May 28, 2011

Baptism of Rage by James Axler

Title:  Baptism of Rage
Author:  James Axler
Format:  PB
Pages:  313
Genre:  Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Publisher:  Gold Eagle, 2010
ISBN-13:  978-0373626038
Series:  Deathlands, Book 94

Favorite Quote:  Despite herself, Mildred felt her lips rise into a smile.  "You sound like a fortune cookie," she said.
Doc shook his head.  "If I knew what that was," he said, "I'm sure I'd be insulted."

Synopsis (Amazon):  The end of the world arrived in a nuclear rush, forging the agonized remains of past and present into a new reality known as Deathlands. Now life is a simple series of rules of survival, where having is better than not having--and anything is worth killing for. But in a world that has seemingly turned against mankind, the possibility of miracles can exist....

Of all the resources Ryan Cawdor and his group struggle to recoup, hope for escaping the grim daily life-and-death struggle has suffered most. But now reports of a ville holding the mythical waters of rejuvenation, a fountain of youth, appear to be true, luring Doc and the others on a journey inspired by promise, tainted by mistrust. Hiring on as sec men with a convoy headed to the healing waters of Babyville, the survivors discover the deadly price of immortality.

In the Deathlands the future looks like hell--and delivers far worse...

Review:  I've once again returned to the world of Deathlands.  This book was good, much better than the last one I read.  The legend of the Fountain of Youth, James Axler style.  As is usual, this was a quick, fun read with just the right amount of action to keep me entertained.

There is something about the simplicity of the companions' lifestyle that appeals to me.  Survival is all they require.  Anything else is icing on the cake.

Doc and Jak continue to be the best characters, but I think Mildred might be right up there with them.  She's so caustic and sarcastic that I always get a good chuckle out of her attitude.

Rating:  8 / 10

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