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Emerging into one of the preDark installations known as redoubts, the group is taken prisoner in a fully functioning army base operating in a parody of life before the blowout. Its occupants are inbred soldiers, a legacy to the lost secrets of the Totality Concept. Led by the mad general of an obscene military project, the base has found its last hope in the ragtag bunch.
What was once the United States is now the rad-blasted world of Deathlands...a place that more than lives up to its name. Led by a one-eyed warrior called Ryan Cawdor, a straggling band of survivors roams the nuke-ravaged land, homing their survival skills in a wasteland where danger lurks over the next hill.
Emerging into one of the predark installations known as redoubts, the group is taken prisoner in a fully functioning army base operating in a parody of life before the blowout. Its occupants are inbred soldiers, a legacy to the lost secrets of the Totality Concept. Led by the mad general of an obscene military project, the base has found its last hope in the ragtag bunch, a fate that may be even more horrifying than the hell they have survived.In the Deathlands nothing is certain...especially the future.
Rat King 11/28/2003
I liked this book. It had an interesting story, and some good characters, but it still suffered from some of the same problems as other Deathlands books of this era. The mutie squirrels were not bad but the 18 foot lizard was dumb. I also found it hard to believe that a military organization would revert to a system where you get to be General just because your father was General. The abbreviations for the ranks are also not believable. Anyone that has had anything to do with the military knows that a Private First Class is just called a PFC, but we are supposed to believe that these military people have change it to something as retarded as priv firclas? No General would ever let him/herself be called just Gen. They also would have passed that down to their children if their children we going to be Generals, and when I was in the Marines you could be brought up on charges for calling a Sergeant Sarge. I just can't see a specialized unit in one of these redoubts slipping into a unit of idiots like we see here. It is the small things like this these that add up and are making the series seem so dumb. I still give it a 7.
Well first of all I thought this was a great installment because the group Ryan and the companions fought against werent the tough as nails coldhearts, they were triple stupes who thought they were the schiznit. It was funny to see the companions just breeze through taking down a fully functional redoubt full of troops. Ryan and Krysty didnt get it on in this book (bummer) and ok I love the group and their weapons but come on...some dirt poor muties get a hold of their weapons and they didnt use them, they put them in the armory where the companions easily get them back good as new....I wish Dean would grow up and Mildred would leave...we need new blood ASAP!!! Overall a very good installment in the series
RAT KING ROCKS!!
by One Eye Chills
This installment of Deathlands was awesome from start to finish. I remember it because I knew that several new writers were onboard this series now and the first 3 written after Laurence James paased on were fantastic. They even brought the level of Deathlands up a bit at first.
From STONEFACE to THE MARS ARENA, Deathlands came back stronger and better than ever. But then went to mediocre for a couple of books.
But I remember RAT KING felt like the old DL of the past - which is a great compliment!
Keep writing Andy, and bring back DL with a vengeance!!
You new writers are appreciated, just convince the higher-ups to evolve this series further. New characters need to join the group as in the old classic stuff used to.
I personally would not miss Mildred or Doc Tanner if they both found either death, or a way back to their original timelines.
Jak and Dean need to age a little and come to the forefront. They are the future of this awesome series.