J. L. Bourne, the creator of the Day by Day Armageddon series, has never failed to entertain. With over twenty-three years of active duty/intelligence and his first person narratives, readers everywhere were privileged with amazing apocalyptic reading. Sadly, with no book four in the near future, we were given this short story.
In Grey Fox, Kil, the teller of the tale, is a Runner. He fetches, for a price, items no longer created after the scrimmage between men and dead men. The first two books were fascinating, giving weapon details that no other author provided and actually had Kil teachother characters to work them. I loved that, since other books had every day Joe Shmoe shooting like a pro within seconds of picking up an automatic/semi-sutomatic weapon. Intricacies like this made Bourne's tale realistic.
Book three left us lingering with rudimentary ideas on how the undead returned, making it a let down of a ending, unless book 4 was on a nearby horizon. There was nothing definitive and the worse possible scenario seemed to take root. Fans, myself included were left upset, so I'm thinking that's where Bourne just quit. Instead of coming up with something plausible (in our apocalyptic worlds), he gave us Grey Fox. The story stitched nothing together for those who've read the previous books. It was just a 25-year jump into Kil's journal. *No Spoilers I felt this story was a huge let down and since I don't just rate high due to author names, I gave it 3/5 specs.
Bourne's incredible style remained. The guy's an amazing storyteller, but his offering of futuristic tidbits and no solution made for an unhappy read; too much is missing. So in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I've got to say about that." 📚
*Doctor Who's The Drosten's Curse is next.
**Purchased in iBooks: $5.95
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