Eden's Twilight is the eighty-sixth book in the ongoing Deathlands cycle; now written by a succession of ghost writers under the house name of James Axler after original author, Lawerence James sadly passed away. As one of the next-generation Deathlands books, it is not bad but has an over-reliance on old ideas and concepts that perhaps are starting to feel, by now, a tad overdone!
The basic premise concerns rumours of a long-forgotten hide-away Ville known as Cascade that supposedly dates from before Skydark; the day when enemy nuclear weapons first transformed America into Deathlands. Ryan and his buddies have heard the rumours but so has everyone else and it soon becomes a race against time as to who reaches this legendary treasure trove first! Ryan's group join forces with another group of travellers lead by Roberto, whom some of them know from the good old days of riding with Trader, but tensions are high due to old animosity and unresolved grudges. Riding in their own glorified Army Wag that they have salvaged from an old Military Redoubt, Ryan and his pals breach an uneasy truce; little realising that they are being pursued by HellHounds genetically created by the scientists known as White Coats sometime before the war. Before long, everything starts getting comnplicated as everyone begins working towards their own ends and it soon becomes apparent that everything may not be quite as clear cut as it seems.....
This is an alright entry into the series with some good moments and a so-so ending and Nick Polatta does a half-decent job at trying to bring something new to the table. But the plot about long-hidden stashes of Pre-dark technology is now starting to get a bit tired being about the third or fourth time it has turned up in recent books. I understand that with a hundred plus novels in the cycle we can expect a bit of repetition but you kinda feel reading this "c'mon already...think of something new!"
That said Polatta does a good job overall with only a few niggling moments that slightly irritate for long-time fans. Certainly this by no means the worst Deathlands book I have read, it is just a bit average in places.
It wouldn't however put me off reading another of his attempts and can still be enjoyed by both regulars to this series and newbies alike!