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Publication Order of Deathlands Books

Pilgrimage to Hell (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Holocaust (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neutron Solstice (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crater Lake (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homeward Bound (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pony Soldiers (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dectra Chain (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ice and Fire (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Equinox (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Northstar Rising (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Nomads (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Latitude Zero (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seedling (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Carnival (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chill Factor (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moon Fate (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shockscape (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fury's Pilgrims (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Empire (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Asylum (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight Children (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rider, Reaper (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road Wars (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trader Redux (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genesis Echo (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloodlines (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadowfall (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ground Zero (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emerald Fire (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eclipse at Noon (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bitter Fruit (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossways (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keepers of the Sun (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle Thrice (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stoneface (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skydark (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demons of Eden (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mars Arena (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watersleep (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Passage (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucible of Time (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freedom Lost (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Way of the Wolf (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Emblem (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaia's Demise (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Encounter (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starfall (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gemini Rising (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Reckoning (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rat King (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow World (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandora's Redoubt (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero City (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judas Strike (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savage Armada (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Fortress (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunchild (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Salvation Road (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakthrough (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazon Gate (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny's Truth (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skydark Spawn (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damnation Road Show (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil Riders (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloodfire (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hellbenders (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Separation (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Hunt (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shaking Earth (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Harvest (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vengeance Trail (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ritual Chill (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atlantis Reprise (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Labyrinth (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strontium Swamp (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shatter Zone (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perdition Valley (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannibal Moon (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sky Raider (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remember Tomorrow (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apocalypse Unborn (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunspot (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desert Kings (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thunder Road (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plague Lords (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alpha Wave (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Castaways (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eden's Twilight (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desolation Crossing (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Resurrection (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prophecy (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Harvest (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baptism of Rage (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arcadian's Asylum (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doom Helix (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonfeast (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Downrigger Drift (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Gates (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prodigal's Return (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perception Fault (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tainted Cascade (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playfair's Axiom (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hell Road Warriors (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wretched Earth (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Palaces of Light (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haven's Blight (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimson Waters (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Man's Land (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storm Breakers (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Fathoms (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sins of Honor (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motherlode (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nemesis (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chrono Spasm (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Siren Song (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Red Tide (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
End Program (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polestar Omega (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hanging Judge (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desolation Angels (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hive Invasion (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
End Day (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forbidden Trespass (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Iron Rage (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child of Slaughter (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Vortex (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival in Doubt (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaia's Promise (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Blood (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels Of Our Nature (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Dark (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phreak Farm (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feeding Frenzy (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grim Choices (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glory's Stockpile (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killville (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trade War (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rift of the Magi (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Lives and Who Dies (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exodus From Hell (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea Hag (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hell Reclaimed (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into Delirium (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grave Capitol (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memory Box (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kraken (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

The “Deathlands” series written by James Axler (pen name of Laurence James) started as a joint project with James and Christopher Lowder (writing as Jack Adrian) on the first book. Lowder became sick after writing a lot of the book and developing the plot, Axler finished the story up.

After that, James wrote the books by himself until his health started failing and he had to leave the series in the year 1995. The last book with James writing was “Crucible of Time”, which was released in the year 1998. He would later die in the year 2000 and other authors have written books in the series, like Mark Ellis, who wrote the first novel after James left the project (which was called “Stoneface”, which is book 34 in the series).

Mark Ellis is also the creator of “Outlanders”, which is an official spin off from this series.

The series began in the year 1986, when “Pilgramage to Hell” was released. Some of the books can be read as stand alone works, but others are dependent on previous books. There are some trilogies within the series.

The series was adapted for a television movie that aired on SciFi Channel called “Deathlands: Homeward Bound”.

“Pilgramage to Hell” is the first novel in the “Deathlands” series and was released in the year 1986. The day of a president being inaugurated (in the year 2001), a one-megaton blast tore through the Soviet embassy, which is located in Washington, D. C. More explosions followed, all over the world that would change the course of Earth forever. From the ruins come the Deathlands, which is a world that conspires to keep humans from their survival.

In the destroyed heart of what is now the new America, a team of women and men seek to get away from the scary wastes and mutate forms of life that is their nuclear hell. There are three warriors that go off to the rumored safe haven that is supposed to be in the mountains. The warriors are Ryan Cawdor (the intelligent one), J. B. Dix (the armorer of the group), and Krysty Wroth (who is a beauty and an enigma). The goal of their journey is to find out secrets about the prewar experiments that might have the answer of survival in this new world called the Deathlands.

Fans of the novel found this exceeded their expectations quite a bit. It was a well crafted, and tightly plotted action adventure; the setting of this was full realized. These are a group of believable characters that keep things going. Some felt like they had to read the next bunch, after this one ended on a cliffhanger.

“Red Holocaust” is the second novel in the “Deathlands” series and was released in the year 1986. Survival in a world filled with radioactive red dust from a nuclear war leaves people looking for stores of weapons, food, and technology the preholocaust people left in redoubts, which are lonely outposts.

Ryan Cawdor finds a redoubt in what used to be Alaska, he finds a threat to the new America.

Some of the survivors have gone across the the Bering Strait to get all that they can from Alaska as they start to plan their attack on America. The war for domination has concluded, but the fight to survive has just started.

Some are hooked on this series already, after just two of the books, and wish that they had gotten into these books much sooner. Fans of the novel found this to be a great way to spend some time before it is time to go to bed. This is quite the series to follow, as it makes you fly through one, and pick up the next one just as quickly.

“Neutron Solstice” is the third novel in the “Deathlands” series and was released in the year 1987. Louisiana has become a fetid and sullen
place that has a lot of swamps that have become impenetrable and horribly mutated wildlife. Above all of these gnarled bayous, radioactive red dust that fly across the sky during nuclear winds. Below there is thick mud that will pull on men’s boots. Biting acid rain falls on whomever is left, which comes from boiling winds out from the Gulf.

The now reeking swampland that used to be Mississippi basin, bombs have made barren cities for the tiny groups of strongly opposed survivors. Ryan and his companions find a group that try to return the world to the way it was before the bombs. They face off against a feudal lord that would rather wipe them all out.

The lead in this adds a depth of vileness and darkness that has not yet been seen in this series, up to this point. Fans of the novel found this to be right up at the top of the best books from this series that they have read. Here is a great example of men’s fiction that will keep you focused only on this for the duration. These are great pulp adventures that some cannot stay away from for very long.

“Crater Lake” is the fourth novel in the “Deathlands” series and was released in the year 1987. Near what used to be the Pacific Northwest, Ryan and his band of survivors find a gorgeous valley that seems to be untouched by any of the blasts.

They have to resist temptation to settle in the picturesque land, the group is captured and taken into an extinct volcano. Here, there is an isolated community of some in-bred scientists that are working blindly to figure out some better ways to commit genocide. They do not yet know that the world they want to slaughter is dead already.

Some felt this was their favorite book out of the entire series. Fans feel that when they pick up one of these books, they have a hard time putting it back down again for very long. Once they have finished, they have to pick up the next one and read it quickly. This served as a fun read that had the usual things that some enjoy when they read these books. It is great to join these heroes on their journey, while they find all kinds of interesting things.

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