Woefully outmanned and outgunned by a cadre of ruthless Russian mercenaries enlisted by Flagg, and closely pursued by the drug cartels that rule the ravaged Southwest, the Fishers need some serious help to survive…but at what price?
What I liked: Rogue State picks up where Fractured State ended and that’s a great thing with everyone’s life on the line. What I may have not touched on in my review of Fractured State is the rest of the country is pretty much dependent on California for its economy. There are two groups involved, one wanting to secede from the United States and the majority not wanting California to secede.
Neither of these groups is playing exactly fair and in the interests of the people of the country. You know, politics and wealth in one way or another is the driving force of the two groups. Nathan Fisher is the unwittingly “fly in the ointment” for both groups. One group wants him and his family dead at all costs and the other wants to use him for their benefit.
I will say the anti-secessionist movement appears to be more ruthless, better financed, and run by a group of millionaires who are actually only against the secession to fill their pockets. At no point is this group concerned with the citizens they might hurt.
The secessionist movement has their own plans. To put it simply, if they succeed, California will be a country that has everything to sell to the rest of the United States. They do have a problem though, besides their lesser numbers and access to technology, they need to figure out how to make California water independent. And you got it, that’s where Nathan comes in. How you ask, well, you need to read the series to find out. (Sorry).
Mr. Konkoly is great at keeping the tension in the story at a fever pace. The characters are still developing to catch up with the plot but he is doing a good job of following several characters and what drives them. His imagination in the overall plot is brilliant in my opinion. Mr. Konkoly essentially made me feel everything he was writing about was real. It was downright scary in the atmosphere of our country today.
What I didn’t like: The pace moves so quickly that apart from Nathan, I don’t feel like I’ve had the chance to “know” the characters. There is not a lot of backstory at this time with a couple of exceptions. I also want to know exactly what happened to put the United States in its current situation. There were some small explanations provided but I basically wanted more.
Rogue State is free for Kindle Unlimited members and very reasonably priced at $4.99 for the e-book.
I’m waiting anxiously for the next in the series!