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WELCOME TO THE NIGHTMARE
Generations after a near nuclear annihilation, America is a radiation-ravaged wasteland swarming with a thousand horrifically mutated life forms.
Ryan Cawdor and his band of post-holocaust survivors barely escape a self-destructing redoubt in the new southwest and embark on a journey overland to find the nearest gateway. But without an adequate supply of food and water, their quest is doomed.
Ryan strikes a deal with the leader of a wagon train heading west: protection against all attackers in exchange for food and water.
It is a deal that pits the one-eyed warrior against his oldest enemy -- a sadistic, ruthless man who would stop at nothing to get his hands on Ryan Cawdor.In the Deathlands, everyone and everything is fair game, but only the strongest survive.
Lattitude Zero 12/23/2002
I was impressed with this book, although I can't figure out why Ryan didn't think of Strasser as soon as he heard of the name Skullface. I liked getting to see Doc show some real strenght when he stood up to Strasser, and you get to see more of what type of person Mildred is. I like Jak but it was nice to see him leave the group to go off with Christina. I was surprised at how much Ryan wanted to find more freezies, and I was also surprised that they just stumbled upon the last cryo center so quickly after they found the other 2 cryo centers. Strasser's death was not as final as I would have liked it. I would rather that ryan had been able to kick the corpse and settle any doubts whatsoever that Cort was deceased. I think I'll have to give this book a 10.
This book has a ton of action and interesting twists. It was annoying how everyone was so confused about what was bothering Jak the whole book (being in love with Christina) and how Ryan put it all together at the end. Cort Strasser is baddest of the bad and it was a fitting end to the sick sec boss of moccosin. I think Doc should have had the final battle with Strasser but it was a great book overall.
Strasser is back!
by The Phantom
This one starts off a little differently. Ryan and his crew don't start in a jump chamber, instead they are stranded in the Texas desert due to the destruction of the redoubt in the previous novel. Their adventures take them to a town where they meet up with their old enemy Cort Strasser. First appearing in book one, and again in book six, I was glad this villain returned again, he is one sick bastard, and the scene at the town showed he was even crazier than ever.
The capture of Mildred, and the chase after Strasser, on the train tracks, the river rafting scene and the final showdown were well done, the action was more intense than in some earlier books.
I like the continuity of having one author writing these stories, the books are connected beginning and end to the last and next book, making it better to read them in order. Another little twist at the end of this one making you wonder what is going to happen to Jak.
The DL with Cort Strasser's final return.
This book is hard to remember. So it is again unmemorable, IMHO. This novel has the introduction of Jak's wife, Christina and her brutal family. Again showing the savage barbarity of a post-apocalyptic future.
Whilst the beginning of her life had been somewhat traumatic her bond with Jak shows that even in the DL future there can be happiness, even if it doesn't last long.
This book has the last encounter and battle with Cort Strasser. His death does however bring to a close a chapter in the DL saga that started with the first novel 'Pilgrimage To Hell.'
In conclusion, an average read that doesn't stick in the memory.
Latitude Zero is anything but a zero!!
by One Eye Chills
Latitude Zero marks a major milestone in my humble estimation, both in just pure, stripped-down action/adventure as well as Jak finding love and Cort Strasser finding death.
The story moves along like speeding bullet with the 3rd and final meeting between Ryan and Strasser, who has been the most colorful coldheart thus far in the series.
It just does not get much better than this in the Deathlands universe.
Strasser and christine
Very exciting book, some things I didn't like so much though, Jak meets his love and wife, also its the return of Cort Strasser!! I gave it a lower then usual rating for the story as this is when Jak prepares to leave Ryan and Co for quite a few books, and as hes one of my fav characters, I was kinda bummed.. but still worth a 8