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.