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Reviewed by J. M. Erickson for Readers' Favorite
Bill Best's 2020: The Countdown Begins – End of the Sixth Age is the second installment of a novella series that pits the very dangerous US Senator Jason Matthews with clear plans for global domination against a genetically enhanced super human, Stacey Townsend, with matching super strength, intelligence and faith in God. The action starts immediately with Stacey presumably trapped for capture and return to senator’s control. In keeping with her superior strength and intellect, she escapes, disarms her captors, and disappears in a well practiced manner. At the same time, Jason continues with his multi-pronged planning and operations that are moving the world towards anarchy with the purpose of a new world order.
For such a short format, Bill Best does a very good job in creating textured characters you can’t help but want to learn more about with a compelling set-up of “good versus evil” embedded in its plot line. With Stacey and Jason’s back stories, it is easy to see that they are flawed individuals driven by their own obsessions, passions and personal histories. With one it is a story of falling off the path and finding redemption; for the other it is a missed opportunity for salvation. This is a well crafted story with a compelling story arc, swift actions, and characters that are appealing. Excellent story in plot, character development, and solid pacing. While there is a strong emphasis on Christianity’s tenets, it does not overshadow the story’s solid course.