World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters is the last book in a trilogy starring detective Hank Palace taking place when the world is about the end. The first two books The Last Policeman and Countdown City were a good read and I was looking forward to reading the ending of the trilogy.
his investigation Palace meets a cast of characters and observes a
world gone mad with anxious anticipation to its destruction.
World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters is a fitting end
to a wonderful trilogy. I really enjoyed the fact that Mr. Winters
doesn’t back out of the doomsday scenario he has created for a sappy
Disneyesque ending which I was expecting.
This novel ties up some loose ends which were introduced in the previous books, also the author concentrated on police procedural
more than in the previous novels. That was a good call, I believe,
since the first novel as well as part of the second, focused on how
society has gone berserk in preparation of the impending doom.
In his investigation, Palace meets many characters,
some take advantage of the situation for their own benefit, some just
try to survive, and some (like Palace) hang on to their jobs for sanity.
Palace even meets an Amish man who told his family and
community that the outside world has contracted an epidemic and they
must stay enclosed in their own village, with no outside contact, in
order to stay protected. This way the man believes he will spare his
family the curse of anticipation.
That, for me, was one of the highlights of the book.
In the same style of the first two novels, Mr. Winters keeps the pace quick and the plot moving.
While the details of the world falling apart are not as evident as they
were in the first two, this novel is a fitting end, I would, however,
recommend reading the first two before reading this novel.
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Disclaimer: I got this book for free