Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at a 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 down to the last ten chapters of this book. That means if Jake’s going to find the Kittridges he better do it fast. Last time secured an alternate route to his contact, so we’ll see how that works out, possibly in this chapter.
I try to pad these things out for people going through the homepage and to put some decent length into the article but as we get closer to the end I run out of things to say, which I’m doing now. So let’s just get to reading.
Making things worse for my word count is that not a whole lot happens that’s worth discussing. Not that nothing happens, but there’s a difference between reading for enjoyment and reading for a review. I try to do both with this series so while I find the chapter interesting despite us still not meeting with Warbride there’s not a lot to discuss. Jake, Bethdroid, and Swires spend half the chapter in a remote-controlled van and the other in a waiting place using a holographic hacienda. Unfortunately the general that meets them has a bad history with Jake (being busted twice for refurbished sex androids will do that), but luckily his superior officer is actually an old friend, and a former lawyer, which says something about both Warbride’s influence and how badly the current regime is.
We learn that the Mexican government, or at least this region, is actually corrupt and this is the rare occasion where the revolutionary is one of the good guys…not counting some of the people she recruits or who her current bedmate is. We also learn that Jake and Warbride didn’t have some serious relationship, no “romance for the ages” as Jake comments on when the friendly general wonders if he’s here to rekindle their relationship. There may even be question if Vargas is a bigger jerk. If we ever get to meet him I’m curious what he’s actually like. And if Jake is going to punch him for sending assassins like a jealous child with access to assassins. There’s also the question of replacing one questionable government with another. If her boyfriend is any indication, Warbride may not necessarily be the liberating force here.
It does make sense under the circumstances that these various safety procedures are in place. Even though Swires has permission to be here the government could replace him with her own agents and they weren’t expecting Jake and Beth to show up. We also don’t know what Warbride does or doesn’t know about the Kittridges, but at least the friendly general is convinced they had nothing to do with the crash.
So will the meeting finally happen next chapter? We’ll find out in the next installment.