Sunday 3 August 2014

Book Impressions - The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This a decent military adventure set on a supposedly dead planet. It takes it a while to get going, but it's not boring as the build up is interesting. There's a good mix of characters although the only real flaw in the book is that the bulk of them aren't developed in any meaningful way. The main characters work well though and the pace of the story means it's not a big issue anyway.

There's a horror element to the story which also works well. There's some good tension in the build up, the reveal is a little obvious but again it's not a big problem. I've mentioned the pacing and for me this was spot on. This results not just from the flow of the story but the author has a crisp and direct style with his writing which keeps things moving.

I also enjoyed some of the twists along the way and the end provides a suitable conclusion while leaving things ready for a follow on book. Overall it's a well written and a fun read.

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Lane is a bounty hunter for Erebus’ corrupt government, his life a constant battle against past demons. Framed for murder, Lane is offered one option to avoid the death penalty: rejoin the army and partake in a covert operation to the apocalyptic world of Hemera, Erebus’ sister planet.

A century after the nuclear conflict that ended mankind’s third age, Hemera has now sent a distress signal to its sister: the president has awoken, and he’s calling for aid. Early intelligence reports indicate the mission will be straightforward, that Hemera is a vacant shell with all forms of life and hostility extinguished.

They are wrong.

Bandits control the dead lands, but there are things much worse waiting for Lane and his squadron once they enter the city walls. Having lived with the nightmares of his shattered past, Lane must now face the mutated horrors of mankind’s future in the toughest battle of his life.

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