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11/1/2011 6:33 AM

    This is the official thread for comments on Deathlands #103 - Hell Road Warriors

    The bibliography page is located HERE

    You can submit your own review HERE

    Be warned, this thread may contain spoilers for the book.

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    2/4/2012 6:54 PM
    I just finished this book, and as expected it is a good one. I didn't like it quite as much as Chuck's previous DL entry (Blood Harvest), but that's kind of like saying I don't like brownies quite as much as I like chocolate cake. (Hey, wait a minute... I think I just figured out why I'm fat...).

    If I was going to pick an author to take over primary writing for the series, Chuck Rogers would be the hands-down winner.
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    2/5/2012 10:57 AM
    You're absolutely spot-on Ron! But I somewhat disagree with you on Chuck's latest DL.

    Hell Road Warriors was BIGGER in concept than his first debut novel. Canada hasn't been touched upon in this series, so Chuck shows the fans how much different it has been hit after skydark than America, ie Deathlands.

    The worms in the earth what what they are capable of was eerie and cool. The bad guy mutie who can 'sniff out' other muties, where in Canada they are totally hated, much more so than back in the USA, was also a cool concept. All the different tribes and nations represented in this upcoming book just made it feel much more bigger and epic in this series.

    And Chuck remembers minute details of all the companions, making this feel like the original author penned this, but with new flair. Ryan's neck scarf and his and J.B."s rad counters hasn't been mentioned in like, forever. Little things like this were the staple to the original author's writings.

    The usage of Krysty's mutie powers is FINALLY being used by at least 3 of the new authors. She hasn't used them for so long, and now, finally, the authors are seeing how colorfully cool and useful this is to have.

    Ryan and crew in this Hell Road Warriors were acting like their old selves, but even better and smarter. Not tossing or leaving bigger and better blasters, for example. Chuck gives Ryan a much better, and more up-to-date longblaster. This is what the series needs! Authors finding ways to place better blaster that are around in their hands. Krysty and Mildred should have machine guns strapped to their backs - period! They have the strength and know-how to use them. Their combat savvy at this point would have them all using M-16's or AK-47's, because they can easily find ammo for them abroad and in the bunkers.

    Simply put, after the fans read this upcoming book, they will easily see the superior knowledge and storytelling that Chuck has proven he can do in simply 2 books. Major thanks goes out to Chuck Rogers!
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    2/5/2012 3:18 PM
    Thank you for your kind words, Maximus.  You're making me blush.  The big question is how did you get an advanced copy of Hell Road Warriors . . .    
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    2/5/2012 3:25 PM
    Well, apparently not the same way I did...
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    2/5/2012 3:57 PM
    Actually, I see it came in the last monthly shipment of books for GE subscribers. So at the moment I have two copies. But I like one of them more.
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    2/6/2012 10:04 AM
    Yes, I did get an advanced order copy.

    After reading the debut DL novel of Blood Harvest, which blew me and my friend's minds, we all looked very much forward to your next DL.

    I can't wait until my friends are done with the upcoming book. I wanna see what they think. I have already told them that I was grinning from ear to ear from beginning to end. There were nuggets of slick coolness that I haven't seen nor heard about either ever before, or not since the original author penned these books.

    If fans miss Mark Ellis in the Outlanders series, this is like his return to that series. Or Lawrence James revived, but with bigger and badder muties and overall villains to battle. The mutie sniffer was a great idea.
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    2/6/2012 11:11 AM
    Posted By Maximus on 06 Feb 2012 10:04 AM
    The mutie sniffer was a great idea.

    Yes, radiation had definitely made the fleshy-headed mutant an enemy of civilization.
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    2/6/2012 2:38 PM
    And another very cool part of the story was the 3 mutie dogs. Being a dog-lover, I was so glad to see Ryan befriend a mutie animal, instead of them always being hostile and killed.

    In fact, I wished the companions befriended a mutie animal, wolf or dog, and had it as part of the group. Jak would love that! It would really add a nice and different flavor to the group. Even if it were for a book or two.
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    2/6/2012 4:44 PM
    I haven't read this book yet, but in response to Maximus' statement about Krysty and Mildred carrying AK-47s or M-16s.

    It's been mentioned a few times in the series (I can't pinpoint it.) that Mildred has looked at other weapons, however, she doesn't want to have a heavier weapon because it would build calluses on her hand. That would decrease her sensitivity and hinder her in any medical/surgical procedures she is consistently called upon to perform.

    For Krysty, I'm still curious as to why she doesn't pick up a sub machine gun or something.
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    2/20/2012 9:27 AM
    Can't wait for this one.
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    2/20/2012 9:39 AM
    It will blow you away. Best DL since Alan Philipson was penning these books.
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    2/21/2012 5:29 AM
    i wont to read this book but its not come yet in the mail.
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    3/10/2012 6:39 AM

    This book is simply OUTSTANDING!!!  

    It has got to be the best book written in years, or one of the best of of the last 25 of the series.

    The author's understanding of the characters, equipment and their history was impressive.  Ryan's carving knife (flensing knife) hasn't been mentioned in at least 50 books.  Upgrading Ryan's rifle while giving him 2 guns was very well described and most of all, believeable.  It only took about 75 books for the upgrade, gee wiz.

    The story itself was very well thought out.  It was a real page turner with a story line that was both realist and interesting.  The author showed a depth of knowledge on may subjects that I actually learned something new.  Hot sand--what a great idea!

    This was a great read.  You'll like it.

     

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    3/10/2012 3:25 PM
    Yeah, I just spoke to a friend of mine who is about halfway through it, and he says the same thing.
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    3/11/2012 5:32 PM
    Amazon have just mailed me to say that the book was returned as undeliverable as my mail address doesn't exist on there database! The same address they have been sending them to for the past 10 years or so...

    Still, it saved me some cash as I have now ordered it from some on line book store for £1.25p plus £2 postage and thats for a NEW book too. I know where I will be going for my books in future.

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    3/12/2012 4:10 PM
    Wow, that is certainly weird of Amazon to do.
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    3/13/2012 5:12 PM
    Weird.. I wonder if I said something wrong in my posts because they haven't been added to this section, and its been well over a week.

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    3/13/2012 7:50 PM
    Amazon.co.uk can be a bit sporadic when it comes to the new releases of Deathlands.
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    3/14/2012 3:58 PM
    Why don't you just purchase them from Gold Eagle's reader service?
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