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The Illuminated Ones - Book 1
Adventure and suspense in the midst of a new reality
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In the radiation-blasted heart of the Northwest, Ryan and his companions form a tenuous alliance with a society of women warriors in what may be the stunning culmination of their quest. After years of searching, they have found the gateway belonging to the predark cabal known as the Illuminated Ones -- and perhaps their one chance to reclaim the future from the jaws of madness. But they must confront its deadly guardians: what is left of the constitutional government of the United States of America.
At the heart of the strange new post-nuclear world known as Deathlands lie the mysteries of pre-dark society -- secrets that may hold the key to a future of peace...or peril. Armed with rare knowledge of top secret twenty-first-century technology, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists travels the new America, seeking to claim something beyond the grim reality of Deathlands.
Seek or Die
In the radiation-blasted heart of the northwest, Ryan and his companions form a tenuous alliance with a society of women warriors in what may be the stunning culmination of their quest. After years of searching, they have found the gateway to the pre-dark cabal of the Illuminated Ones -- and perhaps their one chance to reclaim the future from the jaws of madness. But to seize tomorrow, they must confront its deadly guardians: what is left of the constitutional Government of the United States of America.
Like stealing candy from a baby. Literally.
Memo to the editors:
A small group of warriors overcoming overwhelming odds and emerging victorious through skill, determination and just a little bit of luck -- that's good dramatic tension and a fun read.
A large group of warriors waltzing through better than even odds and emerging victorious because their opponents are a bunch of braindead morons -- that's just plain boring reading.
Perhaps in a future book you could have Ryan & Co. team up with an entire army to raid a ville of sick children to steal their supply of lollipops?
Amazon Gate 12/25/2003
I was not impressed by this book. 340 pages of lameness. The Gate was lame, the characters were not believable, and Jak's dreams/premonitions were dumb. The Illuminated One’s story line had so much potential but it was squandered. I give this book a 5.
It was odd...........................................
Overall it was a great book, the ideas and story line were great. But as the other person said..........it should be called easyland. How could they kill the remnets of the government of USA so easily. Overall a great book but some spots are boring!
Amazon Gate's at least better than last book!
by One Eye Chills
Amazon Gate started out very differently and quite interesting, but the plot was pretty simplified and somewhat boring in a few areas.
This particular writer is a very good writer with much potential, but his action sequences are too simplified.
There were too many battle scenes with the same old amazons going through the bad guys like butter. This is no good. These books are built on popularity based on Ryan and his gang going against overwhelming odds, in both the elements and the worlds deadly denizens.
This series continues to lack in these very, very important areas in which this series was built on: a sense of a savage struggle for survival!
When was the last time the group had to weather through a real bad chem storm or cold weather?
I can't remember the last time they even encountered some bad weather. C'mon writers, use those important elements!
The strong points in this novel to me was the originality in the stickies and that they have finally found someone else who can use the mat-trans. A better and worthy adversary would have been better, but perhaps in the 2nd part the writer will surprise us with both bad weather and badder coldhearts!
I love to see Jak used as a primary character for once, but this hint of him leaving is not to my liking. I wish Doc and Mildred would go off somewhere or die off, their time has passed.
The publishers should stick with the old formula and kill off certain characters and gain newer ones every once in a while. They would then see this series soar back up again!
Not Bad, But Had More Potential
I just put the book down, and it was a decent read but like most of the cat_reviews it leaves a lot to be desires. The lack of hard times is really evident.
I must say that I liked the character changes in the very begining of the series, and would like to see more. The problem here is that these characters have been around so long I am now used to seeing them, but I do think we need a change here.
The other odity I picked up on is the terminology. I don't believe I have ever heard Ryan's crew use the terms "Stay Frosty" before. For them to pick it up with such ease, and to use it repeatedly seemed rather strange, especially Jak, even if he has the hots for Gloria. The same holds true for Gloria in her use of "Triple Red".
The last thing, we all knew Margia had to die, but J.B. or Mildred should have done the deed. The lead up with the laser rifle was to predicted and easy. The teaser on her first use of it was nice though. There was so much bad air between her and Millie it would have been good to put them through something, especially since she got the best of Millie earlier.
Still I am looking forward to the next book.
I liked this book a lot! The Gate Tribe was interesting. the only real problem I had with it was the stupid insults they had..."Stupidworks"?