Not missing a beat from the first novel, the characters begin the second leg of their journeys. The CME's continue to shed their power and create powerful green-banded auroras. Although the locations of our characters are different, they all share a common goal. And, that is survival at all costs. The Kings are in Rocky Point, Mexico where the drug cartels are still plying their trades and exhibiting crass behavior. Max finds himself in a nasty predicament on the Ranch. The Cult (led by the Teacher) continues to amass followers and is heading West. There is action in many different areas as our characters attempt to trek their way to a better life - and, yes, all of them are covered in depth..
Max Thompson's family history is revealed which sheds light on the Cicada as well as the reason for his truly benevolent actions. Character development is excellent and I like the fact that Bill is sentimental and is not afraid to show it. The "Executioner" is an incredible addition and it illustrates the true capability of the human mind. Some romance is added to show humans are carrying on with some semblance of their lives..
All in all, an exceptional read for me and am looking forward to the next one in this series.
Most highly recommended.
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