Time Nomads is the eleventh book in the Deathlands series and, as well as being another important chapter in the story's progression, is also an entry that offers something unique, original and different from previous novels.
As fans of this series will know, Deathlands focuses around a band of mercenaries who travel the remnants of nucleur-war-devastated America by means of secret Matter-Transporters hidden deep within abandoned goverment redoubts. When their most recent jump takes them to a redoubt buried underneath a land-slide, the group finds themselves trapped with both no way of returning to the Gateway to trigger another jump or of getting out to the surface. Settling down to best figure out their next move, the band begin tucking in to supplies left over from the previous inhabitants. But the meal Ryan, the leader, tucks into is rancid andd spoiled and it is only pride and stubborness that keeps him eatinmg to the end. This becomes a big mistake when Ryan falls foul of a bacterial infection triggered by food poisoning and a nasty strain of Botulism!!
Sinking into a coma, Ryan begins fading fast and it is only the actions of Cryo-Freezie Mildred, a Doctor in her previous life before being deep-frozen, that prevent him from getting chilled. Meanwhile, Ryan finds himself mentally returning to the past before he and his companions first started travelling the Gateways and a time when he and J.B first started hanging out with The Trader; a character we encountered way back in the first Deathlands book, Pilgramage To Hell.
As events unfold, we discover something important that will be relevant to a future story-line in Deathlands but before we get there there is treachery, gun-fights and much suspense. Though we know Ryan, J.B and Trader survive, it is difficult to know immediately exactly why we are being given this peek into Ryan's past. And what could have been another run-of-the-mill plot slowly becomes something else far more enjoyable!
This is another of the better quality Deathlands books and an excellent place to jump onboard if you have never read one before as little knowledge is required of previous events. There are some subtle nods towards the first book in the series and a surprising bfirst encounter for Ryan with someone who will play a big part in his future. Though stories torn between two time-lines don't always work, here they come together wonderfully to create a very clever entry in the series!
Certainly one to look out for!
Book Series: Deathlands