July 22, 2011

Moonfeast by James Axler

Title:  Moonfeast
Author:  James Axler
Format:  PB
Pages:  315
Genre:  Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Publisher:  Gold Eagle, 2010
ISBN-13:  978-0373626052
Series:  Deathlands, Book 96

Synopsis (Amazon):  In the nuke-conceived birth of Deathlands, a rare breed of warrior-survivor emerged—born into suffering, hardened by circumstance, forged by endurance and sharpened by combat. Yet in the heart of this warrior, the quest to find a place of peace beats on unrelenting....

The pristine coastal waters off San Clemente become a battleground over the island and its abandoned naval station. The rocky shores are rife with the sulfur mines that make Deathlands' richest jack—gunpowder. To maintain hell-fought possession, a ruthless sea baron and his fleet engage rebellion from the land. On this island populated by roaming bio-weap nightmares engineered by predark whitecoats, Ryan Cawdor is caught in a war he has no intention of fighting, but has every determination to survive.
"Too long have these cowardly poltroons feasted upon the flesh of the weak, and the taste of an honest fight fills their bowels with Hobbesian turpulence."
Review:  I just adore these stories.  Call it my closet vice, but these are almost always fast, exciting reads, with non-stop action and adventure, set against a future Earth straight out of a nightmare.  I love the left over technology from our time, the frantic effort to survive, and the loyalty and honor among the main characters.  I laugh out loud at the unintentional humor of Doc.  He's just such a great character.  As is usual, my favorite quote comes from him.

Serial SF can be really good or really bad.  This is one of the good ones.

Rating:  8 / 10

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