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Twilight Children - James Axler

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: James Axler / Edition: First Edition / Mass Market Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 1994-12-31 by Harlequin Mills & Boon / Alternative title: Deathlands: Twilight Children

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      25.08.2011 14:01
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      Ryan and his friends discover paradise is not all it is cracked up to be.....

      Twilight Children is the twenty-first book in the extensive Deathlands cycle set in an alternative future one hundred years after a nucleur war. Ryan and his companions travel what used to be the United Statess using a series of Matter-Transporters that lay buried and hidden in reclusive Goverment redoubts but their destinations are rarely controllable and this can have varied results....

      In this latest installment, the group end up in an abandoned and deserted tourist Ville from the days before Skydark when the world blew out. But it is not totally uninhabited and soon the group are blazing a hasty retreat from the rather unfriendly wildlife that lives there. Their next jump takes them back to the Bayou where they first encountered Jak, the albino teenager who makes up an important part of their group. But again, they are forced to retreat when they realise that the whole area has become a "Hot zone" and is now highly radioactive. Three jumps in quick succession is never good news and, true to form, takes its toll on the companions. Newcomer, Michael Brother, becomes psychotic upon waking whilst a wound in Ryan's neck taken in their first jump threatens to end his life when it becomes infected!

      Eventually, both terminal situations are resolved and the group set off outside to find out where they have turned up this time around. And find waiting for them an Eden paradise that has echoes of Children Of The Corn when it quickly becomes apparent that the whole local Ville is occupied solely by people under the age of 25! Add a roving band of stickies into the mix and what you get is another thrilling Deathlands adventure.....

      Set in New England, the book is another example of Lawerence James, writing as Axler, paying tribute to Stephen King! This is an above-average tale in the Deathlands saga but is not one of the best however and there are moments later on in the narrative where the reader finds themself longing for something major to happen.

      I am also not sure about the addition of Michael to the regular group of companions which has stayed fairly static since the death of Lori and the more recent introduction of Mildred Wyeth. Having missed a few books out in the series, I have not read the novel in which he is first introduced and only know he is not in the later books so can only presume that his addition is meant as a temporary fill-in for Jak Lauren; currently married and living on a homestead in New Mexico. For me, Michael is one of the weakest aspects of this book and does nothing to further the plot.

      All in all, this is a pretty standard Deathlands novel. It carries little importance for the rest of the series as a whole and is okay but nothing paticulary special. I get the sense that you could miss this book out and not really miss anything but compared to some of the weaker entries in the series, this is still an above average novel with some intresting ideas and concepts. To be honest though, it is not up there with my favourites....

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    Book Series: Deathlands