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!