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Deathlands

Moon Fate

Written By:James Axler - 1992

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Synopsis

Raw determination in a savage land

HUNTED

Generations have passed since a nuclear blast all but turned America to dust. Out of the ruins emerges a band of warrior survivalists, led by a one-eyed man called Ryan Cawdor. In their quest to find a better life, they embark on a perilous odyssey across the ravaged wasteland known as Deathlands.

An ambush by a roving group of mutant Stickies puts Ryan and Krysty Wroth in the clutches of a tyrant who plans a human scarifice as a symbol of his power. The execution is set to take place at the new moon—one night away. Ryan devises an escape plan but is betrayed by another prisoner. As they break for freedom, the Stickie leader unleashes a team of hunter trackers among the maze of narrow canyons of the Southwest. For Ryan and Krysty, there's nowhere left to run...

In the Deathlands, the only thing that gets easier is dying.

Excerpt

"You chilled meat," the stickie threatened

"Mebbe," Ryan replied, shuffling his boots in the soft earth to try to establish a good footing.

The creature's musket was swirling around in a maniac circle, hissing like a runaway windmill. The mutie had the advantage of higher ground, and Ryan realized that this wasn't going to be the slick and easy execution that he wanted.

"Yesss!" The muties hissed out the warning as it suddenly charged its enemy.

The stickie's speen was alarming, and it was all that Ryan could do to get the panga up to parry the blow.

The case-hardened steel rang out against the chipped wooden stock of the Kentucky musket. Ryan's arm was jarred clear to the shoulder by the force of the impact. The butt split lengthwise, exploding into white splinters.

The power of the crushing attack sent the man off balance. The mutie dropped its broken gun and lunged for him, its suckered hands grabbing at his arm and neck.

Instantly there was pain. A ripping sound flooded Ryan's ears, coinciding with a burning sensation in his left wrist.

The one-eyed warrior's skin was being shredded by the stickie's fingers.

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

fantastical
Other Titles in the Deathlands list

0     Encounter

1     Pilgrimage to Hell

2     Red Holocaust

3     Neutron Solstice

4     Crater Lake

5     Homeward Bound

6     Pony Soldiers

7     Dectra Chain

8     Ice and Fire

9     Red Equinox

10     Northstar Rising

11     Time Nomads

12     Latitude Zero

13     Seedling

14     Dark Carnival

15     Chill Factor

16     Moon Fate

17     Fury's Pilgrims

18     Shockscape

19     Deep Empire

20     Cold Asylum

21     Twilight Children

22     Rider, Reaper

23     Road Wars

24     Trader Redux

25     Genesis Echo

26     Shadowfall

27     Ground Zero

28     Emerald Fire

29     Bloodlines

30     Crossways

31     Keepers of the Sun

32     Circle Thrice

33     Eclipse at Noon

34     Stoneface

35     Bitter Fruit

36     Skydark

37     Demons of Eden

38     Mars Arena, The

39     Watersleep

40     Nightmare Passage

41     Freedom Lost

42     Way of the Wolf

43     Dark Emblem

44     Crucible of Time

45     Starfall

46     Gemini Rising

47     Gaia's Demise

48     Dark Reckoning

49     Shadow World

50     Pandora's Redoubt

51     Rat King

52     Zero City

53     Savage Armada

54     Judas Strike

55     Shadow Fortress

56     Sunchild

57     Breakthrough

58     Salvation Road

59     Amazon Gate

60     Destiny's Truth

61     Skydark Spawn

62     Damnation Road Show

63     Devil Riders

64     Bloodfire

65     Hellbenders

66     Separation

67     Death Hunt

68     Shaking Earth

69     Black Harvest

70     Vengeance Trail

71     Ritual Chill

72     Atlantis Reprise

73     Labyrinth

74     Strontium Swamp

75     Shatter Zone

76     Perdition Valley

77     Cannibal Moon

78     Sky Raider

79     Remember Tomorrow

80     Sunspot

81     Desert Kings

82     Apocalypse Unborn

83     Thunder Road

84     Plague Lords

85     Dark Resurrection

86     Eden's Twilight

87     Desolation Crossing

88     Alpha Wave

89     Time Castaways

90     Prophecy

91     Blood Harvest

92     Arcadian's Asylum

93     Baptism of Rage

94     Doom Helix

95     Moonfeast

96     Downrigger Drift

97     Playfair's Axiom

98     Tainted Cascade

99     Perception Fault

100     Prodigal's Return

101     Lost Gates

102     Haven's Blight

103     Hell Road Warriors