Mix Frankenstein with Neon Genesis Evangelion and put it in the Wild West. What a follow up! Another great story about Clay, Gibbons, and their fifty foot tall battle mech. It would be easy to pick up the series with this book and read the first after you get hooked. Both Fighting Iron novels stand on their own two feet.
Clay and Gibbons finally made it out of Mexicali and into the hellish midlands. An apocalyptic no man’s land. They run into a feud between the Perdition family and a mad scientist in control of a mech made entirely of dead buffalo. We learn a couple more tidbits about the larger mission of the series, the mysterious coordinates that were programmed in the mech. The ones neither Clay nor Gibbons know a thing about. We also get a couple clues about why Clay and the mech are the best there is.
I loved all the scenes involving the scientist’s lab and reanimating parts. It gave the book a creepy vibe. If I got a chance to pilot a giant meat machine, I think I’d take it! Running around like some kind of a skinless gorilla would be fun. It would make traffic go a lot smoother, too.
I was happy with how different a direction the sequel took. We the reader are bound to see anything imaginable in the following books. I think Bible did a great job balancing a serial adventure series with an overarching story here. I get frustrated with an epic series that simply delivers a hunk of chapters rather than completing a story between each set of covers. I’m looking forward to finishing the series.
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J Scott Bennet did a terrific job narrating, as usual. Not only does each character have a distinct voice, but Gibbons goes through a well portrayed roller coaster and Bennet’s voice work took it to the next level!