Started off good but....
OK, I must admit that the book had a great concept. A town untouched since the Nukes fell. Pre dark tech, making of their own weapons etc....throw in Ryan and crew joining on with a trader to find this city and you have the making of a decent story line.
I really liked the description of Cascade going through the first few days/weeks after the world ended. Very well described and pretty much how I see things could happen.
The intro of characters from Ryan's past are always good to keep story lines rolling. I personally had no issues of War Wag One coming back or even of Break neck Pete being introduced.....though I figured out that one of them would die.
NOW- the main problems I had with this book starts around chapter 22 until the end of the book...I seriously got the impression someone else wrote some of these chapters as there didn't seem to be a nice "flow" to the story. Too many mistakes.
-Jak is sent back to their veh but all of a sudden is captured with them and then later on is back at their veh firing a signal;
-CeeGee (Carl Gustav) is NOT a missle launcher....it fires a shell. It is a 2 man operated wpn. Unload and reload the shell type of deal.....anyone running with 2 of them, well, it just doesn't happen.....it is also a 84mm NOT 87mm.....seriously, just google Carl Gustav.
-One second Ryan and crew are driving a Humvee and next it is a Sheriff's van. That explodes when shot...one second he is with his weapons and next firing a 7.62 round into someone ..no mention of what weapon it was;
M-16 are 5.56....NOT 7.62.....again, got the impression 2 people wrote the last few chapters.
Every single M72 (Law) hits on first round....really, does this happen? No, it doesn't..trust me;
Etc, Etc, Etc.......just google the weapons you want to use and they can tell you what they are...or even better, ask someone that uses them......
The main reason that Ryan and the Trader go to Cascade is to get their hands on the new pistol being made in the city.....but there is no mention of any of this being traded....and of course the fight for the city...... I found it too confusing at certain areas of the book to know who had what etc.
I will end this review with a few questions.....Why so many Bio-weapons being introduced? A Kraken? Really? What was it guarding? Hell Hounds at the end an afterthought or was that ending planned? WHY WHY WHY when the chips are down does everyone find a great weapon to save the day....a missile, a LAW, and even a flamethrower.....
Good story line.....lost it at the end.