Raid

Raid➤ Raid Ebook ➪ Author K.S. Merbeth – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Afull throttle, sand in your eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max style wasteland Delilah S Dawson on Bite Clementine is a bounty hunter in a world gone mad Bound and gagged in her passenger s Afull throttle, sand in your eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max style wasteland Delilah S Dawson on Bite Clementine is a bounty hunter in a world gone mad Bound and gagged in her passenger seat is the most revered and reviled Raider king in the eastern wastes She can t cash him in and she can t let him go, so together they cross the wasteworld, following a dying road and dodging bloodthirsty Raiders who either want to free Jedediah or claim him as their own And in a world where lawlessness reigns, a tyrant worse than they could have ever imagined emerges to take the throne. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you took a buddy movie and combined it with the desolation of the Fallout series and the rip roaring explosive action of Mad Max, then you just might end up with something that looks a lot like Raid Set in the same world as the author s debut novel Bite, this was another entertaining romp through a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with raiders and cannibals.Told through the eyes of a scarred and vengeful bounty hunter 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you took a buddy movie and combined it with the desolation of the Fallout series and the rip roaring explosive action of Mad Max, then you just might end up with something that looks a lot like Raid Set in the same world as the author s debut novel Bite, this was another entertaining romp through a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with raiders and cannibals.Told through the eyes of a scarred and vengeful bounty hunter named Clementine, the story begins with our protagonist cashing in on her latest kill at one of the many towns struggling under the control of a merciless dictator named Jedediah Johnson Of course, for Clementine the greatest prize would be Jedediah himself, the man who is responsible for killing her family, but everyone knows that the raider leader would be too well protected, surrounded by his many guards inside his impenetrable mansion So when an informant tells her about a secret passageway that would lead her straight to the heart of his stronghold, Clementine immediately dismisses it as a trick But to her surprise, the tip turned out to be good, and very soon she has her quarry tied up and gagged in the passenger seat of her getaway car.The only problem Clementine had not anticipated that no one would actually want to pay out for Jedediah Captured he may be, but there are still many of his followers roving around the territory, and few are willing risk the wrath of an angry horde for when they inevitably come looking for their missing boss Left with no other options in the east, Clementine is forced to take Jedediah across the wastes to hopefully find someone else willing to shell out for his bounty After all, it would be a shame to kill him and have the biggest catch of her life turn out to be a total bust Still, Clementine soon finds herself regretting that decision as the two of them are immediately beset upon by obstacles like low supplies, bloodthirsty raiders, and other bounty hunters trying to poach her prisoner.Raid can be enjoyed without any prerequisites, though if you have read Bite you might be delighted to find that a few familiar faces will show up for a bit of the action There are also some ties to the first book and other Easter eggs that will be fun to spot, giving something extra to the experience, though overall I would not discourage anyone from starting their wasteland journey with this one if they wish To be honest, I might actually prefer Raid slightly over Bite because of Clementine, whom I found to be a fascinating protagonist and somewhatcompelling to read about than Kid As a rough, tough bounty hunter, Clementine is a woman who makes her own way and refuses to let anyone dictate her life Though she is brutal, she is also not heartless the problem is that most people in this world are intimidated by her imposing presence, but Clementine has all but given up on being the first one to reach out, convinced that she ll get nothing but fear and scorn in return.Thus our protagonist lives a lonely existence, accepting it as the price for her independence Not surprisingly, what makes Raid such a good book is the way the story transforms Clementine s way of thinking While for the most part I would still categorize this novel as a light, popcorny thrill ride, there are nonetheless some deeper themes to uncover if one cares to look for them Much like it was in Bite, character development was top notch, with the well crafted relationships taking center stage Merbeth s writing is becoming increasingly polished and she really has a gift for building a believable post apocalyptic world and making the people who live in it come to life.My only complaint The ending Hate is a strong word so I won t use it, but the way this story wrapped up left a really bad taste in my mouth Plus, the author still seems to struggle with pacing issues when it comes to writing denouements, rushing through the final explanations and resolving matters too casually It s a shame since the book was well on its way to getting a 4.5 stars or , but I just had to dock some points for the way the conclusion was handled.Still, considering how amazing the rest of the book was, I wouldn t say any of my criticisms are a deal breaker Certainly I would not hesitate for a second to recommend this novel and the author, and I highly encourage you to pick up Raid if the story or the setting piques your interest Better yet, pick up Bite too for the full experience I can t wait to see what K.S Merbeth has in store for her fans next Audiobook Comments Having really enjoyed Stephanie Willis narration in the audiobook for Bite, I was initially a bit disappointed to see that she was not returning for Raid even though the decision to go with someone else makes total sense since this book stars a different protagonist And I have to say, getting Rachel Frawley to take on the role of Clementine was a pretty damn good choice Her voice has a commanding presence which makes it a perfect fit for our rugged bounty hunter protagonist, and while I found her performance to be somewhat wooden in the beginning, she eventually finds a good rhythm Like Bite, this one was another awesome listen Review from Speculative Herald Raid, Merbeth takes us back to the wastes where we can see all the violence and messiness that comes with it If you haven t read Bite, I can sum it up as a post apocalyptic type, mad max type of world With cannibals or sharks as they are called in the books It can be an isolating world, and the perspective of Clementine really highlights this She hunts raiders, who destroy and endanger towns, but it also actually fe Review from Speculative Herald Raid, Merbeth takes us back to the wastes where we can see all the violence and messiness that comes with it If you haven t read Bite, I can sum it up as a post apocalyptic type, mad max type of world With cannibals or sharks as they are called in the books It can be an isolating world, and the perspective of Clementine really highlights this She hunts raiders, who destroy and endanger towns, but it also actually feeds her isolation People may be happy for her work killing raiders, but her ability to do so is alarming Clementine is not exactly a person anyone would like to be the girl next door.She came in to violence at a very young age, and discovered she had quite a knack for it While it earned respect and admiration of her fellow townsfolk, once on her own, she never could find quite where she fit in She takes to violence and killing almost too easily, her ability to take another s life can be quite disarming to normal folk, but it is also how she survives and how she knows to make her world at least a little bit better by taking out the raiders that endanger normal townsfolk She adheres to a self imposed moral code that dictates when it is or is not OK to kill someone Without this, I think she would have a hard time coming to terms with what she does.Clementine finds her golden opportunity to take out one of the most feared and powerful raiders If she pulls it off, it would be the thing of legends She sees it as an opportunity to not just make an impact on her world, but also to get some respect, which she seems to seek This catch sends her across the wastes, hostage in tow.Clementine s journey is not just about covering distance, but also discovering the value of companions, and with that comes the realization that sometimes you have to learn to trust This is a huge obstacle for a girl who has been on her own for so long Raid is exciting and thrilling, and at the same time, also quite a touching story that just happens to feature cannibals, because you know what Stories with cannibals can bethan just shock value reads While I do think this book could be read independently of Bite, I highly encourage people to start with Bite, and then read this one as there are some tie ins that will befun to read if you read them in order And since I loved Bite so much, I would hate for anyone to miss out by skipping it 3.5 Stars Video Review super entertaining page turner that reads like an action adventure movie in the vein of Mad Max.Raid is the follow up or companion to the author s debut novel, Bite, which I also read and loved This is set in the same world, but has an entirely separate story with a different set of characters If you previously read Bite, you will catch up fun Easter eggs in Raid However, readers can pick up the books in either order without being spoil 3.5 Stars Video Review super entertaining page turner that reads like an action adventure movie in the vein of Mad Max.Raid is the follow up or companion to the author s debut novel, Bite, which I also read and loved This is set in the same world, but has an entirely separate story with a different set of characters If you previously read Bite, you will catch up fun Easter eggs in Raid However, readers can pick up the books in either order without being spoiled or confused in any way.The main character in this novel is exactly the kind of female lead I wanted to read in post apocalyptic world of anarchy Clementine is strong, kick butt and wonderfully unapologetic Living by her own personal code, she is a morally grey character While she is tough as nails, she is still capable of feeling emotions, from loneliness to betrayal, although she does her best to outwardly suppress these feelings.Finally, I want to clarify the genre so readers pick up this novel with the right expectations This certainly not a piece literary dystopian, but rather an addicting action story that takes place within the dangerous of wastelands of some ominous future There are enough elements of world building to provide the story with the necessary context Yet, the novel itself is primarily focused on telling the story surrounding our main characters and crazy events that ensue The chapters are quite short with cliffhangers to keep the reader engaged, turning pages as quickly as possible This is a perfect book to pick in a reading slump because the it reads so easily This is fast paced action driven story full of twist and turns and plenty of bloodshed With plenty of language and violence, the author is not afraid to write the darker aspects of a world that has fallen into anarchy I would recommend this to anyone looking to go along for a thrill ride with a fun, bloody story I requested this from Orbit Books 4.5 stars You can also find this review on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I think that the blurb does a good job of outlining the principal story being told in Raid Clementine is a revered bounty hunter in the Eastern wastes, spending her time hunting down raiders and miscreants and she s damn good at the job Jedediah Johnson is the dictator in the East Where 4.5 stars You can also find this review on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I think that the blurb does a good job of outlining the principal story being told in Raid Clementine is a revered bounty hunter in the Eastern wastes, spending her time hunting down raiders and miscreants and she s damn good at the job Jedediah Johnson is the dictator in the East Whereas the Western wastes we frequented in Bite are entirely lawless and anything goes In the East, Jedediah took control, charging protection from the settlements and towns, running the show, maintaining trade routes and trying to keep a level of humanity But he s a tyrant with a name to be feared.Clementine gets a tip from an informant about an easy way to gain access to Jedediah and claim the bounty on him After capturing him she soon finds that things are not going to be that simple, no one will give her the bounty for fear of reprisals and repercussions from Jedediah s men Hearing whispers of a broadcast from the Western wastes, of a man who holds trials for raiders Clementine with Jedediah as her prisoner sets off to find the source of the mysterious broadcast and hopefully claim the bounty on her prisoner.Suffice to say that this is when things really start going to shit Jedediah s men are on their trail and in the West there s a raider army the size of which has never been seen before running rampant It really is hell in a handbasket for the pair as Clementine has to figure out what to do with Jedediah while trying to keep them both alive.The wastelands are home to a variety of smaller and larger towns and communities strewn across them The towns themselves are inhabited by townies, thecivilised residents of the wastes compared to the other unsavoury denizens and fruit loops including bounty hunters, poachers, raiders and sharks cannibals that roam freely around causing a constant threat of danger, mayhem, pillaging and raiding hence the book s title, Raid Merbeth brings the wastes to life, they are a barren and desolate landscape with food unless you re prepared to chow down on a human and water in short supply and constant danger from the raiders.I really like Merbeth s style of writing, it s fast paced and action packed with the addition of sardonic humour and some emotion also thrown into the mix, making for an exhilarating read.Raid can easily be read as a standalone, but for those of us who have already read Bite, there are moments that add a little bit extra to the story When Clementine and Jedediah Johnson mention Saint in the Western Wastes we already know what happened to him Likewise, with The Queen s mansion and when Clementine and Jedediah meet up with a ragtag crew of degenerates or as Merbeth calls them, raiders, led by the dreadlocked foul mouth Wolf, the big boy Tank, stoic Dolly and Kid Kid and the rest of the unruly crew of reprobates are the main characters from Bite and it was a pleasant surprise to see them make an appearance in Raid I m fairly sure no one would ever call Wolf and his rabble pleasant but I think they are a fucking awesome group The revisits to areas from Bite are nice additions, adding that extra layer to the story for fans of the previous book And, while it s only a small glimpse of their crazy antics, if you haven t met Wolf and Kid before you re in for a treat.Clementine is a badass bounty hunter with a penchant for guns She loves her guns farthan people and she knows how to use them Not surprising really as in the wastes people will fuck with you, while guns protect and keep you alive As the main character and alongside Jedediah the focal point of the story in Raid, I found Clementine to be fully rounded and fleshed out with her backstory adding depth to her character Clem s companion prisoner for a large part of the book, Jedediah Johnson is also another quality character As they travel together, the dynamic and relationship between the two constantly changes throughout the course of their journey as secrets and twists are revealed, giving you a variety of interesting, engaging, awkward and funny moments.Raid as a book is very much in a similar vein to Bite that s no bad thing, Bite is awesome and is in my top ten books of the year list for 2016 I d say that Merbeth seemssecure and self assured in her writing, storytelling and characterisation in Raid She knows her style and it works extremely well for her Bite was her debut and to me, overall Raid feels like aaccomplished book than its predecessor.I don t know what will happen next, will we stay with Clementine Go back to Wolf, Kid, Tank and Dolly Or, venture to either the Northern or Southern wastes Only time and the next book by Merbeth will tell Rest assured, I ll happily follow wherever she takes her story and characters, be they old or new as it s sure to be one wild ride Revved up, Raid never takes the foot off the gas, moving forward at full throttle Incorporating the perfect mix of Fallout, Borderlands, Rage and Mad Max it s a pedal to the metal mayhem filled frenetic read I Am So Angry.I haven t been this angry at a book in a looooong time Like I felt rage when I finished this, my friends I had to immediately call a friend to scream about my feelings.I didn t like Bite the first book in this series , but I read Raid because I had bought a bind up of the two and I really love Mad Max, okay With Bite, I felt that the author didn t deliver on any kind of depth I was expecting from the plot summary Raid, however, delivers on every aspect and then some I I Am So Angry.I haven t been this angry at a book in a looooong time Like I felt rage when I finished this, my friends I had to immediately call a friend to scream about my feelings.I didn t like Bite the first book in this series , but I read Raid because I had bought a bind up of the two and I really love Mad Max, okay With Bite, I felt that the author didn t deliver on any kind of depth I was expecting from the plot summary Raid, however, delivers on every aspect and then some I love the entirety of Raid except for the last 8 pages 8 pages is all it took to completely ruin this book for me Clementine and Jed are fun characters who have a perfect dynamic between them stoic, straight faced tall girl and snarky, charismatic shorter guy and I loved them both immediately The plot isn t mind blowing, but it moves along at a good pace and the side characters are interesting too so you don t mind the plot so much The spooning scene is perfection and I thought my heart would burst with happiness at I knew you d want to be the big spoon Then the ending happens view spoiler I m specifically talking about from Jed s death to the very end Hated it Made me furious Makes no sense To me, it felt like the author had reached her page count, got stuck, and did that thing that all writer s block tips recommends kill a character There wasn t a reason for his death and I get that death is senseless and meaningless and blah blah and it seemed like just shock value But it wasn t just his death that pissed me off ohhhh no, friendos The very very end Where Clem is talking about how she will become the Queen of the Wastes Like what the fuck She has been established many many MANY times as being a lone wolf character who struggled to adapt to Jed s presence and now she wants to take over and lead the Wastes I don t buy it and it makes no sense to me hide spoiler So here s how I would change it keep it all up to the last 8 pages, make the page count larger maybe double , and have Jed and Clementine team up again We ve seen how he s helped her to grow as a person throughout the course of the story thus far, but she hasn t had an effect on him so much besides him admitting to respecting her abilities and tenacity So have us see her impact on him have her change him in some way for the better while still keeping them both flawed and interesting Have there be some making out and maybe sexy times because COME ON IF YOU WEREN T SHIPPING THEM THEN WHAT WERE YOU DOING And then if you have to view spoiler kill Jed hide spoiler Clementine s reaction in the last 8 pages would makesense because she would ve seen view spoiler how ruling a Wasteland works and roughly what it entails and maybe gained some people skills hide spoiler and she would ve spenton page time around groups of people who are roughly her equals so we can understand why she would choose to step up and lead them.Idk The way Raid is right now, I felt almost like betrayed by the author It just made absolutely no sense to me to end it like that Very disappointed Man oh man did I love this book Holy shit I am not a fan of first person books at all I know, I know, don t judge me and this one literally grabbed me by the shirt and shoved me down on the ground Then beat the shit out of me.And I Loved It.Jesus, the characters, the setting, the plot The twists All of it was freaking fan damn tastic and I wish I could wipe it from my memory just to have the satisfaction of reading it all over again for the first time. I LOVED this book A gritty post apocalypse world mad max style, with a badass heroine There is no love story, so I m pretending that Clementine is queer, because dayum I LOVED this book A gritty post apocalypse world mad max style, with a badass heroine There is no love story, so I m pretending that Clementine is queer, because dayum Fast paced, badass female lead, post apocalyptic universe This checks a lot of boxes for me Occasionally I wanted Clementine to loosen up but that was overshadowed by my overall delight with this book. Listened to the audiobook narrated by Rachel Frawley I loved it The only way I would change it would be to make it longer.

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub take the throne. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you took a buddy movie and combined it with the desolation of the Fallout series and the rip roaring explosive action of Mad Max, then you just might end up with something that looks a lot like Raid Set in the same world as the author s debut novel Bite, this was another entertaining romp through a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with raiders and cannibals.Told through the eyes of a scarred and vengeful bounty hunter 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you took a buddy movie and combined it with the desolation of the Fallout series and the rip roaring explosive action of Mad Max, then you just might end up with something that looks a lot like Raid Set in the same world as the author s debut novel Bite, this was another entertaining romp through a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with raiders and cannibals.Told through the eyes of a scarred and vengeful bounty hunter named Clementine, the story begins with our protagonist cashing in on her latest kill at one of the many towns struggling under the control of a merciless dictator named Jedediah Johnson Of course, for Clementine the greatest prize would be Jedediah himself, the man who is responsible for killing her family, but everyone knows that the raider leader would be too well protected, surrounded by his many guards inside his impenetrable mansion So when an informant tells her about a secret passageway that would lead her straight to the heart of his stronghold, Clementine immediately dismisses it as a trick But to her surprise, the tip turned out to be good, and very soon she has her quarry tied up and gagged in the passenger seat of her getaway car.The only problem Clementine had not anticipated that no one would actually want to pay out for Jedediah Captured he may be, but there are still many of his followers roving around the territory, and few are willing risk the wrath of an angry horde for when they inevitably come looking for their missing boss Left with no other options in the east, Clementine is forced to take Jedediah across the wastes to hopefully find someone else willing to shell out for his bounty After all, it would be a shame to kill him and have the biggest catch of her life turn out to be a total bust Still, Clementine soon finds herself regretting that decision as the two of them are immediately beset upon by obstacles like low supplies, bloodthirsty raiders, and other bounty hunters trying to poach her prisoner.Raid can be enjoyed without any prerequisites, though if you have read Bite you might be delighted to find that a few familiar faces will show up for a bit of the action There are also some ties to the first book and other Easter eggs that will be fun to spot, giving something extra to the experience, though overall I would not discourage anyone from starting their wasteland journey with this one if they wish To be honest, I might actually prefer Raid slightly over Bite because of Clementine, whom I found to be a fascinating protagonist and somewhatcompelling to read about than Kid As a rough, tough bounty hunter, Clementine is a woman who makes her own way and refuses to let anyone dictate her life Though she is brutal, she is also not heartless the problem is that most people in this world are intimidated by her imposing presence, but Clementine has all but given up on being the first one to reach out, convinced that she ll get nothing but fear and scorn in return.Thus our protagonist lives a lonely existence, accepting it as the price for her independence Not surprisingly, what makes Raid such a good book is the way the story transforms Clementine s way of thinking While for the most part I would still categorize this novel as a light, popcorny thrill ride, there are nonetheless some deeper themes to uncover if one cares to look for them Much like it was in Bite, character development was top notch, with the well crafted relationships taking center stage Merbeth s writing is becoming increasingly polished and she really has a gift for building a believable post apocalyptic world and making the people who live in it come to life.My only complaint The ending Hate is a strong word so I won t use it, but the way this story wrapped up left a really bad taste in my mouth Plus, the author still seems to struggle with pacing issues when it comes to writing denouements, rushing through the final explanations and resolving matters too casually It s a shame since the book was well on its way to getting a 4.5 stars or , but I just had to dock some points for the way the conclusion was handled.Still, considering how amazing the rest of the book was, I wouldn t say any of my criticisms are a deal breaker Certainly I would not hesitate for a second to recommend this novel and the author, and I highly encourage you to pick up Raid if the story or the setting piques your interest Better yet, pick up Bite too for the full experience I can t wait to see what K.S Merbeth has in store for her fans next Audiobook Comments Having really enjoyed Stephanie Willis narration in the audiobook for Bite, I was initially a bit disappointed to see that she was not returning for Raid even though the decision to go with someone else makes total sense since this book stars a different protagonist And I have to say, getting Rachel Frawley to take on the role of Clementine was a pretty damn good choice Her voice has a commanding presence which makes it a perfect fit for our rugged bounty hunter protagonist, and while I found her performance to be somewhat wooden in the beginning, she eventually finds a good rhythm Like Bite, this one was another awesome listen Review from Speculative Herald Raid, Merbeth takes us back to the wastes where we can see all the violence and messiness that comes with it If you haven t read Bite, I can sum it up as a post apocalyptic type, mad max type of world With cannibals or sharks as they are called in the books It can be an isolating world, and the perspective of Clementine really highlights this She hunts raiders, who destroy and endanger towns, but it also actually fe Review from Speculative Herald Raid, Merbeth takes us back to the wastes where we can see all the violence and messiness that comes with it If you haven t read Bite, I can sum it up as a post apocalyptic type, mad max type of world With cannibals or sharks as they are called in the books It can be an isolating world, and the perspective of Clementine really highlights this She hunts raiders, who destroy and endanger towns, but it also actually feeds her isolation People may be happy for her work killing raiders, but her ability to do so is alarming Clementine is not exactly a person anyone would like to be the girl next door.She came in to violence at a very young age, and discovered she had quite a knack for it While it earned respect and admiration of her fellow townsfolk, once on her own, she never could find quite where she fit in She takes to violence and killing almost too easily, her ability to take another s life can be quite disarming to normal folk, but it is also how she survives and how she knows to make her world at least a little bit better by taking out the raiders that endanger normal townsfolk She adheres to a self imposed moral code that dictates when it is or is not OK to kill someone Without this, I think she would have a hard time coming to terms with what she does.Clementine finds her golden opportunity to take out one of the most feared and powerful raiders If she pulls it off, it would be the thing of legends She sees it as an opportunity to not just make an impact on her world, but also to get some respect, which she seems to seek This catch sends her across the wastes, hostage in tow.Clementine s journey is not just about covering distance, but also discovering the value of companions, and with that comes the realization that sometimes you have to learn to trust This is a huge obstacle for a girl who has been on her own for so long Raid is exciting and thrilling, and at the same time, also quite a touching story that just happens to feature cannibals, because you know what Stories with cannibals can bethan just shock value reads While I do think this book could be read independently of Bite, I highly encourage people to start with Bite, and then read this one as there are some tie ins that will befun to read if you read them in order And since I loved Bite so much, I would hate for anyone to miss out by skipping it 3.5 Stars Video Review super entertaining page turner that reads like an action adventure movie in the vein of Mad Max.Raid is the follow up or companion to the author s debut novel, Bite, which I also read and loved This is set in the same world, but has an entirely separate story with a different set of characters If you previously read Bite, you will catch up fun Easter eggs in Raid However, readers can pick up the books in either order without being spoil 3.5 Stars Video Review super entertaining page turner that reads like an action adventure movie in the vein of Mad Max.Raid is the follow up or companion to the author s debut novel, Bite, which I also read and loved This is set in the same world, but has an entirely separate story with a different set of characters If you previously read Bite, you will catch up fun Easter eggs in Raid However, readers can pick up the books in either order without being spoiled or confused in any way.The main character in this novel is exactly the kind of female lead I wanted to read in post apocalyptic world of anarchy Clementine is strong, kick butt and wonderfully unapologetic Living by her own personal code, she is a morally grey character While she is tough as nails, she is still capable of feeling emotions, from loneliness to betrayal, although she does her best to outwardly suppress these feelings.Finally, I want to clarify the genre so readers pick up this novel with the right expectations This certainly not a piece literary dystopian, but rather an addicting action story that takes place within the dangerous of wastelands of some ominous future There are enough elements of world building to provide the story with the necessary context Yet, the novel itself is primarily focused on telling the story surrounding our main characters and crazy events that ensue The chapters are quite short with cliffhangers to keep the reader engaged, turning pages as quickly as possible This is a perfect book to pick in a reading slump because the it reads so easily This is fast paced action driven story full of twist and turns and plenty of bloodshed With plenty of language and violence, the author is not afraid to write the darker aspects of a world that has fallen into anarchy I would recommend this to anyone looking to go along for a thrill ride with a fun, bloody story I requested this from Orbit Books 4.5 stars You can also find this review on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I think that the blurb does a good job of outlining the principal story being told in Raid Clementine is a revered bounty hunter in the Eastern wastes, spending her time hunting down raiders and miscreants and she s damn good at the job Jedediah Johnson is the dictator in the East Where 4.5 stars You can also find this review on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I think that the blurb does a good job of outlining the principal story being told in Raid Clementine is a revered bounty hunter in the Eastern wastes, spending her time hunting down raiders and miscreants and she s damn good at the job Jedediah Johnson is the dictator in the East Whereas the Western wastes we frequented in Bite are entirely lawless and anything goes In the East, Jedediah took control, charging protection from the settlements and towns, running the show, maintaining trade routes and trying to keep a level of humanity But he s a tyrant with a name to be feared.Clementine gets a tip from an informant about an easy way to gain access to Jedediah and claim the bounty on him After capturing him she soon finds that things are not going to be that simple, no one will give her the bounty for fear of reprisals and repercussions from Jedediah s men Hearing whispers of a broadcast from the Western wastes, of a man who holds trials for raiders Clementine with Jedediah as her prisoner sets off to find the source of the mysterious broadcast and hopefully claim the bounty on her prisoner.Suffice to say that this is when things really start going to shit Jedediah s men are on their trail and in the West there s a raider army the size of which has never been seen before running rampant It really is hell in a handbasket for the pair as Clementine has to figure out what to do with Jedediah while trying to keep them both alive.The wastelands are home to a variety of smaller and larger towns and communities strewn across them The towns themselves are inhabited by townies, thecivilised residents of the wastes compared to the other unsavoury denizens and fruit loops including bounty hunters, poachers, raiders and sharks cannibals that roam freely around causing a constant threat of danger, mayhem, pillaging and raiding hence the book s title, Raid Merbeth brings the wastes to life, they are a barren and desolate landscape with food unless you re prepared to chow down on a human and water in short supply and constant danger from the raiders.I really like Merbeth s style of writing, it s fast paced and action packed with the addition of sardonic humour and some emotion also thrown into the mix, making for an exhilarating read.Raid can easily be read as a standalone, but for those of us who have already read Bite, there are moments that add a little bit extra to the story When Clementine and Jedediah Johnson mention Saint in the Western Wastes we already know what happened to him Likewise, with The Queen s mansion and when Clementine and Jedediah meet up with a ragtag crew of degenerates or as Merbeth calls them, raiders, led by the dreadlocked foul mouth Wolf, the big boy Tank, stoic Dolly and Kid Kid and the rest of the unruly crew of reprobates are the main characters from Bite and it was a pleasant surprise to see them make an appearance in Raid I m fairly sure no one would ever call Wolf and his rabble pleasant but I think they are a fucking awesome group The revisits to areas from Bite are nice additions, adding that extra layer to the story for fans of the previous book And, while it s only a small glimpse of their crazy antics, if you haven t met Wolf and Kid before you re in for a treat.Clementine is a badass bounty hunter with a penchant for guns She loves her guns farthan people and she knows how to use them Not surprising really as in the wastes people will fuck with you, while guns protect and keep you alive As the main character and alongside Jedediah the focal point of the story in Raid, I found Clementine to be fully rounded and fleshed out with her backstory adding depth to her character Clem s companion prisoner for a large part of the book, Jedediah Johnson is also another quality character As they travel together, the dynamic and relationship between the two constantly changes throughout the course of their journey as secrets and twists are revealed, giving you a variety of interesting, engaging, awkward and funny moments.Raid as a book is very much in a similar vein to Bite that s no bad thing, Bite is awesome and is in my top ten books of the year list for 2016 I d say that Merbeth seemssecure and self assured in her writing, storytelling and characterisation in Raid She knows her style and it works extremely well for her Bite was her debut and to me, overall Raid feels like aaccomplished book than its predecessor.I don t know what will happen next, will we stay with Clementine Go back to Wolf, Kid, Tank and Dolly Or, venture to either the Northern or Southern wastes Only time and the next book by Merbeth will tell Rest assured, I ll happily follow wherever she takes her story and characters, be they old or new as it s sure to be one wild ride Revved up, Raid never takes the foot off the gas, moving forward at full throttle Incorporating the perfect mix of Fallout, Borderlands, Rage and Mad Max it s a pedal to the metal mayhem filled frenetic read I Am So Angry.I haven t been this angry at a book in a looooong time Like I felt rage when I finished this, my friends I had to immediately call a friend to scream about my feelings.I didn t like Bite the first book in this series , but I read Raid because I had bought a bind up of the two and I really love Mad Max, okay With Bite, I felt that the author didn t deliver on any kind of depth I was expecting from the plot summary Raid, however, delivers on every aspect and then some I I Am So Angry.I haven t been this angry at a book in a looooong time Like I felt rage when I finished this, my friends I had to immediately call a friend to scream about my feelings.I didn t like Bite the first book in this series , but I read Raid because I had bought a bind up of the two and I really love Mad Max, okay With Bite, I felt that the author didn t deliver on any kind of depth I was expecting from the plot summary Raid, however, delivers on every aspect and then some I love the entirety of Raid except for the last 8 pages 8 pages is all it took to completely ruin this book for me Clementine and Jed are fun characters who have a perfect dynamic between them stoic, straight faced tall girl and snarky, charismatic shorter guy and I loved them both immediately The plot isn t mind blowing, but it moves along at a good pace and the side characters are interesting too so you don t mind the plot so much The spooning scene is perfection and I thought my heart would burst with happiness at I knew you d want to be the big spoon Then the ending happens view spoiler I m specifically talking about from Jed s death to the very end Hated it Made me furious Makes no sense To me, it felt like the author had reached her page count, got stuck, and did that thing that all writer s block tips recommends kill a character There wasn t a reason for his death and I get that death is senseless and meaningless and blah blah and it seemed like just shock value But it wasn t just his death that pissed me off ohhhh no, friendos The very very end Where Clem is talking about how she will become the Queen of the Wastes Like what the fuck She has been established many many MANY times as being a lone wolf character who struggled to adapt to Jed s presence and now she wants to take over and lead the Wastes I don t buy it and it makes no sense to me hide spoiler So here s how I would change it keep it all up to the last 8 pages, make the page count larger maybe double , and have Jed and Clementine team up again We ve seen how he s helped her to grow as a person throughout the course of the story thus far, but she hasn t had an effect on him so much besides him admitting to respecting her abilities and tenacity So have us see her impact on him have her change him in some way for the better while still keeping them both flawed and interesting Have there be some making out and maybe sexy times because COME ON IF YOU WEREN T SHIPPING THEM THEN WHAT WERE YOU DOING And then if you have to view spoiler kill Jed hide spoiler Clementine s reaction in the last 8 pages would makesense because she would ve seen view spoiler how ruling a Wasteland works and roughly what it entails and maybe gained some people skills hide spoiler and she would ve spenton page time around groups of people who are roughly her equals so we can understand why she would choose to step up and lead them.Idk The way Raid is right now, I felt almost like betrayed by the author It just made absolutely no sense to me to end it like that Very disappointed Man oh man did I love this book Holy shit I am not a fan of first person books at all I know, I know, don t judge me and this one literally grabbed me by the shirt and shoved me down on the ground Then beat the shit out of me.And I Loved It.Jesus, the characters, the setting, the plot The twists All of it was freaking fan damn tastic and I wish I could wipe it from my memory just to have the satisfaction of reading it all over again for the first time. I LOVED this book A gritty post apocalypse world mad max style, with a badass heroine There is no love story, so I m pretending that Clementine is queer, because dayum I LOVED this book A gritty post apocalypse world mad max style, with a badass heroine There is no love story, so I m pretending that Clementine is queer, because dayum Fast paced, badass female lead, post apocalyptic universe This checks a lot of boxes for me Occasionally I wanted Clementine to loosen up but that was overshadowed by my overall delight with this book. Listened to the audiobook narrated by Rachel Frawley I loved it The only way I would change it would be to make it longer. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Raid
  • K.S. Merbeth
  • 09 September 2019
  • 0356507734