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A raging bid for power menaces postnuclear america
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Kane, once a keeper of law and order in the new America, is part of the driving machine to return power to the true inheritors of the earth. California is the opening salvo in one baron's savage quest for immortality -- and a fateful act of defiance against earth's dangerous oppressors. Yet their sanctity is grimly uncertain as an unseen force arrives for a final confrontation with those who seek to rule, or reclaim, planet Earth.
Two centuries after Skydark, nine barons comprise a powerful oligarchy that all but enslaves the rest of humanity. But chaos is returning to a world that was forever changed by the nuclear holocaust of 2001. For these barons are facing extinction, the result of a struggle by a group of rebels banished to the Outlands of post holocaust America. These exiles have uncovered the dark history - and doomed destiny - of a planet whose affairs have been manipulated by a sinister force since time immemorial.
The mysterious barons - either hybrids of another race or genetic evolution gone mad - are dying. Kane, once a keeper of law and order in the new America, is part of the driving machine to return power to the true inheritors of the earth. California is the opening salvo in one baron's savage quest for immortality - and a fateful act of defiance against earth's dangerous oppressors. Yet their sanctity is grimly uncertain as an unseen force arrives for a final confrontation with those who seek to rule, or reclaim, planet Earth.In the Outlands, darkness and light clash with deadly intent.
An awesome start for a trilogy
by The Phantom
What else can you give this one but a ten! This first book in the Imperator Wars trilogy contains loads of action, and ends with cliffhangers leaving you wanting to start reading the next book as soon as you put this one down.
A good portion of the novel starts off with a continuous adventure scene with Kane and his friends investigating Baron Cobalt's latest mysterious activities. Ending in an exciting action scene, the story then takes an amazing turn, introducing new characters, a first look into the eight remaining Barons, and new shocking story developments solving some mysteries and creating whole new ones. I liked how Kane and Domi found themselves seperated from the party and on their own, very gripping action scenes inside the huge redoubt facility. I was thinking how the place would be a great setting for a video game with Kane and Domi as the star characters.
Excellent character interactions, new places explored, and great action takes the reader on another outstanding installment in the Outlanders series. Mark Ellis continues to expand his creative series, with another great book that holds so much promise for upcoming novels. I can't wait to read more!
Doom Dynasty is the next installment in the Outlanders series. Right when you think it cannot get any better, it does! The first OL book was extremly exiting and well written. Then the next one came out and it was even better, then the 3rd one came out and that one was superior to the first two. That is how Outlanders is: each book that is released gets better and better. With this series you cannot lose. It has Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Sociology, Romance, History, Mystery, Philosophy, Fantasy, and more, supported by very strong essential characters that collide with eachother in both positve and negative terms. From the fearsome, heroic, good-natured Kane, to the intelligent, good-hearted and enlightened Brigid Baptiste, to the ambitous, power hungry Cobalt, to my personal favorite, the old, intelligent and schemeful Balam. The series, plots and subplots are exciting and also supported with historic facts that doesn't just keep the reader intuned, but also is somewhat of a history lesson, added with philosophy, and shrouded with mystery. This series is listed as Sci-Fi, in terms of catagory, but that only a very small portion mentioned. This book- this series, is for everyone: to the ex-veteran that likes books about war, to the Historical intuned readers. Also, a large portion of Outlanders deals with UFO's, aliens, and so forth. If you are into Aliens and have not picked up an Outlander book you have no idea how much you're missing. Not only does the author tell the historic facts behind alien abductions, myths, and tales, it gives a supportive background. This new book, the first in the Imperator Wars trilogy was truly one of the best, and in my opinion, is superior to Stephen King. This book keeps you excited and wanting more when the pages run out. In fact, as I may have said before: the thing I dislike about the series, is waiting for the next book. Outlanders is one of the best imaginations of our time. I gave this listing a 5, but that number hardly does it justice.
The fight to rule, to survive, has begun.
With the destruction of the Mesa redoubt, the hybrids are scrambling to find a way to survive. Baron Cobalt has discovered a facility that suits their needs. AREA 51, or Dreamland. However, he doesn't wish to share this information with his fellow barons, so he sends a hit and run team into Snakefishville territory to capture 'merchandise' for his own personal use.
This catches the attention of Kane and the other exiles in Cerberus. They go to investigate and during their travels, they meet with the Tigers of Heaven. Grant is almost instantly smitten by one of the female warriors, causing even more tension between him and Domi.
It also gives a deeper look into Grant's feelings and attitudes towards being an exile and a criminal, after spending so many years as a magistrate and in the service of the Barons.
This novel reveals a deeper insight into the hybrids and their now desperate struggle to survive, introduces a new 'ruler' to the baron's themselves, as well as the fate of several characters that were introduces earlier in the series.
For those of you who have also been following Deathlands, this novel reveals what happened to Front Royal, and the role it played in the unification program. No, it isn't revealed what happened to the Cawdors.
As with all trilogies, this novel left me wanting more, but I have to wait to get the second in the series. The author simply couldn't cram all the background data into one novel and make it readable, without adding at least another hundred or so pages.
The novel is a little more combat intensive than some of the previous books, but that doesn't take away from the overall storyline.
As per usual, it's the kind of novel one would expect from Mark Ellis and expands the already rich mythology behind Outlanders.
Excellent work once again!
The Beginning of the Imperator Wars!
The start of the Imperator Wars promises to be an astounding two-parter with a cliffhanger that has to be seen to be believed. Plus, I'm a sucker for a book where I get so wrapped up in the characters that when one of them gets her come-uppance, like Domi gets from Shizuka, I'm having a ball.
Like always, this is a thinking man's book, and if you happen to know anything about the modern mythologies of Nellis AFB/Dreamland/Area 51, or just appreciate a blend of Samurai slice-and-dice and John Woo gunslinging, you'll find this a great little series.
THE DYNASTY BEGINS!
by One Eye Chills
This is where SAM starts to come into the greater picture. Mark Ellis again creates a character that, though only seems like a child, is a hybrid with powers much stronger than any baron.
This novel debuts another shift and changing of the overall storyline to this series, but yet keeps the integrity of the characters and the genre, taking yet again to new heights.