But the action finally picks up in the last part when the city is bombed. And the hospital where Bruce was staying while Ryan visited was bombed.
There really isn't much to snark on in these two chapters which make up the last of my book. For one thing, we have some genuine excitement for a change.
Basically what happened was the East Coast Militia launched an attack and the NWO followed up with a counter-attack. Again, for a militia they sure don't seem to know much about guerilla warfare as this kind of open assault was bound to be brutally crushed quickly. But again, as Firedrake reminds us in a previous comment, the American Militia movement isn't known for its brains.
Anyway we hear more from Carpathia as he says the words that Ellanjay thinks every eeevil pacifist utters:
It is no secret that I am, always have been, and always will be a pacifist. I do not believe in war. I do not believe in weaponry. I do not believe in bloodshed."
Again, it would be an interesting novel if Carpathia was a pacifist conned and forced into declaring war or if it pointed out his hypocrisy, but remember, Ellanjay thinks that all pacifists are wolves in sheep's clothing. No one could possibly, really be dedicated to ending war unless they had some sort of ulterior motive.
Anyway, the US Capital is destroyed, Heathrow is nuked, and Bruce Barnes is dead. That means I have to retire my "Bruce Barnes is Useless" tag. Pity. But from what I've heard, Token Jew takes over Bruce's job of exposition and shooting all sense of suspense in the head.
They find Mark alive near where the Milita base was and he is forced by Ellanjay to admit that Judd was right.
Oh, and finally someone expresses concern for Ryan. I would ask why they weren't immediately worried when he was missing but again, Ryan is the series' Butt Monkey second only to Hattie in terms of the abuse he receives from other characters.
And that's the end of books 5-8. Were they good? They were better than the adult books but again, that's like a kick in the gut being better than a kick in the teeth.
Sorry not to provide the finest snark, but there wasn't really much to make fun of. I'll let y'all take your best shot in the comments.