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- Publication Date: December 26, 2017
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Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Eliza and Wellington continue their pursuit of Jekyll. They start things off with the most exciting opening to one of these novels since we first met the duo in Phoenix Rising. From there, they get in a little official trouble, and get sent packing. They're brought off of their suspension because Jekyll is leaving a path of corpses throughout Europe to draw them in. Yeah, it's terrible, but it's a fun story. While on the hunt, the couple make a new friend who I'd enjoy getting a book/series of her own, frankly -- but first she's a whole lot of fun to read and helps Eliza and Wellington out a bit, too. About halfway through the book (maybe a little longer), this story takes the turn it needs to and fully explores what Jekyll and Father Books were up to. This takes everything up a notch and really helps sell this finale. I can't go further without ruining the book -- but from here out this is the best thing that Ballantine and Morris have done yet.
Meanwhile, we continue the subplot of Agents Bruce Campbell and Brandon Hill chasing the House of Usher around trying to find out more/stop Operation: Ragnorak. Following their exploits in Russia last time, they're primarily in the US and Italy for this book. They cross paths a few times with the always entertaining (for the reader, not the Ministry's agents) Sophia del Morte. This was probably my favorite use for these two agents yet (although, I really did like the Russia stuff), and I thoroughly enjoyed everything but the very end of this storyline. I found the conclusion to this particular storyline disappointing -- and maybe I'm supposed to, maybe we're going to see the actual conclusion to it in the spin-off series (or in one that hasn't started yet). I'm not saying that there wasn't an ending to this, but it felt off somehow, like there's more to be said.
This installment probably did a better job of tying the entire series together than the previous books did -- not that there were continuity problems (at least not that I noticed), but books 2-5 built on each other and little else. Operation: Endgame helps you see the way that book 1 led to something in 3 and 6, etc. Which is probably easier to do when you know that you're bringing everything to a close. The other two main stories (particularly the Books and Braun) also had a sense around them that this was it -- do or die time, and no, "Oh, rats, they got away! I guess we know what we're doing in the next novel!" It gave a heightened urgency, a heightened sense of import to everything that happened -- or maybe it was the other way around. Or maybe it's just me, because I knew it was the last book so that. I don't think so -- I think I'm going to credit Ballantine and Morris for writing that way.
A minor gripe: this really could've used one more copy-edit pass -- there were too many sentences missing a word, and that kind of thing.
Operation: Endgame did everything it needed to do: it told a compelling story and it brought a series to a satisfying end. Not every series finale can do both, so it's always a relief when one does (especially when it's a series you really enjoy). I enjoyed the book on its own merits -- a fun chase through, well, most of Western Civilization for Books and Braun; some nice stuff for Campbell and Hill -- some chuckles, a little romance, a lot of excitement, some goofy Steampunk tech. The kind of thing that these Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books have been delivering for years. I also enjoyed the book as a finale -- the story of these two agents is over, but it's not done in such a way that there's nothing more to be done in this world. The door's open for more adventures for the surviving characters, the Ministry as a whole, etc. but there's no need for it -- which is a nice bonus. I've got the first novel in the spin-off series (and hope to get to it soon), so I know we don't have to say goodbye to everyone, just Eliza and Wellington (which is bad enough). If you haven't read any of this series, I really do recommend it from start to finish.
Plot: In my opinion the highlight of the series was definitely the action and excitement that peaked in the Diamond Conspiracy, but after a fairly lackluster effort in book 5 this volume succeeds in ramping up the stakes. Notably, this novel featured some very memorable globe-trotting adventures across America, Italy, and Constantinople including some very descriptive scenes onboard the Orient Express and in a market bazaar. The B plot with Agents Campbell and Hill is appropriately humorous and everything involving Sophia Del Morte is appropriately dark and sensual. The final confrontation wraps up a little to quickly and messily for my tastes, but overall it was an acceptable way to move the characters through to a believable and realistic conclusion.
Characters: In my mind the characters are really where we see this novel shine. The relationship between Books and Braun is the highlight, and it's wonderful to see how they are both the characters that we knew and loved in the very first book, while also somehow having developed into wiser more tempered people and lovers. Bruce Campbell is still a completely effective face-punchable git, and Sophia Del Morte is the very definition of an adder, both beautiful and deadly. Dr Sound is just as confusing and frustrating as ever, although I really enjoyed the difficulty and frustration that he encountered in trying to solve the mysteries of the universe. The ability to travel through time and space seems to cause as many problems and worries as it solves.
Conclusion. The duo interacts with many old friends, along with a couple of new ones and very end of the novel finishes up in a way that is both satisfying and bittersweet. While I'm glad to know it may not be a happier ever after for our main characters, it's enough to know that their current happiness and immediate fate is back in their own hands.
This ending was as satisfying as I was hoping it would be. I’ve had other series let me down (looking at you Hunger Games) so I was optimistic but cautious having been burned before. This was one of the few that didn’t let me down, the story & tone of the book kept me engaged & interested the whole time. Not one moment of rage shouting or fist shaking!
I cannot understate how much I absolutely love this series & look forward to reading over & over again in the years to come. Yes, this is a steampunk book but it’s more like an additional character that supports the overall story. A story that grips you & is a damn good time.
Anybody who enjoys steam punk fantasy really much read the adventures that Pip and her husband write. I can't write enough about how good their stories are.
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