7th Son: Destruction
By: J.C. Hutchins
Publish Date: 2007
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: 3rd in 7th Son trilogy; 1st Book ~ Descent, 2nd Book ~ Deceit
First Glance Feel: The deep secrets of what Alpha has planned and working toward is coming to it's highest point. The storm has come, and all will be destroyed, one way or the other.
As day four in the 7th Son adventure begins, John Alpha's quest for anarchy and genocide enters its final stage.
At every turn, the global terrorist has been triumphant. The world is reeling from a nuclear attack. An unprecedented energy crisis is upon us. Alpha himself has exclusive access to the White House, and secret weapons primed to propel his conspiracy into the endgame. The goal: planetary chaos.
Amidst this turmoil, the 7th Son's four surviving Beta Clones -- John, Father Thomas, Kilroy2.0 and Jack -- must defy their creators and hunt Alpha on their terms. Their mission: to stop the greatest assassination plot in history. The secrets John and his brothers discover will press them toward a final battle with their progenitor ... a battle in which the clones are outgunned, outnumbered and out of time.
Alliances will be made. Heroes will die. The end is nigh.
Destruction is the final novel in the J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son thriller trilogy.
It felt good, damned good, to be laying down.
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My Thoughts and Summary:
We start with the feel of calm before the storm. The beta clones are trying to collectively get into station with a calm presence to not risk frightening the world, yet they know they are fighting against time. This story has all the pieces the first two have, the suspense and the action. The anxiety of getting caught is ever present. Then the tension tightens the shoulders as I wonder if they will get to stop Alpha, in time? There are things in motion that we know of that the 7th Son and beta clones do not know. It's still going to be a rough ride.
All is coming together. Alpha's plans and events he put into motion outside of keeping the clones busy come to light. Alpha doesn't know that things are happening, or not happening, as he had planned. People are alive that Alpha thinks are dead. The 7th son and the beta clones are learning things and it appears now that the clones are getting ahead of Alpha.
The remaining beta clones feel real and it's personal as they struggle with their loses. I get the feel that they are acting and feeling as they are brothers, even after the short few days they've been together. The clones debate on going public with what they know of Rookman Oil and Alpha, which also means about them too... But would the world be ready for them?
Of the clones... I start off still suspicious of Kilroy2.0. He's really lost. He has an episode in the beginning of this book that has me wondering. I'm not sure what to make of him, and want to know what happens. All the John's change in their own ways. These short days have impacted them all and they have grown in ways they never thought they'd have to.
Listening to the story... J.C. has done, once again, an amazing job. The characters have slightly different tones to their voices, which he portrays. Also the tension and apprehension that comes with the events as they climax and unfold is in his voice and draws my heart to thump and me to worry, pausing what I'm doing to wait for the height of the moment. The episodes are a bit longer every once in a while, closer to 45 mins than the 25-30 mins in previous books. Though many episodes here are about 30 mins as well.
When the storm hits... Oh what a wicked, vicious storm it is. The destruction of so much, connected with the beta clones and beyond. Some live through, some don't. The depth of Alpha's doings and the conspiracy that is uncovered. Then! To cover the truth!
This book combines all the tension, anxiety and action packed moments of the first two books. An amazing conclusion to the beta clones lives and troubles circling around from them. We've made full circle. Where we started in each man's life being taken, we now return home with each man. Though some homes are different now, peaceful.