Lordy, how can this particular Deathlands not have several 5-star reviews by now?!
Where are all the fans? By the solid sales numbers shown here, along with several top-star reviews on the James Axler website, I know they are out there, pumping their fists at this latest awesomeness in action/adventure.
OK, I guess I'll lead the charge.
Chuck Rogers returns to the Deathlands scene for his 2nd foray - and boy is it a humdinger!
Epic in scope, Chuck doesn't play around like so many other authors have done - and continue to do - in this series. This is no typical Deathlands jaunt into a ville with a badboy baron, where the companions kick some tushie and leave the place a little cleaner. Oh, no. Chuck don't play that tired old theme.
He goes to the great white north. Fresh, raw new territory to the main characters, (as well as for us fans!), and creates his own post-holocaust world in Canada. From mutie worms that come out of the ground and make nearly unkillable zombies out of man and animals, to numerous nations banding together for an adventurous cause, Rogers spins a yarn with the best of them here. Just like his first DL novel, this one is nearly impossible to put down.
Long-time fans and newbies alike will instantly see from the frist chapter to the last that this author knows his stuff about crafting a Deathlands adventure. Thank you Chuck for obviously caring about us hardcore fans! Rogers has done his homework of the old-school variety, and then obviously kicks in his own unique blending on how to create bigger and better scenarios and storylines for this longest ever running post-holocaust sci-fi series.
Even though this series has run for over 25 years, and has spawned not only over a 100 books, but another series that some USED to say was better. (Not anymore, folks!) Deathlands has withstood the test of time, and, thank God, has brought the best writers to its table. There is a lot in this series to yet be tapped into. Time jumping for example. Or, as the series calls it, chron jumping. That alone should is an endless wealth of possibilities I wish BOTH series would delve into much further.
Anyway, suffice it to say, James Axler's latest novel, Hell Road Warriors, penned by the illustrious and ever-so-talented author, Chuck Rogers, will make fans salivate from beginning to end. This is big-budget movie-making stuff, man! Hollywood wishes it could create movies like this! Chuck Roger's latest will make fans laugh as well as sit on the edge of their seat with the varying kinds of battles here. From land, water, and dams and bridges, there is epic-scope-like battles here.
But it is not just about the eye-popping battles. Roger's infuses the main core of characters with solid camaraderie of old, while paying attention to their details that seemingly most other authors seemed to've totally forgotten. From what the companions wear and carry insofar as weaponry, to how they act. Rogers brings it all back, then enhances it with his own brand of unique style and gifted penmanship, which will bring smile upon smile to the fans. I know it did me. It is great to read a fantastic adventure the way it oughta be written.
If there were anything negative to say about this book, it would be the numerous grammar mistakes. The editor obviously fell asleep or didn't get paid for this one. Maybe they know how great an author they have on their books and expect him to do it. Suffice it to say, there are numerous typos in this book. But I'll take that any day of the week if they are going to send us this type of talent!
Also, the ending left me wanting a tad bit. I noticed that the companions, and the author, seeming, forgot about the mutie partner to the main bad guy. He could 'sniff' out other muties. Very brilliant fresh concept. But he just seems to disappear at the end. And no one even mentions him. For someone that dangerous, I found that odd. I see, obviously, that the author intends to use him in a future Deathlands, but I would like to've read something about him getting away or whatever.
Other than those small issues, you can't get much better than this type of action/adventure writing, people. Top-notch. I wish this author would pen several a year like other authors do. But, I suppose quality takes time. And, in this case, its well worth the wait...