Executed, by RR Haywood

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn’t think they needed a leader. But they’ve got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn’t know it’s in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run—fighting for survival in a world they’re supposed to save. Meanwhile, Miri has motives of her own. And when the existence of a second device is discovered, the team’s mission and their lives are in mortal danger…

Who doesn’t like a time-travel science fiction book? Did I start this review the same as I did for Extracted? Yep, I sure did. Whereas Extracted spent too much time on Ben Ryder’s mental breakdown, Executed spent way too much time on this epic gun battle. The character stereotypes continue from the first book. Miri is frustrating, and I suspect that that’s the point.

I’m not sure how the developmental process was with this second book, but it seemed like they decided to just wipe the slate clean and insert the characters from book one into a new story. Many of the dynamics were rewritten, and a new character other than Miri is introduced, and she is ssllooww!! I figured it out early in the book. The other characters figured it out in the middle of the book. Why the heck doesn’t the new character figure it out until the last chapters? (Intentionally vague because, spoilers!)

The excruciatingly long chapter structure is gone from the first book. All my complaints and praises from the first book carry over to the second. I do think that Executed is a better story than extracted. I wholeheartedly look forward to reading the final book in the series. Like Extracted, I’d rate Executed just shy of four stars because it’s better than 3.5, but not quite a four-star read. They’re both available on Kindle Unlimited, so give ‘em a shot.


RR Haywood was born in Birmingham, England but has spent most of his life living on the beautiful south coast. He has had a passion for reading for as long as he can remember. One of his favourite genres is Post-Apocalyptic fiction and he has worked his way through every book he could find. Some were great and some not so great and what he wanted was a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day detailed exploration of what would happen. This desire to explore the world after such an event gave birth to The Undead, which is now the UK’s bestselling zombie horror series, compared to The Walking Dead and many other great works. This underground smash-hit series draws readers from all walks of life with compelling characters, incredible descriptions and breath taking action sequences that have had readers gripping their kindles, laughing out loud and crying real tears.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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