace is a rather ordinary man with a touch of the obsessive compulsive about him. He is another contrast that works well and the ordinariness of Palace, when set against the less than ordinary asteroid that is soon to wipe humankind off the planet, works really, really well. There are similarities with the first book with Palace trying to carry out an investigation to the incredulity of those around him. And as well as the missing person/murder investigation there is also an interesting sub-plot involving his sister Nico, who has become embroiled with a group of conspiracy theorists who believe the asteroid is a cover-up and that they can truly save the world. Countdown City explores themes and asks the questions that every good work of dystopia should: How would people behave? What would happen to society? Would shops stay open? Would food be easily available? Simply put, how long would it be before civilization completely broke down? But the question that I think is most pertinent for each individual reader is: What would you do under these circumstances? The first two books in this trilogy have been excellent and I m looking forward to book three. --Fantasy book review, July, 2013 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Ben H. Winters is a New York Times-bestselling author and an Edgar Award nominee. His novels include Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk 2009; 10+ weeks on the NYT Best Seller List), the Edgar-Award nominated YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins 2009), and Bedbugs (Quirk 2011), which was hailed by Vanity Fair as a diabolical tale of paranoia. Ben lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This is a great book, particularly but not only if you like the end-of-the-world genre. The policeman who is the lead character is a very engaging character and the book has a lot... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookworm
A very good sequel. A little predictable but thoroughly enjoyable. I read it in one day when I was under the weather. Looking forward to book 3.Published 4 months ago by Alice Boston
I really enjoyed this book. The main story line is very different from other mystery books. The different ways that each person in the story react to the devastating prediction of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by sharon bowler