Axler is one of the most creative sci fi writers that I have read in a long time. The Deathlands series is highly innovative and always action packed, albeit extremely violent.
Simply written in a simple style, the author creates a whole new post-holocaust world. His primary characters exhibit a basic moral code, more mindful of the Old Testament than the New.
Highly detail oriented, the writer is obsessive in his descriptions of weaponry. His fight and battle scenes are not for the squeamish.
Homeward Bound was the first of the series that I read and without a doubt, the best. Homeward Bound is typical of the series but has the added themes of sibling rivalry, patricide, incest and the resulting psycho-social damage.
In Homeward Bound, Ryan Cawdor returns to his home and confronts the painful past.