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Gemini rising [Mass Market Paperback]

James Axler


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1999 Deathlands (Book 46)
Rumors of trouble bring Ryan Cawdor home to West Virginia, where he'd left his nephew Nathan at the head of the barony. But a welcoming committee is waiting for him with a band of sec men, and a usurper of the Cawdor name. Unable to help a mysteriously ailing Krysty Wroth, Ryan challenges two of his oldest enemies in their grim gambit to control the East Coast baronies.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Worldwide; 1st ed edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373625464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373625468
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,175,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Deathlands reads like a comic book! May 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This newest adventure of Ryan Cawdor and his warrior-survivalist companions is the worst read in the series I have ever read. The characters are not even acting the same and the bad guys are something straight out of a bad comic book. The one-eyed warrior goes back home to Virginia to find that his Ville has been taken over by a "lost son" of Cawdor that seems to be his own age, (which his age isn't even mentioned). The new Cawdor son is so comic-book evil that there is just no depth to his (or anyone's for that matter) character. Jak is so unlike himself in this storyline - a heavy drinker and womanizer, which he never, ever was and all the other oddities of this story make it extremely hard to swallow for this long-lasting series. The action is plenty but the weak story makes it hard to finish. If I wasn't such a hardcore fan, I wouldn't even bother to have finished it. The bad news is this is the 1st of a trilogy that I have to endure for the seemingly rest of this year. I can only pray that the next two are written by someone who actually knows this serie's characters and keeps with the Deathlands code of all these years - GOOD WRITING!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad at all, but... May 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Deathlands book I've read in a longtime! Sept. 25 1999
By TAK1995@aol.com Brent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book ruled! Its about time a Deathlands book didn't take the sameredundant course that it always does. This book was full of new twist and greataction. The characters were colorful and intelligent. Others have complained that the characters don't seem like themselves but these few have obviously not seen the steady process of maturing that the group has been undergoing. I finished the book not even an hour ago and its left me refreshed and drooling for Gaia's Demise. READ THIS BOOK!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't let this writer do another book! July 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm am an avid fan of the Deathlands series and own every book. If another is written like this one, it'll be the last I ever own as I will reread all the other before I'll read another as bad as this one. It's not the storyline, it's the characters. Did they all die and get replaced when I wasn't looking??? Jak drinking and womanizing, all the other characters sounding like something from a bad daytime soap opera.
Please bring back the original characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars GEMINI RISING has ressurected my interest in Deathlands! July 9 1999
By Mike Varela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, that's right kiddies! I don't know who Casper the Ghostwriter is for installment #46; but (s)he's really good. New Life (mutant as well as technological) has been breathed into the Deathlands saga for sure here! With new and scary mutants and hints at the Archon conspiracy for that necessary dovetailing into the Outlanders saga, I'd say Harlequin Publishing has got themselves the BEST writer so far for this series! Why, after having finished playing the CD ROM game Half-Life, I felt as if this writer was also inspired by Half-Life to come off with cleaner and nastier mutants in this installment. (Maybe this writer is Half-Life's author, eh?) The usual cast also exhibited more life and variety too, unlike the studied cardboardedness that most previous issues contained. Why, they actually had you guessing at some points as to how they would react, etc. The Final Conflict scene was also much more intricate and hostile, making their collective lives seem much more on the line than usual. A really hyper adventure, and well worth the price of admission.
Great read, folks! Probably the best one of the bunch! I also suggest you ignore the low ratings from previous readers, as they do not seem to know what good writing is all about. Which is a shame -- for those previous reviewers, I mean.

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