Apocalyptica Part One, Ran: Book One by Joshua Guess is the first part of a serialized novel. It is not a complete book but the author's intent was to make it a complete story.
I gave it five stars.
Randie, the protagonist who prefers being called Ran is a well developed, entertaining character.
"Look, the guy almost attacked me. If not for my dog, I think he would have. And I won't ever repeat the vile $hit he said to me. Maybe I'm a terrible person for not caring that he died, but I've never been able to bring myself to feel pity or regret over the loss of awful people. I was feeling a little angry and disappointed in myself for not seeing what Jeff was sooner, but no one is perfect. Judge me as you will."
Ran does research for people. She also performed tests and experiments to make reports for her clients. "A crime novelist two summers earlier hired me to assemble a spreadsheet of the damage various pieces of common sports equipment and other items could do to a human body. Two weeks and three badly broken pig carcasses later, I had developed a solid respect for improvised weapons. Baseball bats were high on the list."
While this is a complete story, I found myself wanting more. I'll place the remainder of Joshua Guess' books on my wishlist.
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Apocalyptica-Part-One-Joshua-Guess-ebook/dp/B01AT2A6LQ