book is actually a departure from the two previous books. Not entirely mind you
– same universe, same world building, but different character focus. This book
is all about Earl and his back story, rolled into another
kill or be mulched kind of action story.
I liked this book just as much as the others even without the original cast of characters.
Earl has lived a long and interesting life. A
number of long term things seem to circle back to him in this story. It has the
same great action and pacing of the other books. There are new characters, fun
weapon choices and horrifying new monsters.
Much as with the second book, if you liked the others, you will like this one.
Spoilers below: -
I thought the fact that Earl would hook up with the cute deputy was an easy call. Saw that one
coming a mile away – even in the snow. The local color folks were written well,
so I didn't mind so much that this became the easy call on the main romance
I thought the government guys weren't as deep as they could have been, but they
did what they needed to in moving the story ahead.
The newest monster hunting company was a nice contrast to the folks of MHI. Not everyone is a deadly efficient
killing force. The townspeople were solid background here again.
I had some difficulty with the "extra secret government agency". You know, the
ones nobody ever speaks of. Just like all the other branches nobody ever speaks
of. That's probably why the government has the debt it does – they're all
trying to accomplish the same stuff but nobody ever speaks of their covert
operation to anyone else, so they're all working on the same stuff but not
sharing any information or resources. I'll admit it – I didn't like that part
at all. I hate bureaucracy, but I would have liked it considerably more if we'd
just been able to stick with the agency we knew.
I thought the giant snow blower to grind up zombies was a really nice touch. A
whole new level of gory and nasty right there. Sort of makes you long for the
simple days of "don't eat the yellow snow" when you've got the pink spray
radius. The bird neck pouch thing was extra nasty too. Yuck. Well done by the
author on both of those counts.
I hope the author continues to create spin off stories of other monster hunter
teams. I think the cast of characters he can create would be a genuinely good
Star Total: 4 out of 5 stars