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Closure on Some Sub-plots; A Bit over the Top in Some Areas
on January 30, 2017
In my “retirement” after 30 years as a field artilleryman with 13 years overseas including a combat tour in Vietnam followed by 13 years as a high school history teacher, I have become addicted to apocalyptic novels. The first novel in this series, “Trudge,” so totally hooked me on the series that I bought the remainder on the volumes. I found “A Pound of Flesh,” book four in the series, to be better than “Soldier On” or “In Harm’s Way.”
The author unknowingly foreshowed our new president (Donald Trump) in the statement: “…the major downfall was that no one was brave enough to intervene when he went on a rampage.”
The character, Mike Desantos, exemplified true American heroism, and I mourned his loss.
The author stretched reality when he wrote that the Army dropped the Oakland Bay bridge. It would never happen.
Brook, Cade’s wife and a nurse, was unrealistically out of line on several occasions.
The author effectively used references to old movies and TV shows to personify situations, such as Morgan Freeman driving Miss Daisy, the Night Stalker, Deliverance.
The author overstated the effects of a five-kiloton bomb.
The author overused old and incorrect sayings such as “What does not kill us only makes us stronger” and “terminate with extreme prejudice.”
Reference to “the farm” at Camp Peary brought back some not so fond memories.
Cade’s ritualistic murder of Francis / Pug was over the top.
The author incessantly had soldiers using “Copy that.” “Copy that” is cop talk. Soldiers would say “roger” or “wilco.” My head was about to explode on occasion due to such radio talk.
The novel ended on a slightly hopeful note for the sharp-eyed reader, and I am anxious to read the next in the series to see how Cade and his comrades cope with what appears to be a hopeless situation.