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Ryan Cawdor and his warrior companions come face-to-face with the descendants of a secret society who were convinced that paradise awaited at the center of the earth. This cult is inexorably tied to a conspiracy of twentieth-century scientists devoted to fulfilling a vision of genetic manipulation. In this labyrinthine ville, some of the descendants of the Illuminated Ones are pursuing the dream of their legacy -- while others are dedicated to its nightmare.
Even in the Deathlands, twisted human beliefs endure....
After an atomic blast hurled the world into an uncertain future, the past still reaches out in hope... and damnation. In a kill or be killed world, one steadfast group of survivors possesses superior fighting skills and sense of fair play that have made them living legends. In their struggle to seek a better way of life, they are unraveling the powerful secrets of the hell on Earth called Deathlands.
Portal to Hell
A pre-dark legacy of shattering promise lies beneath the ruins of nuke-ravaged Seattle. Ryan Cawdor and his warrior companions come face-to-face with the ancestors of a secret society whose members were convinced that paradise awaited at the center of the Earth. This cult is inexorably tied to a conspiracy of twentieth-century scientists devoted to fulfilling a vision o genetic manipulation.In this labyrinthine ville, carved from the subterranean passages of a doomed past, some of the descendants of the illuminated ones are pursuing the dream of their legacy - while others are dedicated to its nightmare.Even in the Deathlands, twisted human beliefs endure...
Beyond a few nitpicks, not bad
First a nitpick that only someone from Seattle would have noticed: When the companions arrive, they leave the redoubt and then follow the remnants of a highway eastward for some distance until they come to the ruins of Seattle. Go take a look at a map of Seattle. Go ahead, I'll wait.
You're back? Good. Notice how Seattle is a port city with a large body of water directly to the west? There is absolutely no paved road that you can take even roughly eastward to wind up in Seattle. A little research would have been nice. Also, the majority of the book takes place in an underground ville, and yet manages not to have anything to do with the real Seattle underground. If you ever come here then head on down to Pioneer Square, look for Doc Maynard's, and take the underground tour. The real thing is far more interesting than the one in the book. If a writer is going to set a story in a real location, the least they can do is a little bit of research into the location.
Beyond that, the story itself is fairly good. There is nothing particularly original, but on the other hand spends a lot of time focusing on Dean and Jak which was a very nice change. It also introduces the Illuminated Ones, which looks to be an ongoing plotline in the next few books. This is also a good thing. Overall I enjoyed the book, which is a step up from some of the entries in the past few years.
# 56 Sunchild 12/2003
Note to author [size=24]Jak is not a mutie[/size], and Angkor Wat is in Cambodia, not Vietnam. Other than that there were only a couple of errors in this book, and I did find it to be enjoyable. The Illuminated Ones could be an interesting topic for a few books. It was nice to see a Baron like Alien for a change. The story was a bit predictable but, I look forward to more books from this author. I give it a 7.
As the title is named I was expecting more out of Sunchild. The ville setting underground and hidden was refreshing, but Jenna the dark haired mysterious evil woman behind a halfway decent baron was a little less refreshing. I realize Ryan is the leader and the one with the most, it would be nice though to see these super sexy villianesses be more blantanly evil, and more physically fit the part like Pyra Quadde from Dectra Chain. All in all there was good action. I would like to see more interaction with JB and Mildred. We know their relationship is strong, but we seldom see it. I would definately like to see more, more, mutants of the indescribable origin.
SUNCHILD WAS KINDA CLOUDY!
by One Eye Chills
The cover of SUNCHILD was excellent, even though Michael Herring should know by now that Jak does not exactly dress this way.
I can't wait to finally see an artists rendition of Jak and Dean - with their faces!!
Anyway, back to Andy's Sunchild novel...
Andy gave us an awesome beginning with weird and greatly described muties, building up the tension with its weird surroundings, but then it just fell flat.
Andy my man, what happened? Keep in the fighting vein as you did in RAT KING. The action sequences here were done weak and repeatively.
Now I know it must be very difficult to write a novel, especially one that is steeped in past great writers such as Laurence James and Mark Ellis. But if the newer writers today use every nuance in the DEATHLANDS realm to good use.
Such as nuked-out weather patterns and pitting the companions against each other in some bizzare way never done before. Things like this would reel back in the old readers - and bring new ones in by the droves!
Keep banging away at those keys, Andy!!