Friday, April 20, 2012

Clickers II: The Next Wave - by JF Gonzalez and Brian Keene - Here they come again!

5 of 5 Stars
Many times sequels don't measure up to the original, sometimes it's best to leave a successful book stand alone.  I'm so glad that this is not the case here.  Clickers, originally published in 1998, was such a fun read I never expected the follow-up to be as good, but honestly it was even more entertaining than the first installment.

This time, JF Gonzalez teamed up with the legendary Briane Keene.  A match made in Horror Heaven or would it be more appropriate to say Horror Hell?  The two writers compliment one another extremely well, bringing back those crab-lobster-scorpion things known as Clickers and their scaly conterparts, The Dark Ones.  The Clickers are bigger and The Dark Ones are smarter.  It's a number of years later and amidst another Category 5 Hurricane the action begins and the attack is fast, furious and much broader than before.

Colonel Augustus Livingston, retired, is called back to active duty.  He was in Phillipsport, Me to lead the clean-up after the original invasion some years ago.  I genuinely liked this character, he's fed up with bureaucracy, as many of us are, and gets to speak his mind and take action.  Rick Sychek, who also survived the original attack (and has been living under an assumed identity ever since) is also back and brought into the middle of things despite his desire to be as far away fron the invasion as possible.  The president of the U.S. is key to this story and I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil it for you.  But, he's certainly memorable.

Clickers II: The Next Wave won't disappoint.  It was just plain fun to read.  I would certainly recommend you read Clickers first and there at 2 more books in the series.  There are no cliff-hangers per se, so far the two stories compliment one another very well.

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