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Keepers of the Sun

In the Deathlands, past and future clash with frightening force

Laurence James

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Michael Herring

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April, 1996

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September, 2000

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May, 2008

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The gateways are secret installations from the predark days, which Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists use as escape routes. In KEEPERS OF THE SUN, Ryan and his group emerge into a world ruled by the samurai code. Here Ryan faces a new threat that could destroy the only home he knows.

A new dark age has dawned with the hope of a promised land. But in the Deathlands, hope is not enough.

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The nuclear storm that swept the globe has left behind the Deathlands, a legacy of hate and violence. Pockets of survivors live off the ravaged land or on stockpiles found in redoubts. But from out of the ashes, a fearless man spearheads the drive to pierce the heart of darkness....


The gateways are secret installations from predark days used by Ryan Cawdor and his group as escape routes. Once again the warrior survivalists emerge from a jump and into a world -- and empire fallen -- ruled by the samurai code. And here Ryan has to face a new threat that could destroy the only home they know.

A new dark age has dawned with the hope of a promised land. But in the Deathlands, hope is not enough.


Keepers Of The Sun 06/13/2003
by GuapoPogi
This book had a few surprises. It was nice to finally have the confrontation with the Japanese. Ryan's respect for the Baron was new. LJ's version of a post apocolyptic Japan was very captivating. My only problem was the predictable death of Jak's girlfriend. I think that is now 4 dead girlfriends for Jak to Doc's 2 dead girlfriends. Doc is falling behind. I give it a 9.
Adventure in Japan
by The Phantom
The setting for this book is one of the few that take place outside of Deathlands, this time in what is left of Japan. One of the samurai called Yashimoto Ryan had dealt with in Ground Zero is one of the main characters in this story.
Overall there is some interesting Japanese samurai and shogun themes throughout the novel, but underneath the surface is a pretty typical rehash of storyline and scenes that have appeared in various novels earlier in the series.
I was interested in the concepts that were brought up, such as how the Japanese had discovered how the gateway worked, but those never really came about.

Much of the novel deals with the battle between the shogun and the ronin warriors that are opposing him. Some grisly scenes are shown about warriors committing seppuku. I was looking forward to a good confrontation that was imminent between Ryan and Yashimoto, but it turned out to be rather disappointing. There was enough general adventure and interesting scenes to give this book a 6. I was hoping for something much better.
by One Eye Chills
I absolutely love this original idea that Laurence attempted. The group rarely jump into other parts of the world outside of America, and this one was a long time in coming.
It seemed perhaps due to time constraints or something along those lines - that Mr. James kinda fell short in this storyline.
The mutie pigs were kinda cheesy and didn't quench my thirst for a new and cool mutie strain that the group could encounter and battle.
But it's a decent read, though I would've thought he would have fully explored the matt-trans jumping samurai and flesh out the ninja mystique in a new apocalyptic way.
But alas, I'm just lucky that he wrote this many before his untimely demise.
Thanks Laurence James for the many years of awesome and entertaining reading!
by aceontheline
Really enjoyed the look at post nuked Japan and the world of the samurai. The book was a very interesting and a easy read. I would have liked to have seen it left open as to a possible revisit by the warrior survivalists as a break from the Deathlands baron plots. It would be alot more interesting if Ryan and the gang could make more jumps like this one and show us more of the world outside Deathlands.
by ShadowTek
Awesome story.. In several previous books they hint about Samurai and there presents in the Deathlands..

Well, here they go to Japan.. and find out for themselves.. The Japanese are honorable, and have a well.. "Inter family Issue" to deal with as the companions choose sides and well.. that's what the book is about, its a great story!!