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Encounter (Deathlands #45.5)

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At Spearpoint, the ultimate redoubt housing a valuable cache of predark technology, two opposing wills clash. Levi Shabazz intends to carve his own empire out of the vast wastelands, but the Trader intends to thwart him and end his bloody siege of power. It all comes to a head at Virtue Lake, a hard lesson for Trader and a grim rite of passage for Ryan Cawdor. Fir the firs ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Gold Eagle
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Oct 11, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
Audiobook. I'm new to the Deathlands series though I've been looking for Road Warrior-esque post-apocalyptic fiction for years. It's not written particularly well, the characters are often cardboard-ish, and some of the slang is just silly: ("triple" = extremely, "chill" = kill, and "blasters" = guns, really? Really.) Yet, I kind of like it. It's fun. This story is a prequel although being the last book written in the 44-book series. It tells the story of how Trader became such a feared fellow. ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Deo rated it really liked it
I think this book is great. It tells the story of Trader... who is one of the most well known individuals in Deathlands. The story takes place at Virtue Lake where Baron Lundquist Zeal operated a refinery for gasoline. He captures Trader and his convoy during a trade that was set up as a trap. He wants to use Traders war wag convoy to raid a place known as Spearpoint... some giant redoubt of all redoubts, this place a guarded by the Palmers... these humans who eat these roots poisoned by nuclear ...more
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Pip-Boy Not Included.

Deathlands: Encounter by James Axler is the prequel to the first book in the series (Deathlands: Pilgrimage to Hell). The story is about how The Trader, Ryan Cawdor and J. B. Dix rescue Dr. Tanner from Levi Shabazz. Shabazz is an unscrupulous trader willing to kill for profit. He has no qualms about destroying whole villes to obtain goods for sale.

The best way to describe the Deathlands series is... Snake Plissken Escapes from New York and joins The A-Team to protect Ward B
Jul 17, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it
According to this site this is book number 45.5 of the Deathland series. This is the first book I read of the series. The source I had listed it as book number 00. It appears to be a prequel and I don't feel that it gave away anything I shouldn't have read. I'm just now starting book one and will let you know if it has spoilers. I feel it was a good introduction to the series. Lots of action and I enjoy the character named Trader.
Sep 06, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it
The "first" in the Deathlands series of post-apocalyptic epic. Not sure on how long to stick with it, maybe a few (4 or 5?). Certainly clearly defined characters fitting into their trope very neatly. It feels like a Mad Max re imagining with out all of his Mel Gibson-ness.

Pure pulp. Nothing wrong with that.
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Shelves: somewhat-enjoyed
I've read up to #95 (Moonfeast). By the time I got there, I was comfortable with heading out for something else to read. The premise of the series was pretty good. The characters were fleshed out to a certain degree. But I guess you can only go so far considering the monotonous storyline structure. Pretty good series if you're into action, violence, and post-apocalyptic fare.
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Jan 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
An average apocalyptic adventure story. This one takes a century after the last war and now there are mutants running around the earth. Recommended
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James Axler is a house pseudonym used by Gold Eagle Books, the action adventure imprint of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

The pseudonym was first used for the Deathlands series, which began in 1986 with Pilgrimage to Hell, co-written by Christopher Lowder (under the pseudonym Jack Adrian) and Laurence James. He went on to write the next 32 novels in the Deathlands series as James Axler before passing a
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Other Books in the Series

Deathlands (1 - 10 of 126 books)
  • Pilgrimage to Hell (Deathlands, #1)
  • Red Holocaust (Deathlands, #2)
  • Neutron Solstice (Deathlands, #3)
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