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Teaser:Ryan's razor-sharp edge has been dulled by the loss of his son Dean -- but grief is an emotion he cannot indulge if the band is to escape the chains of sadistic Baron Ethan. Now with the group's armorer, J.B. Dix, imprisoned and near death, Ryan and the others are forced to join Ethan's hunt -- as the hunted. But the perverse and powerful baron has changed the rules. Skilled in mind control, he ensures the warriors will not be tracked by high-paying thrill seekers. Instead, they will hunt each other -- to the death.
The treacherous new world of post-nuclear America guarantees no inalienable rights -- no promises of freedom, liberty or justice for all. Instead, chaos and blood lust thrive -- but so do the innate strengths of the human spirit, and the virtues of honor and courage. Ryan Cawdor has endured the worst that Deathlands has to offer and continues to push on, leading his companions through a land of madness and treachery, seizing each new day with a deep, primal hope that refuses to die....
Survival of the Fittest
Ryan's razor-sharp edge has been dulled by the loss of his son, Dean -- but grief is an emotion he cannon indulge if the band is to escape the chains of sadistic Baron Ethan. His thriving ville offers a special commodity: blood sport. Now with the group's armorer, JB Dix, imprisoned and near death, Ryan and the others are forced to join Ethan's hunt -- as the hunted. But the perverse and powerful baron has changed the rules. Skilled in mind control, he ensures the warriors will not be tracked by high-paying thrill seekers. Instead, they will hunt each other -- tot he death.In the Deathlands, the odds of survival just got worse....
but not spectacular either. I agree with Oneeyechills, the writer Boot doesnt use the characters the way they were created. Having Ryan "Off" because of Deans disappearance is a nice touch though, and even in the Deathlands, that would be the reaction of most parents.
He left some things hanging though. The lesbian crush storyline involving Mildred was left hanging. Not that I am advocating Mildred going that way, but once the reader realized the girl was in love with Mildred, you kind of expect it to come to a head at some point, but it never did, even after one of the cold hearts called her a pussy eater.
Its minor details like that which detract from Boots books. All in all, I enjoyed reading it.
I actually enjoyed reading this one
Just finished this one. On the flipside from what One Eye Chills reviewed, I actually enjoyed reading this one.
I felt it was heading back in the direction it once was with the characters starting to act like their old selves. Except for Ryan and his missing son, which I think was boggled from the last book.
Separation really messed the series up in my judgement and was second to the worse I've read in the series, which is saying it was pretty bad. However, I'm not reviewing that book.
As I read "Death Hunt" I felt I was reading one of the earlier books which I enjoyed. The characters actually were playing themselves and weren't that far out of character, except for Ryan.
I felt it was well written and the story was excellent and discriptive. Makes my heart pound thinking that this might be the turning point in the series in a more positive direction.
Although I enjoyed it, I know many have different view points on the matter and its really up to the reader in any event. I can only review it based on my interpretations and what I got out of it.
TYPICAL BOOT TALE...
by One Eye Chills
Thank God I didn't pay for this one.
That's the only reason I grabbed it at my local used bookstore. And after reading 100 pages of drivel, I again cemented the fact of why I don't read this guy's books.
I hope the upcoming newest author of Deathlands - Victor Milan - does a bang-up job. I personally like his writing. Deathlands very much needs better action/adventure authors that can do this series some justice.
Boot is not a right fit for this series. Again he proves to me that he just does not have a solid grasp of these characters.
From leaving a redoubt to trek across a dangerous chem desert for absolutely no reason to Ryan ignoring the fact that Krysty is being accosted - it's just stupid!!
Boot likes to write the same weak storylines with no feelings involved with the characters. The last book I read by this supposed 'author' had the exact same thing. Ryan saying absolutely nothing as a group of sec men talk trash to his woman, and then get physical with her. And he just stands there, knowing she can fight for herself.
Mr. Bloody Boot, don't you see that's beside the point!!
After a grueling read of 100 pages of this drivel, I just had to give up. I hadn't read a book this bad and boring since Salvation Road. Gee, another Andy Boot book. Go figure...
Now I know for sure, that even if it's free, and the cover even sounds interesting, that as long as Andy Boot is writingit, it will not be a winner.
That's why I didn't read SEPARATION. And from the reviews I read, I must be some kind of mutie doomie to have seen that.
I can foresee the future. And the future says: reviews to DEATH HUNT will be the same.
I can't wait until the next book. 9 months of Boot's Deathlands has been a long, twisted, and agonizingly long reading road.
Not A Bad Read.
Unlike many of the earlier Deathlands Andy Boots books do not have a
hundred page of Mat Trans Redoubt filler. I think Cold Asylum was
half composed of an adventure in the redoubt, as well as Ice and
Fire. This does not exist in Boots books. The characters
are well portrayed in the last half of the book showing that Andy has a
grasp of them. Any difference percieved is simply an intended
projection of the characters actually feeling differently. Or
changeing. Perhaps Andy has toned down the old blood and guts of
Deathlands, and if so he should bring this back to older
standards. In any event this book was a descent read.