Top critical review
solid follow up to the first book
on June 16, 2011
Another solid book by J. L. Borne . Its been over a year since I read the first book Day by Day Armageddon, and I think that helped me enjoy this book. Most of the cast from the first book is only mentioned in passing although John does have a role, if I had read the first book more recently, I might have wanted to hear more about the rest of the group.
Like the first book,I read it cover to cover in one day. The whole story focuses on the main character, with supporting cast coming and going as his journey progresses. Its clear the author knows about flying and guns in real life, as someone who doesn't know much about either I felt he does a great job of giving enough info for the story without boring the reader. He gives enough information for me to understand the story, but doesn't seem to be trying to 'show off' how smart he is. For example, when the main character is selecting weapons, the reader understands that hes choosing the more acurate and/or quiet weapon ; but we don't need to read a paragraph on EXACTLY how much more acurate. The author uses the same approach when discussing aircraft.
If I could give this 3.5 stars I would. As much as I enjoyed this book, I found the ending detracted from the overall story. Pages 249-274 seem to be a rush to finish the story that never satisfactory explained one of the core mysteries of the second half of the book. Maybe this is meant to lead into a sequel, but a totally different possible sequel is set into montion that does not appear to deal with the same antagonists. The final 3 pages ( 275-277) shoehorn in one last tidbit of information thats is quite a substantial reveal seems out of place ; It appears meant to support the sequel , but feels like something that should be IN that book, not preceeding it .
If you liked the first one, you will like this one, . When the sequel comes out, Ill read it for sure.