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You Never Know When The Day Before Is The Day Before (An Introduction To Your Next Favorite Series)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Axis of Evil starts off a few places introducing a few characters. A bull rider and a rancher are the two main introductions and we find out a little into the book that they are from the same family. We’re also introduced to a special operator that is sent all over the world doing secretive “SEAL-type” missions. We find out that the matriarch of the family is a homesteader-turned-prepper.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited for this series. I really enjoyed The Blackout and the Pandemic series by Akart and I need to revisit (read as I need to finish) the Boston Brahmin series too. Maybe when in between when each one of these books is released but Akart seems to have a pretty aggressive month-after-month release schedule planned for The Lone Star Series.
The first and major thing I will say about Axis of Evil is that it is most definitely a set-up style book. I can tell that Akart is setting into motion a chain of events that will all seem to happen at the same time. I can’t tell which book will start it off but it feels like the start of book 2 could really go with a bang (literally). I had a feeling that this was going to set the story up and be more of a “Pre-Apocalyptic” book compared to Akart’s typical Post-Apocalyptic books. It was similar in my head to 36 Hours where we meet the family and figure out that something is about to hit the fan.
As an Akart reader, I really enjoyed (and chuckled at) the slight references to his others books. There was a reference to the first book of the blackout series: “As it relates to a solar flare, or whatever, I’m told we’d have at least 36 Hours to warn the public…” and then the reference to the Boston Brahmin Series “In every aspect of our lives, we choose freedom!”. I’ll even give him a nod to the 3rd series here: “Okay, a major collapse event—economic collapse, cyber attack, pandemic, EMP.”
This book is definitely in the thriller category and had me on the edge of my seat. I ended up staying up past when I wanted to just so that I could finish the book. I ended up only needing 2 days to read the entire book cover to cover. I couldn’t put it down.
I think there was really something for everyone in this book. Western lovers will enjoy that the one character is a professional bull-rider. Political thriller lovers will enjoy the tensions created in the entire book (spoilers if I explain it more). Regular thriller readers will love some of the scenes in multiple places including a foreign land (more spoilers if I really explain it).
Overall, a really enjoyable setup book that has me chomping at the bit to get into the second book. I can’t wait to see where Akart takes The Lone Star Series but I can tell you this. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.
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I’ve read a bunch of Akart’s work. This one is amazing. While a great author, hopefully he isn’t a visionary because it’s scary how plausible this story is. This one book alone guarantees I’ll be pre-ordering what I hope is going to be a long series like the Boston Brahmin series.
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