on 16 February 2013
Desolate 2 picks up more-or-less directly where the first book left off. The opening scenes, where the hero of the series, ex-con Howard Bell, wakes to find himself strapped to a stretcher on a jungle floor, are some of the most provocative and well-written I've read in a long time. When it starts to get dark and the bugs come out is when the problems really start for poor Howard. What follows is more an adventure tale set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by an alien disease than pure sci-fi horror, which only adds another dimension to the author's storytelling abilities. I cannot wait for the next installment.