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Seedling

Raw determination in a stillborn land...

Author:
Laurence James

Cover Artist:
Michael Herring

First Edition

Release Date:
September, 1991

Cover Price:
$4.95

ISBN-10:
0-373-62513-8


Audio Cassette

Release Date:
March, 1999

Cover Price:
$7.99

ISBN-10:
1-552-04395-9


Second Edition

Release Date:
April, 1999

Cover Price:
$5.99

ISBN-10:
0-373-62551-0


Graphic Audio MP3 CD

Release Date:
June, 2006

Cover Price:
$19.99

ISBN-13:
978-1-599-50107-9


Graphic Audio MP3 Download

Release Date:
June, 2006

Cover Price:
$12.99


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IN THE RAVAGED WORLD OF DEATHLANDS, YOU HAVE FEW FRIENDS.
AND MANY ENEMIES.

America's post-holocaust nightmare continues as Ryan Cawdor returns to the monstrous urban slum that was once New York City...and discovers a piece of the future...

As the roaming band of survivors seek desperately to escape the eerie wastes and mutated life-forms of their nuclear hell, they emerge from a gateway back into the ruins of Manhattan -- the concrete battlefield where Ryan had avenged the death of his father and older brother.

The city is a flooded hellzone ruled by street gangs and hordes of reptilian mutants who inhabit the sewers. Under this urban ruin lives the self-styled King of the Underground, presiding over his subterranean fortress filled with prenuke memorabilia. And here, in this once great metropolis, lives a ten-year-old boy. He is Ryan Cawdor's son....

The children shall inherit the Earth.

Reviews:

10
Finished Seedling 12/27/2002
by GuapoPogi
Loved it. Great book. I am not the biggest Dean Cawdor fan but this book was great. LJ shows his sence of humor here in this book while also developing Krysty and Ryan as parents. With Krysty always talking about settleing down and having kids this is the perfect compromise for her. I liked the Character of Harry Stanton, and I would like to see him come up again in a future book. I highly recomend this book to any DL fans that havn't read it yet. I give it a 10.

Salamat
 
9
Seedling strong book with small flaws.
by nhdoucette

Ryan's gang emerge from a redoubt in New York City, (Which by the way was excellently described in its horrific way, from snowy destruction to gators in the sewers; it is simply DEATHLANDS at one of its highest peaks) and work their way over to Manhattan Island. By coincidence they meet a woman that has been trying to find Ryan to tell him about his son, which at this point he doesn't know he even has.

Using a building cellar as a hideout, he now quests to find his son. This is the book that is notable for the introduction of Dean, who is still with the series. Many people are on the island, some are hostile, but the main villains are a large military camp of &quot;scalie&quot; muties that for some reason are organized, and wear berets with a symbol on them, but the author never explains the reasoning for this or get to see the leader of these organized muties. They just seem to be thrown in there in stead of the usual baron sec force in other books. Also they do seem to strike a startling resemblance to the mutie that attacked Ryan in homeward bound.

The thing that happened to J.B. with the bug bite I thought was extremely repulsive and intriguing at the same time. Kind of like a train wreck. So very hideous but you still have to look. Also the unexpected appearance of Harry Stanton to help out the crew from who Ryan learns his son is captured by these muties and goes out to rescue him. Also rather interesting to see the large stash of stuff Stanton had kind of like Trader except stationary.

One thing I don&rsquo;t like about this book is how sloppy the author portrayed Ryan with his G-12; He loses it at three times that I can remember. I enjoyed this book, it had a lot of adventure, and some suspense, the action was plenty, probably one of the better books in the series. The ending was more abrupt than usual, the scene ends just as Ryan meets his son, I was hoping they would meet earlier in the story, I have to read the next book to see what happens.

 
10
SEEDLING MARKS INTRO OF DEAN CAWDOR!
by One Eye Chills
SEEDLING in and of itself, even without the intro of Dean coming into the fold, is an exciting and awesome read!
Dean Cawdor just makes it better. The idea that Ryan has to contend with a son that he never knew existed, just lent more character to the already legendary one-eyed warrior.
Now seeing him and Krysty cope with a son just made this series that much more interesting.
New York was excellently described in its horrific way, from snowy destruction to gators in the sewers, it is simply DEATHLANDS at one of its highest peaks.
The lizard-men were a real treat. Having them organized and smart just made them all the more scarier and formidable.
Classic Deathlands and a very important point in the long series.
 
8
seedling was good but........
by pigeonxman
I think its so funny how just a few books before this one dean is conceived. It takes dean only 2 books to reach the age of 11. It takes him what? like 45-50 books to age 3 or 4 more years??!!! I also think its funny that Ryan was telling Krysty, "yeah i hooked up with her before i knew you" (meaning sharona carson).

[editor's note - the story about Sharona Carson was a flashback to several years earlier, long before Ryan met Krysty.]

time nomads was a flashback book, but Dean still needs to age.....the author made a comment in one of the books about how Dean would one day challenge his father for leadership rights to the group....can Dean please age? possibly kick his age up to 16-17? come on, he needs to come into his own and soon.
 
9
Great book!
by Poopy_Penguin
This book was one of the best of the series, as it introduced Dean, Ryan's son. The only real problem I had with the book was the ending. I mean, it doesn't really tell you what happened after that. and that's the only reason I'm giving it a 9 and not a 10.
 
10
Hello Dean
by ShadowTek
Another great read! Ryan meets his son Dean, But the story of them in New York Rocks! This story reminds me of the movie escape from New York. Anyway, the Lizard muties and there slave pits and how they free Dean is incredible and the ruins of New York and how there's many factions controlling small areas of NY is exactly how I had hoped it would be when I read the back of the book, In fact its like The Warriors (remember that old movie) meets Escape from New York.

Its also great how Dean and Ryan first actually first see each other in the slave pits!
 
8
Battle on Manhatten
by The Phantom
Ryan's gang emerge from a redoubt in New York City, and work their way over to Manhatten Island. Most of the book takes place in the ruins of the city, most of the buildings left are only two or three stories and the rest is rubble. By coincidence they meet a woman that has been trying to find Ryan to tell him about his son, which at this point he doesn't know he even has. Using a building cellar as a hideout, he now quests to find his son. This is the book that is notable for the introduction of Dean, who apparently is still with the series.

Many people are on the island, some are hostile, but the main villains are a large military camp of "scalie" muties that for some reason are organized, and wear berets with a symbol on them, but the author never explains the reasoning for this or get to see the leader of these organized muties. They just seem to be thrown in there in stead of the usual baron sec force in other books.

Ryans learns his son is captured by these muties and goes there for the rescue.

I enjoyed this book, it had a lot of adventure, and some suspense, the action was plenty, probably one of the better books in the series. Seedling is the first novel since book two that didn't have Jak in it (except Time Nomads), which is probably why I liked it. The ending was more abrupt than usual, the scene ends just as Ryan meets his son, I was hoping they would meet earlier in the story, I have to read the next book to see what happens.