Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Book Review: Winterhaven by JD McKenna (Winterhaven #2)


The End has changed the face of our world forever. Nations lie in ruin, population decimated by our own sins. Amidst this chaos and destruction however, survivors begin to build anew. Some seek power, other's hold to the shred's of their duty, while a few just hope to build something better from the ashes of the old.

Winterhaven continues where The Dead Familiar left off, just after The End and in the first months of a changed world. Jack Hightower seeks a utopian ideal, while elsewhere, mad men plot to ravage the remnants of the old world once more.

The foundations will be lain, but who will stand triumphant at the last call?


My Review: 
Rey's group arrive at Winterhaven to the news that Gary is dead and he has not met the people at the gates. He is unsure if it is a trap. The guards on the wall seek proof that Rey knew Gary and can be trusted to come inside.

Jack is dealing with complaints over the lack of private rooms from the St Cloud people, and trying to work out his complicated feelings for ex-partner Liz, and newcomer Elizabeth. Liz is determined to reclaim Jack and Elizabeth is unsure if she is willing to tell Jack she is interested if Liz is lurking in the background. Jeez Jack, Liz is manipulative and dumped you, trating you like crud and you are even considering taking her back? What a complete idiot! I would be on Team Elizabeth for sure. It's not really a love triangle though, as all of Jack's contact is on a professional level with Elizabeth and nothing has ever happened with them.

Jack starts the training of his first squads of elite soldiers to defend their community-the Wolven Corps. He starts training them with war games which start to reveal some very talented people. Brian and Bear show promise as leaders while Justin is an excellent sniper candidate. With his first teams ready to graduate training, students in a nearby town send out a message for help. Their town is being torn apart by looters and killers and a group are trying to escape. Jack is even more determined to attack the town when he hears that medical staff are being held hostage in one of the buildings.

John and Olivia escape Memphis and set up camp in Arkansas near the border, taking over a camping site with a group of others fleeing the nearby cities. They had thought that the road north to Winterhaven was too long and dangerous but are now concerned that they made the wrong choice. They decide to go into a nearby town to find supplies before starting their journey, unaware that Lucas has his soldiers hunting non-whites in the area and returning slavery to the South. Things go badly wrong and the soldiers shoot at the fleeing John...

The editing continues to be annoying with more issues regarding the change of characters. Characters are being called the wrong names ie Nicole and May, and the spelling of another name changes constantly from Meghan to Megan, which is quite annoying and should be easily picked up by a quick read through. It is this lack of attention to detail that can put people off reading Indie and self published books.

There was a lot to like about this book though. The training of the Wolven Corps was good to read about as we are introduced to characters like Rose, and see more of Justin and Bear who we met in book one. I liked the development of Brian as well. I was also interested in what was happening to John and Olivia and the introduction of Junior as a character. He could fast become a real favourite. I also liked the sub plot of one psycho trying to turn the South into a racist state and a rebellion beginning against him. The best part of course was the rescue attempt on the town, which was tense and exciting.

The first book is still my favourite but I did enjoy this sequel a lot. My only concerns are how prominent Liz seems to be coming when I really don't like her character. I'd like to see more of Elizabeth than her. I did laugh though at the St Cloud lawyer planning to sue for not getting a single room! It's the apocalypse you daft woman! Your entitlement complex is going to get your ass kicked out if you act so stupid!!!

Ideal for fans of character driven apocalypse books.
Read September 2017.
4 stars

10 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one almost as much as the first. I find that cover really terrifying. Plus, a huge abandoned factory in our town caught on fire Friday night and is still burning. Conspiracy theories are everywhere and the air pollution is toxic - I may need this guy's mask!

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    1. It's still burning? That must be a nightmare for going outside. I remember being in Cape Town with the wildfires and it was hell on my eyes and throat.

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  2. You mentioned it! Character driven. Definitely want to check these out. And another killer cover too!

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  3. that cover! I LOVE masks in cover. First books are usually the best is series. I'm glad to hear the second was good too!

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    1. The second was almost as good as the first. The third drops a bit for me but still a decent story. Haven't had time to review it though!

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  4. That's quite a cover! Only I think the editing issues would really bug me.

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    1. I think if you plan to read a lot of Indie books, you kind of get used to a few editing issues! I can overlook it if the story is good for the most part.

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  5. Editing issues bug me too, but it doesn't stop me from enjoying a good story. Couldn't help but chuckle at your review, especially the ending. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. You get used to editing issues when you read as much Indie and self published as I do!

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