Jack Adrian began the Deathlands series back in 1986. But after the first few books, he was unable to continue, and Laurence James, AKA James Axler, took over the series. The series now spans over fifty novels, with Laurence James responsible for writing all the novels up to and including Eclipse at Noon. The other novels, starting from 'Stone Face' with the exception of 'Crucible of Time' have been written by other writers. James Axler is the house name for Gold Eagle Books.
Scattered remains have been salvaged from the abandoned cities that withstood the atomic onslaught at the dawn of the twenty-fi rst century, but the secrets of pre-Dark tech buried in the mass grave of civilization are known to only a few. Possessing understanding and the unshakable will to survive, Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists face each day armed and ready for the enemy called Deathlands, whose formidable power has yet to claim victory over the human spirit….
In this raw, brutal world ruled by the strongest and the most vicious, an unseen player is manipulating Ryan and his band, luring him across an unseen battle line drawn in the dust outside Tucson, Arizona. Here a local barony becomes the staging ground for a battle unlike any other, against a foe whose ties to pre-Dark society present a new and incalculable threat to a fragile world. Ryan Cawdor is the only man living who stands between this adversary's glory… and the prize he seeks. In the Deathlands, the future lies somewhere between hope…and hell.
A renegade president has used FEMA and government loopholes to rescind the Constitution, dismiss Congress, and all but appoint himself King Lording I. He rules with an iron fist and a callous disregard for human life. Oppose him and die.
But true American nature begins to bleed through and dissent leads to rebellion.
At the core of the resistance is Mace Wallace, lone survivor of the Cochise Stronghold Massacre. The Arizona militia SASS, Southern Arizona Sportsman’s Society, is wiped out at that monument for daring to resist Lording when he makes his power grab. Just before the final attack that leaves a radioactive crater, Mace is sent to enlist the help of the Arizona governor.
After two years of evading capture, Mace joins the resistance in Chicago. The resistance, organized by the mysterious Third, has been a debris choked river, pushing to break through. Its members pace their imposed, caged existence, eager for the fight to regain their freedom. Mace comes up with a plan to shake things up and succeeds on an epic scale.
Somehow, Mace is recognized and, with Lording’s goons close on their heels, the local resistance leaders, Dell and Layla, whisk Mace through the streets of Chicago.
A scheme on a national level develops and Mace, along with his newfound friends, heads back to Arizona, where it all started for him.
The country as a whole is a powder keg, ready to blow. Mace becomes the spark that lights that fuel and fires up a nation in the process.
After twenty-first-century America exploded in the chaos of a nuclear nightmare, a raw new landscape emerged, a world where death and dreams clash. Still, the best of the human spirit endures: the hope, the will to survive. But so does the worst: the greed, tyranny, the easy death. In his enduring odyssey across the hostile world called Deathlands, Ryan Cawdor is a warrior no enemy wants to cross.
THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY…
An earthquake in the Arkansas dust bowls leaves the companions for dead, until they are all reunited except for armorer J. B. Dix. Alive, though with no memory of the past, he is in the uncertain employ of the ironfisted ruler of a vital outpost along the routes that traverse the wastelands. Duma is the biggest, most dangerous ville in all of Deathlands, where jolt, jack, booze and sex are worth more than human life. Stalking Duma and preparing to attack this orgy of firepower is a crazed band of inbred worshippers of Nagasaki...and their unwilling new sec force led by Ryan Cawdor.
When Doc is taken captive by a band of marauders in what was once Nebraska, Ryan and the companions rally to get him back. But they aren't just fighting the local muties. They're also up against the area's terrifying terrain, which shifts and morphs at a moment's notice. With their options dwindling in this mazelike region that doesn't obey the laws of physics, the team joins forces with a beautiful and deadly woman who evens the odds on the battlefield. But while this warrior seems to be on their side, she has a secret agenda that could spell the end for them all…
THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present.