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.
Here we are at last, the final three chapters of a book that’s been a chore to get through. Odd pacing, too much focus on introducing series characters, and not even very likable ones most of the time, not enough on the central plot, and all with a chapter system that just doesn’t work for me. It’s time to finally finish this book and move on to something else.
- Chapter 86: Wednesday, 9:50 AM, The Diamond Mountains: 4 pages
- Chapter 87: Wednesday, 10:30 AM, Seoul: 4 pages
- Chapter 88: Wednesday, 9:00 PM, Op-Center: 5 pages
So let’s find out how this all wraps up.
Things go well for the strike team. They’re simply escorted to the pick-up point, part on good terms, and leave. But just to remind us the jerks we’re calling heroes Rodgers hopes that the farewell message he confirmed with Martha wasn’t actually him saying something stupid because she doesn’t like him. (They’re both rivals for Paul’s seat after all.) At least it ends on a high note otherwise.
Meanwhile Hwan is recovering, at least physically. In the past day or so he’s lost two of his friends, and now he can mourn for them. It looks like he’s about to get more responsibility (although he thinks Op-Center had a hand in that) and lady-Kim may finally get to see her brother in Japan, so all ends well there as well. I wonder if they’ll follow up on those two in a later book? I’m not planning to find out anytime soon mind you even though I have two more books in this series. I think this is enough for now. There is also concern that this bunch may still have more members out there ready to start a war and end any possibility of reunification, which might be a sequel at some point.
Finally there’s Op-Center itself as the President stops by to congratulate everyone for their hard work in this crisis and to let them know that the trial period is over and Op-Center is not officially part of the team. This is also ruined by Ann’s continued desire to climb into Paul’s pants but all he wants to do is spend time with his son. He’s one of the good ones I tell you. In a group so lacking in them.
Yes, we are finally done with this book. I can’t say I’ll miss it, although it still isn’t as much a chore as Seduction Of The Innocent, which still remains the worst book I’ve ever reviewed. I remember my mom borrowed this book from me but I don’t know if she ever got to read it before she passed. It might be interesting to hear her thoughts for but for me this was not worth the wait, as I’ll explain Sunday in this week’s Clutter Report. As for the next book, I’m taking another trip to Cybertron for some unfinished business in a continuity that I’ve discussed every origin story for except this one. I’ll keep that vague until next time.