I'm always hesitant when it comes to sequels because often you end up reading another version of the first book and feel disappointed. This is definitely not the case with Pace's sequel to Sudden Mission. In Nasty Leftovers, you get a whole new story with the same strong characters.
What I enjoyed most about this book was his ability to create a visual experience. While I followed the characters through their spiritual and physical journey, I could picture and feel every scene so clearly. It read like a movie. There is plenty of action and each character has their own growth as they face challenges against good versus evil along the way.
This is a great sequel to Sudden Mission. It follows very well from this first instalment on all levels, characters, plot, flow and spiritual themes and it really makes this instalment a worthy sequel. We all know of the rut that sequels of books and movies can fall into, but Pace has avoided this and this instalment should act as a good springboard for the furtherance of this series and his craft for that matter.
I said in my review of Sudden Mission that Pace seems to have found his niche in writing for the teen/young adult market and genre. Further proof is found in this instalment. The plot is tighter, characters further developed and more relational, especially Paul and Amy, not only as a spiritual warrior team established from the previous novel but as a deepening relationship as well. Pace has added a further layer of developing romance between Paul and Amy and this seems to add a stronger foundation for them as a spiritual warrior team fighting the satanic forces in this novel. It will be good to see how this develops in the next installment.
You know, it's really hard for authors to top their previous work, it really is. It is also very rare when it does happen. Guy L. Pace is one of those rare authors.
This book was fabulous.
Book one ended and honestly it ended in such a way that that could have been it, though luckily it wasn't!
Nasty Leftovers picks up where Sudden Mission left off, which I truly love. And though we had to wait (feels like) so long, you can still feel everything from the first book.... yes, even the heartache