Fans of the Newsflesh series will be ecstatic about this final installment, where all the loose ends get tied neatly, if gorily, together. The characters we know and love continue to act in the manner to which we’ve become accustomed, the action is virtually nonstop, and if there is a point in the denouement where the plot becomes a leetle bit thin, you’ll be more than willing to forgive. There are new hellos and a few sad goodbyes, but the conclusion is one you won’t put down until you’re done, and then you’ll heave a sigh of satisfaction.
Shawn Mason continues to do the work he started with his sister, Georgia, before her death. He is still haunted by her ghost, which guides him through the laboratories of a mad scientist and through fields of zombies. The team of journalists who work for him at After the End Times worry about just how crazy Shawn has become. When they are all confronted with someone they’d hoped to never see again, it will have a greater impact on them, the news world and the U.S. government than anything since before the zombie uprising. (ORBIT, Jun., 560 pp., $9.99)