Extinction Agenda (Skinners)
by Marcus Pelegrimas
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061986383
Date: 05 November 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Skinners, Paige Strobel and Cole Warnecki, are on the run from the shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires and other things that are slowly taking over the world. Skinners are a secret society dedicated to stopping that takeover and they've been fighting a losing battle for a while as the full bloods prepare to descend into the world one final time.
The army and police are fighting back and losing. But there are good supernatural creatures who would like things to return to the way they were and they are prepared to help Paige and Cole help the skinners regain the upper hand.
This is the sixth book in the series and it's been slowly building to this epic conclusion. Given the way things are stacked against them there's really not much chance of success here. But that's the dilemma facing authors who write this world ending kind of fiction.
If the threat is not big enough then it's hard to build suspense and so the creatures get bigger and stronger and arrive in multiples that would drive any self respecting savior to despair. It becomes almost a bit comical in a very dark way. And every escape, which has to happen by the skin of the teeth, just adds to the unbelievability of it all.
Look, I like a good story just as well as any other reader but I like to have my suspension of disbelief rewarded in ways that reassure me that it was all okay. To have my belief beaten back again and again makes it damn difficult to keep turning pages. I'm willing to believe one impossible things before breakfast but not one before every meal. If you've read all the books leading up to this one you'll have to read this one as well but I'm not sure it bodes well for any future volumes.