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Generations after global annihilation, Kansas is a mutated landscape of dense, deciduous forest. Gone are the amber waves of grain, another hideous result of nuclear devastation that changed the face of the Earth forever. Now it's survival of the freakish.
Following rumors that might lead them to the long-lost Trader, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists find themselves the unwilling house guests of the wealthiest barons in all of Deathlands. At Baron Mandeville's opulent homestead, a glittering ornate fortress called Sun Crest, a secret and perverted game continues: gladiator contests among the guests. The winners get to play the ultimate life-and-death game -- a hunt in which they are the quarry.Hope died in the Deathlands, but the will to live goes on.
Finished Cold Asylum 02/23/2003
I just finished Cold Asylum over a beautiful Manila Sunrise, and a cold beer yesterday morning. This book was a bit too predictable. I did enjoy the mat trans problems and the redoubt they ended up in even though I was a bit grossed out by what was going on there. Dean's fall could be seen coming, Michael's simple mindedness was a bore the good guy sec boss "just following orders" getting killed because Ryan had no choice is getting old already. The loss of Doc's Lemat, and the discovery of a replacment 3 days later was just dumb, totally unbelievable. I did like Doc coming to the rescuce when they couldn't remember the code at the end. I give it a 6, and thats only because I am in such a good mood here.
had a few good pages
not many but a few good pages...here let me set you up...group captured..group forced to compete for baron...baron kisses butt....baron turns out to be psycho...barons kid wants control...turmoil...group prevails and the day is saved. not the best book by far in the series
A standard DL novel
by The Phantom
The group is seperated because the damage to the redoubt in Florida causes some malfunction in the gateway. The first third of this book deals with the seperate adventures of the party members as they find themselves in different gateways, and try to get back together again.
This was my favorite part of the story, and Cold Asylum earns as much as a 7 rating because of Doc Tanner. I loved his part in this book, although he wasn't much of a focus the second half of the book.
The gang then finds themselves as guests at a fancy old ville in Kansas. As can be expected, the baron there has darker motives behind his generosity, and it doesn't take long before Ryan and his friends realize they need to get out of there. The final escape scene has the usual mayhem and the ville is left in ruins.
This is the book where Abe finally finds the Trader, and they send messages out to try to let Ryan know he is still alive.
A pretty standard DL outing, made better by Doc Tanner, who is my favorite of the characters.
COLD ASYLUM IS A WHACKED-OUT READ!
by One Eye Chills
The beginning of this novel was just phenomenal! It is ghoulishly well written and exciting. A trademark Laurence James work. The Trader sections were great too. Just to see him coming back to the series in this way was worth the book price alone.
I usually like arena-type combats, but this one left me unsatisfied for some reason. But overall, this novel was still a good and exciting fun read.
it was ok
The book was mildly intresting until the battle scene with Trader and Abe fighting the guys in the guady house. That was a great bloody gore filled battle then it went downhill again.
Well, I can sum this book up quite easily, the first part (long part) is awesome, the disaster in Florida screws up the gate, and Ryan and co are all jumped to different places, its really cool, its cool how they reunite and cool til they leave the redoubt.. and then there's the Abe and Trader parts.. which are also cool as I'm a Trader fan.. so there's allot to find enjoyable in the book.. as for the rest of the story see other reviews here.