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Labyrinth

In a ruined world, the past and the future clash with frightening force...

Author:
Alan Philipson

First Edition

Release Date:
March, 2006

Cover Price:
$6.50

ISBN-10:
0-373-62583-9


Graphic Audio MP3 CD

Release Date:
April, 2006

Cover Price:
$19.99

ISBN-13:
978-1-599-50072-0


Graphic Audio MP3 Download

Release Date:
April, 2006

Cover Price:
$12.99


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Teaser:

No Time to Lose

It took only minutes for human history to derail in a mushroom cloud -- now more than a century later, whatever destiny lies ahead for humanity is bound by the rules that have governed survival since the dawn of time: part luck, part skill and part hard experience. For Ryan Cawdor and his band, survival in Deathlands means keeping hold of what you have -- or losing it along with your life.

Born to Die

In the ancient canyons of New Mexico, the citizens of Little Pueblo prepare to sacrifice Ryan and his companions to demons locked inside a twentieth-century dam project. But in a world where nuke-spawned predators feed upon weak and strong alike, Ryan knows avenging eternal spirits aren't a part of the game. Especially when these freaks spit yellow acid -- and their creators are the whitecoat masterminds of genetic recombination, destroyed by their mutant offspring born of sin and science gone horribly wrong....

In the Deathlands, some await a better tomorrow, but others hope it never comes....

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No Time to Lose

It took only minutes for human history to derail in a mushroom cloud -- now more than a century later, whatever destiny lies ahead for humanity is bound by the rules that have governed survival since the dawn of time: part luck, part skill and part hard experience. For Ryan Cawdor and his band, survival in Deathlands means keeping hold of what you have -- or losing it along with your life.

Born to Die

In the ancient canyons of New Mexico, the citizens of Little Pueblo prepare to sacrifice Ryan and his companions to demons locked inside a twentieth-century dam project. But in a world where nuke-spawned predators feed upon weak and strong alike, Ryan knows avenging eternal spirits aren't a part of the game. Especially when these freaks spit yellow acid -- and their creators are the whitecoat masterminds of genetic recombination, destroyed by their mutant offspring born of sin and science gone horribly wrong....

In the Deathlands, some await a better tomorrow, but others hope it never comes....

Reviews:

8
Now that's more like it!
by Jodes

One of the things I thought has been missing from the series for quite sometime are the "pre dark" mutie experiments. This was the 1st book I've read in a while that they've found a redoubt that isn't just prepared for what's on the outside, but on the inside as well. Very well done.

These "muties" are not just your average deathlands types, and it seems like the author gave a tip o the hat to the Alien/Predator series. Definately the most vicious killing machines Ryan and company have come up against for quite some time.

Labrynth has an "Outlanders" type of intro, where the mythology (this time Native American) gets introduced first, before the story is told. Again, something that hasn't been seen for years.

What else did I like about this book? We get a peek of Mildred's life before her surgery, on vacation, and finally, possibly a new member of the squad! Hopefully they'll keep for few a few books to shake up a few things.

I didn't happen to find any glaring errors in the writing, other then when JB loses some of his ammo. How did it get left in the mat trans? Did it fall out of his pockets?

The "cult" that the group encounters are similar to other groups they've encountered before, but the ending is open enough which could mean that we might see the baron a few years down the road.

Not as good as Vengenance Trail, but definately one of the better books the last few years. Let's hope that the writing will be more like this one and Vengance Trail, instead of tripe like Black Harvest or Ritual Chill!
 
8
Nice to see the original format coming back
by modelmaker
Out of the last few books this one was a quick and non-boring read. At least Doc was not a raving lunatic in this one. Hopefully they will go away from the human sacrifice this that has been the norm in the last few novels

 
9
A return to better days?
by Jolu
Finally, another Deathlands book that not only doesn't suck, but in fact is quite an enjoyable read. The setting, characters, and the mutants were original and well thought out, a combination lacking in most Deathlands novels these days. The mutants actually gave me goosebumps at times. The setup of the story, with the Native American mythology and Mildred's past, was well done. I hope the new addition to their team remains in for a while, and is not dumped onto the wayside by the next author. Between this book, Vengeance Trail, and Atlantis Reprise, there are three out of the last four Deathlands books that are actually enjoyable. Could the authors be returning Deathlands to it's old glory days? Maybe, but it will take more than a few good books to do that.
 
8
by lordkeiichi
Not to bad a read . Better than most I have read here of late. The demons or Bio-Weapons in the book have a nice Aliens/Predator feel. I would say read it if you like Deathlands .
 
9
Those Dam demons!
by The Phantom

Another quality entry in the series from Alan Philipson. This story takes place in the New Mexico region, mostly at a predark dam and the town next to it. After a weird dream, Ryan and his companions trek across the desert till they come to this town, where the story really starts to take shape. Before this, nothing much noteworthy takes place, but after arriving at this settlement, things go from weird to bad to worse very quickly for the group.

A good series of scenes in the town, captures, escapes, gun battles, and more lead the group separated, to the final portion of the story, which is the highlight of the book, and is what I consider to make this a horror novel in Deathlands.

Ryan and JB are thrown into the depths of the Dam, while the rest of the group investigate the mysterious redoubt now exposed by the lowered water level. Within these is the terrifying science gone wrong products of genetic engineering, and the horrors the group deals with inside is great reading indeed.&nbsp;

The story elements of the strange townfolk and the predark demons in the dam are tied together in an interesting way. There is science in the fiction. Good action, and edge of your seat terror, and more, this is a book in the series you should not miss!