Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
We’re at the last nine chapters of this book. Nine really short chapters, as most of the book has been. Thanks to a recount if I do three this week, three next week, I’ll have three for the final week which means I’ll be starting June by ending this book. It balances out nicely that way, so that’s what I’ll be doing. Hopefully the next book will have proper length chapters and I’ll be able to have the title of this article series be accurate again, at least until the next book in this series comes up for review. Since I’ve run out of stuff for the intro, let’s get right to the chapter/page count.
- Chapter 80: Wednesday, 9 AM, The Diamond Mountains: 5 pages
- Chapter 81: Wednesday, 7:20 PM, Op-Center: 3 pages and 4 lines
- Chapter 82: Wednesday, 9:24 AM, The Diamond Mountains: 4 pages
The goal is in sight. Hopefully Korea and Japan will be by the time this is over.
Rodgers makes himself useful by having his team rescue the proper commander, but Sun gets himself killed (after killing one of the strike team) so he can keep the changed codes secret. Good action in this one but not much to talk about. The next chapter goes to Op-Center, where it’s the same thing. While I still don’t think the satellites (a picture brought up after the virus was purged) could get in that close (Hollywood isn’t the only one who exaggerates for the sake of a story) it gets a shot of three of the numbers and they guess the fourth logically based on previous events.
We shift back to the missile base where the missing number is wrong and they have to work to speed through that last number to get to the second set of codes but one more conspirator shows up to damage one of the keypads and wound another strike team member. Rodgers and the commander have to work fast but the missiles don’t launch at the same time. Luckily they both come up on the same plan…which we won’t find out about until next time.
I have to give this section praise. Plenty of action, Op-Center does something important, and proper cliffhangers for such short chapters. Had these three been all one chapter, maybe even with the next one, the pacing would have been better but I’ve long since given up on that with this book. What is Rodgers and Ki-Soo’s idea and will it save Tokyo? I’m finally excited (took most of the book for me to say that) to say we’ll find out in our next installment.