Book Review - Countdown City by Ben H Winters

Title: Countdown City

Author: Ben H Winters

Publisher: Quirk

Release Date: 16th July 2013

Source: Own Copy Purchased December 2020
Set three months before the deadly asteroid 2011GV1 is due to hit Earth, this Last Policeman sequel chronicles the further adventures of Hank Palace. 

The Concord Police Department is now operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, and Hank is out of a job-until he's hired by a business tycoon to help find the man's estranged son. Hank's search leads him to a visibly collapsing East Coast landscape where anti-immigrant militia patrol the shores, fending off droves of people fleeing the impact zone of the asteroid. And it isn't long before Hank's missing-person case turns into a murder investigation. But the Last Policeman sequel asks questions well 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 you?


Since I wrote my review of The Last Policeman I have had the pleasure of watching the film Greenland which has put this series in to a much starker light.  If you want to see the end of the world and Gerard Butler then this is your film.

Countdown City takes place straight away after The Last Policeman, the world is still doomed, people are still acting crazy and Hank Palace is still trying to stick to the law even if others aren’t.  He may no longer be a detective but he is called upon to solve a case of a missing husband, has the man decided to live out his bucket list or has he been murdered, Hank decides to find out.  Of course he encounters people being shifty and generally acting like the end of the world is an excuse to profit from others misery.

As well as dealing with this Nico his sister is back on the scene, she feels the whole asteroid coming to kill everyone is a big government conspiracy and takes Hank to a university campus to meet some like minded individuals.  Hank is a fish out of water amongst the stoned and drunk but he does fear for his sister and the company she keeps.

The book goes along at a slightly different pace to its predecessor and I think its a middle book thing, does that make sense.  It is still very entertaining and you are always aware that this huge asteroid is coming ever closer.  A good read.



10 comments

  1. I certainly plan to watch Greenland at some point. I do like Gerard Butler as an actor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a much better film that I thought it would be thought it doesn’t have a happy ending.

      Delete
  2. This is a series I regret not starting years ago, but it's still on my radar. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was really enjoyable, I’m surprised its not been adapted yet fro Netflix!

      Delete
  3. I liked the first one, but I still need to read this one and the third book. Only now it's been so long since I read The Last Policeman I almost feel like I need to reread it before reading this one. ;D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’ve had a few series like that were I’ve totally forgotten everything that happened in the first book!

      Delete
  4. Oh wow this sounds like such a great thriller! I'll have to check out the entire series.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am going to take a look at this author and the series. You make it sound so interesting. I do know what you mean by a second book in a series thing. It happens.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It does, not that the second books are bad they just dip a little.

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it and will make the time to come and visit your blog, maybe not today but soon as I am always behind!

Sorry due to lots of Spam I am moderating all comments - no spammers I don't want to buy whatever it is you are selling!