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The third entry into The Last Town serial is now available. In this episode, the town begins to enact Barry Corbett’s plans to turn Single Tree into a desert stronghold, while to the west, Detective III Reese works with the worn-down LAPD to try and maintain some semblance of order as Los Angeles unravels. This one clocks in at 71 pages by my count, though Amazon apparently counts pages differently than I do.

Episode 4 is forecast to be available in August.

The Last Town #3: Waiting for the Dead


  1. John Goodman
    June 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Hello Stephen. I finished TLT3 and it’s length was commiserate with the previous installments, so no complaints there. ;o) This installment, like the others is well written and an easy, quick read. While the combat action is limited to LA, we get more insight into the personalities of previously introduced characters and it is easy to see who will be the “good” guys and who are simply “pains in the ass”. I was surprised at the sanctimonious, judgmental attitude of Detective 3 Reese. I volunteer with my city’s “Citizen’s Patrol” and CERT (County Emergency Response Team), so I know a lot of cops. I have never encountered Reese’s attitude. In virtually any life or death situation, decisions must be made in fractions of seconds. Cops/First Responders know this better than the average bystander critic. For Reese to climb on his high horse with Lt. Colonel Morton seemed unwarranted. Frankly, if I was Morton I would have had my troops handcuff Reese with his own cuffs and lock him in a hospital room to await a fitting end. But, I somehow suspect that Detective Reese will soon learn the realities of a zompoc. Either that or he will join the ranks of “living dead”.

    Jock Sinclair, what a trip! The guy reminds me of a certain fat, bearded doculiar film maker.

    Hector Aguilar, I have met several just like him at City Council meetings, both Councilpersons and “concerned” residents.

    Only one firearms gaff to comment on: “Two million rounds of M855 fifty-five grain in 5.56 millimeter.” M855 is the US Army designation for the 5.56×45 millimeter rifle round with sixty-two grain FMJ “green tip” bullet which has a 17 grain steel tip penetrator. (The steel tip is mild steel and does not make the round “armor piercing” in spite of the latest attempt by the Obama administration to ban it from civilian use. The purpose of the “penetrator” to allow the projectile to penetrate intermediate barriers, such as windshield or other common barriers. And just for the record, virtually any rifle hunting round will penetrate class IIIA body armor… but they are not “armor piercing”.)

    Loved the reference to the GAU-19 fifty BMG gatling gun. For the record, hit a zombie in the chest with a .50 BMG and it would vaporize the upper body and hydrostatic pressure would destroy the brain. Bye-bye zombie. For comparison, a .30-06 round used in WWII (M1 Garand) produces a muzzle energy of between 2000-3000 foot-pounds of energy and is adequate to take down any North American game animal up to and including moose and brown bears. A .50 BMG round produces between 10,000 to 15,000 foot-pounds of energy. If you have never seen what such a round will do to a human being in “real life”, consider yourself lucky.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know I enjoyed TLT3 and I am looking forward to TLT4!

    • June 16, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Sorry, I had 855 on the brain. What I’d meant was this, but hey, this is how it happens sometimes. Glad you liked it.

  2. Mike
    September 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I just finished this last night. It was a fantastic read. Great characters!

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