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Scorpion God - Book 1
Judgement day has come and gone. Now, only the strongest survive.
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Stranded in the salty desert wastes of West Texas, hopes for a hot meal and clean bed in an isolated ville die fast when Ryan and his companions run into a despotic baron manipulating the lifeblood of the desert: water. But it's his fortress stockpiled with enough armaments to wage war in the dunes that interests Ryan, especially when he learns the enemy may be non other than the greatest -- and long dead -- Deathlands legend: the Trader.
Law of the Lawless
A century after the nuclear conflagration almost destroyed the world, humanity endures in a lawless land. Those who inhabit Deathlands are either killers or those who would be killed. But an elite few defy the laws of this new natural selection -- playing both sides of the eternal game of life and death. Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists never leave a friend behind... or a coldheart alive.
Stranded in the salty desert wastes of West Texas, Ryan and his companions find pre-Dark wheels and set out on a treacherous journey across inhospitable terrain. Hopes for a hot meal and clean bed in an isolated ville die fast when the companions run into a despotic baron manipulating the lifeblood of the desert: water. But it's his fortress stockpiled with enough armaments to wage war in the dunes that interests Ryan, especially when he learns the enemy may be not other than the greatest - and long dead - Deathlands legend: the Trader.In the Deathlands the future is here, but the past is never far behind.
Devil Riders 01/01/2004
Another book of plot short cuts from Mr. Pollotta. Redoubts have vanadium steel doors not wooden doors that insects can force open, also what would be the point of the doors if the insects could just go over the walls above the ceiling tiles. Why does Mr. Pollotta seem to feel the need to rewrite the existing Deathlands universe ? Its not like this story could not have been written without the major continuity errors, and conflicts. It was actually a good story idea that he came up with, but as usual he did a sloppy half assed job of writing it. On page 111 A Humvee is said to have been left running at skydark, and it ran out of oil destroying the engine. We are supposed to believe that it ran out of oil before running out of gas ? On page 204 Ryan drove a trunk. Hmmm maybe it might have made sense if he drove a truck. On page 295 ... Krysty locked the iron grille while Dean keep guard with his crossbow. If anyone at GE gave a damn they would have caught that one too and it would have been kept. For Sci-Stupid, dumb mutie insects, continuity errors, and crappy editing/proof reading I give it a 4.
DEVIL RIDERS READS DEVILISHLY GREAT!!
by One Eye Chills
Nick Polatta writes his 9th Deathlands book here and proves once again that this series still has a lot of fire left in it.
DEVIL RIDERS starts out awesomely and gains momentum as truly one of the very best Deathlands stories written thus far. Full of surprises and teases, this newest novel leaves the reader breathless and wondering about 'ol Abe and the ever elusive Trader.
Deathlands fans - especially diehard fans such as myself - have been wondering when and if the Trader would make a legendary comeback. Is this it? Not even Book 1 of The Scorpion God completely answers that question, leaving us readers on pins and needles for part 2 - Bloodfire.
Nick's great writing strengths here really shine in the double storyline told here, especially in the Devil Riders and War Wag One area as they battle a cannie fort called Hellsgate. This was my personal favorite part of this book. The fantasy undertones here blended well with the sci-fi-post-holocaust setting, making this a truly unique and exciting book to read.
Ryan Cawdor and the companions are portrayed well here and really didn't sound nor read quite out-of-tune as other writers have portrayed them in the past.
Other than some new phrases said between them and some new items they now seem to carry around, Polatta does a good job that I think even Laurence James himself would've been proud of.
There's plenty of action/adventure here with colorful scenery and weaponry of all kinds.
The small scenes of War Wag One and it's seemingly new and colorful crew will make any diehard fan lick his lips in juicy anticipation of whats to come next. I loved the new crew and weaponry of War Wag One, it left me wanting to know and read more. I wish Gold Eagle Books would develop an entire new series of The War Wag Years. There's tons of potential there yet to be seen. Nick Polatta gives us a small and deliciously awesome glimpse into this type of scenario here in 'Devil Riders'. I truly hope Bloodfire expounds even more upon this mythos that this series was forged in.
It's great to see my all-time favorite series make such an awesome comeback. The last book was very good and this one was even better with the hopeful comeback to one of the best characters ever developed - The Trader!
A must read for newbies and a great read for the older diehard fans. DEVIL RIDERS is a great action/adventure read that is never dull.
Thanks Nick Polatta! Your efforts are much appreciated, and I for one can't wait for your next installment - BLOODFIRE!
The first five minutes into the book, I was excited. it was an extremely great book, and the action sequences were great.