Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee and Veronica Giguere
Baen, Dec 2 2014, $25.00
Though they won a major victory when they devastated their enemy’s headquarters in North America, the forces of ECHO and CCCP have no time to celebrate as their Thulian foes remain formidable. Led from their hidden world headquarters, the Thulian armies conduct world-wide guerilla sorties while preparing for a major synchronized invasion of Echo’s prime command and control locales.
ECHO warriors feel the strains of war. Belladonna Blue the Healer struggles with PTSD doubts after becoming the head of the organization with the weight of knowing she deploys her metahuman friends, many of them to their deaths. Her other mission seems much more impossible but less personal as she needs to persuade the bickering world armies to follow ECHO in combat when they locate and invade the Thulian Headquarters to cut off its head. At the same time Red Saviour breaks protocol with a dangerous deployment of her CCCP wolves. Meanwhile Sera is heartbroken after sacrificing everything to save John Murdock; as he lives but suffers from amnesia re her, ECHO and Thulian leading to new hope for Dominic Verdigris.
The fourth Secret World Chronicle (see Invasion, World Divided and Revolution) is a thrilling superhero vs. supervillain military science fiction that starts off very slowly, but accelerates into hyperspeed reaching a crescendo with a terrific climax. Filled with plenty of combat, fans (especially of Bella, Sera and John) will appreciate this rousing entry.