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Black Harvest (Deathlands) [Mass Market Paperback]

James Axler
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Gold Eagle (Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373625790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373625796
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1st edition 1st printing paperback, vg++ In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dull lands 1 Dec 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sorry but this was another same old same old. I agree with the other reviewer about getting rid of mildred wyeth her character has ruined the series for me and i too would like to see her get killed off. The other characters like J.B.Dix and Doc tanner are great; perhaps we could have an episode where the other characters are incapacitated some how and these two get to save the day. JB certainly deserves a more meaty role as one of the longest running characters in the series. After reading Lucifer Wars where we have a much more realistic and bloodthirsty version of apocalypse survival i have to say that deathlands has become very flat and the plot lines very predictable. in the early days we saw central characters get killed off with almost every book and they were replaced by new ones. By book eight we had seven characters and now sixty+ books later we still have the same ones; time for some fresh blood. Can we have the real 'stickies' back as well instead of these lame muties that the later books have produced. i think the writing pool needs a real shakedown if this series is going to survive critics like myself for much longer. very dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars death lands 26 Sep 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well it was another exiting adventure, a little samey and easily comparable with dark reconing. As long as you can forgive the writing pool for forgetting some of the earlier rules of the deathlands and the fact that central characters have had slight personality changes then you can enjoy this book for what it is. violence and bloodshed for the sake of it and bravo for that. i do think that James Axler would be slightly displeased by characters such as Myldred wyeth and i cant wait for the day that she gets killed off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This one didn't reap the full harvest 11 Mar 2005
By Mace & Lacey Gannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this latest edition of Deathlands, Edo Van Belkom returns for his 2nd foray into the series.

In short, it was a little better than his first try, Skydark Spawn, but Edo needs to ante up and step up to the proverbial plate - big time!

Though not as lame as Andy Boot's tales, Black Harvest actually had some good ideas, along with a well overdone formula storyline, that was at least readable enough to finish.

Essentially, this is a standard fare Deathlands of old, though a very slight trend upwards from Boot's last one, but not as good as the last issue, SHAKING EARTH.

The good points to this latest DL? They are few, unfortunately.

1: Jak gets wounded, and gets hooked on a strong drug.

2: Doc falls in love.

3: Characters are not too bastardsized.

4: The black market of DL drugs, (which hasn't ever been done to this level), made for a decent background story here.

The bad points? Wow, where to start.

1: Lame as hell muties. Edo, you really need to brush up on what constitutes a mutie here! A group of people with simple sores doth not make a mutie. Good God in heaven, that was it!?

Weak man, just bloody weak. You mean to tell me that in this day and age of so many talented writers, that this one couldn't simply come up with a colorful new mutie? Hell, even using a tried and true one that Laurence James created would've been better than this lame excuse of one!

That, in itself, could have made this story a bit better. But alas, it wasn't to be...

2: No colorful post-holocaust scene setting and/or weather patterns here?! Why has this been seemingly utterly forgotten by the new writers? Nick Polatta did a good job of at least utilizing this back in BLOODFIRE. And it set a solid good old standard much needed here.

Where's the freezing cold or the nuke-blasted heat? Or ever-changing weird weather patterns to set an interesting stage? Not once did Edo write in whether this mid-west area was either. It was simply there. DING, DING! Wake up writers! Laurence James was awesome at scene setting in this DL world. Lordy, I miss that guy. He could paint you a bleak as hell picture, actually taking the reader right there. And also paint a beautiful picture when the group ran across them.

3: Way too many 'easy ways out' here. From firefights to reloading ammo, there were way too many timing problems here that were easily taken care of. One is more than enough in any given story. But here there were too many permeating this single story.

C'mon, GE! Grow a set, and let these writers - or someone! - get somewhat back to some tried and true formulas that worked in the past, which made this series great and quite unique.

And that's letting some of the older characters to either die and/or move on. Gain some new blood, for crying out loud! Laurence kept it fresh for a while doing that.

And also gain some new weaponry! Why must they keep the same old crap? What, for continuity sake? Oh, please!! That has already gone out the window.

I truly hope that in the near future, these group of writers, (namely I'm talking to Andy Boot and Edo here!), seriously consider the bold new avenue that Mr. Alan Philipson has tried taking this series. With both SHADOW WORLD and BREAKTHROUGH, he has taken the DL to some new heights. I love this kinda new breath of fresh air adventure writing.

C'mon, don't be such fools. Take more risks. Take us readers to new heights in action/adventure reading by utilizing everything that Jack Adrian and Laurence James started, and at times, only touched upon!

Such as time trawling or chron jumping. Why not build a kick-ass story on those cool ideas? That's almost totally unused new and dark territory writers! Take it and run with it.

In short, Black Harvest is nothing really new. If you like a quick and breezy action/adventure read, I suppose it is passable. But some of the action was laughable. But it is Ok.

At least I didn't throw it in the trash or send it back to GE, like I've done in the past starting with SALVATION ROAD.

In all truth, it is really a rad-blasted shame that these two writers are taking this great series that started this sci-fi/fantasy type phenomenal universe - and are trying to turn it completely to weak, utter trash.

C'mon, you guys! You writers are geting paid here. And we hard-liners are slamming you two. Step it up a few notches, will you? I know you can...if you just try a tad bit harder.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, at best 11 Nov 2005
By Eric the Red - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This probably would have been a better Deathlands back in the day.

But now, with better writers penning this series, the bar has been raised a bit. And could do with more!

I just wished that either Victor Milan or Nick Polatta would take over this series, altogether. Even this Alan Philipson, fellow. Any of these writers can - and do! - a much better job than this guy, or Andy Boot, the worst of the lot by far!

The muties here were terrible. Man, ya gotta have cool ass muties!

The overall story is typical.
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