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  • Writer's pictureBrendan Holba

The Dark Side Of Dispatching

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

Welcome back to the exhilarating world of dispatchers, where death is merely a temporary setback. "Murder by Other Means: The Dispatcher, Book 2" delivers an adrenaline-fueled ride that surpasses expectations and adds a twist of what happens when this newly discovered ability to come back goes wrong.

In this enthralling sequel, author John Scalzi plunges us back into the morally complex life of Tony Valdez, a dispatcher who straddles the line between legality and survival. Building upon the foundation laid in the first book, Scalzi dives deeper into the dark underbelly of Tony's world, weaving an intricate tapestry of mystery and suspense that will keep you guessing until the very end.

From the opening pages, the atmosphere crackles with tension and danger. Tony finds himself entangled in a series of inexplicable deaths that defy all rational explanation. As he races against time to unravel the puzzle and protect himself from becoming the next victim, the story takes on a relentless pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat. "Murder by Other Means" excels in creating a web of intrigue and uncertainty. Scalzi skillfully crafts a plot filled with unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that every chapter holds a new revelation or shocking discovery. The intricate threads of the narrative converge in a masterful way, leaving readers captivated and yearning for answers.

Tony Valdez's character development continues to shine in this second book. His moral dilemmas and internal struggles add depth and complexity to his portrayal, making him a relatable and compelling protagonist. As Tony grapples with the consequences of his choices, readers are drawn into his world, sharing his fear, determination, and relentless pursuit of the truth.

The prose in "Murder by Other Means" is both crisp and evocative, effortlessly transporting readers into the heart of the story. The vivid descriptions and immersive writing style bring the scenes to life, allowing you to experience the danger, suspense, and rising sense of urgency alongside the characters.

As a pivotal installment in the trilogy, "Murder by Other Means" expertly builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor, deepening the intrigue, expanding the world, and raising the stakes to exhilarating heights. The seamless blend of science fiction, mystery, and suspense is a testament to the author's skill in crafting a riveting tale. For fans of intelligent and gripping thrillers, "Murder by Other Means: The Dispatcher, Book 2" is an absolute must-read. Brace yourself for a journey beyond death, where the line between justice and survival becomes blurred, and the truth hides in the most unexpected places.

Overall Rating 4.55/5

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