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Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
I usually give all the books in this series 5 stars, with one exception where I just didn't like the character of Declan. I found this collection just OK. Some of them, especially the last story, I really enjoyed. I think that is 5 stars whereas the others were "meh" and I just skimmed through them - so 1 star for me. On average a 3 star book. I am glad I got this through the Kindle Unlimited service instead of buying it.
I think the other problem I am starting to have with this series is who exactly are the heroes trying to save? They seem to have mostly contempt or disdain for non-supernaturals (with the exception of the selective handful that are part of their lives). I can't think of a single instance where someone from the police, military, or government was portrayed in a truly positive light. Honestly, how does the author think the Western Powers defeated the Nazis? Luck? I realize there are bad people in those positions in real life, but if everyone is as incompetent and duplicitous as the author portrays them, then why bother saving humanity at all? It seems to me the author has either a dictator or Singularity fetish. Whether humanity is ruled by the Vorsook or Omega, they are still being ruled. It would be one thing if humanity was uniting under the characters and this was analogous to the Roman Republic's election of a dictator for a crisis, but that is not what the author has done in these novels. I think the author should reflect on exactly who is being saved in these novels, and that he does a poor job of showing positive qualities in any characters we encounter that are simply an Average Joe or Jane.