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The Lost Castle (Wyrd) (Volume 4) Paperback – October 25, 2016
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But maybe someday Lucy won’t yank that pigskin away, and Charlie Brown will have a chance to prove himself. And if you’ve already finished reading The Lost Castle, this will make a world more of sense to you.
Our first impressions of someone are often not our last impressions, especially when we dig a little deeper into their background. And that’s exactly what we get from Cole in this book. We see Frank with a different set of eyes. A much younger Frank. Yet still a Frank I wasn’t enamored with. Even when I learned everything I could about Frank’s background in this book, I still wasn’t a fan. But I could understand and empathize much more with the man.
Then near the end, when things are crazy and bleak as they often are in a Nick Cole book, and you aren’t sure who will live and who will die, Frank has a thought, and the floodgates open and my face is so wet that I have to stop reading, wiping off eyes and cheeks, and I realize that this is maybe the truest statement in The Lost Castle, something that would make this world a much better place, if only everyone would think about people the way Frank Romano does. And this makes every minute of reading worth it, and I never want to forget the feeling it sent through me, and the wish that everyone would think like Frank does about other people at that moment.
That said, this was a action packed novel. We get more of the story line with the group defending the Vineyard, Braddock and his mission both for and against Mr. Steele. A look into the mysterious castle. Also a backstory to Frank that was quite touching and motivational.
I've read each first book in what was to be the Apocalypse Weird series and since the beginning Nick Cole has had the strongest story, combined with well developed characters. Yes, it lives up to the name weird. Or I guess I should say Wyrd. So be prepared for strangeness in this wonderful installment. I look forward to many more.
One of the reviewers asked how many books till the end. Maybe it's changed but the Apocalypse Weird website seemed to indicate that there would be ten volumes.
There are a number of stock or borrowed or “inspired by” concepts in these books, but, they get fresh treatment. Holiday’s excursion illuminated a brilliant infiltration mechanism that is completely original, as far as I am aware.
This book had a lot of minor typos, and a few examples of awkward usage. Here’s a passage I began to highlight because of some awkwardness relating to "vacant," but, then appreciated for the societal musing: “That alley opened up onto a wide street and a football field-sized vacant lot where a building had been in the process of being demolished. Before everything went to hell. Gangs had tagged the demolished building despite the world ending all around them. Maybe they hadn’t noticed. Maybe their constant destruction had immunized them against realizing they were being destroyed at that very moment. Maybe destruction was all they desired. Maybe a zombie-overrun world was what they’d wanted all along.”
This series is actually a clever sort of framing device for a wide variety of post-apocalypse stories. In the first we get a standard zombie attack. The second is a look at a robot apocalypse through the eyes of an autistic man. This latest combines the action of a supernatural spy thriller with a high-tech dungeon run. And all of it serves as a vehicle for some wonderful characters to strut about the stage.