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Pilgrimage To Hell (Deathlands Series) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997


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  • Series: Deathlands Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gold Eagle (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373485956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373485956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked the full-cast dramatization of this new version, but they changed the story way too much.
Dempsey L. Wilson
The book is full of military jargon, the characters are wooden and unrealistic, and I basically couldn't care less about them.
C. Cannone
The series still kept my attention 15 books later...but now I see that Axler has written a *lot* more material.
Bryan S. Sampsel

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ryan mcgee on January 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is number one in the deathlands series, which is still going strong at number 60. Within this book is were all the main characters are brought to life for the first time. although this book was actually written by two different authors i think that once you pick this book you will be wanting to read the second book before midnight!!!! All in all this is pure sc fi adventure
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2001
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One of the better books I have read this year, Pilgrimage to Hell is a great novel for anyone into post-nuclear holocaust fiction. For anyone who has played the PC roleplaying games Fallout and/or Fallout 2, this is basically like 'reading' the game. Great stuff. The ending was a little weak, but made me want to go out and pick up the second book in the series, which is a good thing. I was reading this book whenever I could fit in time after work, I highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By General Pete VINE VOICE on June 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first in a long line of Deathlands books. You will notice I do not call them novles because while they are enjoyable they hardly qualify as "War and Peace". Here for the first time we meet Ryan Cawdor, basically a one eyed crazy man frontman for a firm(but fair) warlord named "The Trader". We are also introduced to J.B Dix, Kysty, Do , Hun and many others. The author manages to paint a very vivid picture of a world affected by Nuclear War and this book has (by far) the best plot and charecter development of any other in the serise.
Overall-If you liked William W. Johnstone you will like this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This exciting first book in the Deathlands Saga is classic. As I reread the prologue, it is amazing at how the author captured the possibilities of probable futures. The story unfolded, and captured the reader at every turn. If you have read other Deathland books before, you must read this one even if this means going to a used bookstore or asking a friend to borrow it. Ryan Cawdor is riding with the Trader, and, well I won't spoil the rest. It is a must read
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deathlands 1: Pilgrimage to Hell / 0373625014

I'm a fan of the Deathlands series, although I can't quite put my finger on why. They're pretty much gun-'n'-torture fantasies that take place in an apocalyptic America where might makes right and men are real men and women are real women and death is always lying just around the corner. Not the sort of thing I usually eat up, but the setup is so fascinating that I can't quite look away -- each book is a very careful variation on the same themes and it's delightful to see what the bevy of authors who write these books will come up with next. (I've heard them described as popcorn -- no nutritional value whatsoever, but you can't stop eating! Er, reading!)

I recently decided to re-read my Deathlands novels, so I've been going through in order. "Pilgrimage to Hell" is the first book in the series, and... it could be better. The first 30 novels of the series are credited to Laurence James as the author, except for this one who is co-credited with Jack Adrian, and I think Adrian's writing style differs strongly from the clean sharp prose that characterizes James' novels in the series. "Pilgrimage to Hell" seems to be written with a very limited budget for periods; every sentence seems to stretch on for miles until you arrive gasping at the end, trying to suss out what the author is trying to convey. The prologue is especially guilty of this: I'm sure the intricate details of how the Cold War ruined the entire planet was very fascinating at one time, but whew, it comes across as a bit of overkill now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
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Oddly, this book didn't reall grab me the first time I started to read it, probably because I was engrossed in the David Robbin's "Endworld" series at the time. However, I picked it up again and it struck a chord with me upon reading it in it's entirety. The reader is introduced into the basic world of the series, and its combatants. The pace is quite quick, and the descriptions of the events often allow you to imagine yourself as a distant observer, something I always enjoy. As an introduction to the series, it performs well, and has wet my appetite for the rest of the novels. I have finished 4 of the books to date, and hope that the others in the series (some 43+ and counting) live up to the standards set by this crisp, enthralling introduction to the lives of Ryan and his party.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan S. Sampsel on February 11, 2000
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The beginning happens with the end. Instead of starting the novel with the reader scratching his head, the author does the favor of giving a history.
A nuclear war destroys society as we know it. The book picks up with the remnants of civilization, 100 years after the war.
A greedy baron and his henchmen attack the main characters, forever altering the course of their lives. Their adventures take them all over the shattered continent of North America, dealing with mutants and monsters...losing and gaining friends along the way.
The first book was by far the best. The series still kept my attention 15 books later...but now I see that Axler has written a *lot* more material.
A must read...but definitely a "guy" book. (No offense to the TomBoys out there)
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