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  • Writer's pictureBrendan Holba

Travel By Bullet Hits The Mark!

Updated: Aug 26, 2023




The final installment of the Dispatcher series, "Travel By Bullet" delivers an explosive and satisfying conclusion to the remarkable series, immersing readers in a world where life and death have been redefined. In this finale, author John Scalzi once again demonstrates their storytelling prowess, skillfully weaving together elements of mystery, action, and moral dilemmas.


Travel By Bullet starts off with an intense opening scene between Tony Valdez, a seasoned dispatcher who finds himself at the center of a whirlwind of greed and corruption, and an old friend and fellow dispatcher who calls for help in a Chicago emergency room, Tony is thrust into a dangerous game involving vast sums of wealth and power. As he tries to safeguard his friend's life, he becomes entangled in a web of secrets, tempting offers from enemies and a constant sense that nothing is as it appears.


One of my favorite elements of Scalzi's writing is his ability to maintain the momentum and suspense that has characterized the series. The world-building continues to be compelling, exploring the repercussions of a society where murder no longer guarantees permanent death. The ethical quandaries surrounding dispatchers and their role in determining life and death are explored with depth and nuance, adding an extra layer of complexity to the narrative.


Tony Valdez remains a compelling and relatable protagonist, driven by his desire to protect those he cares about. As he confronts adversaries and uncovers shocking truths, readers are taken on a gripping journey filled with twists and turns. Scalzi's ability to balance character development with fast-paced action ensures listeners/readers are fully engaged and invested in Tony's plight as this series comes to a thrilling conclusion.


The themes explored in this finale, particularly those surrounding the corrupting influence of power and the true nature of friendship, resonate deeply. The moral dilemmas faced by Tony Valdez raise thought-provoking questions about the lengths one would go to protect others and the consequences of compromising one's values in the pursuit of justice.


In conclusion, "Travel By Bullet" is a gripping and action-packed conclusion to an exceptional series. With its well-drawn characters, intricate plot, and exploration of moral dilemmas, Scalzi once again demonstrates his ability to captivate readers. Fans of the series will not be disappointed as they embark on one final journey alongside Tony Valdez, navigating a world where the stakes are higher than ever before.


Overall Rating 4.8/5

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