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Series: John Cleaver #6
Published by Tor Books on June 6th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Source: Tor Books
New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells continues his acclaimed John Wayne Cleaver series, popular with fans of Dexter
Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again.
This is my story.
In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered in a conclusion that is both completely compelling and completely unexpected.
Don’t forget to catch the film adaptation of the first installment in the series, I am Not a Serial Killer, in theaters August 26th.
Praise for JOHN CLEAVER SERIES
“Top-notch writing and well-structured suspense elements keep the story moving briskly.”―Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series will welcome Wells’s gripping debut.” ―Publishers Weekly on I Am Not a Serial Killer
“Wells’s debut is an unabashedly gory gem. This deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery, and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish, even if they won’t admit it. Buy multiples where it won’t be banned.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on I Am Not a Serial Killer
“This dazzling, un-put-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please.” ―F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first person narrative a human touch. Regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” ―Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DAN WELLS writes a little bit of everything, but he is best known for the Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, the first book of which is now a major motion picture. He is a co-host of the educational podcast Writing Excuses, for which he won a Hugo and now helps run a yearly, week-long writing conference. In addition to novels, novellas, and shorts, he has also written and produced a stage play, called “A Night of Blacker Darkness,” and works as a staff writer on the TV show “Extinct.” He has loved in the US, Mexico, and Germany, and currently resides in Utah with his wife and six children and 439 boardgames.
Photo Credit: Micah Demoux
“Stop thinking with your concealed carry permits. Not everyone is evil.”
“That doesn’t mean everyone’s good,” I said.
“Obviously not,” she said. “But it does mean that everyone’s worth saving.”
“That I’ll agree with,” I said, and looked back at the news article. Saving people was the whole reason I was here.
Nothing Left to Lose is the final installment in the John Cleaver series. I’m particularly fond of monster hunter and FBI/crime novels, so rolling them all into one neat little packaged series has been a big hit.
Following an unfortunate start, John became a teenage monster hunter; both working for and running from the FBI at various stages. You can say they have a complicated relationship. In Nothing Left to Lose he’s on his own for the first time, once again hunting the Withered. It’s an interesting to see John take all of what he’s learned, and all he’s taught himself, and hunt down Withered while also trying to keep himself off the FBIs radar.
Readers not only see John battle with Withered, but he still has the same internal struggle from the first book; he’s NOT a serial killer, but he still has urges that makes him feel like a monster himself. That aspect of his character shined in this book and played out well with the plot.
I do wish that there was more action, but this book revolved more around mystery and conclusions than full out battles (though it still has a fair share of those as well).
Overall, Nothing Left to Lose was was a nice conclusion to a great series.
– 1 Set Copy of the John Cleaver Series (6 Books in Total) by Dan Wells.