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The Dark Knight by Nick Cole continues the story begun in The Red King as survivors band together to build a modern-day castle against a tide of dark forces overrunning Southern California. While Frank and Holiday struggle for power, Ash ventures into the night to rescue a lost special needs adult who has unknowingly glimpsed a horrifying future: a future where man is on tThe Dark Knight by Nick Cole continues the story begun in The Red King as survivors band together to build a modern-day castle against a tide of dark forces overrunning Southern California. While Frank and Holiday struggle for power, Ash ventures into the night to rescue a lost special needs adult who has unknowingly glimpsed a horrifying future: a future where man is on the verge of extinction and a new predator rules the planet. The Apocalypse Weird is beginning, and it might just be something bigger than anyone ever imagined... or feared. bigger than anyone ever imagined … or feared. Download The Red King, the first book in this series, for free at Amazon....

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  • Timothy Ward
    2018-09-30 19:38

    #4 - Top Ten Reads of 2015 at timothycward.comThis zombie apocalypse tale is one of the top choices in its field. Check out WYRD #1: The Red King FREE on Kindle. Nick Cole's zombie apocalypse fills the need for zombie fans who want more than just zombies. The Dark Knight continues the story of Frank, an alcoholic who is trying to make up for the mistakes he made and win back his small community of survivors. I enjoyed rooting for him because we can all relate to the feeling of failure and how some refuse to look past that to what good we can still accomplish. My favorite part of this book is the point of view we see through Cory, a teenager with mental disabilities who is heartbroken about losing his daddy, a police officer. His is story is up there with the most heart wrenching I've read. Cory is an outstanding example of a fictional character you come to love. I slowed myself down toward the end because I didn't want to finish and then not have any new scenes with Cory to read.The Dark Knight is more than just a zombie story with heart, it is also an Apocalypse Weird novel, and boy did this get weird. It became a little bit Terminator there in the middle of Cory's storyline, and at first I thought it halted the pace, but once Cory became involved with the new point of view characters, I enjoyed the added twist of how bizarre this world is. It will no doubt add to the suspense and mystery in future stories. This series is an instant buy and read as soon as the next book comes out.

  • Aiden Mchaffie
    2018-09-24 14:38

    Although this is the second book in the Apocalypse Weird series, it is the first one I have reviewed, in fact I felt compelled to review it as soon as I finished it as it contains probably the best piece of character development I have ever read and I just want to spread the word.Taking off from where the Red King left off almost as a next chapter rather than a new book, the story gets straight into zombie action developing along a familiar post apocalypse theme, with the usual logistical problems that a group of survivors would face. Each personality is a rich dichotomy of strength and weakness. These flaws endear rather than disenchant in typical Nick Cole style. However he plays the ace when the story introduces Cory, a sixteen year old boy with severe learning disabilities. This is a masterstroke and is written so beautifully, so compassionately and so vividly.Cole takes the reader into a new dimension: how would someone with such a simple and accepting nature deal with the end of the world? The fact that he also introduces an alternative (and even more frightening) dimension, stretches the concept even further whist taking the reader on a blindfolded trip into the unknown.When I reviewed "The End Of The World As We Know It" I did so knowing I had never read a book like it. I struggled to find words to match my feelings and Nick Cole has done it again. Rarely can you read a work from this genre and come away with a warm feeling, make no mistake, the Dark Knight is a triumph. Whatever I read next has the hardest act to follow.

  • Michael Hicks
    2018-09-18 21:39

    [I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the author for review.]I’ll be honest – when I found out that Nick Cole’s second entry in the Apocalypse Weird bookverse would be including a special needs character obsessed with Batman, I was little apprehensive. Would this just be a silly gag, or a manufactured attempt to tug at people’s heart-strings?There’s a certain amount of deftness that goes into creating and respectfully handling characters with special needs, and I worried that such a character might be improperly tended to, or that the balance required in fleshing out such a character properly would somehow be upset. It wasn’t a matter of Cole being PC or not; I just didn’t want the story or the character to feel cheap, and I didn’t want this character to be, even worse, just a prop.Mostly, I just wasn’t as familiar with Cole’s work as I should be, having only read his prior AW entry (sorry, but I haven’t gotten to Soda Pop Soldier or The Wasteland saga yet…), and so I was unsure of his sensibilities as an author. And, shame on me for the apprehension. Cole handles this aspect of The Dark Knight with delicate aplomb and creates a character in Corey that is fleshed-out nicely. I really shouldn’t have worried, and this character becomes one of the more engaging aspects of the book and takes center stage beautifully. I was a bit broken-heated over Corey’s background, but not in a used, schmaltzy way. Cole quickly convinced me that he was writing a human being, with real human struggles, one that I could relate to and empathize with. I was worried about artifice, while Cole was serving up authenticity. I was right there with him, in the middle of this zombie plague, worrying for him and hoping he’d make it through OK.Nicely done, Mr. Cole. I’m sorry to have doubted you initially, but count me as a fan now, please.Regarding the rest of The Dark Knight, we pick up with the prior book’s survivors dealing with the personal fallout from that climax, and it proceeds in sensible fashion. Holiday isn’t quite the drunk he was last time around, working to make amends, but whatever trust he’d built up has been squandered. There’s a simmering tension between he and Frank, with the latter routinely calling out Holiday’s lack of foresight, and you just have to wonder how long it’ll be before these two snap and try to pound one another into the ground.And, although I enjoyed Book 1 in the WYRD series, The Red King, I did have a few quibbles with it and felt it carried a little too much on its shoulders. The Dark Knight is measurably better, in my opinion, and now that there are other Apocalypse Weird novels breaking out onto the scene it allows Cole to focus solely on his own story without having to tease, and leave unresolved, other weird disasters that AW authors will be tackling. The core of the story is dynamite, and it’s allowed now to exist on its own, with its own agency, and act as less of a set-up for other ancillary tales. That said, some of the dangling threads from the prior book are explored here in much greater detail, and far more satisfactorily, helping to showcase the unusual dual nature in mankind’s fall by way of zombie horror and a detour to…well, I won’t say much more lest I ruin the fun!We’re in a good spot with this AW bookverse now, and things are really shaping up nicely. With six titles in the wings, there’s plenty of pages out there to determine the worth of this ongoing Apocalypse Weird enterprise, and, man, I really think it looks like a winner. I’m excited to see what comes next, and will be anticipating my next fix of strange end of the world scenarios, along with the next WYRD book, naturally.

  • Rebask
    2018-09-29 20:32

    I've always loved Batman, every since I was a child. That the main character, a forever Man-child in this book identifies with Batman is ever so befitting!As this section of this amazing story unfolds fellow readers can come to find out just how and why Cory, a young man but always a child, came to refer to not only himself but his father as Batman. Hope, it springs eternal, for all of humanity during the End Times as described within. *****************************************As an aside, I am usually loath to get involved in sequels or series (books) as I'm the type of person that wants to do MARATHON reading from time to time and I highly dislike having to wait for the next 'segment'. Also, it seems that all too often, many authors are giving books in piece-meal as a tool to put more money into their pocket books, often only including what doesn't even amount to a full chapter and calling it any number of things: series, books, segments, etc. Because I have read Mr. Cole's The Wasteland Saga: Three Novels: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River and found the Saga to be my FAVORITE book(s) in decades, http://www.amazon.com/Wasteland-Saga-... I would have been inclined to read ANYTHING he writes in any avenue he chooses to share with the world, as he is truly a gifted story teller. He may be a man of many hats, but storytelling is an ART and he paints a mighty fine picture with his words.Read in Feb. 2015http://www.amazon.com/Nick-Cole/e/B00...

  • Ed Gosney
    2018-09-28 21:11

    Apocalypse Weird: The Red King by Nick Cole was a fascinating introduction to this new shared universe of crazy stories. Multiple authors are contributing, and that is going to keep this series fresh and exciting, as we see the apocalypse from multiple perspectives, writers, and settings. Cole’s novel is labeled as WYRD 1.0 in the top left corner, and on February 23, 2015, Wonderment Media launched five additional books in the Apocalypse Weird universe.Apocalypse Weird: The Dark Knight, is listed as WYRD 2.0, and after finishing it, I hope we see several more WYRD numbers in the future. If you read 1.0, then you are familiar with Holiday and his associates of people trying to survive in a world gone weird. And while we continue with that community of survivors, it isn’t long until we are introduced to The Dark Knight of the book, Cory, a nineteen-year-old special needs man-child who envisions himself as Batman, The Dark Knight, in these dark days of Apocalypse. In my opinion, Cory is awesome, and Cole handles him with a deft touch of sensitivity. Part of the drama with Cory is also seeing how others think and react to a special needs person in this terrifying landscape. Are they willing to help out the man-child, or should they consider their own safety above his? And Cory does his best to stay brave in the face of imminent danger by repeating his Batman mantra, “I am Vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman.”This story is worth every penny. Don’t miss it.

  • FanFiAddict
    2018-10-13 20:16

    Starting exactly where it left off with 'The Red King', The Dark Knight doesn't disappoint. Though the group you are left with only takes up a small portion of this book, the introduction of Cory, a special young man who is searching for his father during the end times, takes this series on a refreshingly new road.While the world is crumbling around him, Cory uses the guidance that his father gave him in order survive. That, and the fact that he is THE BATMAN. This alter-ego that Cory has associated himself with since he was young, and one that his father introduced him to, becomes his security blanket through all of the evil that comes to surface.You will not find disappointment in this book, unless you were looking for an entire novel based solely on the construction of the group's "castle". Cory adds not only a very interesting character to this story but a sense of the unknown. Of course, to understand what I am saying means you need to give The Dark Knight a read and find out for yourself. Nick Cole never ceases to amaze and I can't wait to see what is in store in The Lost Castle!

  • AnneHope
    2018-09-23 14:25

    I am falling in more deeply into an amazing story with this sequel. I loved this sequel to the WYRD books in the AW world. Nick Cole completely stole my heart with the introduction of his new character Cory. I am a huge terminator fan so loved the tie in here. I didn't think that it could get any better after zombies and really giant footprints, but he proved me wrong in this next chapter in the WYRD story. I find myself anxious for part 3 but plan on re-reading part 1 and 2 right before the next release so I can more slowly enjoy the experience. Nick is an amazing storyteller and this appears to be a great story to be told.

  • Colette Chadwick
    2018-10-15 20:40

    The AW series is becoming a favorite of mine.This fantastic story picks up from The Red King with a few more amazing characters. The interaction among them is emotionally gripping. Cory is our hero, a special needs hero, just because he haphazardly survives. But then again, he is Batman.I found it is very interesting how this book has three divisions that come together so smoothly, and really is a fabulous cliff-hanger for the next installment.

  • Greg Tymn
    2018-10-06 22:41

    I actually dreamed I was in the swamp with Cory last night. Wow. I can't remember the last time my reading carried over into my dreams. When I was seven?I like where this series is heading. Yes, it plods along at times. 20 pages of descriptive folderol associated with Cory seemed like Nick got stuck at the keyboard and obsessed. And yes, it borrows quite a bit from prior books and movies in the genre. But, the story pulls you along. At least it did for me if I'm dreaming about it.Overall, I think Nick's "Old Man and the Wasteland" is his best. But AW is pretty good. I look forward to further expansion of this universe.

  • Jon
    2018-10-13 21:27

    There are many things that annoy me as a reader. Authors who insert horrific scenes about the abuse of children or animals as a quick way to move the plot forward is one of them. Nick Cole, however is not one of those authors, and his latest contribution to the Apocalypse Weird universe is proof of that.AW: The Dark Night is Cole's second solo AW book, which immediately follows the action in AW: The Red King. In AW: TRK we read about the fall of civilization in southern California. About Holiday, a depressed drunk with repressed memories of boot camp; about Ash, a Spetznaz trained M.D. with a heart of gold; about Frank, an older guy with a taste for fine Italian cuisine and disturbing marksmanship skills; Ritter, a skinny white guy who badly wants to be a gangsta; and Braddock, a special forces soldier with orders to revenge the U.S. government against its enemies, "whatever it takes." Over the course of the book, these folks learn to deal with the appearance of zombies, the breakdown of civilization, and the secrets that they dole out with eyedroppers to each other.In this follow-up novel, we see that Frank, Ash, Ritter and a few others have built themselves a fortress out of the remains of their suburban housing complex, no thanks to Holiday who nearly got them all overrun in the previous book. In a self-conscious attempt to get back into Frank and Ash's good graces, Holiday comes upon the idea of surrounding the complex with shipping containers. It works well enough to impress the others but Frank and Ash are not so easily placated.Into this environment comes Cory, a special needs teen who has lost the only world he's known and is not well adapted to the one he finds himself in. He has one survival technique which is adapted for the new world: he puts on a cape and gloves and mask and becomes Batman. Batman can go out at night. Batman can defend himself against the undead hordes ("stranger danger" in Cory-speak) and Batman is never scared, even as Cory is quaking in his shoes.Batman gets Cory through the ruined landscape one step at a time: from the house where he hides with the sitter to the local pharmacy, to escaping with Heather the stock girl, to accidentally plunging into a horrific blasted wasteland populated by killer robots and malevolent computers, to his own shattered world of zombies, to the suburban castle where he finally finds refuge.Frankly, the only way you can not be sick with worry over Cory's plight is if you either A) have no heart, or B) have been dead for six weeks. And this gets to what I wrote about earlier: there is no sign of cheap emotional manipulation by Cole at any point in the narrative. He writes succinctly, getting deep into Cory's head, letting us experience where the boy is coming from on every step of his adventure and it never feels overdone or sentimental. It is merely authentic story telling.Just about the only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was over way too soon. But that's fine, because Wonderment Media has a lot more material in the pipe and it's a very big world.

  • Bob
    2018-10-06 20:12

    Nick Cole’s sequel to the kickoff book of Apocalypse Weird adds a depth and complexity to the world of The Red King, and deepens the mystery of this weird end of the world.The story picks up with Frank and Holiday continuing to jockey for position within their townhome community, while they prepare to fortify their position into an actual castle to defend from the undead. The story drops more hints that Holiday is not what he appears to be, but doesn’t ever confirm his true identity. Instead, we are introduced to Cory, a special needs young man who fights his fear by adopting the persona of Batman. And it is in Cory’s poignant backstory, we learn that this apocalypse, already weird, is going to get a whole lot weirder.The Dark Knight is a fast-paced, compelling read with deep and complex characters and a fairly straightforward narrative that descends into something truly perplexing. It’s chock-full of Nick Cole’s beautiful imagery, and deep, realistic characters. Cory is guaranteed to become your favorite, and we can only imagine what is going to happen when Cory meets Holiday. Eagerly awaiting book 3, to get more Cory and find out if anything else was affected by the fog.

  • Karen
    2018-10-09 18:11

    Bring on the Wyrd. I loved this book.The author creates a Wyrd world full of unique characters.The last few chapters were really interesting and were quite unexpected.The links included to "secret" documents were pure gravy.I can't wait to read the next book in the series.I highly recommend this series to every fan of the Sci-Fi and Zombie genres.

  • Colby
    2018-10-08 15:21

    Very well done! Great characters and full of action, the Dark Knight lives up to the rest of the AW universe so far. Fantastically written. Nick Cole still has the ability to move his readers, and Cory was brilliant. I haven't rooted so hard for a character in a while.

  • Gabe
    2018-09-21 20:32

    It's too early in the morning to get all prosaic about this book. Suffice it to say; I can't wait for the next one!

  • Robert Bor
    2018-09-30 21:27

    Sequel to The Red King, part 2 in the Wyrd series. The weirdness has not subsided, quite the contrary. In part One, fundamental conflict between characters was lacking, but that is no longer the case in this book. Whereas to Holiday, Frank's objection to his character may seem harsh, but fair, something malign lies under the surface. Could Frank have feelings for the same girl? Nice how talking about Spaghetti Aglio e Olio – quite delicious indeed – served as a way to return from a mysterious, collective blindness to seeing once more.The rest of the book focuses on the slow-witted boy Cory, who first figuratively lives in a parallel universe, and then literally. As he shifts from his zombie-infested world to the one where Skynet reigns supreme, his rigid routine is tested to the breaking point. The description of Cory is endearing, although, truth be said, his story continues for a bit longer than I hoped for. Would have loved to learn more of The Castle and Mr Steele.

  • Trisha Perry
    2018-09-21 22:31

    The Dark Knight is the sequel to the The Red King. It picks up from the end of The Red King, where Frank and Holiday are still at it and the new people are still fitting in. But one night Ash goes out to rescue a special needs kid, Cory, maybe not a kid anymore as he has had to grow up fast especially after the future he has seen.A really amazing, thought out book with awesome characters and the jump in time with Cory was pretty cool. Cory is a strong kid and maybe that is what I liked most about him he can get through anything, he is vengeance, he is the night, he is Batman, I think he is my hero right now and I can't wait to see how his story ends up. This is really a cool story and I can't wait for the next one especially with narrator Guy Williams reading, the audiobooks have been spectacular. Mr. Williams has wonderful voices for the characters and he sucks you into their world as though you are there, he is a great narrator definitely one not to be missed.

  • Tom
    2018-10-07 17:26

    Following our zombie apocalypse survivors from the previous book, this story starts out in the construction of their fortress/castle, but quickly focuses on the side story of Cory, a special needs man-boy who becomes "The Batman" as a defense mechanism. The author could have used this character as a thinly-veiled foil or sympathy-grabber, but refreshingly we get a deep look into Cory's hopes/fears/motivations. He's an actual person, and that's terrific. Fun to watch his own instincts and tactics, and how they play out in this universe. Great choice on devoting nearly this entire story to him.Still a lot of unanswered weirdness here... do we have overlapping universes? Time-travel? Literary and film genres brought to life in some martix-ish virtual reality? I guess I'll just have to stick with it to find out.

  • Rusty
    2018-10-10 21:22

    I thought I was reading one book and then it turned in to a completely different one. I really had to stop and think about what was going on because it made zero sense that the change of setting happened. The one saving grace for me was the description of Colin's reaction to getting a question from Cory because I have a child with special needs and I totally got that description. It actually made me tear up a bit. But I wish it had been a true continuation of the first book rather than whatever this was.

  • Viktor
    2018-09-26 15:21

    Terrific installment of this series. However, as is the first volume, it is not a standalone story. But this time that caveat comes with a twist, as the main story here is the backstory of another new character. And that backstory is topnotch.

  • neal mirin
    2018-09-24 22:27

    Time changeTo big of a time change, lost the storyline, lost me as a reader. So much potential. To book one but it did not make it.

  • Will Swardstrom
    2018-09-30 21:27

    With his hand solely responsible for two of the Apocalypse Weird novels thus far, and half of another, it’s safe to say Nick Cole is guiding the direction of the AW stories. With The Dark Knight, Cole ups the ante even farther, introducing new characters we can’t help but root for, and a startling aspect that no one saw coming.Out of the six AW novels complete so far, Cole’s The Dark Knight (releasing Monday, Feb. 23) is the first sequel in the ranks. Because of that, there is little stage setting for the main group of characters we met the first time out. But, Cole gives us a new character – literally the title character of Cory, who goes as Batman (or The Dark Knight). I’ll come back to him in a moment. The sequel gives Cole a lot of freedom to push the boundaries of his existing characters (which he wasn’t afraid to do back in The Red King anyway) as well as smash the expectations of a sophomore effort.Back in TRK, Cole gave us the shady figure of Holiday, along with the steady Frank, and the mysterious Ashley. By the end of the book, we find Holiday refusing to accept reality, diving back into his drunken ways, and almost killing his friends along the way. In his wanderings, he finds new survivors and brings them back (and they’ve got their own issues and mysteries as well), but Frank swears Holiday off. The two men who depended on each other and survived due to that trust are done. Frank will not give Holiday any measure of trust, no matter what Holiday does to try to become the hero the group deserves.While that is playing out, we wander outside of Frank’s newly-built castle and meet Cory. Cory is special. Cole doesn’t ever say what it is that makes Cory special – Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, or whatever – but it’s clear a person like Cory wouldn’t survive long in a post-apocalyptic world without help. So where has he been the past few weeks as zombies terrorized the city? That’s a twist I’m not going to share, but suffice it to say, I didn’t see it coming. It adds an entirely new dimension for the AW world to explore and I loved it.Cory is searching for his father, a police officer, who inspired Cory to become Batman, costume and all. Whether searching for diabetic supplies for his neighbor at the nearby pharmacy, or trying to survive a world gone mad, Cory’s safety and security lies in his alter-ego.I am Batman.I am the Night.Cory becomes the Night and survives the horrors of Apocalypse Weird, only to be discovered by Ashley, setting up some potentially exciting scenes in Cole’s third book, already named The Lost Castle.There is a great story in this book, but at the same time, Cole is teasing us. He is setting the chess board. The titles aren’t coincidental – The Red KING, The Dark KNIGHT, The Lost CASTLE (otherwise known as a ROOK). Cole has a master plan up his sleeve and isn’t willing to tip his hand just yet. There are more moves to be made, some by him, perhaps some by other writers. I can’t wait for the third book, and frankly every book to be put out under the AW banner in the future. The world is being destroyed and I’m having a great time in the process.

  • Mike Nemeth
    2018-10-08 20:16

    Nick Cole in his second novel of the Apocalypse Weird series, The Dark Knight embraces convention and kicks it squarely in the face at the same time. He blends at least three genres. The first is zombies: A virus turns much of the population into coughing sickos who then become ravenous for human flesh. A small group of unlikely survivors band together in a condo complex and face their fears and personal demons while realizing the rest of society is falling apart. Meanwhile, Cole tosses in a bit of military thriller as he introduces a group of soldiers who try to pull things together despite horrific odds. This second novel touches briefly on the military angle but focuses more closely on the condo folks who continue to prepare for the shambling dead. They secure their compound and further establish the hierarchy of their new compact society. I read through this quickly. Cole's got something coming, and I wanted to know what he had in store. He's very familiar with formula, but I get the impression he prefers to mess with it. Then it happens. We are introduced to Batman. He's really an autistic kid named Cory with such a touching backstory that when I was immersed in reading it I didn't care about the other plot threads in the novel. Cory's dad is a cop. He raised Cory to be strong, or as strong as a kid who thinks everybody's nice even when they're beating on him in the playground. Cory's mom left. She couldn't handle the responsibility. Turns out Cory loves Batman. And Batman gives him confidence. He's internalized the phrase from the cartoon, "I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman." This part of the book is tremendous. Cole's handling of the character shows a tenderness and understanding that I've never encountered. Not that I've read much with autistic protagonists. Cole takes off into another twist, thus giving readers their money's worth for the weird in the title. But I was into it. Cory is an interesting character, and I can picture everything Cole, who says he's a working actor, writes. He doesn't waste words. His prose reveals a gritty landscape and grittier bad guys. But he also pumps a lot of life into his story. This is his best yet.

  • Aly Abell
    2018-10-12 16:32

    The Dark Knight is mainly set in the world of The Red King, at the very beginning of the Apocalypse Weird. I enjoyed spending more time with Frank, Holiday, Ash, and the other characters from The Red King. Their varied personalities and skills make the social dynamics uneasy, but together they can make a formidable team. Will they manage to establish a reasonably secure setting to live out their lives in this new, post-apocalyptic world? We also get introduced to a new major character. Cory is a young man with special needs, frightened by all these changes he doesn’t understand. A fog reminiscent of the mists in Reversal by Jennifer Ellis takes Cory to another point in time. Most of the last part of The Dark Knight is set in the time period that Cory slipped into. It is not a very pleasant time. Will Cory manage to get back to his own time? – unbelievably, the early days of the Zombie Apocalypse seem more promising than the bleak time he stumbled upon by accident. And if Cory returns, will he be able to somehow make the future brighter than the dismal version he glimpsed?The Dark Knight ends with the reader having a somewhat better understanding of the Apocalypse Weird universe, but there are many questions and threads that still need resolution. Who is Ritter trying to contact – and just who is Ritter? Will Holiday overcome the demons of his alcohol addiction? How will Frank and Holiday resolve their conflict with each other? Will the castle provide enough fortification against the zombies? I am eager to read the next volume in the series.I received an Advance Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jason Anspach
    2018-10-03 14:17

    Have you ever tried to judge a book by its cover? I think we all have. Take a look at the cover for The Dark Knight. Go on, I'll wait.Now, what do you think this book is about? What will happen in this book? You're wrong. The Dark Knight is a thrilling sequel. A romp through Apocalypse Weird Los Angeles. The characters and zombies found in The Red King are back, and easter eggs, and new clues to some unanswered questions are gratifyingly present. The strength of this book is Cole's amazing characterization of Cory. I don't want to say anything about Cory, I only want to implore you to buy this book and read it and find out and be amazed for yourself. I knew already that Nick Cole could spin a great story. But this book? The Dark Knight has elevated Cole as one of my all time favorite authors. There are five AW books being released today, I've read four of them including this one. Reversal, The Serenity Strain, and Texacolypse Now are great books. I read them and felt satisfied that the AW universe was a place for great stories. The Dark Knight was satisfying, but it left me realizing that the AW universe isn't just a place for great stories - the entire thing, all the books, all the authors are putting together one magnificent tale that I can't wait to read.Disclosure: I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It is so good. I'm not sure that I honestly was able to express how much I enjoyed this book.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-27 14:11

    This is yet another smashing success in the Apocalypse Weird series. When I first saw the title "The Dark Knight," I thought of Batman, but I had no idea that would play so literally into the story line. When things started out, I was really sad to see that Holiday was exiled within his own group because I sort of liked him. But once Cory was introduced, he was immediately my favorite character. Cory is tossed into an impossible situation that he can barely comprehend (or comprehend even LESS than anyone else around him) and every page, I kept thinking, "He's gonna die!" And yet he didn't. My heart broke for him because he just wanted to find Daddy and have pancakes, but instead he gets chased by all manner of strangers and is abandoned. Not to mention the time travel...I will admit there was a little mental hiccup for me when the point of view shifted to Bertram and Cade. I stumbled for probably the entire chapter because there was a LOT packed into a small space. Not only had we gone at least 25 years in the future, but there was a lot of technical jargon added regarding the internet, the machines, and the new world as a whole. But it worked out shortly thereafter and honestly... It all made sense at the very, very end. Read this book. Read this series. You will not regret it.

  • Kari Kilgore
    2018-09-18 18:22

    Following up the first novel in a series is always going to be tough, especially when the series is part of a huge shared universe like Apocalypse Weird. The Red King was an amazing book, but Nick Cole managed to surpass my expectations with The Dark Knight. Seeing how familiar characters are learning and growing (or not) in an impossible situation was delightful. Yet another facet of the AW universe opens up in a natural and believable way, making me even more anxious to finish the other books already out so I'll be ready for new ones.One of the great accomplishments of The Dark Knight, as others have said, is the way Nick handles a challenging and compelling viewpoint with compassion and dignity. I fell in love with Cory the second he came on stage, and I loved seeing how confusing the normal world can be through his eyes. Following along with him as the world comes to an end is thrilling and heartbreaking. Even as I fear what waits with the next part of this story, I can't wait to jump right back in.

  • Philip
    2018-09-21 18:32

    If Nick Cole's The Red King was a sampling of appetisers for the feast that is his version of the apocalypse, then its sequel, The Dark Knight, is a deceptively simple first course that leaves you eager for more and wondering exactly how the chef is going to top it.The Dark Knight follows on directly from The Red King but after briefly checking in with the groups from that novel, it moves on to the heart and soul of the book - Corey - a special needs adult who finds the courage to face frightening situations by dressing as Batman. And Cory's tale is Nick Cole at his finest.Within a few paragraphs of Cory arriving in the story, you're rooting for him and hoping he makes it through the zombie apocalypse in one piece. Throw in some spot on observations on how society would treat Cory and a nicely pitched nod to pop culture and you've got a recipe for a great book.I really enjoyed reading The Dark Knight. It had me hooked from the very beginning and firing up my Kindle every chance I got until I'd finished the story. Now I can't wait for the next in the series.

  • Rose
    2018-09-17 19:30

    This is the instalment where the "weird" in Apocalypse Weird becomes truly apparent. Weird in a "I can't believe he went there and actually managed to successfully pull this shit off" kind of way. We have the zombies and the metal-faced guy at the end of The Red King now merged with a really sweet mentally challenged boy who thinks he's Batman, some time-travel to Terminator-land where Skynet has taken over, and was that THE Randall Flagg? BOOM...that was my mind being blown. I just have no way to explain the progression of this story without serious spoilers or making you think this must be the most seriously f***ed up book out there. Well, it is a little bit of that but it was also seriously well written. It would have to be to pull all this craziness off and totally make it work. There was a blurb at the end of The Dark Knight that mentioned the next book - I absolutely must have it. You just can't leave a story like that hanging.

  • Cmoore
    2018-10-17 21:15

    Wow,umm, the Apocalypse Weird meets the Terminator. Frank and Holiday are back and Holiday is working hard to get back into everyone's good graces after the debacle with the gate. (Haven't read the first book please go get it, currently it is available for free on Amazon)But this is really a story about Cory. I swear I tried to take my time reading this book, but I just couldn't do it. Cory with luck and good instincts and help from a few people has managed to steal my heart and I can't wait to see where this story is going to take me.Now about Apocalypse Weird, I love it. I love the format eBook plus easter eggs and that all of the stories are loosely tied together. There is still plenty of stories to keep me happy with 5 books being released on Feb. 23 and 2 more released every month after that. That should give me (a voracious reader) plenty of words until Nicks next book.

  • Missy
    2018-09-19 16:19

    I'm not into the whole zombie thing, but I had really enjoyed The Old Man and the Wasteland, so when I caught hold of the first segment of The Red King, I plowed into it without knowing that I was being sucked into a zombie series... But that's all it took! I love the characters, and I'm intrigued by the way the different plot lines are being woven together. There were times I was practically speed-reading because I just had to know what was going to happen NOW! I'm deeply saddened to have come to the end because I'm pretty much an immediate gratification kind of girl... But I'll be waiting for the next installment! Hurry up and write! ;-)