Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
4 out of 5 stars
Out of the frying pan and into the fire. That’s what this book felt like from beginning to end. I can tell that Akart is building up to a big finale and I’m pretty sure I have it pegged. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read enough of his books to follow his story-long and series-long arcs or if he’s going to totally surprise me but I knew how this book was going to end within the first few minutes. That didn’t take away from me enjoying it, but it doesn’t happen often that what I guessed happened almost exactly as I thought.
Fifth Column was a little more… brutal than the others (more death and destruction along with at least two actually brutal scenes) and Akart nailed those scenes. His books are usually a little more on the PG side and this one seemed to dive into PG-13 or R rated with some of the violence and actions by characters. I’m an adult and have no issues with stuff like that but I wanted to point it out since Akart is usually pretty clean. His writing of these scenes was distinct and well thought out without being overly gross.
Another missing piece, in my opinion, was the romance part – which has been a staple of this series and one of its nice breaks from the action. There was a little at the beginning but from around the 2nd quarter to the end there wasn’t too much of the “love-breaks” as I think of them. This book was action from beginning to end.
There was a scene that I remember where the family was trying to prepare survival caches to bury and I could tell that Akart was trying to teach me something. I didn’t mind it and will probably look back on that scene for information on what I should pack away in case of an emergency. He normally “hides” the learning moments in his books a little more but this one made sense to leave the way it was written – I wanted to know what and why they were putting certain things in the cache.
Overall, I thought that just like Akart’s other books – Fifth Column was both enjoyable and informative.
Fifth Column by Bobby Akart
Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
Series: The Lone Star Series #5
Published by Audible Studios on June 26th 2018
Enemy forces gather under the veil of darkness - mobilizing to strike a fledgling nation.
Will this clandestine Fifth Column achieve its acts of sabotage?
Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Once again, political suspense collides with postapocalyptic thriller fiction as critically acclaimed author Bobby Akart (The Lone Star series, The Blackout series, The Pandemic series, The Boston Brahmin series, and the Prepping for Tomorrow series) intertwines historical fact with plausible fiction in The Lone Star series.
The Republic of Texas has focused its efforts on the survival of its citizens to the detriment of those who seek to cross their borders. When an unforeseen enemy penetrates its defenses, the unthinkable happens, causing the nation to face its greatest test.
Can Texas come together to protect its own? Will the death of one of its own cause turmoil among the ranks? Will the advancing Fifth Column receive assistance from an unlikely source? The Lone Star series continues with Fifth Column.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: 36 Hours (Blackout #1), Zero Hour (Blackout #2), The Loyal Nine, Cyber Attack
Also in this series: Axis of Evil, Beyond Borders, Lines in the Sand, Suicide Six