Black Atlantic (Judge Dredd) Mass Market Paperback – 3 May 2004
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On the trail of a lost cargo of illegal bio-weapons, Judge Dredd sets foot aboard the Cityship Sargasso, a vast, raft-like agglomeration of ancient toxic waste tankers loaded with stateless refugees from warzones around the world. By 2125AD the cityships have become home to large populations of mutants and scavengers. So when the law comes on board, Dredd finds himself as an unwelcome guest - but so is the bio-weapon that is cutting a swathe through the ship's population. Picked up by one of the Sargasso's fleet of scavenger ships, the bio-weapon has emerged from stasis and has set about fulfilling its single pre-programmed function: to destroy all in its path!
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Top Customer Reviews
Well worth a read.
Not really knowing what to expect from the novels in terms of quality, I've read some good and some not so, but i found 'The Black Atlantic' to be easily the most entertaining. Reading like an action movie plot, with tons of frenetic incident, what really struck me were the little things which just added to the story, and elevated it into 'bloody good read status'.
Set on a city ship on the black atlantic, details of life in this environment unfold as does the nightmare of combatting a foe who seems totally designed for fighting. By adding just enough insight into the wider cast of characters to make you care enough about what happens to them, and by creating a almost 'predator-like' situation of cat and mouse for our protagonists to deal with, the authors craft a story which is part suspense/scifi/horror story,with Dredd the immovable object in the middle of it all.
The story unfolds into increasing degrees of calamity resulting in a truly heroic turn by Dredd and all in all, i found the book fun, thrilling and a really good take on Dredd as literally a fish out of water, adrift on enemy ground, fighting a foe he has no right to beat but utterly unmoved by any of the obstacles in his way.
If you like Dredd, you'll love this. a rip-roaring adventure which creates a scenario whih gets worse by the page is juxtaposed nicely by some interesting character development, with some great insights on Dredd, as seen through the eyes of those around him.
However, 'Black Atlantic' was disappointing. Firstly, 'Suspension of Disbelief' is not achieved. The writing goes beyond what is necessary in its graphic descriptions, and is clumsy in its articulation, using an immature literary style to bludgeon the reader. I'm not offended by pulp fiction 'per se', enjoying the likes of Mickey Spillane: however, this is in my view poor quality fare!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not one of the better books in the judge dredd series so far but not a bad read either. Worth the money.Published on 17 July 2014 by Mikey
A drokkin' good read! Gives some good background on the justice departments and also life on the open sea, harr ooaarre!!!!Published on 5 July 2014 by D. C. Purcell
An enjoyable read as Dredd takes on the Black Atlantic, bio weapons and cities ships. It's not a challenging read but then again, it's not meant to be! Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by Watchya
This novel is a good introduction to Dredd & Mega City One. It's quite pacy & the plot is interesting.Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by DBS