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- Publisher: Desperate Measures Press; 1st ed. edition (May 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 12, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FMRC6FC
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The Taste Makers: A Wyrd World Novel (Expocalypse Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Wyrd World, while not an organized, cohesive bookverse in the same fashion as Apocalypse Weird, is churning out thrillers that you don’t want to miss. And Frater has built a fantastic end-of-the-world scenario and playground, with heroes and villains that readers will be talking about for a long time.
After Julie is given a new job within the firm, the apocalypse strikes the world and New York City becomes a battleground. As demonic forces quickly start to consolidate their larger army, Julie becomes an unlikely leader with a destiny she was never aware of, gathering together strange otherworldly allies to create a resistance while the larger apocalypse is brewing.
Joining her on her newfound quest is Michael, a police officer caught up in the bedlam as the city is transformed into apocalypse central, complete with its own minions. While there are skirmishes and clashes between the forces of good and evil, the final showdown, involving a demonically possessed Wall Street charging bull statue (!), is one of the highlights of this exciting and pulse-pounding adventure.
This is a novel that sets the stage and ramps up quickly into the apocalypse, going full-throttle from there onwards. There’s lots of death, blood, and murder in the streets. Citizens of the city are forced to choose sides or die a gruesome death. And these state-of-the-art knives play an unexpected but critical role in how quickly chaos descends onto the city. The horrific nature of what’s going on here is visceral and terrifying, bringing out the dread and increasing the tension as the situation continues to deteriorate.
I really liked the organization and logistics as the evil side recruits its forces and gathers its allies. In lesser hands, this could be boring stuff. But here, it's used thoughtfully and to maximum effect, showing how cunning they are, how they are recruiting large numbers to their side and how this apocalypse has long been in the planning. It's an effective strategy in how they are coordinating and consolidating their forces while also using it for solid storytelling purposes, demonstrating pure unadulterated evil through its processes.
Julie is an interesting and fascinating main character, loaded down with her self-doubt and personal problems like how her mother is slowly dying from cancer-related issues. After numerous battles and a little downtime, she takes some time to remember her and asks herself why she hasn’t done more of that. I wish the author did more with that story thread but I’m guessing there will be more of that when the next book in the series comes out.
Michael seems like an intelligent guy for a police officer up to a certain point in the story but then he makes a couple of dumb decisions with drastic consequences. It’s refreshing that Michael is a police officer and despite his training, freaks out at the apocalypse like the rest of us most likely would. It also breaks the typical stereotype that all police officers are cut from the same cloth in fiction. He made some bad decisions during the blindness but at least he realized it and learned from it as the novel progressed.
Finally, I must give a shout-out to Julie’s allies that she meets up with at the church. Without saying anything else about them, and you will know exactly what I mean when you meet them, I will point out that they are dangerous and deadly while also providing some unusual but welcome comic relief at the same time. It’s a precarious balance between the two but the author pulls it off well amidst the grimness of the novel.
Overall, this is a dark journey of cataclysmic proportions as New York City is transformed from the city that never sleeps to the city that transforms into the center of the apocalypse. It’s got notable characters, a compelling plot and an inventive storyline that engages the reader’s deepest fears and turns them into reality.
Jon writes a vivid picture of NYC. A strong heroine, and out-of-this-world allies. I look forward to the sequel, to see how the evil is thwarted!
I started reading the Apocalypse Weird novels a couple years ago. That project has broken up, but the stories are still coming.
My only gripe would be where the story ends, however I feel that the author knew exactly what they were doing, leaving us wanting more!
I can't wait to read more of this harrowing adventure!