Perdition Valley (Deathlands Series #76)by James Axler
Journeying across the devastated frontier of postnuclear America, Ryan Cawdor and his companions have unlocked clandestine knowledge of preDark tech, secrets that give them an edge for staying alive, an edge augmented by an ability to fi ght and win. Each day brings a new chance to find someplace to call/p>/strong>… See more details below
Journeying across the devastated frontier of postnuclear America, Ryan Cawdor and his companions have unlocked clandestine knowledge of preDark tech, secrets that give them an edge for staying alive, an edge augmented by an ability to fi ght and win. Each day brings a new chance to find someplace to call homesomewhere apart from the grim realities of a civilization struggling to be reborn.
Hunted across the southwestern desert, Ryan doesn't know who wants him dead badly enough to slaughter innocents as a way of luring him into the open. But the advanced tech his pursuers are using is unknown in Deathlands, created by the most brilliant minds of twentieth-century America. Now evil is alive and stalking the warrior group. His name is Delphi, and he's prepared to reclaim the one man who understands with brutal certainty how time can be controlled, manipulated, remapped. In the Deathlands, the past may be lost but its secrets are deadlier than ever.
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In this latestDeathlands issue, and the 2nd part of The Coldfire Project: Book II, Nick Pollatta ends this Deathlands storyline with less than awesome expectations. Out of the 5 or 6 Deathlands writers, Nick has proven to be by far one of the best. But this duology came off sorta run-of-the-mill. Now, after his last duology, I was really expecting a much stronger and better scenario. This duology is certainly better than a lot of the recent bunch of DL installments. But that is not saying much. Although I thought the cyborg, Delphi, was very intriguing, it seemed that he could have utilized more alien tech against the Deathlands companions. Or at the very least, gather more than three street thug brothers to fight for him. Now there were certain elements to this duology that could have been utterly fantastic if they would have been pulled off better. Such elements as Delphi's character, Doc going back in time to his loved ones finally, newer technology being found for the companions, etc... The story seemed to meander at times. I didn't feel for, nor want to follow along, the married slave couple, nor the black sec boss, Stirling. And that goes for Lily, the Rogan brother's sister. I applaud Nick's trying this, just to be different, but I'd much rather follow Ryan and company. And that especially seemed out of whack here in the 2nd part. Ryan and the rest seemed to just disappear when Doc sneeks away from their encampment. It then becomes Doc's story, with no pursuing Ryan close on his heels. That really stuck out as being wrong. And in all the time that Doc os battling Delphi alone, still no Ryan or the group. No mention of them, whatsoever. That should have been shown. I know I am sounding harsh here, but it is only because I usually love Nick's work on this series, as well as his work on other Gold Eagle series, but this one came up short for me. I know he can produce better. But after the last three Deathlands debacles, such as Strontium Swamp, Ritual Chill, and Atlantis Reprise, then by those standards these last two are very good. The next novel, titled Cannibal Moon, is the return of another solid writer in the Deathlands saga, Alan Philipson. Looking forward to this one...