The second book of the trilogy and I was not disappointed. I liked first Brushfire Plague book because it was not the usual super-macho-prepper-takes-on-the-world but a regular guy who was subject to a sudden steep learning curve on what to do when the world decides to go Tango Uniform and as he learns, we (hopefully) learn. Reckoning is fast-paced and leaves you wanting for more. I read it in a 7-hour stretch with the occasional break for those things that shall not be mentioned…and food intake too.
Reckoning keeps on that line but also adds two very important things: Actions have consequences and you better learn how to deal and live with them and that when people are under extreme pressure and emotions, they will either do the most gallant of things of behave in the most callous of manners. This is Cooper Adams’ learning curve in this book and a cautionary tell for the reader: Your true friends will be few in numbers, allies will turn on you and perceived enemies once in a while will surprise you with a small dash of kindness that will probably will not be repeated.
How much “old” morality can we afford when the World has lost its own? Is there a balance between doing the right thing versus doing what is necessary to survive, specially when there is no balance out there? Are you willing to pay the price that comes with either position.
That in my opinion is the fundamental premise in Brushfire Fire: Reckoning.