Adventure and suspense in a treacherous new world
WELCOME TO THE NIGHTMARE
Generations after a near nuclear annihilation, America is a radiation-ravaged wasteland swarming with a thousand horrifically mutated life forms.
Ryan Cawdor and his band of post-holocaust survivors barely escape a self-destructing redoubt in the new southwest and embark on a journey overland to find the nearest gateway. But without an adequate supply of food and water, their quest is doomed.
Ryan strikes a deal with the leader of a wagon train heading west: protection against all attackers in exchange for food and water.
It is a deal that pits the one-eyed warrior against his oldest enemy—a sadistic, ruthless man who would stop at nothing to get his hands on Ryan Cawdor.
In the Deathlands, everyone and everything is fair game, but only the strongest survive.
"What you done, bitch?" Larry asked.
His hand reached inside his plaid shirt and came out holding a straight-edge razor. "You're dead, you murdering slut!"
In the confined space, Krysty knew that the man's bulk and raw power could tell against her.
The steel edge began to weave a lightning pattern of hissing death in front of Krysty's face, pressing her back a half step at a time. Larry was breathing hard, sweat glistening on his forehead and around his open mouth.
Mildred was sitting on her bed, ready to use her blaster if things went far enough against Krysty. Suddenly, out of the corner of her eye, Krysty saw the black woman tear open the front of her blouse, revealing her breasts.
"This is for you, boy," she called. Larry Ballinger's gaze wandered to the black woman's chest. It was the opening that Krysty had been hoping for. Taking advantage of Larry's inattention, she stepped forward, flexing the powerful muscles in her thighs. She swung her right foot upward with all of her strength.
Larry Ballinger's numbed fingers released the razor. He opened his mouth to scream and yellow vomit dribbled down his chin. His hands were reaching for his groin to try to stem the terrible pain, but the blackness came surging up and washed him into unconsciousness first.