Title: The Last Mission of the Bastion Series: The Last Bastion #2
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.
Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.
Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.
Also by this author: The Last Bastion of the Living
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*I received a free copy of this book from a book promoter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
The Last Mission of the Living is the second book in The Last Bastion series by Rhiannon Frater. It is available in both paperback and e-book, through online retailers only.
This book picks up right where the previous book, The Last Bastion of the Living, stopped. However, the reader is now seeing things from a different point of view. This is Lindsey’s story instead of Maria’s.
I understood the importance of giving the backstory of what happened in the first book, but the information is dumped all at once on the reader at the beginning of the book. I think it could have been given in chunks, worked in between action. But, it wasn’t, and I thought there was an awful lot of ‘telling’ at the beginning. Instead of the reader being able to see how Lindsey feels, the reader is just told how she feels. This may have been for the sake of expediency because it seemed like the author was trying to quickly get the reader up to speed rather than letting the reader figure some of it on his or her own.
One thing that I think will put some readers off from reading this book is the overlapping point-of-views. The reader has to go through the same scene or conversation he/she has already read, but from a different person’s point of view. Sometimes this worked well for the story; other times it didn’t and seemed too repetitive.
After the initial information dump, the story swings into full action. Unfortunately, the goal of part one–rescuing Torran–is resolved quickly and there doesn’t seem to be a goal for part two. There is nothing for Lindsey to accomplish at that point. Part two doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. It is about Lindsey’s love life. It’s relevant, but drags down the pace of the story. It felt like the author didn’t know which genre she wanted to be writing in, so jumbled them together in one book.I think what would have helped is if there had been a goal carrying over from part one that influenced the events in part two.
In the first book, the author did this as well, but mostly skipped over the courting part of the relationship. That didn’t really work for me either, so I can’t say that there is a good solution to the problem, other than what I have already mentioned. I think having Lindsey fall in love is fine, but it should have been within a context of a setting that kept the action going and gave Lindsey a long-term goal other than just floating along for a while.
Part three of the book introduces a new story goal of keeping people from finding Maria and Dwayne. At this point, I was back on board with the story. I loved the rest of the book. There was lots of action, great character development, and some surprises.
Part four wrapped everything up well. I just thought the ending was a little implausible. If more information had been given about how it had been accomplished by Lindsey, I probably wouldn’t be saying that. I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t say more about this.
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Last Mission of the Living, but not as much as The Last Bastion of the Living. However, I would still recommend it because the action parts more than make up for the parts that lag. If you like romance mixed in with zombie killing, you should give the series a try.