June 8, 2011

Doom Helix by James Axler

Title:  Doom Helix
Author:  James Axler
Format:  PB
Pages:  317
Genre:  Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Publisher:  Gold Eagle, 2010
ISBN-13:  978-0373626045
Series:  Deathlands, Book 95

Favorite Quote:  She pointed at the holstered, black powder LeMat.  "Pot calling kettle. Come in kettle...."

Synopsis (Amazon):  Devastation from the nukewar shattered civilization and left a planet both primitive and ripe for rebirth--or retaking. While the balance of power has fallen to avaricious, amoral barons, a handful of humanity still holds hope of a future worth fighting for or dying to defend. If a better life inside the hellground exists, Ryan Cawdor and his friends will find it.

The Deathlands feudal system may be hell on earth but it must be protected from invaders from Shadow Earth, a parallel world stripped clean of its resources by the ruling conglomerate and its white coats. Ryan and his band had a near-fatal encounter with these genetically enhanced aggressors and their advanced weaponry and wags once before. Only a fatal chink in enemy armor saved planet Earth from plunder. Now, these superhuman predators are back, ready to topple the hellscape's baronies one by one.

Review:  Another exciting adventure in the Deathlands.  I really do like the story-line with the people from an alternate Earth, although from the sound of the ending, this may be the last one of those.  Either way, it was full of action and thrills.

I really liked the bad guys in this novel.  The genetically enhanced warrior, Auriel Otis Trask, was a great character.  I was almost sad to see her well-deserved end come.

These books are not for the faint of heart.  They are kind of like watching a really good action movie.  You can't expect much except a lot of blood and gore, but it's a pretty fun ride anyhow.

Rating:  8 / 10

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