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First let me say that this series is excellent. Great characters, and the story itself is amazing. Book three, broadened the story line, introduced more characters,and was a well written, third installment. I literally read it in two days, (dang job). I need more, and I really hope that the author continues the saga. Amazing read!
“Behind every great leader there was an even greater logistician.” ... This book, the third in this series takes a different tact then every other post-apocalyptic book out there by concentrating on the mechanics of survival in a world of misery. Battles are won or lost often times well before the opposing sides face each other, by which side is the better prepared. Arthur didn't become the Caravan Man without first becoming a master logistician and tactician; someone (perhaps) the only one that really saw the big picture and understood what it would take to accomplish his goals. This was an amazing book for the detail that Arthur put into his planning and execution of those plans. An amazing story, highly recommend.
First two books had extremely graphic language using just about every sexual connotations to acts - the plot was great, action non-stop, killing constant. Premise of flu pandemic killing almost anyone who was an adult but leaving children orphans and targets for sexual predators. Hero rescued orphans and killed, stalked and destroyed evil people. Prepped for huge compound to live and protect survivors, especially orphans.
I purchase each Thomas Watson book as soon as it is available. His ability to combine detail, passion, violence, values, romance and well developed characters in a thoroughly engaging stew transcends the normal standard of pulp fiction. The combination of the unexpected with the meticulous development of his worlds is extraordinarily well done. He is a master storyteller.
Only a couple of criticisms. His books could be a bit leaner as they can be exhausting as well as entertaining. Pages of bridge construction methods, senseless chapter long dialogues that are more vulgar and less interesting than the need to be and countless encounters with entitled, squalling children would not be missed- at least by me. That having been said-looking forward to his next publication.
Once again, the Watsons(Thomas and Tina) have managed to capture the attention of thousands if not millions. Viral 3 talks of the mechanics, logistics and training as well as the grit to survive in a global pandemic. The legendary Caravan Man and his Caravan have thinned out gangs and now approach folks who do not pillage, rape murder and burn but still consider themselves a gang, something like a Girls club or Lions Club. Along the way the deftly explain their logic in the approaches they take while accepting aand implementing better viewpoints. Very very well done, Tommy and Tina.