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Better than anything I have read in a long time.
on 5 December 2012
This is not something I say easily about any writer, often not writing a review at all; content to keep my opinions to myself and let others have their say. But. With this series I can't keep my silence any longer, I tried, oh god how I tried; it just didn't last.
Shawn Chesser is in essence a very scarily realistic writer, he weaves together a world albeit one a few thousand miles from mine; that could be one due tomorrow. It draws you in so completely that if it wasn't for the fact I was reading it on a digital tablet, I would swear to being able to see it from my front room window.
His blend of dark satire, ascorbic wit and a deep sense of camaraderie and love of ones family is something any one can relate to as easily as your own skin, his characters are as broad as the world they inhabit and half seem to be people I know which says a lot for how well they have been created. They extend from a dreadlocked, crossbow wielding fire fighter; to the war weary family oriented delta operative or an old retired Vietnam veteran and a pot smocking roadie with a penchant for assault rifles. All have been tenderly crafted as to make them seem more than life like and draw you in so completely you start to forget where you begin and they end.
The level of detail was something I had never expected to encounter, from descriptions of the effects of weaponry on living or dead combatants to the way the grass moved in the down wash of a helicopter, nothing is left untended; this in itself is enough to keep you begging for more which is something I have been doing.
I hope well, no I know that what ever comes next in the lives of the survivors of Shawn's world will leave you as breathless and yearning for more as these last three instalments did me.
Keep them coming.