Apocalypse_scnReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Apocalypse is the third book in the Ethan Warner series. This is a fast-paced book with a lot of action. It reminds me a lot of Dan Brown and Steve Berry–plot holes and poor physics included. While I enjoyed reading most of the book, the single biggest problem I had with it was the poor physics. Crawford tried putting in a ‘reasonable’ amount of ‘science’ to explain how someone would be able to ‘see’ into the future. I couldn’t swallow any of it–most of all the explanation on how it worked. The physics explanations in the ending were absolutely horrible.

Ethan and his partner Nicola Lopez are private eyes in Illinois. They are trying to catch a rather nasty piece of work who skipped his bail and represents a fairly large payday for the duo. When the fugitive tries to run and smash Ethan into the guard rail, Ethan pulls a stunt that almost gets him arrested. The only thing that saves Ethan’s butt is his old friend Jarvis who just happens to show up with some important credentials and whisks Ethan and Nicola off for another adventure to save the world.

We then find out that a man named Charles Percell is wanted for questioning in the murder of his wife and daughter. Charles knows who killed them and tells the police that the same man will kill him as well in less than 24 hours. Percell also tells the police (over the phone) several predictions that come true right in front of the detective’s eyes. Before he hangs up, he tells the detective to find and work with Ethan Warner. And time is of the essence.

Warner, Lopez and their DIA handler Jarvis (they are sometimes contractors to the DIA), are sent to Florida to ‘deal’ with the situation.

If you like fast-paced books and don’t think much about the plot this can be a fast read that can be very fun. But the more you think about what you read the harder this book is to be believable. There are so many questions that can be asked that would have a better answer than the ones given. Occam’s razor is not used here. Even though I’m pointing out the negatives I still mostly found this book to be fun and like Brown and Berry, I’m sure I’ll try another one when I need some light entertainment.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Touchstone. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.