Title: No Escape
Series: EMP Sabotage
Author: Grace Hamilton
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: 6th February 2023
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The world ended. But the final battle has just begun…
The world has grown even more dangerous for the survivors of the EMP strikes that crippled the United States. Ronny is a prisoner of AILS, a terrorist group planning to remake the world to suit their twisted vision. He’ll do whatever it takes to stop them, even if it costs him his life.
Ruth and the others remain on the offshore drilling platform. But AILS has set their sights on the facility, and are coming to take it by force. If their plan succeeds, there will be nowhere left to hide. Fleeing for their lives, the survivors must somehow mount a counter strike, before the terrorist cabal grows even more powerful.
The platform that has been their refuge must be destroyed. But demolishing a drilling rig is no simple task. And as AILS forces close in, a deadly storm looms on the horizon. Surrounded by danger, the survivors must make a final stand to stop these deadly fanatics once and for all.
The fate of humanity—and their own survival—hang in the balance.
As soon as I finished reading No Relief, I wanted to read this book but then I had mixed feelings, in one way I couldn’t wait to read more but on the other hand I didn’t want it all to end! Anyway, once this was available to read, I couldn’t resist diving in and reading it for very long. Its difficult to review this one without giving much away, I can say I don’t think anyone will be disappointed! I will try my best not to give away too much.
This book sees the original group split and sort of head their own teams in an attempt to bring down the terrorist group AILS. It does see all the original characters come to the conclusion that they will bring about the end of AILS or they will die trying! In fact in one section of this book we see characters agree to blow the oil rig up even if it means them dying, then just as they are about to do so they see that AILS have some of their loved ones hostage. They then face a difficult decision, stop AILS but kill their loved ones in the process…..or try to mount a rescue and risk perhaps not stopping AILS. Finally it is decided that they will mount a rescue bid but if at any point it seems all is lost and they are about to be captured they will use a detonator to blow the rig up and everyone who is on it at the time, When those on the oil rig re-approach the islanders for help they discover there is an illness affecting some of them and its not long until one of their own group begins to succumb to the mysterious illness. Despite being seriously ill, this character insists on doing all they can to help not only their own small group but to help the islanders too. There has been plenty of mystery, suspense and action in the previous two books and this, the last in the trilogy doesn’t disappoint either! There’s some real edge of your seat stuff! There is more than one occasion where you think all is lost, for things to suddenly take a turn for the better.
I instantly adored some of the characters, Ruth, Stella, John and Curtis. I even immediately loved the awkward and somewhat grumpy Ronny too! I was suspicious of others, Kay, Parker, Jorge and Clark but eventually warmed to Kay by the third book! I have to admit I quite enjoyed disliking Dana and head of AILS Tyra too. I think there was a character within the book for everyone, just like there was something for everyone, be it the technical/tactical side of things being described, the initial mystery of who the sabouteur was, the suspense of how/whether AILS could be defeated or not, or even the comaradery and small glimpses of romance between certain characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, in fact I loved the whole series. There was a point near the end of the book where I thought that there may be more to come, perhaps another book but then I saw that it is listed as a “trilogy.” Grace Hamilton always seems to tie up the loose ends, and end her books/series whilst leaving you wanting more. I guess what I am trying to say is she has the knack of always ending her series at what ends up feeling the perfect point.
Summing up, Action packed, adventure filled, edge of seat reading with a little love thrown in too.