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Gaia's Demise

The Baronies Trilogy - Book 2

Nick Pollotta

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Michael Herring

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Release Date:
October, 1999

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October, 2004

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Ryan Cawdor's old nemesis, Dr. Silas Jamaisvous, is behind a deadly new weapon that uses electromagnetic pulses to control the weather and the gateways, and even disrupts human thinking processes.

As these waves doom psi-sensitive Krysty, Ryan challenges Jamaisvous to a daring showdown for America's survival...

cat_book 2 in the Baronies Trilogy, three cat_books that chronicle the strange attempts to unify the East Coast baronies - a bid for power in the midst of anarchy....

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Two centuries after the nukecaust, consolidation of power is the goal for those who would rule the slowly emerging new America. Ryan Cawdor has spent his lifetime roaming the Deathlands, seeking out the secrets of pre - dark Technology. But so have others who are now the future's greatest threat. For a sinister cadre has dared to seize power...and damn Deathlands to a new kind of hell.


Ryan's quest to destroy a secret plot to unite the East Coast Baronies under one totalitarian rule brings his intrepid band of survivors to Tennessee. The conspiracy thread leads back to the specter of the Anthill and a super weapon from pre-dark days. As radio waves manipulating the environment and the human brain doom psi - sensitive Krysty, Ryan challenges baron Silas Jamaisvous to a daring showdown for America's survival.

In the Deathlands, power is the ultimate weapon....


Gaia's Demise 11/15/2003
by GuapoPogi
Once again a good plot is ruined by sloppy writing. I like the plot direction that this trilogy is heading in but there are so many places were the book gets ridiculous. If the author had taken 30 minutes to research things before writing the book the book would have been much better, and it would have retained the suspension of disbelief. PT boats are plywood, not armored, Ryans Steyr has a wood stock, not plastic, J.B.'s S&W M-4000 has a metal folding stock not a wooden stock, the helicopter was not the first flying machine Ryan had ever seen, he saw the plane in Ice And Fire. The author could have prevented all of these errors with 30 minutes of research. The remnants of the Navy had never met any outsiders before yet they still had the same slang as the rest of Deathlands, how is that supposed to have happened ? Coincidence ? Finally what was with that idiotic mutie thing at the end of the book guarding the redoubt entrance ? A great idea destroyed by the authors lack of caring. I have to give it a 4.
Have to agree
by Robey
I agree with pretty much what the other reviewer said about this book. There was just way too much silliness in it for me but not good silliness either. It was as if the writer, Nick Pollotta used a game module from the old Rifts RPG as his style guide, not DL. It's one thing to create his own mutations but he couldn't even get the established ones in the DL universe right. Like what was with those guys he called swampies?!?

The way he mischaracterized Silas Jamaisvous was another reason to give this book a low rating. From a pretty original villain, the writer turned him into a typical DL sex deviate, blaming it on his tramatic time-travel jaunt at the end of Dark Emblem..which of course was just a dream, so why did it turn him into a drooling old fool?

And just when I thought the book couldn't get any worse, along comes the giant "Multi-Mutie" at the end.

A very, very low point in the series.
Its not as bad......
by jmatt35
as it has been reviewed, but it could be much better. I agree that just a touch of research would have made this a much better series. How can you forget that not only have Ryan and the others seen a flying machine, Ryan actually flew in one in Ice and Fire, unless I am mistaken. As for the mutations, well, thats radiation for you, although the bugs are a bit of a stretch. Chilling Jamisimov from a distance was kind of anti- climactic, but effective. My biggest problem with these series is thqat they get so big and involved that they end up in a hurried rush at the end, which is what I am afraid this one is going to end up doing as well.
I found it quite good
by zaphodbblx
It's a decent story and I wish all the authors paid as much attention to continuity as Nick Pollotta
by One Eye Chills
Okay, I'm not going to completely agree with the other two reviewers, but they do have some valis points.
I have an open mind when reading. Especially when it comes to new writers. It must be very hard to try to write under Laurence Jame's standard that he left. But so far, all of these new writers have done it from time to time. The problem is they are not consistent.
But how can you be when you have several writers? Do they all sit around a table and discuss all this stuff? They need to if they don't.
But to me personally, I just want to read a good adventure story. As long as the story is exciting and the characters are not totally different than what we're used to, then I'm accepting.
I'm accepting this one. Through all of it's faults, this was still Nick's exciting romp through DEATHLANDS.
I like his style of writing. He needs time to get used to things. And he does.
I liked this one better than the first. It has some cheesy muties, no doubt about that, but there is also the brought-back savagery that Jame's started to seem to slip away from.
No cozy beds here, folks! Just muties and coldhearts in a brutal and primal world that I've grown to love.
I'm with you all the way Nick! Prove them all wrong. To me, you already have with Savage Armada. Awesome!