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Apocalypse Unborn (Deathlands) Mass Market Paperback – June 10, 2008
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Reborn primeval in the fires of thermonuclear hell, America's aftermath is one of manifest evil, savage endurance and lingering hope. Traversing the lawless continent on a journey without destination, Ryan Cawdor seeks humanity in an inhuman world. In the Deathlands, life is cheap, death is free and survival demands the highest price of all.
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Quite gory, action packed, offering multiple perspectives of the same event, a few new muties, a Baron that REALLY needs a) a throat opening via Panga b) a long-shot from a solid Steyr round or, depening upon who your favorite character may be: c) a scatter-packed blast from Doc's Le Mat... or even quickly whipped throwing blades tossed indescretely but with supreme accuracy by the albino. (My favorite character's have always been J.B. Dix & Jak Lauren).
This is a well written, well edited DL work. I can't say much for character development (they are, admittedly already VERY well developed - seeing as how this is book 82) for at times it seems very fleeting that a perspective of a battle is given due justice from anybody's point of view, even Cawdor's. It may be especially harmful if you really like one of the "minor" heros - i.e. Jak's first through-the-eyes POV is held back for about 11 chapters despite his actions being accounted by others. Although my favoritism of the lesser characters may not reign amongst the majority of DL readers and I do find likable things about all the heros - my one star knock is due to the lack of character depth which is only made up for by an interesting story, a rather developed villian (and his cohorts) and the sheer gore and ceaseless merciless action in a world where you can count your friends on one hand and your blaster is the last thing you want to give up.
The author is free to limit downloads and you may want to consider purchasing some other adventure book. If you feel compelled to buy from the Deathland series consider carefully if your reading style supports the use of only a single specific device (the one to which you originally download). I now own over 100 Kindle books and this is the first purchase that has a such a limited download policy.
Anyone have a work around that doesn't involve de-registration of the device?
If you are in to audio books look at GraphicAudio.net. Graphic Audio carries the whole Deathland series and the dramatizations are, in my opinion, very good. The book renditions have a different reader for each of the major characters, sound effects, etc. Although the audio books are about $12 each they are DRM free.
This Deathlands is penned by long-timer Alan Philipson, who has been writing solid military action/adventure for almost 3 decades, but has in recent years taken a solid grasp of the Deathlands series and given readers some fantastic adventures that go 'outside-the-box' normalcy in the Deathlands arena.
And in his latest, he fires fully on all cylinders. The story concept is original and fresh, the action and adventure is as raw and primal as the Deathlands should be. And all the characters are written and portrayed pretty evenly, and very thoughtfully, something most of the other writers don't give credence to.
I won't ruin any of the plotline's various surprises, but suffice it to say, Doc may be going back in time to get reunited with his long-lost family. But if he time trawls back in time to the 1800's, it could mean the erasure of the Deathlands timestream. Great stuff this!
Alan even pays homage in a way to the awesome movie - 300 - but does it Deathlands style! Very well done, chock-full of cool and new muties that don't come off as cheap comic book impersonations, but more steeped and backed up with either scientific explanations, or more cosmic and mysterious - all due in part by the enigmatic Magus, of course.
Alan Philipson writes and portrays the Magus to his ruthless and diabolical utmost - which is always a treat to read about. Nothing worse than a boring and bland bad guy of the typical persuasion. Not here!
Even though the Deathlands new cover artist is better than the Outlanders one, they both can't seem to capture the characters looks the way that the original artist, Michael Herring did. This new cover is by far one of the best - and unlike the latest Outlanders cover art - the scene on the cover is in the book - albeit bigger and better in its battle scenario.
Alan Philipson again proves, without a shadow of a doubt with great adventure novel, that he is the premiere Deathlands author. I for one feel very fortunate to have him working on a series that still has tons of steam left for may years to come. There is a wealth of dark territory yet to explore in this series. And while all the other writers seem to be stagnating in either horrible or weak storylines, Alan Philipson comes in and shows them how its done.
Way to go Al! On behalf of all the numerous Deathlands fans - thank you for your dedication and hard work. Looking forward to your next awesome endeavor. We give this a ten-star rating.