I have never been more afraid to read to a single novel than this one. As I have stated before, I am not a behind the scenes guy. I did not learn of The 4400 novels until after the show was cancelled, so I mistakenly thought that The 4400 was moving from the small screen to the book shelf. In my discussion with Greg Cox author of two 4400 novels, I learned that this was a four book deal struck to build off the television show, and when the show was cancelled, they were going to finish the four books and unless sales were off the charts, that the four books were going to be the end of The 4400. I was crushed because how could this in depth series be finished in only two books because two of them were set during the show. I love The 4400, and I was terrified at how the series was going to close because when you love a series, in any entertainment medium, the end can so easily disappoint. David Mack does not disappoint. This ending will satisfy any 4400 fan especially in terms of faithfulness, and that is the highest compliment I can pay a closing novel.
This book does not wait long for all heck to break out. Basically this is novel could be called the Battle for Promise City or the Battle of Seattle depending on which side wins. If you remember the ending of the television series ending, Jordan Collier and his band of promicin positives take control of Seattle and remake it as Promise City. Well, the United States military want their city back and they send in the big guns, big boats, a big laser, and a surprising group of promicin super soldiers, to get it back.
Because of the impending invasion of Seattle, the government recall their agents in Seattle, and all the N-TAC agents are taken out of the city. With Maia now living with Jordan’s group, Diana will not leave, so Tom, Diana, Marco, Jed Blue, and Jed Red devise a plan to get off the plane using Marco’s ability…by the way, I really liked how Jed Red and Jed Blue were done. On the way to meet with Maia, they see and kill US soldiers who were killing all on site including women and children which Diana could not take. They meet with Maia and decide she is safer with Jordan’s group, who is now at the original 4400 center after their sky scraper was destroyed by a giant “laser,” which I could not confirm or deny was that “laser” came from the Alan Parsons Project.
During this mayhem, Tom and Diana learn that the Marked worked with Dennis Ryland, unbeknownst to Dennis, who thought they were building a devise to neutralize promicin abilities, built an anti-matter bomb to destroy the earth. Then the Marked were taking the bomb to Yellowstone National Park because if they blew the bomb there, for some geological reason, it would destroy the world. Then, I had some sharp déjà vu, and had to think and think about where I had heard this story before. After some serious thinking and some lost sleep, my poor memory recalled that episode of Warehouse 13 where H. G. Wells tries to destroy the world at Yellowstone National Park with a super powered Trident. Then, I could enjoy the story again…although I wonder who came up with using Yellowstone as a doomsday device first?
I will say at this point with an all out war going on, and thousands being killed, satellites being destroyed, and an anti-matter bomb threat, I was really worried that this story was going to have little substance and just be a war story where one side will be defeated and that was that, but as this worries came to the surface, Mack brought on the substance.
Before departing for Yellowstone, Maia tells Tom he must take promicin or watch her mother die. Tom and Diana zip off to Yellowstone through a portal made by another promicin positive with Jordan, and they do not stop the bomb from detonating, and as the flash is about to reach Tom holding Diana, the flash is caught and suppressed by shields generated by Tom. I could not believe Tom took the shot, but he did save the earth with his power. By the way, Tom generating shields was the perfect ability to give him, as he has stood in the breach between the 4400 and the government like no other and much like a shield trying to do what was right not just what his bosses or his nephew wanted.
Tom is now a promicin positive. Jordan Collier wins and retains Promise City. Sean’s views become Jordan’s views, which vindicate Sean and give him prominence in the movement again. Kyle, who you grow to not like in this story, turns out to do what appears to be the right thing and kills Cassie instead of Jordan. Then we learn that Jordan and Diana will be arrested if they ever step foot back on US soil for killing the soldiers, which was a masterful stroke by Mack. Now, Tom agrees to police Promise City, but not answer to Jordan’s authority, but to answer to justice…a very Tom thing to do. Maia, who ran away in Welcome to Promise City, does not move back home, but stays with Jordan’s movement.
All of this was so faithful. Tom would not submit to the government or Jordan. He just did what he thought was right. Maia ended wanting to help the movement. Kyle struggled with identity issues making the tough decision to be just Kyle. Diana continues being Diana. Jordan continues being Jordan, who gives a great speech at the end offering his help, which you will always wonder if that help has strings attached. Sean is truly trying to help the world with his tender heart. By the way, when he went to save his girl…that was awesome. This book ends and the series ends like it should have at least for this 4400 fan.
Other side notes…this novel was a little vulgar for my taste. I have enough vulgarity in my life that I do not want it in my stories. It had more bad language than you Star Wars novel. I also loved the fact that Tom and Diana hook up…too many television shows have been ruined by main character hooking up. I like that Mack left their attraction unfulfilled. I also like that they did not answer the question of which side was correct, the future that created the 4400, the Marked, Jordan, Sean, the government, so those answers will be left to our imaginations.
Finally, the book ends with Tom being taken by the future people who returned the 4400. They tell Tom that he was not supposed to take promicin ever! The fact that he took promicin could change everything, and the story ends…that little cliff hanger ending does leave open storylines for future novels giving this fan the hope he wanted to keep with him dreaming of more 4400 novels. Hopefully, we will get more novels. Do all you can to bring us more great 4400 stories. Anyway it was a great, great, ending to this series. One that again will satisfy 4400 fans and that is a very high compliment indeed. One I was not expecting to give, and that is your Sci-Fi Book Report.
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Exploring the galaxy one page at a time, Jesse