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December: Gabrielle Lord, March 17—25, 2014
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

DecemberBravo Gabrielle Lord for this stunning conclusion to the Conspiracy 365 saga.

This extended finale to the series sees Cal, Winter and Boges travel to Ireland in a last-ditch attempt to solve the mystery of the DMO before the year ends and the Ormond Singularity is lost forever. Despite its bulkier running time, December skims over anything unimportant and so this is one of the densest instalments as far as action goes.

Lord pulls surprise after surprise out of the hat, and does a simply amazing job of pulling game-changing twists out of the hat when they’re least expected. Far from being predictable, December is rammed full of genuine shocks.

While Cal is in maximum danger, there is no deus ex machina to be complained about here. The seeds of the action are cleverly sewn throughout the events that unfold that make this a well thought-out conclusion.

The action, and indeed credibility, don’t allow for the whole cast to appear in the final edition, but Lord manages to tip her hat to the likes of Repro, Jennifer Smith and Oriana de la Force without any contrivance.

December more than sews up the series. It delivers a thrilling, exciting finale with the best most certainly saved until last, and despite my complaints about the series’ misfires, it’s a fond farewell to Cal, Boges and Winter after a very long year indeed.


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