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Damnation Alley [Kindle Edition]

Roger Zelazny
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hell Tanner isn't the sort of guy you'd mistake for a hero: he's a fast-driving car thief, a smuggler, and a stone-cold killer. Facing life in prison for his various crimes, he's given a choice: Rot away his remaining years in a tiny jail cell, or drive cross-country and deliver a case of antiserum to the plague-ridden people of Boston, Massachusetts. The chance of a full pardon does wonders for getting his attention. And don't mistake this mission of mercy for any kind of normal road trip-not when there are radioactive storms, hordes of carnivorous beasts, and giant, mutated scorpions to be found along every deadly mile between Los Angeles and the East Coast. But then, this is no normal part of America, you see. This is Damnation Alley....

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Book Description

The classic post-nuclear adventure novel from one of the most influential writers of his generation.

About the Author

Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) studied Elizabethan and Jacobean drama at Columbia University before bursting on to the science fiction scene while still in his mid-twenties. Among his many books are Four for Tomorrow, The Dream Master, A Rose for Ecclesiastes and the many titles in the Chronicle of Amber.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: ibooks (14 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this when I was 11. It was on my dad's bookshelf. A great two-fisted, fast moving, pulp read with lots of manly attitude featuring a tough as nails protagonist called Hell Tanner- the last of the Hell's Angels. If you can't love that as an 11 year old boy then there's no hope for the human race. I had to buy this again because I leant out my dad's copy and never got it back. I wanted the same Sphere edition and so when it arrived in the post I read it again for about the fourth time (I'm 41 now).
As with some fine wines this hasn't dated a bit but just keeps getting better with age. Incidentally this must have been a big influence on John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. The plot and characters are virtually the same. I love that film too. If you're into man fiction- buy this book and prepare to be entertained. If you're seeking understanding and spiritual guidance in an unforgiving world- you've come to the wrong place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 25 May 2013
By Dean
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for Roger Zelazny books to be available for the Kindle ever since I got one, and I'm glad this was the first. Forget the film and the Judge Dredd Cursed Earth graphic version, this has depth and characterisation as well as the action and the anti-hero.

Let's hope The Dream Master, Lord of Light, and of course the Chronicles of Amber are not far behind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down sci fi 14 Feb. 2013
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A decent read. Found the characters and dialogue a little cliched at the start, (Hell Tanner with his tough-guy one liners), though this quickly passed and Tanner's character becomes more interesting. Zelazny has a vision of the post apocalyptic North America which he translates extremely well onto the page. A very "visual" novel, fast paced and hard to put down. Much better than the film!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and influential short story, 22 Sept. 2009
By Halo572
being as it is only 152 pages. There are also no chapters and it is written as one long narrative with only the occasional page break.

I first became aware of it as it was credited as the inspiration for the 2000ad 1978 Cursed Earth epic and on reading it it certainly wasn't altered much by the associated writers. It also has resonance in Mad Max and Escape from New York that I can see and despite its length was likely a source of inspiration for many books, films and television writers.

Written in 1969 it hasn't suffered the passing of time to the extent that other 60's sci fi classics have, being as it is post apocalyptic and there is no mention of powerful computers being programmed with punch cards.

The storyline is of a convicted gang biker given the task of leading a convoy of plague vaccine from California to Boston across the nuclear wasteland of America in vehicles reminiscent of Steve Jackson's Car Wars.

Freak weather, mutated insects and animals, volcanoes and biker gangs eventually whittle the convoy down to only Hell Tanner (yes, his real name) and a squeeze he `rescues' from a biker gang he massacres. This relationship is the most painful to read about as the woman is portrayed as a subservient drone.

Overall, short, good but not great and sometimes gratingly 60s. It also may be too over familiar a story and concept for a reader of today, but that is the whole point, despite its clunkiness this was the original and therefore at the right price more than worth an undemanding read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia 18 Dec. 2012
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read this as a callow youth some 24 years ago, and revisited it recently. It's still silly but entertaining. I suppose my tastes should have changed over the years; but still listen to Hawkwind now and then too...
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