Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: Despite being the 7th in series, this is my first time reading a Monkeewrench novel, and although I’m sure some who have read from the beginning would argue otherwise, I thought it read wonderfully as a stand-alone. At no point did I feel like there was some critical piece of information from previous installments that left me at a disadvantage. That said, it was a great read. The characters were wonderful, particularly Detective Magozzi. And while I don’t think it in anyway detracted from my overall reading experience, I do want to understand more about Grace’s background. Given how entertaining The Sixth Idea was, I’m definitely adding the earlier books to my gargantuan TBR.
I will say that this is the third book I’ve read this year that revolves around EMP (electromagnetic pulse), and I don’t think I want to read another one this year. Don’t get me wrong, it is an extraordinarily interesting topic, one that I think most people aren’t too familiar with and absolutely should be (read Lights Out by Ted Koppel and see if that doesn’t scare the crap out of you), but I think we all have our subject matter limits, and I’ve reached mine when it comes to EMP (for the time being, at least). BUT, those who are not familiar with EMP and its potential dangers might have their interests piqued in a good way after reading this book. It’s a fabulous light introduction to the concept.
Long story short, an engaging mystery wrought with likable characters, centered around a compelling topic that certainly could use more exposure.