The story follows teenagers Paul Shannon and Amy Grossman, with a mild romantic attraction depiction in the book, their families, other friends, pastors, and Church Elder/Mission Leader Ray Franklin. The three hold the story together, and Paul and Amy work well as a tandem. I'm guessing more information about them can be found in Book #1, Sudden Mission. But they're likable, heroic, and faithful. So what's the mission? To gather and save as many survivors as possible. The survivors appear and act like zombies without having to venture too far out. It's strange. To convert these lost souls, Paul, Amy, and the others must confront some nasty, evil, manifestations from hell.
I knew something was awry when Paul finished setting a personal best in a mile run and made mention of a memory that harkens back to a confrontation with the Adversary. Now, those who know their Bible, realize that name references Satan. Okay. Then the local community barters for food just to survive. Electrical grids have gone, and the people rely on an intermittent nuclear power source. Not just Paul's neighborhood, but the nation experiences devastation and have to make due the best they can with communications cut off. Okay, so we're talking Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy. Then shortly after that, I read that Paul and others battle zombies, aliens, killer monks, samurai, and the Adversary. So now I think what have I stumbled upon here? It was actually funny because Paul and Amy made references to monsters and "...Angel stuff..." so matter-of-fact I knew I was behind aka this is Book #2 in the Spirit Missions series. With all of that, I anticipated a wild ride, and I got some of that.
Nasty Leftovers moves with good pace, it's not a very long book, but it seems all proceeds too smoothly for our heroes. Once essential information comes to light, the teams use that information and then execute their plans pretty flawlessly. Comparing Nasty Leftovers with Kingdom Come by Justin Coogle, another Christian Fantasy that deals with spiritual warfare, the significant catastrophes dwindle the ranks of heroism in Coogle's book and raise the high stakes even higher. This doesn't mean Nasty Leftovers isn't compelling, it just needs more nastiness or complication for the good guys. Again perhaps, this was what happened in Book #1, Sudden Mission. I can only go by what's present in Nasty Leftovers.
Now, having said that, I need to allude to several plot points without giving them away to those like me who hadn't read, Sudden Mission. With that statement, I'm assuming these plot points occur in Sudden Mission. Aside from the faith of the Christians on the D.C. missions trip, certain let me just keep it simple, weapons, in use by some community members, don't exactly lend themselves to failure. Despite God's utilizing of fallible men and women, these weapons can't fail, so that skews those plans toward flawless execution. I believe readers who read the novel will understand the references. By the way, nice touch, Mr. Pace. Those left behind for real may very well encounter this kind of manifested good during that time. Sure surprised this reader. A minor point that I have to point out exists in a couple of handful of typos.
In defense of Nasty Leftovers as well, this is Book #2. Mr. Pace probably needs to save pace, for Book #3, Carolina Dawn. So, let me close with this. I love the use of the authority of the saints in the book. I wanted to go around and rebuke everything in sight after reading about Paul, Amy, and their missions teams!