Apocalypse to Go
Author: Katharine Kerr
Title: Apocalypse to Go
Series: Nola O'Grady 3
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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The Apocalypse Squad is on the move!
Secret Agent Nola O'Grady has enough trouble on her hands when a were-leopard accuses her of receiving stolen property, but things get worse fast. A mysterious trans-world law enforcement group wants to recruit her partner and bodyguard, Israeli Interpol officer Ari Nathan. His new loyalties might jeopardize their relationship.
Then her younger brother Michael goes searching for their missing father and lands himself and their brother, Sean, in a world of trouble--quite literally, in a dangerous deviant-world version of San Francisco.
Can Nola and Ari find them in time to save them from their kidnappers before they're murdered? The search will lead them through a city of secrets, but the worst secret of all lurks at the heart of the only thing Nola loves more than Ari: her family.
Nola's fight against the forces of chaos continues to be fraught with danger, but she always hoped that danger would stay focused on her and Ari. When Nola's family gets involved and two of her brothers go missing, she knows that it's too late for anything but a battle for their very lives.
The world building in this series continues to amaze me. The idea of deviant world levels and how each level started out the same and was slowly changed by events occurring within is incredibly interesting. This book goes into so much more depth about those worlds, including how to travel between them and the events that occurred to make them so different. The detail and the depth provided allowed for places where there wasn't much growth--ie. Nola and Ari's relationship--to just be present and enjoyable.
The plot itself was good. I liked how it progressed throughout the book, but it wasn't the most interesting part. It provided for plenty of opportunity for the world building to be showcased, which was fun. I could have used a little more drama or suspense to make the plot as dynamic as the world building, however overall it did work.
The world building of the deviant levels in this book was really well written, but it was so good that at times it eclipsed the characters and the plot. I still have to recommend this book because overall I did enjoy it.
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