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Baptism of Predictability,
This review is from: Baptism of Rage (Deathlands) (Mass Market Paperback)
OK, So maybe I am in a minority, but I don't think this book - actually written by Rik Hoskin (James Axler - Laurence James sadly no longer with us since 50 books back) - is any more than average, and I also have some issues with it - and it is sooooo predictable.
Firstly - when Ryan and the group first come across the village where they meet the group they will be escorting to 'Baby', Jak without discussion with Ryan just rushes off to help, without consultation with Ryan. Not exactly what a leader of a well oiled group would expect. Even if Jak could look after himself in a stadium of 'Stickies' !
Second - the people in this new village rather than coming out to fight the threat of the 'wolves' seem to stay in the bars and enjoy the drinking and whoring and ignoring all the gunshots and screams from the rest of the town.
Third, Mildred a doctor does not seem to initially go to help any of the injured from the wolf attack. Which is a surprise as I would have thought Mildred's skills would have been worth a meal or two in the time of distress.
Fourth, Whilst Doc and his addled mind may lose it occasionally, Mildred a lady of modern science seems all to eager to believe a fountain of youth exists ! The books did not need her to support Doc.
Fifth, come on, our we really to expect people in deathlands would tarmac an entire road ?
Sixth, the book is far too predictable. From the minute you meet the travellers and their young travelling companions you can guess what is going on at the new town of Baby.
Saying that, it was still a valiant attempt, but nothing more than average in my mind.
3 out of 5