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Summary

Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out - for everyone.

©2014 Ben H. Winters (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Najima Rainey
  • 01-02-15

Best one!

I've read (listened to) all three books. The writing and vision have gotten better with each book. All thought the idea of a mystery set during the end of days sounds silly, you really come to understand that for Detective Palace solving mysteries is what's keeping him from going "bucket list." I found this story especially heartbreaking and original. I'd highly recommend this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-08-14

The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!

If you could sum up World of Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

He owns this series. All of it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.

Any additional comments?

So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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  • Kenny Hogan
  • 17-03-17

Not much to enjoy

The first 2 books of the series were entertaining, but book #3 was mostly just a series of unpleasant scenarios with no real payoff. There was far too much desperate whining, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Sorry. He's a good writer, but this is not a great book. I don't mean to be unkind, but I can't recommend this one.

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  • Big jim Picotto
  • 30-01-15

I love this trilogy...I really do

All good things must come to an end. If you are looking at reviews to decide whether to venture into this trilogy, do yourself a favour. Get it now.

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  • Thomas
  • 28-01-15

Satisfying Ending, But Takes Goodwill to Get There

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you listened to/read The Last Policeman and Countdown City, and enjoyed them, you will be glad to read the last part of the trilogy. it is a satisfying resolution of the threads that Ben Winters spun in the first two instalments.

Would you recommend World of Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

But as a stand-alone book, it is pale. The story draws down on the goodwill that the first two novels established. The charming quixotic-ism of those stories becomes a bit strained here. Henry Palace gets just a bit too weird, unless you have already come to love him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, which I will not spoil by describing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As the great mystery begins to be resolved and Henry's quest draws to an end, it actually pulls you into his world, which is about to end. It is a sad book.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Peter Berkrot, departs from the verbal style he used in Last Policeman and Countdown City, and ruffles Henry Palace's easy calm. This Palace is hectic and talky, the annoying monologger sitting behind you on the Greyhound bus. I think it was appropriate to the change in mood of the story, but it was a bit wearing. I am giving full marks for the performance because I think it was a good artistic choice for a book that is, let's be frank, a bit hard to take.

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  • Joel
  • 12-12-14

Its the End of the World As We Know It

I'm so conflicted on the entire Last Policeman trilogy. I purchased each of the three books in the hopes that it would build to a climatic conclusion. On paper these books are right up my alley. The world is coming to an end, and Detective Hank Palace is trying to figure out what to do with the remaining months of his life. The first two novels (The Last Policeman & Countdown City) were both good entertaining short reads. Nice appetizers in between some of my more meaty reads this year.

Out of the three books World of Trouble is probably my least favorite. Its not a bad book but I just found Hank's motives and mindset to be completely unbelievable. The fact that Hank is continuing to be a detective until the very last moments of humans existence doesn't even make sense. He has this vendetta to find a sister that throughout the novels never seems to really want to spend the remaining time alive with him. I also never got the feeling that Hank was a real person. He always felt like an ideal of a detective at the end of the world.

There were some interesting moments but I was kind of left without any emotion. I'm just not sure the idea of a detective at the end of the world made for the best story. I think it could have but this wasn't it. Still its a entertaining short read and a journey that although not exciting was worth the journey nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-18

beautifully sad

this series is the best thing I have ever read in my life. I'm serious.

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  • Patrick S.
  • 04-04-18

This is the end, my friend

While book 2 was kind of a let down from the first, it still maintained an interesting world. One based on an exact, countdown knowledge to the end of the world. The first book had a good mystery and the second on lacked an interesting one.

The third book doesn't really have a mystery to solve other than the main character trying to find his sister. Kind of meh but the world is still there with a final couple of weeks for the count down. The book isn't really about the mystery but about the character's struggle with finding meaning in the lead up to the end. The character is written with desperation and manic and cathartic periods. So book 3 isn't really a mystery in much of a way that it's more of a character study with the main character from the previous books.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read where the weaker points were actually him trying to find his sister. The very end of the book was actually quite enjoyable and summed up the point of the book quite nicely. Final Grade - B+

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  • Yoga-gal
  • 20-01-18

Brilliant

This is a great series both in story and performance. I was worried that the ending would not be satisfying but I was impressed with how the author chose to end it. It was worthy of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-18

Painful Due to Unreliable Protagonist

World of trouble is well written as a speculation about how people might psychologically cope with impending apocalypse, but it's also painful to read. I had a hard time getting through it because I couldn't stand the basically psychotic, self-centered, protagonist. He single-mindedly spends the entire trilogy solving "cases" that have become irrelevant due to the impending end of the world. He does so to the detriment of people around him, endangering them and using scarce resources because he can't control his compulsion to find whatever piece of information he has become obsessed with. He is so delusional in this last book that he feels compelled to "gather evidence" and "take fingerprints" three days before the world will end and when there is no lab anywhere or police force to analyze them. He perpetrates cruel acts toward several others in order to "interrogate" them, about crimes that no one cares about, in his unfettered compulsion. The author may be doing a good job of depicting psychological breakdown under stress-- most of the remaining people have become somewhat psychotic-- but it's hard to read a book whose first-person protagonist is so out of control. Also, I personally don't find Winters' depiction of a pre-apocalypse credible. I can't imagine that there would be absolutely no organization or any major attempt to take humanity underground.