Siberia, 2021My Thoughts: This is one sequel that I think surpassed its predecessor. I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 but book 2 simply captured my attention from the first page and kept me enthralled with every mishap that Nick Morrow managed to pull his team out of. And those mishaps were many.
As global tensions escalate, China attacks New York City, wiping out its entire population. Marine ex-con Nick Morrow and his team of convicts, dubbed 47 Echo, are sent on a deadly mission—to infiltrate Shanghai and shut down its computer network. Given virtually no weaponry, the crew must rely on themselves as they trek across the dangerous countryside, crawling with enemies.
As they head toward almost certain death, Nick struggles to not lose his ever-thinning thread of control. Though the convict soldiers outnumber their own military counterparts, they're looked down upon as human shields. But to Nick, they're friends. The team needs him—hell, the world needs him. The stakes are higher than ever before. This will be the ultimate battle, and the consequences will test everything Nick is and will become.
Nick continues to shine as the leader of his band of misfits. He utilizes his resources - namely the skills of the men and women that he meets along the way - and his quick mind makes his team as slippery as a greased pig. Yes, they truly can work their way out of any situation. Just when their world is about to come crashing down, a sudden twist sets them free and has them heading back in the direction of their main objective.
The hints we're getting about how bad things are in the States (conscription for minor offenses) coupled with the near total devastation of New York makes me very curious as to where Nick's story will go. Things are already bad for the convicts and I imagine they're going to get much worse before they get better. Add Nick's predicament at the end of the book in and I'm already wide-eyed at how crazy book 3 is going to be.
Solid writing, engaging characters and one incredibly lucky leader left me on the edge of my seat. Nick's story isn't over and he's going to have a hell of a time fighting his way out of this one.
Books in this series
1. 47 Echo
2. Supercritical - Kindle
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Supercritical was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.