A decade after the apocalypse started, Cyrus V. Sinclair, a mercenary for the leader of three survivor settlements, is part of a world repeating its mistakes. With most of the undead turned to dust and raiders giving up, everyone thinks they're safe behind city walls. But after a town is brutally massacred, it seems no one is safe. Well hidden, numbering in the thousands, and controlled by a new merciless leader, the crazies are stronger than ever before. When a familiar symbol keeps appearing amid the chaos, Cyrus realizes an old enemy is back. Despite the turmoil, Cyrus finally sees things clearly. He has one goal: destroy the Brotherhood or die trying.
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"Best of an enjoyable series."
I've followed Cyrus's journey through the zombie apocalypse since the first book "The Undead Situation" came out in 2013. My guess is that if you're reading this, you have too. The series is practically required reading in a genre that has become bloated (Sorry about the pun.) with lots of sub-par stories.
Ms. Knapp did a fantastic job bringing the story back full circle. Not only is this accomplished through the main story line, which is to be expected, but also through subtle nods to the previous two books. Its that subtlety that I found particularly impressive. Just enough to catch your attention, but not so much that it encumbers the flow of the story. I won't spoil anything here, but you'll know them when you hear them.
As you'd expect, the usual cast of characters are back along with some new ones that shake things up some. Ms. Knapp has continued to refine and add depth to Cyrus's character since her first book, and "Ruins" is no exception. He's still the original z-poc sociopath; love him or hate him, he couldn't care less as long as he gets what he wants. Along those same lines, Ms. Knapp has also continued to raise the bar for her brutally descriptive treatment of a post apocalyptic existence. Its one of my favorite things about this book. To say she doesn't pull any punches is a gross understatement.
What can I say about Mr. Collins? He's the voice of Cyrus that we've all come to expect, in all his snarky bluntness. Few narrators capture a character so well. I doubt I could listen to anything else he's done without thinking "Cyrus V. Sinclair". The only reason he didn't get a full five stars is that while he has Cyrus "dialed in", other characters are not quite as polished.
waited and waited and waited for the audio book to come and the best part was the last 2hrs.. I was expecting more.... to them 7yrs to wrap it up when all they had to do was go back to the begin....grrrr
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