Despite some of the flaws in this latest entry in the Deathlands saga, I actually enjoyed reading 'Gemini Rising' quite a bit - although it was a sort of a guilty pleasure. First of all, this book is well written from a purely technical standpoint, it flows right and its many action scenes are well executed. I did have problems with some aspects of it though. Characterwise, Jak does come off rather badly in the first few pages and an incident with Mildred certainly had me raising my eyebrows. Unless I missed it the origins of the villian of the piece are never explained nor his mysterious henchmen, while this could be coming up in the next two books of the trilogy I still couldn't help wondering sometimes just what the hell was going on. The mythology suffers a bit in this one as well, but it seems these days that's pretty much a given. Bits of this novel also reminded me of some of the more cheesier post-nuke fiction I've read, which was a shame, as Deathlands always used to come across as something more. Still, if you can forgive it these and other things, you might actually find yourself enjoying this one quite a bit. It's certainly going to be interesting to see where the rest of the trilogy goes from here, the next novel 'Gaia's Demise' certainly seems to promise a lot more.