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Circle Thrice

Adventure and suspense in the midst of the new reality

Laurence James

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Michael Herring

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Release Date:
June, 1996

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October, 2000

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June, 2008

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June, 2008

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In the midst of the lawlessness and oppression of the twenty-second century, it appears that peace and hope may start to flourish in pockets of civilization called villes. But when Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists are guests of a powerful Tennessee baroness, they find that her ville is home to an ages-old darkness.

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The dark frontier of the twenty-second century is lawless and oppressive, but humanity is slowly beginning to carve out new beginnings in the midst of this brutal, nuke-altered world. In pockets of civilization called villes, peace and hope start to flourish. But law ans order invite what's evil and corrupt....


Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists are guests of a powerful Tennessee baroness and her mysterious adviser at her ville on what was once the mighty Mississippi. Beautiful and alluring, the baroness is skilled in the dark arts, and she will do anything to secure her future.

In the Deathlands, when hope is not enough, the laws of survival are called into play.


Circle Thrice 06/15/2003
by GuapoPogi
LJ seemed to be coming up with some new ideas, and new twists in this book. A woman baron was new. The reappearance of Straub added to the mystery of Trader, and Abe's fate. For a change we actually get to see Mildred preform some real medical treatments. I am not sure how plausible they were , but they were still interesting. The character descriptions in the beginning were unique, but I could have done without the wasted 15 pages of moronic jump dreams. I liked the cliffhager at the end too. I give it an 8.
A villain returns
by The Phantom
A good episode in the continuing adventures of Ryan and his companions. Not up to par with many of the earlier novels in the series, but satisfactory enough. This is another book without Dean, who is still in the school.
A basic start, redoubt exploration, and some dream sequences, which I found entertaining, and then the story shifts to a river rafting voyage down the Tennessee river. A variety of people and muties and bizzare situations are experienced, the confrontation with the priest in the church being one of the tense moments of the book.

James based many of his novels on places he actualy traveled through in the US. He must have toured Graceland and the Civil War battleground of Shilo, because he used both of these places as tours Ryan's group took during their journey. These were simply filler sections of the novel.
This is the book that Doc gets his appendix taken out. That brought back some bad memories.

A returning villain from Shadowfall is back, this time under the control of another ill-intentioned ville leader. I liked the ending to this book. It was very tense and suspensful in the last few pages and has a great cliffhanger ending.
by One Eye Chills
CIRCLE THRICE was one of those that - though good and entertaining - left you feeling a little unsatisfied somewhat.
It's definately not one of Jame's best, but as par the course, not horrible in anyway. It must've been hard trying to write top-level storylines in such close proximity every few months. Hell, most writers may come out with a book once or twice a year. But good 'ol James was consistent every 3 months. Simply amazing!!
But CIRCLE THRICE is still a book that I could probably pick-up again and read, and still enjoy it more now than ever before.
Because when you have greatness all the time and it is suddenly taken away - you cherish it like a fine wine.
If you don't, then you're a fool.
And by the way, I for one love the jump dreams...
A good book
by ShadowTek
This book has the companions going to Tennessee and has a old enemy in it.. but not as he was.. I liked the chick baroness.. I could have done without all the nightmare parts (that's getting old) above average and a good book :)