Dead Reckoning: Descent into Dystopia

Dead Reckoning: Descent into Dystopia

by Mr. Robert Clayton


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Dead Reckoning: Descent into Dystopia by Mr. Robert Clayton

There are many tales today about dystopian societies. It's become a popular theme. These stories comprise books, movies and series. Few tell how the world changed from what is outside your door into such an unpleasant place, where you don't want to be. The Dead Series probes the depth of depravity, having already begun with Dead & Dead For Real. Dead Reckoning takes us down the path away from civilization. It's terrifying, because it takes little imagination to see the savagery coming. My research into bio-war and cyber war horrified me. We have little defense against them. Read on - get scared.

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ISBN-13: 9781539185581
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Robert Clayton
R. L. Clayton's interest in writing dates to his teens. He began the Evolution River Series in 2001, but only after retiring from engineering did his writing career take off. Since 2011, he has published six books. Genres include science fiction (The Evolution River Series), historical fiction (Wings of the WASP) and lately his paranormal thriller Dead Series (Dead & Dead For Real and Dead Reckoning). Having lived in Tucson, Arizona for fifty-five years, the Southwest setting plays a large part in most of his novels. Learn more at his websites: or Facebook: R.L.Clayton

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Dead Reckoning: Descent into Dystopia 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ClaireBear74 6 months ago
4.5 stars I was hooked from the first pages of “Dead Reckoning” by Robert L. Clayton, and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the intense and dynamic characters and intricate plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. It is impossible to be bored even for a moment as the scenes are short and tight, and bounce around all over the world, each section showing a different characters POV or storyline, and we see how they are all tying together. There was great tension throughout, and although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author makes it feel unique in the way he uses the various characters, and his solid knowledge of military/ political maneuverings and terrorist/cyber/bio attacks is evident. I’ve read tons of these types of books over the years so I’m rarely surprised (or overly impressed) with anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it more than once. A quick pace and descriptive details that really brought the story to life—Believable cast of characters who become more knowable as the story goes on – Nick and Kiki are a great team, and they are both as complex, human and flawed as they are extraordinary. This will take you outside the normal confines of a standard thriller, with the inclusion of the supernatural Director who speaks in their heads. I have theories on that, but I am curious to see where the author takes it all next. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, intelligently constructed novel with real-life drama that will open your mind and keep you on your toes until the very end.
JennaBrewster 6 months ago
Okay seriously, these books should come with a warning label: make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! “Dead Reckoning” starts off with an intriguing, shocking (and sad!) beginning and just keeps going from there, with one awful turn after another… and I don’t say that lightly. These types of books get under my skin the most, because they do seem like very real things that could destroy our country and our world. The story takes place not long after the first one ends, and continues the world-building and characterizations established there, but it stands on its own entirely with its own storyline, but set in the same fictional universe. The characters are good – authentic and carry the story well in their respective roles – and I like how the author has also included a more philosophical voice in the mix, through Ron who seems to be the voice of reason in it all. Even though at times I almost felt like there was too much going on, everything wraps up well enough in the end and leaves room for more with some of the characters, which I was happy to see. Some adult language and scenes, but I like how polished the editing was. Overall a solid read, recommend for fans of action, thrillers, military, and political intrigue.
SDecker 6 months ago
4.5 stars These books by R.L. Clayton” are a few of the best books I’ve read lately! Wow! “Dead and Dead for Real” was a wild ride, and this sequel, “Dead Reckoning” was even more intense and dramatic! Which I wouldn’t have thought possible. But if things in the first book were on level 7 – this one is on level 10, easy! I was completely drawn in from the opening scene that sets the unique, almost movie-like mood right away which Clayton’s style of writing. It is fast paced, both with action and the way the characters’ have their dialogue, and my jaw literally dropped several times. Clayton uses great word economy, and every scene counts. It’s hard to relax for even a minute reading this, as there are new, worse threats around each corner. I really had a hard time thinking that things could possibly work out – and the world certainly is a different place by the end of the book. This is a mind-bendy, almost surreal political thriller/suspense book (and series) that is definitely different from anything I’ve read, yet comfortingly familiar. Recommend for mature readers, and I really hope to read more from Mr. Clayton soon.
GillianH 7 months ago
I only recently discovered this author, and am glad that I did! Originally I only planned on reading one of his books (“Dead & Dead for Real”), but after enjoying it so much and having the opportunity to read another of his, I jumped at the chance. So this is the second one now, and they have both been excellent! It was the perfect example of the type of book that keeps you reading into the wee hours of the night, whether you planned to or not. Rapid-fire pacing with actions that hit a little too close to home (really? Bubbles on an airplane?? Ugh!!) For the most part I thought that R.L. Clayton did a fine job of fleshing out the characters, especially the main cast - Nick, Kiki President, Freddy, Ron, etc,… although at times some support cast could feel a bit ‘stock’, and I had trouble distinguishing one personality from another (this is just for the supporting cast). There is quite a bit of narrative shifts from one character and place to another, and while this does serve well to provide a broader perspective, at times I found it confusing if I’d set the book down for any period of time (but the time/date/location stamps at the beginning of each scene did help) The ending was satisfactory, and I liked how everything was resolved, but it did feel kind of abrupt. Overall a very exciting and intelligently portrayed novel that I’d recommend to any Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, or Vince Flynn fan, with a paranormal twist.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Splendid! I love when a book totally surpasses my expectations, and then some. Frequently I’ll read a book by an author that I really like, but then the follow-up is somewhat lacking (I call it the ‘sophomore slump’). Not here! If anything, this one was even BETTER! Everything just gets so crazy on all fronts, and again Clayton does an excellent job with conveying the dramatic and tension filled world-building through the dialogue and actions of the characters and not with boring dense ‘telling’ narrative prose thankfully. Also how he gracefully gives us bits of past info here and there, from events of the prior book ,or the flashbacks to Afghanistan, instead of doing a whole ‘info dumping’ thing which ruins the momentum. It is smooth and organic and makes it able to be easily understood on its own even if you haven’t read the first book. He portrays the political climate and real-life threats in an authentic way that is almost too good… it’s a worst case scenario that we believe really can happen. I am eager to see where these characters go in the next one. Recommend.
SBEACHER 7 months ago
I am a huge fan of thriller and suspense novels and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I love how these books totally break the mold, but stay true to the spirit of the genre. I am so interested in this element of the “Director” the entity that is part of these stories and hope we see more about that aspect. I really liked the first book, “Dead and Dead for Real” and this follow up was just as amazing, if not more so because everything in this one is so much bigger and worse! Right from the start it’s one thing after another that is basically the United States’ worst nightmare – the war is carried out on different fronts and the nation is collapsing. Again, I was captivated by the way Clayton weaved so many interesting characters and twisted frighteningly plausible storylines together to create a story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. I was glad to see Katherine. and Nick and Freddy (and the ‘other one’) back, and it was good how we are filled in on the events of the other book, but you don’t need to have read it to understand and enjoy this one. It is self-contained. (But read it because its awesome!) It was fast-paced, action and high-stakes drama packed, and with snappy dialogue and free from many clichés that riddle this genre. I was curious to see how this would all work out in the end, and I wasn’t at all disappointed--- the author makes so very profound observations on the state of the nation in general, and its parallels to modern times is not lost on the reader. An intelligent and thought-provoking read that is different from much out there, and probably best suited for mature readers. So glad there will be more of these books to come!
CJ2277 7 months ago
I just finished the first book in this series and really liked it, so I was excited to read this one, “Dead Reckoning”. In this one, as in the other one as well, R.L. Clayton draws upon some real-world threats and it is as thrilling as it is frightening – here it is terrorist attack on our infrastructure, a virus outbreak and hacking the economy to destroy the U.S. It is non-stop from the start, and Katherine and Nick come back from ‘the dead’ to try to get the vaccine for the smallpox – among other things. But of course this isn’t just a typical ‘thriller’ novel, we have that pesky voice in our heads back again! Ha! – so creepy and cool. I like how these novels are just as much character-driven as they are plot-driven. And I like that Kiki isn’t some brainless sidepiece bimbo, but highly skilled, lethal, and smart. She and Nick make a really good match. It’s funny because I rarely read much of these types of books (normally it’s romance or fantasy) by Mr. Clayton has me hooked on his books and I’m so happy I gave them a chance! Such a wild whirlwind of events going around the globe, from DC to Black Sea, North Korea, China, Romania… and the pacing is lightning fast. Almost felt like I needed to catch my breath at times! Adult language and violence but nothing gratuitous. Almost perfect editing (which I always notice and appreciate) and visually the only problem for me was some occasional formatting glitches but those were super minor and infrequent. Once again, I was mesmerized by this wicked, dangerous and exciting world Clayton created, and he does a really impressive job of not only keeping the tension throughout, but ramping it up even towards the end. I am so happy that these books don’t end on cliffhangers (my pet peeve) but also leaves the opening for more. The next one looks very good as well! Recommend for (mature) fans of action, terrorist-thriller and suspense.