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Countdown City - Ben H. Winters

Mr. Winters has a new book out this summer receiving a lot of attention - "Underground Airlines". When I read the review I realized I had not completed his 'The Last Policeman' series.


The setup is simple. An asteroid will hit earth in 7 months. There is no stopping it. Hank Palace is a Policeman in a small New Hampshire town. Mystery follows against society crumbling as time moves closer to the inevitable.


Mr. Winters does a good setting the tone of how society devolves as the apocalypse approaches.


The book reminded me of "Soft Apocalypse" by Will Mcintosh. Nothing happens immediately, like a game of Jenga, piece by piece of society gets dismantled until...