The 87th book in the long running Deathlands series, set in an alternate America devastated by nuclear war, sees Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists being haunted by the ghosts of Armourer J.B.Dix's past.
Falling in with a band of Traders who have sought out the group, they are greeted by a mysterious figure known as Eula. Eula seems to know Dix intimately but is extremely cagey about the whens and wheres and as the two groups slowly work together, it quickly becomes apparent that she may well have a hidden agenda. The big question on everyone's lips is whether she means him well or harm......
This is an interesting novel in the series featuring lots of flashbacks to the early days of the original Trader before J.B and Ryan travelled together. Unlike some of the other novels written after Lawrence James' death (Lawerence James was the original writer of the series and James Axler just a House pseudonym used by publishers Gold Eagle) this really works rather well and manages to hold interest for the whole duration. Something of a surprise when you realise this is written by Andy Boot who wrote the very conventional and almost cliched Salvation Road and the only slightly better Death Hunt.
I really liked this and think it one of the better next-generation Deathlands novels. I love the whole flashback idea even though it has been used before because I always think it is good to get a chance to see some of the early days before the group dynamics of Ryan's band were fully formed. As such, this definitely makes this one of the Deathlands novels to read if you are thinking of dipping into the series. It doesn't need to be read as part of the larger series and can be fully enjoyed as a stand-alone making it ideal for the casual Deathlands reader as well as the long-time fan!