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The group makes its way to a remote island in hopes of finding brief sanctuary. Instead, they are captured by an isolated tripe of descendants of African slaves from pre-Civil War days. When they declare Mildred Wyeth "free" from her white masters, it is a twist of fate that ultimately leads the battle-hardened medic to question where her true loyalties lie. Will she side with Ryan, J.B. Dix and those with whom she has forged a bond of trust and friendship... or with the people of her own blood?
Chains of Destiny
Hard strength and resilience are needed to survive each new day in the treacherous world of postnuclear America. For Ryan Cawdor and his companions, honor, integrity and a willingness to kill are necessary as well, as they struggle to balance a survivalistic spirit with a warrior's resolve to press on, living by their own rules in a tortured land, pursuing a dream that leads them into the unknown....
Ryan and his group make their way to a remote island in hopes of finding brief sanctuary. Instead, they are captured by an isolated tribe of descendants of African slaves from pre-Civil War days. When the tribesmen declare Mildred Wyeth "free" from her white masters, it is a twist of fate that ultimately leads the battle-hardened medic to question where her true loyalties lie. Will she side with Ryan, J.B. Dix and those with whom she has forged a bond of trust and friendship... or with the people of her own blood. But the loss of Mildred is not the only thread the group faces - in a treacherous world where the ties that bind can cut both ways.In the Deathlands, the future is not what it used to be....
This book, apparently, bought the farm
I didn't think this book was quite as awful as other reviewers did. But of course, that's a mighty long way from saying I liked it.
The story in general was pretty good, but it turned on a single plot point that was pretty hard to swallow: that Mildred would arrive in a community of black people and within 48 hours have a divided loyalty between her friends and this new city. It just didn't wash, particularly the scene in which she honestly doubted whether or not J.B. was responsible for attacking her.
My main annoyance with this book was the endless repetition of the phrase "bought the farm". It seemed to pop up every few pages, wedged into a sentence for no apparent reason. Somebody needs a thesaurus, apparently.
Still, there was some decent action along the way and the book ended on a solid cliffhanger. Not quite the gruesome death I was hoping for, but at least one character is gone. For a while. Again.
Funny, the more I write about this book, the less I like it. Maybe these other reviewers have a point...
By far the worst book in the series ever.
Unable to keep my attention, hard to finish chapters, chapter endings didnt make me want to read next chapter.
The drama between characters was beyond retarded, the last 2 chapters of the book are the only two worth reading... if your feeling froggy read the last 4 or so and thats all... dont waste time with rest of book.
Can't even finish it...
I really can't understand how this book got published. I've barely gotten through page 100, and I don't think I'll be able to finish. The characters are not themselves, the guns don't work after getting wet, Mildred is leaving the group imprisoned while she decides whos side she is on!?
Joke. Gold Eagle needs to take a good hard look at what is happening to the series. After this one, I'm relegating Deathlands to used bookstore status.
Don't waste your money.
Deathlands? NO, pansyland is more like it.
Whatever happened to the hard core, rough and tumble world of the Deathlands saga. I hate to keep harping but this book sucks. Next time I buy a book I look at the author first. This will let me know to skim read or really get into it. This one was a skimmer.
Ok, if they find all these rec. boats then why not wear lifejackets? Guns not working when wet? You've gotta be kidding!! To tired to fight? An african culture that hasn't degerated to savagery without a civilized influence? I know this is fiction but come on; the author needs a reality check.
I didn't like it. You won't either.
would someone separate this cowboy from the series!
This is the worst book in the series, with-out question, and I have been reading DL since the first time Pilgrimage hit the shelves.
Why would the publishers even let this one out of the box??? Doesn't anyone at GE even read what this cowboy writes before they print it and put it on the shelves???
If you read this book over and over for the next 5 years you couldn't list all of the mistakes Boot made.
I am all for each of the characters having a little of the spot-light, being the main character once in a while for the whole book, but at least make it believable, keep them in character while you explore and expand their roles. Who was this? Millie? I don't think so, it may have been a black woman that carried Millie's favoured Chech made weapon but it wasn't our favorite freezie turned Death Lands warrior.
Sorry Boot, but you need to get the BOOT!
Well this book wasn't as bad as some of the newer ones I've read lately,but still the personalitys of the group are suffering as of late.The content was lacking in the interactions between them..Also the action was sucked out of this book BADLY.I can't say I'd reccomend this book but I know I'll end up buying the next few just out of curiosity about the Dean Rona situation.All in all this book was no good when stood next to the old DeathLands novels.I hope that they find an author soon who can recapture the origional spirit of the series...Hmmm Perhaps I or someone else who has read the entire series should attempt to write one....food for thought there huh?
who wrote this?
this book was completely out of line with the rest of the series. i wondered if they have a new writer or if trying to write from mildred's perspective threw the style off so badly. there was hardly any action and none of the usual descriptions of bloodshed, muies, etc. And no bad language or input from the rest of the characters.
any comments from other readers?
WASTE OF TIME!
This was without a doubt THE worse book in the Deathlands Series. I regret wasting my money on this piece of garbage instead of doing something useful with it. I wouldn't use this book to wipe myself! I urge anyone looking to buy this book to stifle the urge by slamming their head into the nearst wall, because that's pretty much what reading the book was like.
Action vs. Drama
This again is not a burnout book for me. I have to state I prefer
1st person action over 3rd person drama. I believe the author has
done well in converting the characters over to what they would be in a
closer to real life drama. In reality people are
unpredictable. I know of a real life situation similar, but not
racial, to split decisions portrayed in this book. While
refreshing to read a drama I believe Deathlands should remain the 1st
person action series it is. This book is a good piece of
drama. You can see how the companions can fall apart just like
relationships in a soap opera. On the other hand there is a world
of difference between Ian Flemming's James Bond and John le Carre's Smiley.
This book is good but actually a tad out of place.