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Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists jump into Montana territory, where they are joined by members of the Heimdall Foundation, and organization of whitecoats that investigates the possibility of alien visitation on earth.
Their paths cross with those of a Baron's sec men, who are searching for valuable debris from an abandoned space station that fell from the sky -- the same "fallen star" that intrigues the Heimdall members.
While Krysty tries to fend off a telepathic mind assault, Ryan and his companions must find a way to deal with the sec men....
The forbidding world of Deathlands is the legacy of a doomed age. How it came to be -- and why -- are questions lost in the wreckage of post-apocalyptic reality. Though survival in this strange and surreal new world conspires to crush the human spirit, hope is not dead for Ryan Cawdor's survivalist warriors. But staying alive requires a ready weapon and a willingness to kill.
SHOCK WAVES OF DOOM
Krysty Wroth's sentient power comes under psychic attack by a mortally wounded doomie desperate to find a new vessel for her mystical abilities, placing Ryan's group in double jeopardy. As the group flees a firefight in Idaho, escaping upriver with the ragged survivors of a savaged ville, the voyage through the mutie-infested waters leads to a confrontation with a baron whose discovery of pre-dark space technology may lead them to the shocking truth of the legacy of Deathlands....In the Deathlands, hell is for the living.
I enjoyed this book. The Hemidall Foundation, and the Chosen, are very interesting plot ideas and I hope to see more of them in future books. This book had many new and interesting ideas. This book show great improvements over this authors earlier Deathlands books, and I look forward to seeing this author write some more Deathlands books. There are to drawbacks to this book though. Pirana in a northern U.S. river ? not plausible, they are a tropical fish. Pirana with legs that leave the water to attack? Moronic. This book was headed for a 10 before the moronic walking pirana. I give it an 8.
Slaggers, scavengers, and pirates!
by The Phantom
The story starts in the heat of action, like most of Mel Odom's books do. Again, there is no section wasted in the usual redoubt mat-trans chamber and exploration used in most novels in the series. Ryan and his companions fight against a number of different groups throughout this adventure. This is one of the few books where there didn't seem to be any one particular villain in the story. That being said, it seemed like the book meandered a bit, with no real plot elements taking shape.
I was real interested in the Heimdall foundation concept the author brought up in his earlier novel "The Mars Arena". I was disappointed that this place never was a part of the story, and although the space station debris was involved in this book, it was pretty much brushed off at the end of the book. I really thought there was great potential for story development here, but it was squandered. I wonder if the author wanted to write more on this but was limited by editorial restrictions.
At any rate there was plenty of action in this book, in particular the opening sequence at the junkyard, and the action scene against the pirates at the very end was excellent and exciting. The lady called the "chosen" and her effect on Krysty was an interesting addition to the novel.
With unmet potential, some minor plotholes, and mediocre scenes at the trading post, I can't rate this book as high as Odom's other DL novels, but it is still better than most of the books I've read in this series. Great job on the DL books Mel, we'll miss ya!
It's been a fun ride, but after reading the DL prequel "Encounter", I will be taking a long vacation from this series and dive back into Outlanders. Sweeeet!
STARFALL WAS FUN READ!!
by One Eye Chills
WOW! I never knew Mel Odom wrote this book. I absolutely dig the fact that this wonderful website has now given out the names of the true writers for each book.
Kudos are needed to be given to the webmaster and the wonderful writers who give us hours and years of entertainment in the Deathlands realm.
STARFALL was one of those DL books that raised the eye but in a good way. It had a good plot with great action and adventure.
Now, its been some years since I've read it, but I remember it being a good one.
I hope Mel comes back and gives Deathlands and their hardcore fans another great yarn.