Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Countdown City

For Book Beginnings:
"It's just that he promised," says Martha Milano, pale eye flashing, cheeks flushed with anxiety. Grieving, bewildered, desperate. "We both did. We promised each other like a million times."
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
When he says "Brett" it's like how other people say Elvis or Jesus. He's not just any personhe's Brett.
- p. 56

Last year, I really enjoyed The Last Policeman, which was the first book in this sci-fi trilogy, so naturally I needed to find out what happens in book 2. Well, here it is, finally, and it looks like it has pretty much rave reviews. I look forward to reading this one! (And know what? Just goes to show I do like some sci-fi once in a while!)

On another note, it's definitely fall. The cooler weather is starting to grow on me now ... how is everything in your next of the woods?
Synopsis of Countdown City (The Last Policeman Book II) by Ben H. Winters: There are just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband. 

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees. 

The second novel in the critically acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Countdown City presents a fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way 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?


  1. Wow, intense opening! I really want to read this trilogy, it sounds absolutely fascinating. Glad to hear the first one was great; will need to bump it up my list now ;)

    Happy reading! My Friday Book Memes

    1. I wasn't expecting to like it as sci-fi has been a genre I've been a little iffy with. I hope you enjoy the first book Lianne!

  2. Today at Huff post books they have a slideshow of 11 novels that will creep you out. They list The Last Policeman, it's number 6.

    Do you agree? Just how creepy is it?

    1. It's not creepy in a traditional horror way, but the whole concept behind the book is creepy. Hope you read the review of the first book, you'll see what I mean :)

      Great list btw, will be revisiting that for halloween reading (or maybe not).

  3. The die-hard Elvis fan in me loves that 56!

    Happy weekend!


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