Countdown City (Last Policeman Series #2)

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Set three months before the deadly asteroid 2011GV1 is due to hit Earth, this Last Policeman sequel chronicles the further adventures of Hank Palace. The Concord Police Department is now operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, and Hank is out of a job - until he's hired by a business tycoon to help find the man's estranged son. Hank's search leads him to a visibly collapsing East Coast landscape where anti-immigrant militia patrol the shores, fending off ...
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Overview

Set three months before the deadly asteroid 2011GV1 is due to hit Earth, this Last Policeman sequel chronicles the further adventures of Hank Palace. The Concord Police Department is now operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, and Hank is out of a job - until he's hired by a business tycoon to help find the man's estranged son. Hank's search leads him to a visibly collapsing East Coast landscape where anti-immigrant militia patrol the shores, fending off droves of people fleeing the "impact zone" of the asteroid.

And it isn't long before Hank's missing-person case turns into a murder investigation. But the Last Policeman sequel asks questions well beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

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An NPR Best Book of 2013
 
“I always appreciate novels that have new and interesting approaches to traditional genres, and Ben H. Winters' two novels featuring Hank Palace fill the bill.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR
 
“Winters is brilliant in conveying the ways in which people look for their best impulses but often end up as the victims of other people’s most base instincts.”—Toronto Star

“...one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time.”—Nancy Pearl, KUOW

“...the 'don’t lose hope' ending is slam bang, setting us up for the 'final-final' installment.”—Florida Times-Union

A precise, calendar-driven doom casts a shadow over the series, a planet-killer asteroid that the Earth can’t duck, making this an existential policier.”—The Sunbreak

“…a thrilling and contagious read.”—Fayetteville Flyer

“Through it all Palace remains a likeable hero for end times..."—PublishersWeekly.com

“Winters is a deft storyteller who moves his novel effortlessly from its intriguing setup to a thrilling, shattering conclusion.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“...gripping...”—The Free Lance-Star

“... Winters's work shines.”—Locus
 
“Don't miss this series!”—Sci Fi magazine
 
“As with the first Hank Palace novel (this is volume 2 of a projected trilogy), the mystery element is strong, and the strange, preapocalyptic world is highly imaginative and also very plausible—it’s easy to think that the impending end of the world might feel very much like this. Genre mash-up master Winters is at it again.”—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469226262
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Last Policeman Series , #2
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben H. Winters is a New York Times-bestselling author and an Edgar Award nominee. His novels include Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk 2009; 10+ weeks on the NYT Best Seller List), the Edgar-Award nominated YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins 2009), and Bedbugs (Quirk 2011), which was hailed by Vanity Fair as a "diabolical tale of paranoia." Ben lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    4 Stars !? Only when compared to debut novel of series

    I found the first novel of this series so original, compelling, and ___________ (add any or all of your own superlatives to the blank space), that this second in the trilogy was notably more of a straight up private detective mystery. Still immensly enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    Former police detective Henry Palace is still interested in serv

    Former police detective Henry Palace is still interested in serving the public, he still dresses for work even though he’s no longer employed, he still meets other “retired” officers of his disassembled unit at the local diner where they commiserate on the state of the world, or what’s left of it. He still believes in serving his community so when approached by his childhood babysitter to locate her missing husband he readily agrees, even though according to the “experts” in 77 days the asteroid known as Maia will hit the Earth with apocalyptic results. There are forces that will attempt to keep him from solving this puzzle and he will re-connect with unlikely allies to help him search. But in the end what does it matter, is he the only voice of reason left in a world gone mad. Or is he just as deranged as the rest of the planet?

    Ben H. Winters leads his readers by the nose through this second in his pre-apocalyptic trilogy, a terror-filled, can’t put it down, page turner. He uses the most eloquent of dialogues to describe what’s happening in the world, the world where the information highway we enjoy is shutting down more each day, and the inevitable event-to-come is all smoke and mirrors. He lets us use our imagination just enough to scare the bejeezus out of us, but not enough for us to stop turning the pages. He’s a magician with words and phrases and his narrative will flow smoothly through every titillating experience. If you love apocalyptic fiction, pre, post or otherwise this will be your next must read, but to enjoy every page, every scene and every interaction it should be read in order. If you love the novels of Stephen King, Harry Turtledove, Justin Cronin or Orson Scott Card you will love this trilogy too.
    Ben you’ve taken me on an adventure of a lifetime so far and I’m looking forward to “The End”.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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    dont stop now

    i read the Last Policeman and didnt love it but i was intrigued enough to buy the second (i hope there's a third) book ... it was really good .. involving which i am sorry to say the first was not ... not sure you need to read the first book to enjoy the second ... i really want to learn what happens to Hank's sister .. i have one bone to pick .. Hank's friend a former cop was helping find some missing kids .. we never learn what happens to him that struck me as odd .. so now there are two reasons i need a third book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Map

    Res 1:Map Res 2: Bank Res 3: Weapons store Res 4: Police station
    Res 5: Subways Res 6: Airport Res 7: Bios Res 8: millitary base Rules: If you get into fights, no playing god. You can rob banks and stuff. No buying 500 kiloton nukes and blowing up the city. And besides, 500 kiloton bombs cost $5,000,000,000,000,000.00.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    Note: This is a joint review of the first two books in the trilo

    Note: This is a joint review of the first two books in the trilogy (no spoilers).

    A deadly asteroid is bound for earth. There's no hope left: People are abandoning their jobs, their responsibilities, fulfilling bucket lists, committing suicide. Hank Palace is the only policeman left who considers the possibility of murder when 99% of crime scenes are suicides; the only policemen left who cares enough to bother solving the case.

    I can't believe I almost passed on the opportunity to read and review these two books. I'm kind of picky about mysteries, and crime fiction is usually not my thing, but the pre-apocalyptic angle intrigued me. I'm glad I took a chance, because I raced through these two books, reading them back-to-back.

    There are 6 months until impact in The Last Policeman, and only 2½ months left in Countdown City. As you can imagine, society deteriorates more and more as time runs out. Both books are riveting. Ben Winters strikes the perfect balance between mystery, thriller, science, and bringing the reader into a society on the brink of devastation. The tone is never too heavy, and certainly not too light. The dialogue is fantastic. And our protagonist? Hank Palace is as kind and caring as he is fierce (when necessary).

    Considering it is the first book in a trilogy, The Last Policeman had a surprisingly satisfying ending. It wrapped up in such a way that I could have easily put the series aside if I'd wanted, but that wasn't going to happen! Immediately upon finishing, I dived into Countdown City, which was equally as exciting.

    What's the difference between what's lawful and what's right? When everything seems pointless, and there's no profit or gain, what choices will people make? How will people choose to spend their last few months? There's a short but especially powerful scene of readers holing themselves up in a library, devouring as many books as possible.

    I couldn't read quickly enough, either: the first two books in Ben Winters's The Last Policeman trilogy are that good. I'm looking forward to reading the final installment.

    I received a copy of each book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

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    A nice continuation of the series.  Bleak, but not too bleak --

    A nice continuation of the series.  Bleak, but not too bleak -- and the overarching mystery is interesting, but doesn't completely overshadow our fascination with Hank Palace's impending doom.  

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    Posted January 2, 2014

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