James Axler Books in Order

The James Axler books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the James Axler books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Deathlands Books

Pilgrimage to Hell

Axler, James 1986
Pilgrimage To Hell by Jack Adrian released on Oct 24, 1997 is available now for purchase. Read More

Red Holocaust

James Axler 1986
Red Holocaust by James Axler released on Jul 25, 1986 is available now for purchase. Read More

Neutron Solstice

Axler, James 1987
Neutron Solstice by James Axler released on Jan 23, 1987 is available now for purchase. Read More

Crater Lake

Axler, James 1987
Crater Lake by James Axler released on Jun 24, 1987 is available now for purchase. Read More

Homeward Bound

Axler, James 1987
Homeward Bound by James Axler released on Oct 24, 1997 is available now for purchase. Read More

Pony Soldiers

Axler, James 1988
Pony Soldiers by James Axler released on Mar 25, 1988 is available now for purchase. Read More

Dectra Chain

Axler, James 1988
Dectra Chain by James Axler released on Jul 25, 1988 is available now for purchase. Read More

Ice and Fire

Axler, James 1988
Ice And Fire by James Axler released on Oct 24, 1997 is available now for purchase. Read More

Red Equinox

Axler, James 1989
Red Equinox by James Axler released on Apr 24, 1989 is available now for purchase. Read More

Northstar Rising

Axler, James 1989
A century after a global nuclear holocaust, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warriors wander through the tropical jungles of Minnesota, where they stumble upon an abandoned cryonics complex, revive Dr. Mildred Wyeth from suspended animation, and battle a Viking menace Read More

Time Nomads

Axler, James 1990
Time Nomads by James Axler released on Feb 22, 1999 is available now for purchase. Read More

Latitude Zero

Axler, James 1991
Latitude Zero by James Axler released on Feb 22, 1999 is available now for purchase. Read More

Seedling

Axler, James 1991
Seedling by James Axler released on Jul 25, 1991 is available now for purchase. Read More

Dark Carnival

James Axler 1991
Dark Carnival by James Axler released on Nov 22, 1991 is available now for purchase. Read More

Chill Factor

Axler, James 1992
Chill Factor by James Axler released on Feb 22, 1999 is available now for purchase. Read More

Moon Fate

Axler, James 1992
Out of the ruins of a nuclear-ravaged America emerges a band or warriors, who struggle against a mutant tyrant bent on human sacrifice to find a better life in the Deathlands. Original. Read More

Shockscape

Axler, James 1993
Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists chart a perilous journey across the desolate Rocky Mountains to deliver the hired killers of a small boy to the boy's father. Original. Read More

Deep Empire

James Axler 1993
Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior-survivalists find a refuge from the horrors of the post-holocaust world at a marine research center created to study dolphins, until they discover that the dolphins are being trained as killers. Original. Read More

Fury's Pilgrims

Axler, James 1993
Fury's Pilgrims by James Axler released on Nov 24, 1992 is available now for purchase. Read More

Cold Asylum

James Axler 1994
Tracking rumors that could lead them to the long-lost Trader, Ryan Cawdor and his team of warrior survivalists find themselves unwilling houseguests at the opulent estate of the wealthy and perverse Baron Mandeville. Original. Read More

Twilight Children

Axler, James 1994
Fighting for survival in post-holocaust America, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warriors struggle from one area of devastation to another, shaken by the mind-bending affects of the mat-trans, until they emerge into a promised land. Original. Read More

Rider, Reaper

Axler, James 1994
Finding himself struggling for survival and revenge in the violent post-holocaust world of Deathlands, Ryan Cawdor and a vengeful band of Indian allies seek a bloodthirsty general and his band of paramilitary killers. Original. Read More

Road Wars

James Axler 1994
A mysterious message about the long-lost Trader takes Ryan Cawdor and the Armorer on a perilous odyssey to the Pacific Northwest, while Krysty Wroth and the rest of the warrior survivalists face off against enemies out to destroy their weakened group. Original. Read More

Trader Redux

James Axler 1994
Struggling for survival among the remains of a post-nuclear United States, Ryan Cawdor, the leader of a band of warrior survivalists, finds his authority challenged by his former mentor as the band treks across the wasted country. Original. Read More

Bloodlines

James Axler 1995
Pursuing a personal quest with the help of his son, post-apocalypse warrior Ryan Cawdor finds himself battling mutant life forms in the bayous before he discovers an unsettling truth about a previous generation. Original. Read More

Genesis Echo

James Axler 1995
Finding themselves reluctant guests at a reactivated Maine medical institute, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists become the victims of unethical scientific research that threatens Krysty Wroth's special powers. Original. Read More

Shadowfall

Axler, James 1995
Leading his band of determined followers to the remnants of post-nuclear Sunshine State, Ryan Cawdor quickly learns that their survival depends on their wits and an unexpected alliance with an alien culture. Original. Read More

Ground Zero

Axler, James 1995
Leading his band of wayfarers to the war-torn site of the former Washington, D.C., Ryan Cawdor faces double jeopardy when he comes face-to-face with a barbaric baron and the terrifying forces of post-nuclear nature. Original. Read More

Emerald Fire

Axler, James 1995
Emerald Fire by James Axler released on Aug 25, 1995 is available now for purchase. Read More

Eclipse at Noon

James Axler 1996
Finding themselves on board the remains of a Mississippi pleasure boat, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists enjoy gambling with its genial captain, until the stakes escalate to human life proportions. Original. Read More

Bitter Fruit

Axler, James 1996
Escaping from a marauding gang, Cawdor and his band emerge from a gateway into an idyllic Druidic community, only to learn that beneath its Eden-like surface lies a deadly undercurrent of dissension. Original. Read More

Crossways

Axler, James 1996
Emerging from a gateway with companions in tow, Ryan Cawdor is forced to make an unsettling decision in regard to the red-haired Krysty Wroth, who harbors a personal desire for revenge. Original. Read More

Keepers of the Sun

Axler, James 1996
Jumping through a secret gateway from their pre-nuclear world, Ryan Cawdor and his survivalist group find themselves in a fallen nation that is shadowed by samurai rulers that threaten Cawdor's world. Original. Read More

Circle Thrice

James Axler 1996
Visiting the villa of a powerful Tennessee baroness and her mysterious advisor, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists learn of her skills in the dark arts and her ruthless ambitions to secure her future. Original. Read More

Stoneface

James Axler 1996
Discovering the still-standing Mount Rushmore, Ryan Cawdor and his band of post-apocalypse warriors are forced to breach its stronghold, where they discover a surprising cache of twentieth-century technology. Original. Read More

Skydark

James Axler 1997
When an army of mutants, led by a charismatic and powerful lord, goes on a rampage through the wastelands, Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists seek a way to unite the infighting baronies. Original. Read More

Demons of Eden

James Axler 1997
In the aftermath of a nuclear firestorm that destroyed a way of life forever, humankind is less at home on Earth than ever before, but in the Deathlands, an intrepid group of wayfarers continues its determined fight for survival and a better future. Original. Read More

The Mars Arena

Axler, James 1997
While searching the Western badlands for the wreckage of a crashed space station, Ryan Cawdor and his team become caught in the middle of a vicious war between rival regional barons, with the life of Ryan's son hanging in the balance. Original. Read More

Watersleep

James Axler 1997
In the altered reality of the Deathlands, America's coastal waters have not escaped the ravages of the nuclear holocaust, but the awesome power of the oceans still rules--a power that will give Ryan Cawdor, first among postholocaust survivors, a chance at victory. Original. Read More

Nightmare Passage

James Axler 1997
Ryan Cawdor and his companions find themselves near what used to be Los Angeles, in a village whose ruling baron is Hell Eyes, a powerful, attractive man with a telepathic influence over people and deadly plans for the future. Original. Read More

Crucible of Time

Axler, James 1998
In the years following the nuclear devastation of America, life favors those who maintain their fighting edge in the lawless wastelands, but Ryan Cawdor and his warrior wayfarers find that new laws of survival have emerged. Original. Read More

Freedom Lost

Axler, James 1998
Investigating troublesome rumors, Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists journey to what was once a Carolina shopping mall and are forced to join the sec team of the fortress's baron. Original. Read More

Way of the Wolf

James Axler 1998
Trapped amid the hostile mountains and icy tundra of the Arctic Circle, Ryan Cawdor and his team of warrior survivalists face the ultimate challenge when they become trapped in an epic conflict between a group of Neaderthals and descendants of a stranded military garrison. Original. Read More

Dark Emblem

James Axler 1998
Following the nuclear war of 2001, Earth has become a wasteland ruled by anarchy, but when Ryan Cawdor and his warrior wayfarers finally locate Dr. Silas Jamaisvous in the ruins of San Juan, they discover what may be an icon of hope for the future. Original. Read More

Gaia's Demise

Axler, James 1999

On a desperate quest to destroy a scheme to unite the East Coast Baronies under a single totalitarian rule, Ryan Cawdor and his companions journey to Tennessee, where they are confronted by a super weapon from the world prior to the nuclear holocaust in the hands of Ryan's archenemy, Silas Jamaisvous.

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Encounter

Axler, James 1999
War wagon convoy leader Trader, whose reputation in the badlands of post-holocaust America has grown legendary, opposes Levi Shabazz's attempts to build his own empire out of the wastelands, an event that becomes a rite of passage for young Ryan Cawdor. Original. Read More

Starfall

Axler, James 1999
As America struggles to recover from a nuclear holocaust, Ryan Cawdor returns to West Virginia to investigate disturbing rumors of trouble and is forced to confront two old enemies who are out to control all the East Coast baronies. Original. Read More

Rat King

Axler, James 2000
Ryan Cawdor and his team of survivalists are taken prisoner in a functional army base populated by inbred soldiers, a legacy of the lost secrets of the Totality Concept, led by an insane general who hopes to use Cawdor and his people in a horrifying experiment. Original. Read More

Shadow World

James Axler 2000
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Pandora's Redoubt

Axler, James 2000

Stumbling upon a hidden cache of weapons in Ohio, Ryan Cawdor and his fellow survivalists take possession of a powerful armored tank called Leviathan, but the weapons draws them into a dangerous confrontation with lady Ward of Novaville, an ambitious tyrannt who wants Leviathan to help her achieve own mad plans of domination.

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Zero City

Axler, James 2000
Exhausted and starving, Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists stumble upon a city where they uncover a cache of weapons and food, but the city is guarded by deadly winged creatures protecting the horrifying secrets of a nearby barony, whose leader uses human flesh as fertilizer. Original. Read More

Judas Strike

Axler, James 2001
Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists confront a radiation-devastated South Pacific paradise, inhabited by gigantic mutated crustaceans and savage cannibals and rules of ruthless local baron stockpiling missiles and a fleet of functional PT boats. Original. Read More

Savage Armada

Axler, James 2001

Once the testing ground for twentieth-century nuclear weapons, the beautiful Marshall Islands have become a battleground between pirates and sec men in Navy PT boats, as Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists discover when they become caught in the middle of a deadly fight to reclaim the secrets of the past.

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Sunchild

James Axler 2001
Under the ruins of a nuke-ravaged Seattle lurks a dark legacy, and Ryan Cawdor and his band of renegades must confront the ancestors of a secret society, bent on fulfilling a vision of genetic manipulation, that protect this legacy. Original. Read More

Salvation Road

James Axler 2002

Under the unrelenting sun, the Texas desert yields mysterious riches to those insane enough to mine the black crude oil that lurks beneath the ground, forcing Ryan and his band of renegades to catch a group of raiders determined to destroy an oil refinery owned by a rogue baron in order to gain their freedom.

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Breakthrough

Axler, James 2002
When the vicious ruler of a parallel Earth and her female force arrive in Deathlands to forcefully recruit slaves and steal raw energy to save their dying planet, it is up to Ryan Cawder and his band of rebels to put an end to her brutal invasion. Original. Read More

Amazon Gate

Axler, James 2002

After Oblivion At the heart of the strange new post-nuclear world known as Deathlands lie the mysteries of pre-dark society -- secrets that may hold the key to a future of peace . . . or peril. Armed with rare knowledge of top secret twenty-first century technology, Ryan Cawdor and his band of warrior survivalists traverse the new America, seeking to claim something beyond the grim reality of Deathlands.

Seek or Die In the radiation-blasted heart of the northwest, Ryan and his companions form a tenuous alliance with a society of women warriors in what may be the stunning culmination of their quest. After years of searching, they have found the gateway to the pre-dark cabal of the Illuminated Ones -- and perhaps their one chance to reclaim the future from the jaws of madness.

But to seize tomorrow, they must confront its deadly guardians: what is left of the constitutional Government of the United States of America.

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Destiny's Truth

Axler, James 2002

Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists join forces with a fierce band of women warriors to find the Illuminated Ones, who possess secret knowledge of the Deathlands, but their search becomes dangerous when a lethal plague is released, forcing Ryan to race against time to save his group and himself.

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Skydark Spawn

Axler, James 2003
JB, Jak, and Doc must get help from the outlanders in order to rescue Ryan, Mildred, and Krysty from a slaving-breeding farm in Niagara Falls that is under the control of a maniacal baron whose twisted desires threaten to destroy them all. Original. Read More

Damnation Road Show

James Axler 2003
When Ryan and his band of warriors stumble upon a macabre traveling road show that sells torture and carnage, they will stop at nothing to destroy this nomadic death merchant and his collection of circus freaks. Original. Read More

Hellbenders

Axler, James 2004
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Separation

Axler, James 2004
Separation by James Axler released on May 25, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Death Hunt

Axler, James 2004
Death Hunt by James Axler released on Aug 25, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Shaking Earth

Axler, James 2004
Shaking Earth by James Axler released on Nov 24, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Black Harvest

Axler, James 2005
Black Harvest by James Axler released on Mar 08, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

Vengeance Trail

Axler, James 2005
Vengeance Trail by James Axler released on Jun 14, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

Labyrinth

Axler, James 2006
Labyrinth by James Axler released on Mar 14, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

Strontium Swamp

Axler, James 2006
Strontium Swamp by James Axler released on Jun 13, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

Cannibal Moon

Axler, James 2007

POUND OF FLESHIn the hostile new world of postnuclear America, there are many ways to die, but few are clean or quick. Long ago Ryan Cawdor and his band threw in their lot together—to do or die trying. It was a pact sealed in blood, one of sel? essness and sacriif ce that put a premium on the value of loyalty, friendship and honor—and the blind faith that survival is a better option than certain death.

FEEDING FRENZYCompassion is a luxury in a brutal land where life is cheap, but Dr. Mildred Wyeth holds fast to her physician's oath to show mercy. Now she's stricken by a plague that brings on a deep craving for human ? esh. Unwilling to lose one of their own to this pervasive pestilence without a if ght, the companions follow the trail to Cajun country, where the mysterious queen of the Cannies is rumored to possess the only antidote to the grim fate that awaits Mildred— and perhaps her warrior friends.

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Sky Raider

Axler, James 2007

Raw courage and knowledge of the arcane secrets of preDarktechnology have enabled Ryan Cawdor and his warrior companions tolive and roam a land tortured—but not destroyed—by apocalyptic madness. In a world where the price of living is paid in flesh and blood, nothing is ever free, not even death.

In Deathlands, power brings more power to those able to commandit by means fair or foul. Yet few among the most tyrannical baronscan rival the ruthlessness of Sandra Tregart, whose despotic visionsare being realized by resurrected technology: air power.

With herrestored biplane, she delivers death from the skies to all who defy her supremacy—a virulent ambition that challenges Ryan Cawdor and his band in unfathomable new ways.

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Remember Tomorrow

Axler, James 2007

SAVAGE NEW WORLD After twenty-first-century America exploded in the chaos of a nuclearnightmare, a raw new landscape emerged, a world where death anddreams clash. Still, the best of the human spirit endures: the hope,the will to survive. But so does the worst: the greed, tyranny, theeasy death.

In his enduring odyssey across the hostile world calledDeathlands, Ryan Cawdor is a warrior no enemy wants to cross.THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY…An earthquake in the Arkansas dust bowls leaves the companionsfor dead, until they are all reunited except for armorer J.

B. Dix.Alive, though with no memory of the past, he is in the uncertainemploy of the ironfisted ruler of a vital outpost along the routes thattraverse the wastelands. Duma is the biggest, most dangerous villein all of Deathlands, where jolt, jack, booze and sex are worth morethan human life.

Stalking Duma and preparing to attack this orgy offirepower is a crazed band of inbred worshippers of Nagasaki...andtheir unwilling new sec force led by Ryan Cawdor.

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Apocalypse Unborn

Axler, James 2007
Apocalypse Unborn by James Axler released on Jun 10, 2008 is available now for purchase. Read More

Sunspot

Axler, James 2007

BELLY OF THE BEASTIn the wake of a nuclear Armageddon, the hellscape of Deathlands conspires to torment strong and weak alike, festering most deeply in those who still possess the deepest core of human decency. Now the past lies in the ashes, while the mysteries of the future unfold in the hands of those willing to live each new day in search of hope for tomorrow.

VIRULENT COMPROMISEThe endless struggle for power among the barons is a way of life in Deathlands, but Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists take no sides—unless forced to. But as the land around the Rio Grande reaches the breaking point in a bitter war, the companions are harnessed into battle, moving toward a grim confrontation with an old enemy whose secret stockpile of twenty-fi rst-century nerve gas is poised to unleash infi nite madness once more upon a ravaged earth.

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Desert Kings

Axler, James 2008
Desert Kings by James Axler released on Mar 11, 2008 is available now for purchase. Read More

Thunder Road

Axler, James 2008

A century after the nukecaust, humanity adheres to the most basic laws of survival: live or die. While many plunder and savage for profit and pleasure, others follow a higher bid for promise and hope. Still, the concepts of law and order remain buried in the past.

Thunder Rider is a self-styled superhero, prowling the Deathlands and serving up mass murder in a haze of napalm and nerve gas. Seeing his destruction firsthand, Ryan Cawdor accepts a bounty from a ravaged ville to find and eliminate this crazed vigilante.

But this twisted coldheart has designs on a new sidekick, Krysty Wroth, and her abduction harnesses the cold, unforgiving fury of Ryan and his warrior companions. At his secret fortress, Thunder Rider waits— armed with enough ordnance to give his madness free rein….

In the Deathlands, justice is in the eyes of those who seek it….

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Alpha Wave

Axler, James 2009

In the postapocalyptic world of Deathlands, the past and its way of life are as obsolete as myth. Now the days are filled with death, violence and little promise. Still, the human spirit endures, and a group of intrepid warrior survivalists dare to believe that out there, something better is on offer.

If they live long enough to find it.Across the flat plains of the Dakotas, an iron horse shrieks and rumbles across refurbished tracks. Inside the boxcars, Ryan Cawdor and his companions face trouble unlike any other. Jak is missing, Krysty is dying and the train is loaded with sec men, whitecoats and a horrifying experiment—a baron with psionic abilities using stolen children to fuel his mad dream for mind control of every living soul in Deathlands.

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Time Castaways

Axler, James 2009

In the nuke-altered America of the twenty-first century, time conspires against survival, especially for a legendary group of warriors led by Ryan Cawdor. Born and bred in Deathlands, Ryan dares to unlock the secrets buried deep in the wreckage of a planet.

Time may be the enemy in the daily struggle to stay alive, but perhaps it can reveal something better….Barely escaping a redoubt hidden in an old aircraft carrier guarded by killer droids, the companions emerge into the backwater world of Lake Superior's Royal Island.

Here, metal and salt are commodities worth killing and dying for, and two rival barons rule mutant-infested land and water with blood will. But though Ryan was hoping for honesty and fair trade, he's soon in a death race to stop the secrets of the gateways from becoming an open passage to the future's worst enemies….

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Eden's Twilight

Axler, James 2009

Rumors of an untouched predark ville in the mountains of West Virginia lure traders in search of unimaginable wealth. They're coming from all directions—the good, the bad, the worst. Ryan and his warrior group join in, although it means an uneasy truce with an old enemy, going back to days of spilled blood and the legacy of the Trader.

But as their journey to a place called Cascade reveals more of Deathlands' darkest secrets, it remains to be seen if this place will become their salvation…or their final resting place.

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Desolation Crossing

Axler, James 2009

Survival is a dangerous enterprise in the aftermath of a nuked America. Humanity perseveres, but the Deathlands code is far simpler: kill or be killed, live or die trying. Driven by the fires of hope, a resilient band of warriors traverse the new frontier of the future, survivors by skill and legends by reputation.

The legend of the trader returns in the simmering dust bowl of the Badlands, the past calling out to armorer J. B. Dix. Her name is Eula. Young, silent and lethal, she's part of a new trading convoy quick to invite Ryan Cawdor and his band on a journey across the hostile terrain.

But high-tech hardware, fast wags, flowing jack and friendly words don't tell the real story behind a vendetta that is years in the making.

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Prophecy

Axler, James 2009

After the nuclear winter, the taint of humanity worsened in the raw blood-quest for survival. Hunger for jack and power now fuels traders and barons, who relinquish authority only through death, crushing everything in their path. Still, a handful seek a better way of life, where iron fists and ordnance are replaced by harmony, justice and fair trade.

Separated by fate and a freak storm in the shifting landscape of the Great Plains, the companions find themselves on a path of strange prophecy. Here, Native American tribes embrace a peaceful, sacred way of life the travelers have only imagined. Still, Deathlands is a place with no reverence for ease or peace; the land was once the clandestine sanctuary of preDark science.

Are Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists destined to fulfill a vision-quest foretold by the shamans…or take a final, fatal plunge into the grim reality of a shattered world?

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Blood Harvest

Axler, James 2010

The cataclysm of nuclear winter transmuted the world into a place both torturous and unforgiving. But there are those with the courage and perseverance to seek out something beyond the merciless life-and-death struggle of Deathlands. In a treacherous frontier that plays for keeps, staying alive is the best victory….

Washed ashore in the North Atlantic, Ryan Cawdor and Doc Tanner discover two islands still pristinely intact after Skydark, but whose inhabitants suffer a darker, more horrifying punishment. A hideous strain of mutation manifests, turning some into half-monstrous giants with an unquenchable thirst for blood.

The Nightwalkers unleash a hellish feast of horror when the sun goes down. Now Ryan and Doc struggle to survive this enclave of unimaginable terror, trapped in a baronial conflict between the rulers of night and day, with only one way out—internecine war in a world of the damned….

Welcome to the dark side of tomorrow.Welcome to the Deathlands.

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Baptism of Rage

Axler, James 2010

The end of the world arrived in a nuclear rush, forging the agonized remains of past and present into a new reality known as Deathlands. Now life is a simple series of rules of survival, where having is better than not having—and anything is worth killing for.

But in a world that has seemingly turned against mankind, the possibility of miracles can exist….Of all the resources Ryan Cawdor and his group struggle to recoup, hope for escaping the grim daily life-and-death struggle has suffered most. But now reports of a ville holding the mythical waters of rejuvenation, a fountain of youth, appear to be true, luring Doc and the others on a journey inspired by promise, tainted by mistrust.

Hiring on as sec men with a convoy headed to the healing waters of Babyville, the survivors discover the deadly price of immortality.In the Deathlands the future looks like hell—and delivers far worse…

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Arcadian's Asylum

Axler, James 2010

The brutality of post-nuclear America has spawned a dark frontier where the harsh and unforgiving new rules of existence cannot obliterate the decency and determination that drive the true human spirit. It's tested and tormented but never destroyed.A lust for power and a strong sec-force are the basic requirements of any Deathlands baron.

But brilliant, charismatic Baron Eugene Arcadian has bigger visions than simply a monopoly on jack and trade. He wants the future. Turning his ville into the nascent heartbeat of the new civilization would require the help of Ryan Cawdor and his warrior group.

But for these unwilling participants, the endgame of their enigmatic host remains hidden in the secret maze of laboratories beneath Arcady, where a new terror is about to be reborn….In the Deathlands, always watch your back.

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Doom Helix

Axler, James 2010

Devastation from the nukewar shattered civilization and left a planet both primitive and ripe for rebirth—or retaking. While the balance of power has fallen to avaricious, amoral barons, a handful of humanity still holds hope of a future worth fighting for or dying to defend.

If a better life inside the hellground exists, Ryan Cawdor and his friends will find it.The Deathlands feudal system may be hell on earth but it must be protected from invaders from Shadow Earth, a parallel world stripped clean of its resources by the ruling conglomerate and its white coats.

Ryan and his band had a near-fatal encounter with these genetically enhanced aggressors and their advanced weaponry and wags once before. Only a fatal chink in enemy armor saved planet Earth from plunder. Now, these superhuman predators are back, ready to topple the hellscape's baronies one by one.

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Moonfeast

Axler, James 2010

BETRAY THE BETRAYERIn the nuke-conceived birth of Deathlands, a rare breed of warrior-survivor emerged—born into suffering, hardened by circumstance, forged by endurance and sharpened by combat. Yet in the heart of this warrior, the quest to find a place of peace beats on unrelenting… LAND OF THE LOSTThe pristine coastal waters off San Clemente become a battleground over the island and its abandoned naval station.

The rocky shores are rife with the sulfur mines that make Deathlands' richest jack—gunpowder. To maintain hell-fought possession, a ruthless sea baron and his fleet engage rebellion from the land. On this island populated by roaming bio-weap nightmares engineered by predark whitecoats,Ryan Cawdor is caught in a war he has no intention of fighting, but has every determination to survive.

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Downrigger Drift

Axler, James 2010

The nuclear cataclysm that maimed America altered the rules of existence. The new reality guarantees a grim battle for survival, but the higher human instinct to exist in peace and good will lives on. Legends endure and Ryan Cawdor is a warrior of his time.

When the good fight needs to be won, Ryan and his band take a stand.In the nuke-altered region of the Great Lakes, Ryan and his group face the spectrum—from the idyllic to the horrific—of a world reborn. Close to enclaves of peace and sanctuary, Deathlands' most distorted spawn of humanity, cannibals, spread terror.

Against the battered shoreline of Lake Michigan, an encounter with an old friend leads to a battle to save Milwaukee from a force of deadly mutant interlopers—and to liberate one of their own.

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Lost Gates

Axler, James 2011

GATEWAY TO THE FUTUREExistence after Skydark is a gamble against grim odds—winners and losers decided by guns, jack and raw nerve. Still, one intrepid group pushes on, working to understand the secrets of preDark tech at the heart of nuke-altered America.

Because keeping hope alive is the next best thing to a good shot at finding something better.LAW OF SUDDEN DEATHBaron Crabbe is dangerously high on legends of the Trader and rumors of a secret cache. He occupies a redoubt but the old tech remains unfathomable.

His ace in the hole is Ryan Cawdor and his band. Prisoners at blasterpoint, they’re ordered to use the matter-transfer units to secure the whereabouts of the imagined weapons stockpile. Ryan knows the truth—and it won’t help Crabbe. But the only option is to play along with the crazed Baron’s scheme and make the dangerous jumps in a limited window of time.

Staying alive is all about buying time—waiting for their one chance to chill their captors.

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Prodigal's Return

Axler, James 2011

America, defiled and reshaped by nuclear carnage, promises little but a struggle for survival. Still, a group of hard travelers trek the worst this hellish place can offer, surviving by their wits, razor skill and knowledge of preDark technology. Their leader, Ryan Cawdor, is a Deathlands legend, a warrior and hero to many, a relentless enemy to more.

And he understands the only way forward is the future, even when the past has a will of its own….Searching for an operational redoubt, Ryan and his companions go up against a ruthless band of coldhearts. The shock of seeing Ryan's long-lost son as the band's point man puts the group on a new mission—rescue Dean at all cost.

But when Dean shoots and wounds his father in a firefight, the strange turn of events leads the travelers deeper into the shifting sands of their own destiny. And father and son, each committed to the laws of decency and fair play, will confront an uncertain legacy.

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Perception Fault

Axler, James 2011

The ravaged landscape that was America two centuries ago is now blighted by post-nuclear holocaust savagery. Still, there remain pockets of preDark technology that may offer undiscovered paths to reclaiming the future. Ryan Cawdor and his companions have faced most kinds of horror that Deathlands can deliver—and survived.

This merciless place can break even the strongest, but it has yet to destroy hope.Denver offers a glimpse of that very hope—a power plant, electricity, food and freedom. But the city is caught in a civil war between two would-be leaders and their civilian armies.

Challenged by both sides to do their bidding, Ryan discovers a third player in the quest to control the mile-high city—a secret enclave of White Coats with the strength and technology to pursue a twisted agenda of their own.

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Tainted Cascade

Axler, James 2011

The blighted aftermath of a global nuclear showdown, Deathlands exacts a blood price. The living pay it; the dead don't care. For one legendary band of warriors, this barbaric new world holds a chance for redemption: the secrets of the past. They roam a disfigured America, searching for pre-dark tech…seeking the path to a future worth living.

Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert remains a death pit of scorching heat, cannies and grim odds. Ryan Cawdor and his group survive the trek there, only to be drugged, robbed and left for the slave trade. Escaping their captors leaves them alive but stripped of their prized gear: their weps, J.

B. Dix's glasses, Dr. Mildred Wyeth's medical kit and, worse, her secret codex. The companions must rely on each other to challenge their enemy and settle the score.

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Playfair's Axiom

Axler, James 2011

A legendary warrior of nuke-spawned America, Ryan Cawdor understands the hard-and-fast rule of Deathlands. Where there is life, death is only a matter of time. Still, staying alive is the dubious luxury of being quick, hard and willing to abide by a code of honor long abandoned to the wreckage of this postapocalyptic hell zone: truth and fair play.

St. Louis is a concrete jungle of fetid heat, acid rains and cutthroats. With J. B. Dix gravely wounded, Ryan and his group become captive guests of a local barony. Freedom lies in the success of a deal: recapture a runaway teen, daughter of the ailing baron.

But the dangerous power behind the throne rests with a self-proclaimed holy man. His gruesome manipulation of life and death are about to put the group in a race for their own salvation.

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Hell Road Warriors

Axler, James 2012

The human will to survive has sharpened to a knife edge after a century of postnuclear madness. In a lawless land where firepower and savagery rule, power lies with the barons and coldhearts who wield control through terror. Against all odds, a courageous few still fight for something better to live by—honor, decency and hope.

Emerging relatively unscathed from the apocalyptic rebirth of North America, Canada hides a trove of Cold War–era secret government installations known as Diefenbunkers, filled with caches of weapons, wags and food. Ryan Cawdor and his companions agree to ride sec for a convoy headed west across the remnants of the old Trans-Canada Highway to retrieve the ultimate prize: four portable nuclear reactors.

It's enough power to light up a ville for years, a bright beacon for a new tomorrow. But they have death on their tail, a baron and his sec men who will stop at nothing to claim the prize as their own.

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Wretched Earth

Axler, James 2012

INTEGRITY LOSTAfter the Megacull, the weak died off, so that a century later, the living have descended from only the toughest stock. Still, it takes more than strength to survive Deathlands. It takes skill, cunning and a warrior's heart. But for Ryan Cawdor, staying alive isn't just about living.

In this nuke-transformed America, it helps if somewhere, deep inside, there's hope of finding something better.WALKING DEADA virulent strain of a predark biowep has been unleashed upon the denizens of northern Kansas, turning them into rotting, flesh-eating monsters.

Running from the mindless, soulless rottie hordes, Ryan and his companions arrive in the civil-war-torn ville of Sweetwater Junction. They've got one shot at beating the hungry rotties: turn the bloodlust of the ville's warring factions away from each other and toward a common enemy.

But that means splitting up and hiring on as sec for both sides and surviving the firefight—before the real hell is unleashed.In Deathlands, time is blood.

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Palaces of Light

Axler, James 2012

Remnants of America’s past are littered across the postapocalyptic landscape, but little remains of the predark ideals of law and order. Survival is a blood quest, and lethal force the means to power. Still, a handful retains their humanity among the coldhearts, and in a world where nothing lasts forever, hope is a commodity as precious as jack.

Steeped in beauty and mysticism, the canyons of Mesa Verde, Colorado, survived the blast that altered the American West. Hired to track a group of missing children, Ryan Cawdor and his band follow the trail to a legendary city carved in stone, older and stronger than the nukecaust.

The inhabitants of the palaces of light are more than warriors and survivors; they are masters of mind games that prey on illusion. And true believers in a metaphysical endgame poised to push the companions over the edge of reality…into certain death.

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Haven's Blight

Axler, James 2012

The future rose from the ashes of nuke-scorched America with a vengeance. The unchecked wrath of Deathlands pits Ryan Cawdor and his companions against long odds. But their skill as survivors, strategists and warriors is unmatched and they've held on to something more precious than life: their humanity.

They nurture the hope that somewhere, hidden amid the grotesquerie of a tortured land, safety and sanctuary awaits.Bartering their expertise to a nautical band of brilliant technomads, Ryan's group fi nds trouble waiting in the steaming, fetid swamplands of the Louisiana Gulf.

Merciless storms and pirates strand them in Haven. But the barony's inviting name masks a ville hijacked by fear, territorial conflict and monstrous horror. With the gravely injured Krysty Wroth's fate uncertain, a desperate Ryan aids the strange but hospitable Baron Blackwell in his effort to save Haven from a genetic blood curse.

He'll succeed, provided his luck—and his options—don't run out first.

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Crimson Waters

Axler, James 2012

Nuke SpawnEveryone who lives in Deathlands must endure the hellscape of a world mutilated by nukes and madness. Survival is a grim pursuit, achieved only by the most ruthless means. Yet Ryan Cawdor and his companions remain determined to persevere by doing whatever it takes to survive.

Death InfestationWhen a mat-trans malfunction strands Ryan Cawdor and his friends in a gutted redoubt in the West Indies, the crystal waters offer them a tantalizing glimpse of untouched splendor. But the oasis is abruptly shattered by violent and ruthless pirates, and Ryan has to barter with a young guide, a teenage boy on a blood quest against a sadistic local warlord, to navigate a land teeming with predators—mutie, human and animal.

The race is on to find a second redoubt, buried deep in the inhospitable heart of Monster Island. As pirates, mutie sec men and monsters converge, the kill zone widens, blood flows…and the group rushes to escape paradise before it destroys them.Because even paradise has claws in Deathlands.

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No Man's Land

Axler, James 2012

Dark EvolutionThere's little to remember about life before the Big Nuke, but there's plenty to scavenge in the tainted wreckage of the postapocalyptic frontier. The barbaric code of survival of the fittest, meanest or dirtiest makes for hard living and easy death.

But Ryan Cawdor and his friends have stayed alive by holding on to their humanity—playing fair…and chilling only when they've got no choice.Grim PassageA civil war raging in the Des Moines River valley forces Ryan and his companions to take sides, or die.

Because somewhere in the middle of the generations-old conflict is a lost redoubt. But Snake Eye, the deadliest gunslinger in Deathlands, stands between them and the way out. And the mutie contract chiller won't step aside until he has Ryan's head.In Deathlands, there's nothing but rock and a hard place….

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Storm Breakers

Axler, James 2013

PLUNGE FROM GRACE In post-apocalyptic Deathlands, America the beautiful has been ravaged by two centuries of nuclear fallout. Here, the American dream boils down to one thing: survival. Ryan Cawdor and his fellow warriors seize each day, armed and ready to hold on to the only life they've got.

Despite the odds, they believe in something better, someplace they can call home…where peace isn't just a dream. LEGACY OF MADNESS On the coast of what used to be Maine, the group's armourer,  J. B.Dix, lies dying from a gunshot wound. Having no other choice, Ryan makes a deal with a local baron and his strangely beautiful wife.

J.B. will get the surgery he needs when Ryan and crew rescue the couple's daughter, abducted by slavers. But the cold, deep Atlantic waters harbor predark secrets, including the terrifying specter of a U.S.S.R. nuclear submarine…and its descendants.

  In Deathlands, no one is ever free from the past. 

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Dark Fathoms

Axler, James 2013

DANGER ZONE No place on Earth escaped the nuclear Armageddon that spawned the hellscape known as Deathlands. In a ravaged world where violence and lawlessness rule, a rare breed of hero has emerged. Ryan Cawdor is a lethal fighter who lives by a code of honor and fair play, and that has made him a legend….

 DEPTH CHARGE Miles beneath the ocean's surface, a decaying redoubt barely protects Ryan and his companions from a watery death. Battling vicious assaults from cyborgs programmed by artificial intelligence to kill them, they're desperate to escape this underwater trap.

But above the waves a new threat awaits: a massive predark super ship banished to the seas of Deathlands. Decades of madness have led to civil war between the citizens of the upper and lower decks. Now pawns in a bloody game, Ryan and the other survivors must destroy the ship or face their certain end at sea.

 

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Sins of Honor

Axler, James 2013

COLLATERAL DAMAGE The survivors of postnuclear America struggle against the free fall into anarchy and barbarism. Hot lead keeps people sharp, but it's the fire within that keeps them alive. Ryan Cawdor and his band roam Deathlands searching for somewhere to call home.

Until then, it's survival at all cost. LINE OF ATTACK New Hampshire is rich with big game, more than enough to feed Ryan and his hungry companions. But claims to a fallen elk get ugly and Ryan is forced to chill another hunter, the self-proclaimed king of the Granite Highlands, over the meat.

Soon the hunters become the hunted as the dead man's widow gives chase, armed with predark tanks and heavy artillery. As the kill zone widens across cannibal-ridden lava fields, Ryan and his group search for leverage in the merciless landscape. 

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Motherlode

Axler, James 2013

COERCION VORTEX The cost of living disintegrated after America's nuclear cull, and a life in Deathlands—any life—is dirt cheap. But those few who manage to stay alive in the savage new reality must travel the hellgrounds any way they can. For Ryan Cawdor and his fellow survivors, that means denying the pull toward savagery, and clinging to what little humanity they have left, when they can afford it.

 SEEDS OF SUSTAINABLITY Desperately short of supplies, Ryan and his companions are forced to seek help at the prosperous-looking ville of Amity Springs. Hired on to retrieve a stolen relic, they quickly become caught up in an escalating power struggle between two strong-willed lady barons.

Each woman covets the cache of predark goods buried in the ville's backyard. But they are not alone in their desire. And all that stands between a motherlode of buried bounty and the destructive power of unchecked greed is Ryan's grim determination to survive another day.

 The final frontier isn't in space…it's in Deathlands.

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Nemesis

Axler, James 2013

CRUEL DISPENSATIONBurying the past in a nuclear cull, Deathlands spares no one from its punishing assault. In this grim new reality, there’s little to live—or die—for, except the possibility of unlocking the mysteries of the past. Ryan Cawdor and his group of fellow survivors scour the perilous land for sanctuary in a world where nothing is guaranteed but death.

PAROLE OF THE DAMNEDHiring on as crew to a merchant’s wag-train, Ryan and his companions anticipate trouble as they head west toward what was once Montana. The terrain is treacherous, but the company is worse as anger, jealousy and male rivalry erupt into chaos and death.

But as they get closer to their destination, the true nature of the journey unfolds. There’s a map to a mysterious valley rich with predark stockpiles. But is it the promised land they’ve been seeking…or the dead end they never saw coming?

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Chrono Spasm

Axler, James 2013

SURVIVAL INSTINCT Remnants of humanity have managed to regroup after a global nuclear showdown that decimated the planet. But life in Deathlands is a far cry from actual living. And the survivors must believe they'll find something better, because surrendering to the inhospitable forces of a nuked world means giving in to death.

Or worse. HELL FREEZES OVER Fear and human depravity permeate the frigid air in a once-dynamic Alaskan city. Ryan Cawdor and his group of survivalists go on red alert the moment they set foot on the forbidding tundra, but regardless, they find themselves rounded up by cannibal coldhearts.

The companions quickly discover there's a fate much worse than becoming food. Dangerous new experiments are taking place in a long-abandoned military base and, in the bitter heart of the frozen North, new horrors reach out to poison their hope for a better tomorrow.

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Siren Song

Axler, James 2013

PARADISE LOST  Crawling from the wreckage of Armageddon, humanity endures, mutated and forever altered. Gone are the comforts of civilization, replaced by a bloodlust to survive. Deathlands is a tortured landscape where peace and hope struggle to take root.

Still, Ryan Cawdor and his band push onward, seeking a place to call home. SWARM OF MADNESS If any kind of utopia exists in postapocalyptic America, Ryan and his companions have yet to find it. But high in the Virginian mountains, their quest may find its reward.

Heaven Falls is an agrarian idyll, its thriving inhabitants harnessing powerful feminine energy and the medicinal qualities of honey. Bountiful and serene, this community is the closest thing to sanctuary the companions have ever encountered. But as they are seduced by a life they have only envisioned, they discover Heaven has a trapdoor that opens straight to hell… 

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Blood Red Tide

Axler, James 2014

RUINS OF WAR  In a nuclear wasteland where death and destruction are the norm, Ryan Cawdor and his fellow survivors seek out refuge  while looking to one another for protection. Civilization no  longer exists in the barren Deathlands. There is only the will  to survive and the dim hope of a promised land.

 CREW OF THE DAMNED Taken captive on a ship in the former Caribbean, Ryan and his companions must work as part of the crew or perish at the hands of the captain. But the mutant in charge of the vessel is the least of their worries. Each day is a struggle as they face rivalry among the sailors, violent attacks and deadly storms.

Worse, a powerful enemy is hunting the ship to destroy everyone on board. Fighting for their lives and those of their shipmates, the companions must find unity within the chaos or die in the attempt.

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End Program

Axler, James 2014

HOPE'S ADVERSARY No one waits long for trouble in Deathlands—it's everywhere in the remains of a nuke-altered civilization. The American dream was annihilated more than a century ago by the country's own unchecked power play. But the worst may be yet to come.

  SURVIVAL'S CASTOFF Built upon a predark military installation in former California, a ville called Progress could be the utopia Ryan Cawdor and his companions have been seeking. A place where humanity and technology thrive, it's the nucleus of a new hope for Deathlands.

The successful replacement of Ryan's missing eye with a cybernetic prosthetic nearly convinces the group that their days of surviving hell are behind them. Then they discover that the high tech in Progress isn't designed to enhance human life, but to destroy it.

To block the final assault, the companions must stop Ryan from becoming a willing pawn in the eradication of mankind.  

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Polestar Omega

Axler, James 2014

ARMAGEDDON'S NOMADS  Banded together to survive, Ryan Cawdor and his companions travel the barren wastelands of a post-nuclear world. There are  no laws in Deathlands—only fear, destruction and annihilation.  As each day brings a new struggle, this group journeys toward  the shaky promise of sanctuary.

 COLD WAR  Ryan and his friends become the subjects in a deadly experiment when they're taken captive inside a redoubt at the South Pole. A team of scientists is convinced the earth must be purified of mutants, and now they have the perfect lab rats to test their powerful bioweapon.

Within Antarctica's harsh and unstable conditions, the companions must fight the odds and take down the whitecoats before millions are killed. But in this uncompromising landscape, defeating the enemy may be just another step toward a different kind of death….

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Hanging Judge

Axler, James 2014

SCARRED FOR EXISTENCE  In the Deathlands, the game of survival offers no reprieve. There's nothing to win in nuke-blasted America except the chance to fight another day. Still, Ryan Cawdor and his fellow travelers hope for sanctuary…somewhere. Until they find it, they face each dawn as if it's their last.

Because it just might be.  DEVIL'S COURT  Justice is a damning word in what used to be called Oklahoma, thanks to a sadistic baron known as the Hanging Judge. Crazy, powerful and backed by a despotic sec crew, the judge drops innocents from the gallows at will.

When Jak narrowly escapes wearing his own rope as a necktie, a rift among the companions sends them deep into the mutie-infested wilderness outside the ville. Separated and hurting, time is running out for the survivors to realize they're stronger together than they ever could be alone—before a ruthless madman brings them to the end of their rope.

  

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Desolation Angels

Axler, James 2014

BETRAYED BY TOMORROW   A hundred years after the nukecaust, the tortured landscape of postapocalyptic America offers a brutal fight for survival. Yet tech secrets lie hidden, useful to those brave and strong enough to believe that hope can carry them toward ever-elusive peace.

  BAD TO THE BONE  Violent gangs, a corrupt mayor and a heavily armed police force are the hallmarks of former Detroit, a mutie-infested, rubble-strewn metropolis. When Ryan and the companions show up, the Desolation Angels are waging a war to rule the streets.

After saving the companions from being chilled by gangsters, the mayor hires Ryan and his friends to stop the Angels cold. But each hard blow toward victory proves there's no good side to be fighting for. As Motor City erupts into bloody conflagration, the companions are caught in the crossfire.

In Deathlands, hell is called home.

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Hive Invasion

Axler, James 2015

DUST DWELLERS Seeking refuge in a post-Armageddon America, Ryan Cawdor and his crew of misfits travel together for survival and sanity. Known as Deathlands, this lawless hellscape is defined by destruction, death and despair. Only those who persevere with the belief in a better future stand a chance in this world where each day brings a new, and potentially lethal, struggle.

 HARNESSED MINDS Desperate to find water and shelter on the barren plains of former Oklahoma, Ryan and his team come upon a community that appears, at first, to be peaceful. Then the ville is attacked by a group of its own inhabitants—people infected with a parasite that has turned them into slave warriors for an unknown overlord.

The companions try to help fend off the enemy and protect the remaining population, but when Ryan is captured during a second ambush, all hope seems lost. Especially when he launches an assault against his own crew.

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End Day

Axler, James 2015

TIME WARPED  Ryan Cawdor and his six companions struggle to survive postnuclear America, a grim new world where hope for the  future is lost amid the devastation. APOCALYPSE REDUX In pursuit of a hardened enemy—Magus—Ryan and the companions find themselves in a land more foreign than any they've encountered.

After unwittingly slipping through a time hole, the group lands in twentieth-century New York City, getting their first glimpse of predark civilization. And they're not sure they like it. Only Mildred and Doc can appreciate this strange metropolis, but Armageddon is just seventy-two hours away, and Magus will stop at nothing to make sure Ryan and his team are destroyed on Nuke Day…

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Forbidden Trespass

Axler, James 2015

WEARY WANDERERS  In the war-torn wasteland known as Deathlands, desperation and destruction have replaced dreams and peace. Each day arrives with a new life-threatening challenge for wanderer Ryan Cawdor and his fellow band of survivors…  FEAST OR FAMINE Bizarre murders are taking place in a fertile farming community, and the locals are quick to point fingers at Ryan and his companions.

But they know another culprit is responsible. A colony of mutants has been driven from its underground home, forced to find sustenance in the light of day. And only human flesh will satisfy their hunger. Caught between a rock and a horde of hungry cannibals, Ryan and the companions face an ultimatum—help the cannies reclaim their territory, or risk becoming the next meal.

Except something far more sinister— and ravenous—lurks beneath the lush fields…

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Iron Rage

Axler, James 2015

DESPERATE MEASURES Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present.

 CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE Pulling sec duty aboard a steamboat on the mighty Sippi is a welcome reprieve for Ryan and his friends…until armored warships reduce their vessel to a burning husk. Abruptly stranded in a nightmarish, poisonous swamp, fighting off crocodiles and muties, the companions and their crew of allies get to work building rafts.

Their escape route, however, is swiftly intercepted, and they learn they've sailed into the middle of a fierce conflict between two villes fighting over the iron trade. The companions don't seem to stand a chance against the fleets of ironclad gunboats.

But in Deathlands, even the underdog can bite back…

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Child of Slaughter

Axler, James 2015

MORTAL RIFTS When Doc is taken captive by a band of marauders in what was once Nebraska, Ryan and the companions rally to get him back. But they aren't just fighting the local muties. They're also up against the area's terrifying terrain, which shifts and morphs at a moment's notice.

With their options dwindling in this mazelike region that doesn't obey the laws of physics, the team joins forces with a beautiful and deadly woman who evens the odds on the battlefield. But while this warrior seems to be on their side, she has a secret agenda that could spell the end for them all… THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival.

In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present.

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Devil's Vortex

Axler, James 2015

CHILD OF DARKNESS An orphaned teen with the ability to transform into a vicious whirlwind latches on to Ryan and the companions as they travel through former North Dakota. Her deadly power seems like a boon at first, until it starts to control her. When threatened, she destroys everything in her path…including those she loves.

Then a group of outcast fighters kidnaps the young woman and manipulates her—and her terrifying mutation—for their own destructive agenda. With the vortex unleashed, the companions face a tough decision: chill the orphan or perish in her violent wake.

 AMERICAN NIGHTMARE Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present.

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Publication Order of Earthblood Books

Earth Blood

James Axler 1993
Returning from a deep space mission to find that a blight has destroyed the world's food supply, starving millions, the crew of the Aquila set out on a perilous journey to look for survivors. Original. Read More

Aurora Quest

James Axler 1994
Returning from a deep-space mission to find a ravaged wasteland, the crew members of the U.S. space vessel Aquila make their way through the countryside, struggling to find surviving friends and family on their way to a top-secret base, Aurora. Original. Read More

Deep Trek

James Axler 1994
Returning to an Earth devastated by a deadly cancer, the crew of the spaceship Aquila match wits with a ruthless paramilitary group out to control the entire planet as they search for survivors of the disaster. Original. Read More

Publication Order of Outlanders Books

Exile to Hell

James Axler 1997
Two centuries after a nuclear holocaust had nearly destroyed America, banished warrior Kane joins forces with Brigid Baptiste, keeper of the archives, and Grant, a weapons specialist, to seek out the mysteries of the past and uncover clues to humankind's future. Original. Read More

Destiny Run

James Axler 1997
Exiled after a brief, unauthorized look into the future, Kane and fellow outcasts Brigid Baptiste and Grant are bound together with the intent of uncovering what the future holds for their world, currently governed by evil. Original. Read More

Savage Sun

James Axler 1997
Kane, Brigid, and Grant are sent on a trans-mat jump from the Outlands to Ireland to investigate the alien Archons, but what they find are wild hinterlands populated by holocaust survivors who have reverted back to the clan system. Original. Read More

Omega Path

Axler, James 1998
Allied with fellow outcasts Brigid Baptiste and Grant, Kane journeys back in time to pre-apocalyptic New York City, where he hopes to win over a young man who could alter the future. Original. Read More

Parallax Red

Axler, James 1998
A former Magistrate in the grim world of post-holocaust America, Kane embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about a bitter enmity that haunts humanity, but he discovers something even more shocking. Original. Read More

Doomstar Relic

James Axler 1998

An ex-inforcer of the villes, Kane and his band of renegades must act quickly in order to stop Barch, a notorious rebel whose lust for power causes him to rejuvenate an old computer system to control the villes, but, unbeknownst to Barch, he is about to unleash the Doomsday program, a force that could destroy the world.

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Iceblood

Axler, James 1998
Kane and his companions race across the world toward post-nuclear holocaust Tibet to uncover an ancient relic, only to discover that they are not the only ones in search of the powerful Chintamani Stone. Original. Read More

Armageddon Axis

Axler, James 1999
Kane, a renegade Enforcer in the wasteland of the future finds himself in a desperate battle for survival against bioengineered monsters when he investigates the Anthill, an ancient installation inside Mount Rushmore. Original. Read More

Hellbound Fury

Axler, James 1999
Humankind faces extinction after the nuclear blasts at the turn of the millennium, until a former enforcer for the new lords, Kane, along with archivist Brigid and magistrate Grant, is catapulted into another reality where they attempt to remake the future. Original. Read More

Wreath of Fire

Axler, James 2000
Kane and his fellow exiles enter into an uneasy alliance with Ambika, a ruthless Amazon warrior who may have her own secret agenda, as they seek to eliminate Earth's alien oppressors. Original. Read More

Shadow Scourge

James Axler 2000
Kane, a renegade enforcer and resistance fighter dedicated to the cause of human freedom from Archon power, ventures deep into the dangerous bayous of Louisiana to confront a dark and ancient evil whose resurrection has unleased a deadly pestilence that could destroy all life. Original. Read More

Hell Rising

Axler, James 2000
As a fierce bid for power rages through the post-apocalyptic British Isles, Kane and his fellow rebels race against time to uncover an ancient weapon before it can be used by their enemies to unleash a final annhilation of the human race. Original. Read More

Tigers of Heaven

Axler, James 2001
As the epic struggle for control of the baronies continues, Kane and his rebel forces are forced into a dangerous choice between factions, a decision that could affect the destiny of all humankind. Original. Read More

Sargasso Plunder

Axler, James 2001

Computer programs from before skydark are being salvaged to power the world and enforcer-turned-rebel Kan, along with his group, find out about a treasure trove of tech hidden in the depths of the ocean and decide to risk certain death by infiltrating the salvage mission run by an army of the baron's men.

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Tomb of Time

James Axler 2001
After Kane finds a cryptic message in the ruins of Chicago, he discovers living tombs beneath the city where a strange cult pays homage to a psychotic god who wants to gain control of the world, and Kane must enter into battle with an ancient enemy in the deadliest confrontation of all. Original. Read More

Prodigal Chalice

Axler, James 2002
While traversing a dangerous new Caribbean sea in the heart of Central America, Kane, Grant, and Brigid Baptiste encounter an unusual baron seeking to control the region's vast oil resources and are lured into a perilous search for a powerful ancient relic. Original. Read More

Devil in the Moon

Axler, James 2002
A fierce band of rebels, determined to save the human race from extinction, must go up against an enigmatic force known as the DEVIL, who is determined to force his dark and deadly destiny upon the Earth, in the first volume of The Dragon Kings trilogy. Original. Read More

Dragoneye

Axler, James 2002
Lurking deep within the moon, a place of extraordinary power, two ancient entities prepare to battle for control of the earth and humankind, a war that could destroy the entire universe, forcing Kane, Grant, and Brigid to destroy the very beings that created them. Original. Read More

Far Empire

Axler, James 2002

Forced to fight for survival in a world teetering on the brink of extinction, former magistrate Kane, along with brother-in-arms Grant and archivist-turned-warrior Brigid Baptiste, find themselves in the middle of a deadly game of evil when they agree to help a gorgeous hybrid, who is a sign of hope in the darkest of times.

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Talon and Fang

Axler, James 2003

Arriving in an alternate reality where American civilization has been restored with the help of the Cerberus exiles, Kane discovers that he and Grant are no longers allies, and makes a startling discovery that could save humanity from the evil grip of a twisted madman who controls the world.

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Equinox Zero

Axler, James 2003
While Kane, Grant, and Brigid Baptisite confront the possibility that there is a traitor in their midst, an age-old enemy joins forces with Viking warriors and unleashes the ancient prophecies of Ragnarok to bring about a new apocalypse - one of death and destruction. Original. Read More

Sea of Plague

Axler, James 2003

Kane and his band of rebels must repair two deadly fault lines that are threatening to split the time continuum in order to change history and restore power to the nine barons, while engaging in a fierce battle with Scorpia Prime and her minions who are preparing to destroy the world in a sea of plague.

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Awakening

James Axler 2003

More than two hundred years after Skydark, the hybrid barons cling tenuously to their waning influence, losers in an internecine war to control nuke-shattered America. A new thread has emerged, one whose intimate knowledge of preDark technology fuels a grim new bid for power.

To begin, he must penetrate the central nerve node of a small and dedicated band ow warriors fighting to free Earth's survivors of long-ago devastation from slavery and misery... Crygenically preserved before the nukes obliterated their own way of life, an elite team of battle-hardened American fighting men have now been reactivated for duty, commanded by this supreme manipulator.

Their first mission in a tortured new world: move in and secure Cerberus Redoubt and the mat-trans network at any cost. Ina world where trust is hard-won and harder kept, Kane and his fellow exiles must convince Team Phoenix that they are on the same side for humanity, and against the hybrids and their willing human allies.

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Mask of the Sphinx

Axler, James 2004
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Mad God's Wrath

Axler, James 2004
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Sun Lord

Axler, James 2004
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Uluru Destiny

Axler, James 2004
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Successors

Axler, James 2005
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Evil Abyss

Axler, James 2005
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Cerberus Storm

Axler, James 2005
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Children of the Serpent

Axler, James 2005
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Hydra's Ring

Axler, James 2006
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Refuge

Axler, James 2006
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Rim of the World

Axler, James 2006
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Lords of the Deep

Axler, James 2006
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Closing the Cosmic Eye

Axler, James 2007

The baronial civilization that ruled postapocalypticAmerica stands on the threshold of a much more sinisterplot: the complete domination of Earth. These oppressorsare determined to relegate humanity to the status ofslavery, and crush the nascent force of freedom fighterswho've dared to rebel against a powerful alien race.

Rumors of an ancient doomsday device come to theattention of the Cerberus rebels when it's stolen by anold enemy, Gilgamesh Bates. The preDark mogul whoengineered his own survival has now set his sights on acontrolling share of the cosmic pie. Kane, Grant, Brigid andDomi ally themselves with Bates's retired personal army, atime-trawled force of American commandos ready to takethe battle back to Bates himself, wherever he's hiding inthe galaxy, before the entire universe disappears in theblink of an eye.

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Skull Throne

Axler, James 2007

The calculated new bid for planet Earth by the SupremeCouncil has changed the face of war for the Cerberusrebels. As the enemy's avarice invokes total damnation ofthe human race, the battle plan now extends far beyonddisarming a group of power-hungry god kings.

Now it'sa fight for survival against powerful interlopers—fullyprepared to finish what they started eons ago….Buried deep in the Mayan jungle amid a civilization oflost survivors and emissaries of the dead is an artifact thathides secrets to the prize—planet Earth.

In sinister hands,it guarantees complete and absolute power. Kane and therebels have just one chance to stop a rogue Overlord fromhis furtive grab for glory, but it means joining an unholyquest with an old enemy in a race to stop the skull thronefrom revealing answers to malevolent factions.

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Ghostwalk

Axler, James 2007

Beyond RedemptionThe fall of the baronies has led Earth deeper into the darkest days of a bitter struggle as old as the planet itself—a war for righteous destiny. As a force of elite rebels dares to break humanity free from the iron chains of alien rule, they face an ever-changing matrix of cunning and retribution.

Relentless PropagationArea 51 remains a mysterious enclave of eerie synergy and unleashed power—a nightmare poised to take the world to hell. A madman has marshaled an army of incorporeal, alien evil, a virus with intelligence now scything through human hosts like locusts.

For the Cerberus warriors, a willingness to forge a truce with a devious enemy means that they have met unspeakable horror. Now, they must stop the unstoppable, before humanity becomes discarded vessels of feeding energy for ravenous disembodied monsters.

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Satan's Seed

Axler, James 2007

As humanity emerged from the rubble of nuclear war, so didhistory's darkest secrets, deliberately concealed beneatha cunning web of lies, half-truths and contrivance. Now,as alien overlords ready their blueprint for absolute controlover planet Earth, daring rebels fight back against grim oddsand an enemy of superlative power whose only failing maybe their inability to grasp mankind's fierce will to survive.

The Cerberus warriors must endure the most frighteningtests of their ingenuity when they discover secrets linkingalien technology, Nazi time-travel experiments and a260-year-old nightmare time-trawled in a new quest forpower. The Pacific is swarming with SS troopers led by adangerous woman and her strange advisor whose capacityfor evil is rooted in the dark energy of the occult.

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Death Cry

Axler, James 2007

Decades after the nukecaust, Earth's fate remains in a stranglehold. The stunning otherworldly design of the blueprint for domination is crucial to rescuing humanity from eternal slavery. As the Cerberus exiles dare to challenge the planet's increasingly powerful usurpers, the battle to navigate time and dimension continues—aided by brute force and the age-old strategies of war.

Kane and the team learn of a secret doomsday weapon rumored to be hidden in Russia. But where would the paranoid scientists of communist rule hide a battleship-sized device from aliens of supreme intelligence and mind-reading abilities? Where few can find it—on another astral plane, complete with whitecoats still unaware of the nukecaust.

But mysterious interlopers have tapped into Cerberus intelligence, forcing their bid to control the Death Cry. And if Cerberus can manifest the Death Cry into reality—the potential for one last global holocaust becomes a death race.

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Dark Goddess

Axler, James 2007

doom vectorHumanity's past lies buried beneath the ruins of near annihilation, concealed by a secret entity and its ancient blueprint to enslave mankind. But at the dawn of a far more treacherous new battle for domination, the war between humanity and its alien puppeteers is forged by a group of determined rebels whose forbidden knowledge of their inhuman enemy only begins to prepare them for what lies ahead….

grim footfallIn her chrysalis state, Baroness Beausoleil was a betrayer, a murderer, an arch foe of mankind. Now, her metamorphosis into Overlord Lilitu poses a far greater menace. But she needs human help in a plot to overthrow her brethren and seize control of the last remaining Anunnaki stronghold on Earth.

Buried deep in the sands of the Sinai, a secret port can unleash the dangerous mysteries of an alien race―unless the Cerberus rebels can outwit a she-god with an army at her disposal…and the cunning and cruelty to wrest Earth for herself.

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Grailstone Gambit

Axler, James 2008

Defiant aggressorsThe alien blueprint to claim Earth dates back to eons before humanity became enslaved. Fires of human rebellion have only strengthened the bid to fully secure the chains of iron rule. But the battle that spans time and space has become a proving ground.

A bold, sophisticated band of insurgents has understanding of the enemy's darkest secrets, and dares to loosen the choke hold of power on the planet….Mists of DoomAcross mystical Celtic lands, a devious enemy has resurfaced, adopting the guise of Merlin, new messiah of the Druidic religion.

Ushering in a new age of magic, terror and human sacrifice, the interloper once called Lord Strongbow seeks an ancient relic that will resurrect the dead. To rescue a culture from barbarism, the Cerberus warriors stand with a warrior queen in a fi nal challenge to turn the tide of ancient madness that threatens to engulf the entire world.

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Pantheon of Vengeance

Axler, James 2008

Damage CriteriaThe war to pull Earth and humanity back from the iron grip of slavery shifts against an inhuman enemy both calculating and unpredictable. For those with the knowledge and will to reclaim their planet, a blueprint for survival has emerged: to challenge the future, they must reckon with the chilling and immutable past.

Sustained SweepSeveral baronies have disappeared, as if swallowed by the earth. Strange disturbances lead Kane and the others to a giant sinkhole in a remote and wild area of Mexico, where reality merges with an ancient culture of sorcery. Here, a beautiful, mysterious guerilla leader wages war against a terrifying army of demons spiriting humans into the subterranean netherworld.

Joining the fight, the Cerberus rebels invade the cavernous chambers of a hidden world, and confront a self-styled warlord using preDark nuclear tech to rule the depths of the planet.

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Shadow Box

Axler, James 2009

The collapse of the hybrid-ruled baronies offers a glimmer of hope for an Earth free from the shackles of the alien race that has subjugated humankind since the dawn of time. But the Annunaki threat remains ominous. For the Cerberus rebels, safeguarding the future of the human race remains daunting…and deadly.

A new and horrific face of the Annunaki legacy appears in the Arizona desert. A shambling humanoid monster preys on human victims, consuming their energy, burning their souls—leaving empty, mindless shells in its wake. Trapped inside this creature, the souls of rogue Igigi, once the treasured slave caste of the Annunaki, seek hosts for their physical rebirth.

And no human—perhaps not even the Cerberus rebels—can stop them from reclaiming the planet of their masters for themselves….

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Janus Trap

Axler, James 2009

The Original Tribe, technological shamans with their own agenda of domination, challenged Cerberus once before and lost. Now their greatest assassin, the Broken Ghost, manipulates the rebel stronghold's technology after a secret attack, trapping the original Cerberus warriors in a matrix of unreality and altering protocols so that their doppelganger counterparts invade the redoubt unnoticed.

As the Broken Ghost destabilizes Earth's greatest defense force from within, the true warriors struggle to regain a foothold back to the only reality that offers survival.…

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Serpent's Tooth

Axler, James 2009

Overlords and humanity battle to claim Earth in a war as old as the alien domination of the planet. Yet with each new offensive comes stunning new revelations—exposing mysteries that were unfathomable before Skydark but are now quite real and deadly.

Still, hope lies in the brilliant counteroffensive led by the Cerberus rebels, for whom success means nothing less than returning Earth to mankind. An exotic combination of reptilian and human DNA, the Najah are the revitalized original foot soldiers of the Earth's ancient alien masters, the Annunaki.

Having survived the megacull of humanity, these half-cobra warriors vow to avenge their near extinction and usher in a new age on Earth. From a massive, underground war base in northern India, this monstrous force launches its cleansing fire. Kane and his allies have one hope—a renegade female Najah, reptilian and ruthless, whose alliance is both a promise…and a threat.

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Warlord of the Pit

Axler, James 2009

The war to pull Earth and humanity back from the iron grip of slavery shifts against an inhuman enemy both calculating and unpredictable. For those with the knowledge and will to reclaim their planet, a blueprint for survival has emerged: to challenge the future, they must reckon with the chilling and immutable past.

Several baronies have disappeared, as if swallowed by the earth. Strange disturbances lead Kane and the others to a giant sinkhole in a remote and wild area of Mexico, where reality merges with an ancient culture of sorcery. Here, a beautiful, mysterious guerilla leader wages war against a terrifying army of demons spiriting humans into the subterranean netherworld.

Joining the fight, the Cerberus rebels invade the cavernous chambers of a hidden world, and confront a self-styled warlord using preDark nuclear tech to rule the depths of the planet.

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Oblivion Stone

Axler, James 2010

Spread across postapocalyptic North America, the nine great cities ruled by the alien-human hybrid barons have crumbled…ushering in not defeat, but a new epoch of alien rule of Earth. But their assault is threatened by a force of extraordinary humans, the Cerberus rebels, dedicated to freeing humanity from the aeons of slavery that the alien Annunaki race have placed upon it.

In Louisiana, a salvaged piece of sentient spaceship signals the beginning of the long-awaited second salvo. In the wilds of Saskatchewan, an Annunaki prince, genetically engineered as a machine of destruction, returns after 4500 years in solitary confinement to seek vengeance against the father who betrayed him.

As the self-proclaimed new warlord of the Earth, his personal mission to harness its citizens to build his city and his army appears unstoppable…as does his hate-filled quest to destroy the god-king Enlil, the mighty father who spawned him in hate and fury.

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Reality Echo

Axler, James 2010

Earth remains the volatile prize of aeons of war and domination by two panterrestrial races. Returning the fight to these inhuman overlords, the Cerberus rebels are the champions of the planet's postapocalyptic dark ages. They spark a uniquely human resilience and courage to stand down the forces of infinitely powerful, perhaps unstoppable entities in the ongoing war to retake Earth for humanity.

The Bluegrass range, ripe with secrets and magic, hides the operating base of a race of monstrous genetic mutations, faithful servants of an ancient overlord. As Kane and the rebels stage their reconnaissance, the shocking new face of an old nemesis enters the fray.

As this cross-spatial cyborg replicates himself as Kane and breaches humanity's last defense, he may well succeed in wiping the mountains—and their inhabitants—off the face of Earth permanently.

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Infinity Breach

Axler, James 2010

The oligarchy of Overlords battling to resurrect alien rule on Earth remains ever threatened by a group of rebels determined to meet the ancient Sumerian enemies with a show of force. While glimmers of containment, if not victory, have appeared, humanity still inhabits a world where buried secrets and impossible truths lie coiled in the shadows…An Annunaki artifact of staggering multidimensional power is discovered, presaging an attack of a magnitude beyond anything the Cerberus rebels have ever encountered.

In the secret Arctic laboratory of a brilliant twentieth-century adventurer, a pulsating alien dagger rips a portal deep into time and space. Emerging from the breach, breathtaking beings of Light appear like antibodies to close the rupture. But these wondrous Angels have their own solution to healing the infinity breach—the complete eradication of mankind.

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Distortion Offensive

Axler, James 2010

The boundaries of order created by the nine baronies during America's apocalyptic aftermath have fallen away to a new wave of transcending chaos. The deep-rooted conspiracy that shadows humanity has been exposed, the relentless battle for earth continues, and only an intrepid faction of exiles possesses the might and means to repulse the tide of subjugation and subversion from alien oppressors.

The scion of the Cerberus rebels' fiercest foe has risen from his own ashes--and hijacked the very storehouse of earth's reality. The Ontic Library, buried deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, is the glue holding the fabric of what is real--and what is not--in place.

Archivist Brigid Baptiste takes the plunge into the sentient data stream of infinite knowledge to stop the dangerous curiosity of a god prince from discovering the omnipotent knowledge that could destroy the world.

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Truth Engine

Axler, James 2011

Earth's darkest days have given way to a new age of war. Launched by an ancient and powerful alien race, the battle has morphed through an aeons-old blueprint for domination. But with it has emerged a resilient group of freedom fighters, true avatars of humanity's fortitude and courage.

Now, as mankind's arrogant oppressors engage in their own bitter infighting, they may doom the planet in their personal fires of hatred.Cerberus Redoubt, the rebel base of operations, has fallen under attack. The enemy at the gates is Ullikummis, a scion born of hate, a pawn of his powerful father's game of ultimate manipulation.

Kane and the others are his prisoners, losing their free will through his unbreakable mind control. The stone god demands Kane lead his advancing armies as he retakes Earth in the ultimate act of revenge. Ullikummis understands that truth—human or alien—is malleable.

And that he will be the ultimate god of the machine, infinite and unstoppable.

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Cradle of Destiny

Axler, James 2011

Reborn after near nuclear eradication, humanity struggles in a world defined by a secret history of conspiracy, rivalry and inhuman domination. As an ancient powerful race attempts to retake planet Earth, a courageous and sophisticated band of freedom fighters, the Cerberus rebels, leads the resistance in a daring battle to free humanity from the grips of an alien power struggle.

In the Middle East's legendary Fertile Crescent, millennia-old artifacts are unearthed. Shockingly, they appear to belong to one of Cerberus's own. As events converge to play out a destiny forged in cross-dimensional currents, Grant is plunged back through the shimmering vortex of time.

Part phantasm, part warrior known as Enkidu, the man bull, he is hunted by humanity's oldest enemy. Kane, Brigid and Domi lead a rescue party across a parallax to destroy the legendary god beast Humbaba—before Grant is lost forever…

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Scarlet Dream

Axler, James 2011

The poisonous alien race masterminding centuries of calculated chaos and destruction for mankind underestimated the sheer tenacity of the human spirit. Now these technologically superior aggressors must contend with a dedicated group of warriors sworn to reclaim their planet.

The odds against the Cerberus rebels are long, but the fight goes on.…In the fetid swamps of Louisiana, the dead rise, commanded by their new queen. Her power lies in death and in its secrets—the sadistic culmination of the insane power unleashed during her fragmented rebirth from dark goddess Lilitu.

Facing off against an army of zombies, Kane, Grant and Brigid must somehow kill the undead. If they fail, the crazed voodoo priestess will infect her minions with a pre-dark biological weapon designed to destroy all life on earth. And then the dead will truly rise.

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Infestation Cubed

Axler, James 2011

SHATTERED DEFENSESOn postapocalyptic Earth, humanity fights for survival against alien oppressors. Orchestrating the resistance in an ever-shifting battle, the Cerberus rebels confront a new level of dark manipulation. At the helm, a mind-controlling stone god plotting to reforge the planet.

Now, the walls of the Cerberus stronghold have been breached and humanity’s soldiers are scattered, racing toward the shocking unknown.FORGED IN FURYHewn from living, lava-blooded stone, Ullikummis, the new would-be cruel master of Earth, has been repelled for the moment.

But he has Brigid Baptiste to lure Kane and Grant on a dangerous pursuit through the darkened swamps of Louisiana. In a treacherous land full of crazed Outlanders, vampiric raiders and genetic mutations, a cadre of pan-terrestrial soldiers and scientists are conducting a horrifying experiment in parasitic mind control.

But true evil has yet to reveal itself, as the alliance scrambles to regroup—before humankind loses its last and only hope.

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Genesis Sinister

Axler, James 2012

Foundation StonesThe epic battle between two would-be gods to rule earth may have ended, but the struggle to survive aliens of near-immortal powers—aliens determined to cage humankind—continues. As the freedom fighters of the Cerberus organization regroup and press on, a shattering storm heads toward the planet…the blood tide of a new apocalypse.

Earth RepurposedThey're tiny stones that wield shattering power, remnants of the war between the godlike aliens Ullikummis and Enlil, and they lie scattered throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In the wrong hands, these stones could easily be used as biological weapons.

That's why Kane and Grant are dispatched to track a notorious pirate—it's believed he has an entire collection in his possession. But in the Bay of Campeche, they realize something much bigger is happening. Something unthinkable: the genesis of a new age.

And that means only one thing for mankind. Annihilation.

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Dragon City

Axler, James 2012

AFTER THE ENDHumanity has been held in subjugation for thousands of years, manipulated by a cruel alien race. But what began as a game among self-styled gods evolved into an internecine power play. Divided by ego and greed, the enemy faced resistance—and a reckoning—from an intrepid group of human rebels.

But now the Cerberus operation lies in disarray, its members missing or broken, even as the Annunaki threat is reborn in a new and more horrifying form.THE GOD MACHINEEnlil, cruelest of them all, is set to revive the sadistic pantheon that will rule the Earth.

Based in his vast Dragon City, Enlil plans to create infinite gods—at the cost of humankind. With the Cerberus team at its lowest ebb, can they possibly stop his twisted plan? Or are they, too, destined to be absorbed by the God Machine?

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God War

Axler, James 2012

CROSS FIRE OF THE IMMORTALSThe Annunaki, a power-hungry and hate-driven alien race, have returned to take over Earth. This time, permanently. And the hard-core human rebels who fought to repel these self-proclaimed gods have paid a terrible price. Just when they are needed most—as the postapocalyptic threat surges to terrifying new levels—the Cerberus operation lies broken, its key members missing.

PROGENY OF HATEUllikummis has chosen Earth as ground zero for a terrifying family reunion. A son born of cruelty, genetic manipulation and infinite power, for 4,000 years the stone god has waited, plotting his revenge against his father, Enlil, the most sadistic of the Annunaki.

As father and child unleash their armies in a clash of titanic proportions, the bravest of the rebels, Kane, is humanity's last hope to halt this deadly war of the gods. Endgame has finally arrived…but who will be the winner?

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Planet Hate

Axler, James 2012

Centuries beyond the aftermath of a shattered earth, the aeons-old manipulation of humanity has brought forth a new chrysalis of star-born domination. His name is Ullikummis, exiled scion of an embattled but brilliant and calculating inhuman race. Now, his influence and mind control has spread like a contagion, capturing innocent minds in a flood of cruel, false salvation as his tidal wave of power sweeps across the planet.

With their headquarters destroyed and their greatest asset, archivist Brigid Baptiste, lost to the manipulation of the enemy, Kane and the elite Cerberus Rebels are losing the battle—but not yet the war. As Kane succumbs to incapacitating hallucinations, Brigid’s dark avatar lays siege to the final piece of her Stone God’s plot: a very special child, who is the secret link to a ghastly pantheon of despotic rule.

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Immortal Twilight

Axler, James 2013

OUT OF THE GASLIGHT Kane and his Cerberus rebels have defied the odds and repelled an alien infiltration by minds of far greater complexity than those of man. But with Earth undefended and ripe for the plucking, a new threat emerges…one that has been created by man himself.

 SOMETHING WICKED Nurtured in the secret laboratories of nineteenth-century London where they were designed as Queen Victoria's ultimate supersoldiers, five immortals break free from their most recent subterranean prison in the Gray Area. Impervious to attack, stronger and faster than ordinary humans, these surreally beautiful, self-serving five are the ultimate killing machines.

And they're ready to make up for centuries of boredom, warping everyone they meet in their perverted quest to rule the world. Only Kane and his team dare to stand against their wicked art— if they can.

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Cosmic Rift

Axler, James 2013

ENDANGERED SPECIES: MAN Dedicated to the protection of humanity in the twenty-third century, the Cerberus warriors have repelled numerous alien parasites that would prey on mankind. But the Cerberus team clashes with otherworldly scavengers wielding technology far in advance of their own when they investigate a spaceship crash site.

 SUPER DEATH The spaceship belongs to citizens of a magnificent airborne city located in a quantum rift. They have been hording alien technology and using the superscience they'd stolen to build a futuristic haven. But their benevolent ruler is about to be challenged for his throne, a challenge that threatens to turn earth into a testing ground for alien weapons of unimaginable destruction.

Unless the Cerberus warriors can find a way to stop the escalating crisis.

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Sorrow Space

Axler, James 2013

DARK PASSAGE Dedicated to the survival and protection of postapocalyptic earth and their human race, the Cerberus rebels have forced the invading alien Annunaki into retreat. But defending mankind's freedom to exist remains daunting in a world of shifting danger from forces human, alien…and dead.

 HELL'S SOLDIERS A glitch in a quantum portal traps Kane and his team in another reality—an alternative world where evil has triumphed. On the decaying streets of Dead Earth, life itself is a crime. Legions of Dark Magistrates patrol the fetid landscape, wielding the destructive power of their Soul Eaters.

They are the soldiers of a hybrid baron ready to extend his terrifying power beyond the borders of his own decaying reality. Cerberus is all that stands between the real world and the invasion of the dead. 

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Savage Dawn

Axler, James 2013

OMNIPRESENT MENACEIn postapocalyptic earth, the Cerberus rebels fight the forces of alien tyranny over humankind. While the losses are often painful, their victories bring renewed promise. Forging a brave new world from the wreckage of the old, these dedicated warriors won’t stop until mankind is once again master of its own destiny on earth.

PREDATORS OF EARTHKane, Brigid and Grant come to the aid of a race of serpenthuman mutants caught up in civil war. Hope for the mutant race lies in an alliance with the advanced people who live in a verdant, secret place deep beneath the shattered islands of Japan.

But their subterranean haven is under siege. In a battle to the finish, Kane and the others confront a prehistoric nightmare, retooled and fortified by the deepest mysteries of the Outlands.

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Wings of Death

Axler, James 2013

ETERNAL OCCUPATION The quasi-immortal aliens enslaving humanity underestimated the freedom cry of the human soul. Mankind's battle to reclaim its independence is spearheaded by a remarkable group of resistance fighters. And now the Cerberus rebels must confront a former adversary on a quest for a relic of mythical power.

 EVIL RISING An old enemy of the Cerberus warriors unleashes Harpy-like killers on the African continent, hoping the blood-hungry winged beasts and their love of human flesh will aid in his capture of a legendary artifact: the powerful staff wielded by Moses and King Solomon.

Except the staff's out of his reach, safe in Kane's hands. And with the murderous rampage spiraling out of control and an exiled prince bent on unlocking the gates of Hell, the staff is all that stands between the rebels  and Africa's utter decimation.

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Necropolis

Axler, James 2014

KINGDOM OF HELL The damnation and deception that enslaved humanity was exposed after the earth was razed by a nuclear holocaust. As immortal god kings continue to lay claim to the planet, the epic struggle to repossess Earth rages on. The Cerberus rebels fight for mankind's free will and enlightened purpose wherever the battle for freedom takes them.

But nothing can prepare them for the bloodred shadows of a new, special hell…. CITY OF BLOOD After blasting open the gates of the underworld, the Cerberus warriors face a fresh evil. Deep beneath the African continent, a hidden city teems with bloodthirsty creatures ruled by a vicious queen.

As her shape-shifting minions swarm to outmaneuver Kane and his allies, the rebels race to contain the unfurling horror. With the undead descending upon Africa, the warriors must escape a destiny far worse than they could ever imagine—as tortured ambassadors for the vampire kingdom.

  

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Judgment Plague

Axler, James 2014

HUMAN OFFENSIVE Though the Cerberus Rebels have battled unfathomable odds to defend mankind, victory and sovereignty remain far from assured. As enemies of otherworldly origin push the warriors' power to the limit, a very human menace emerges, eager to grind them all to dust.

 DOOMSDAY CONTAGION Brothers-in-arms Kane and Grant upheld the inflexible laws of Cobaltville until they finally turned their backs on its wicked regime. Now a fresh threat brings them back to the barony—a mysterious plague that kills with impunity.

It soon becomes clear that this murderous pestilence isn't the result of some random mutation, but the product of a dark and twisted mind. With the disease spreading rapidly, the Cerberus warriors can only hope they're not too late—or too vulnerable—to save humanity from being snuffed out by one of its own.

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Shadow Born

Axler, James 2014

DOMINION PLAGUE Earth remains the tortured battleground of near-immortal aliens. But these god kings never anticipated unified resistance from a group of humans possessing the tenacity and spirit to reclaim their planet. In the ongoing war for independence, the Cerberus fighters forge an epic showdown, as evil shape-shifts and unfurls its grand design….

 UNSTOPPABLE JUGGERNAUT The madness surrounding entombed secrets of an ancient race puts Kane and his allies on a death chase across the African subcontinent. Facing relentless attack from winged hell beasts and marauding militia, the rebels are forced into an unholy alliance with a deadly foe.

Only the dark goddess spawned of humanity's most brutal overlord can challenge a superhuman interloper and navigate an ancient ziggurat that guards a nightmare. The price for miscalculation will be paid in blood—with the eternal damnation of the human race.

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Terminal White

Axler, James 2015

ENDURING STRUGGLE The Cerberus rebels remain vigilant, defending mankind's sovereignty against the alien forces conspiring to gain control of the planet. Now a dark and deadly intelligence plots to eradicate what it means to be human: free will. SNOW BLIND In the northern wilderness, behind an artificial curtain of winter, the legacy of the deposed god kings lives on.

An experimental testing ground—where computers have replaced independent choice—is turning citizens into docile, obedient sheep. The brainchild of a dedicated Magistrate of the old order, Terminal White promises to achieve the subjugation of the human race.

As the Cerberus warriors infiltrate and get trapped in this mechanized web, humanity's only salvation may be lost in a blinding white doom.

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Hell's Maw

Axler, James 2015

HOPE'S BATTLEGROUND Earth's secret history of alien occupation is challenged by a powerful alliance of warriors driven to reclaim humanity's birthright. But when a cruel, vicious ruler spreads a new  wave of terror, the Cerberus rebels must fight for their lives.

 DEATH BLOOMS Beautiful, seductive and deadly, she is called Ereshkigal. Her flowerlike temple—eerie and alien—rises out of the desolate, sun-drenched desert of postapocalyptic Spain. The river of blood flowing to her temple doors is just the first sign of the horror to follow.

With her army of Terror Priests eager to kill for their queen, Kane, Grant and Brigid must confront her dark power. But Ereshkigal's power to control men's lives may prove stronger than anything the Cerberus warriors have ever faced. And this evil interloper will not be satisfied until she has annihilated everything between her and total domination of Earth.

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Angel of Doom

Axler, James 2015

MYTHIC PROPORTIONS Insidious alien forces conspiring to enslave humanity grow increasingly dangerous and defiant. Willing to do whatever it takes to defeat these ancient invaders, the Cerberus rebels carry on the fight for freedom. DAMNATION THRALL The Cerberus fighters embark on an urgent quest to discover what happened to expeditions lost in Italy, on land that once belonged to the Etruscan empire.

On site they encounter the monstrous Charun, armed with the hammer of the gods, and Vanth, the angelic winged huntress with a heart of evil. These alien gods are intent on opening a portal to bring their kind to earth, harnessing the power of victims' minds while using their bodies as shock troops.

As the river Styx is poised to flow again, the Cerberus team must prevail or an invasion from a barbaric dimension will lay siege to Europe…and beyond.

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Apocalypse Unseen

Axler, James 2015

BATTLEFIELD EARTH Far in the future, mankind endures the relentless onslaught of alien oppressors, an ancient battle whose tide has begun to turn through the efforts of the Cerberus rebels. This remarkable band of warriors fights an elusive enemy, traveling through dangerous portals of time and space, where reality and un-reality collide in stunning, deadly purpose… LIGHT OF THE DAMNED The diamond mines of the Congo are ground zero for a calculated new power grab by an ancient Mesopotamian god.

Darkened and depraved, Nergal intends to harness the power of light to lock humanity in the blackness of eternal damnation. But Nergal's ability to blind his opponents is only the beginning. The Cerberus rebels will have to find the human who's pulling Nergal's strings…which means venturing into the gaping mouth of hell itself.

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Publication Order of Altered States Books

Ritual Chill

Axler, James 2005
Ritual Chill by James Axler released on Sep 13, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

Atlantis Reprise

Axler, James 2005
Atlantis Reprise by James Axler released on Dec 13, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

Publication Order of The Baronies Trilogy Books

Gaia's Demise

James Axler 1999

Two centuries after the nukecaust, consolidation of power is the goal for those who would rule the slowly emerging new America. Ryan Cawdor has spent his lifetime roaming the Deathlands, seeking out the secrets of pre-dark Technology. But so have others who are now the future's greatest threat.

For a sinister cadre has dared to seize power...and damn Deathlands to a new kind of hell. Ryan's quest to destroy a secret plot to unite the East Coast Baronies under one totalitarian rule brings his intrepid band of survivors to Tennessee. The conspiracy thread leads back to the spectre of the Anthill and a super weapon from pre-dark days.

As radio waves manipulating the environment and the human brain doom psi-sensitive Krysty, Ryan challenges baron Silas Jamaisvous to a daring showdown for America's survival. In the Deathlands, power is the ultimate GraphicAudio...A Movie in Your Mind is a unique audio entertainment experience that features a full cast of actors, sound effects and cinematic music.

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Gemini Rising

James Axler 1999

Rumors of trouble bring Ryan Cawdor home to West Virginia, where he'd left his nephew Nathan at the head of the barony. But a welcoming committee is waiting for him with a band of sec men, and a usurper of the Cawdor name. Unable to help a mysteriously ailing Krysty Wroth, Ryan challenges two of his oldest enemies in their grim gambit to control the East Coast baronies.

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Dark Reckoning

James Axler 1999
In the epic conclusion of The Baronies Trilogy, Ryan Cawdor faces his ultimate confrontation with the evil mastermind who is planning to use a hightech orbiting transformer to incinerate Front Royal. Original. Read More

Publication Order of The Coldfire Project Books

Shatter Zone

Axler, James 2006
Shatter Zone by James Axler released on Sep 12, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

Perdition Valley

Axler, James 2006
Perdition Valley by James Axler released on Dec 05, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

Publication Order of Empire of Xibalba Books

Plague Lords

Axler, James 2008

After a century of chaos following the nukes, Deathlands is forming pockets of civilization, aided by predark stockpiles of weapons, fuel and pieces of 21st-century knowledge. But these troves are hard to come by, and survival remains a blood quest. For Ryan Cawdor and his warrior survivalists, luck is sparse, chances slimmer, yet hope drives them onward.

The sulphur-teeming Gulf of Mexico is the poisoned end of the earth, but loaded cargo ships ruined by skydark lure doomie and cutthroat alike. Here, Ryan and the others glean rumors of whole cities deep in South America that survived the blast intact.

But as the companions contemplate a course of action that may divide them, a new horror approaches unseen on the horizon. The Lords of Death are Mexican pirates raiding stockpiles with a grim vengeance. When civilization hits rock bottom, a new stone age will emerge, with its own personal day of blood reckoning.

In the Deathlands, the future could always be worse. Now it is….

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Dark Resurrection

Axler, James 2009

Postnuclear America has changed little since the primal leveling of the twenty-first century. Warrior survivalists Ryan Cawdor and his band live by a code that honors the kind of absolute freedom only a raw frontier can provide. Until rumors of a wider, more prosperous world than the Deathlands thriving deep in Mexico, untouched by the nukecaust, lure them into uncharted waters.

…Captured by the pirate foot soldiers of the mysterious Lords of Death, Ryan Cawdor and his companions sail into a surreal world where electric lights blaze but blood terror reigns. In Veracruz, Mexico, Ryan is marked for slaughter, his effigy linked to an ancient deity.

Helpless, Krysty, Dix and the others await a horrifying fate at the hands of whitecoats manipulating pre-dark plague warfare. As the Lords of Death unleash their demonic vision, hope—for Ryan, the others and nascent civilization—appears irrevocably lost.

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Publication Order of Heart of the World Books

Talon and Fang

James Axler 2003

Two centuries have torutured earth's nuke-altered frontier into a grim new world, clasped in the bloody vise of a power struggle between hybrid barons and a mysterious Imperator. A soldier turned renegade, Kane and his band of exiles have learned the horrifying truth of earth's ageless domination knowledge that has led them to the secret realms of humanity's master manipulators where they battle against a dark interloper's blueprint for doom.

Kane finds himself twenty-five years into a parallel future, a world where the mysterious Imprator has seemingly restored civilization to America, overthrowing the baronial oligarchy with the help of the Cerberus exiles. In this alternate reality, only Kane and Grant survived the battle, and its spilled blood has left them estranged.

Yet Kane is certain that somewhere in time lies a different path to tomorrow's reality... and his obsession may be humanity's last chance to battle evil in two worlds the past and the future where a sinister madman controls the heart of the world. (Heart of the World - Book 1)

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Sea of Plague

James Axler 2003

The nine barons who kept post-nuclear America in chains have succumbed to a more profligate evil an ancient interloper whose bid to destroy all remnants of humanity nears fruition. Once a soldier of the new world, Kane and his band of exiles have waged a tireless war to stop the tides of damnation for mankind.

Yet the battle has reached a terrible and crucial crossroad: where doom and salvation are inexorably joined... The loyalties that united the Cerberus warriors have become undone, as a bizarre messenger from the future provides a look into encroaching horror and death.

Kane and his band have one option: fix two fatal fault lines in the time continuum and rewrite history before it happens. But first they must restore power to the barons who dare to defy the greater evil: the mysterious new Imperator. Then they must wage war in the jungles of India, where the deadly, beautiful Scorpia Prime and her horrifying bio-weapon are about to drown the world in a sea of plague.

.. (Heart of the World - Book 2)

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Publication Order of The Imperator Wars Books

Doom Dynasty

Axler, James 2000
With their tyrannical oligarchy facing extinction, the nine mysterious barons launch a new campaign to preserve their immortality against Kane and his fellow rebels, but an unseen force arrives to seek a final confrontation with those who seek to rule, or reclaim, a post-apocalyptic Earth. Original. Read More

Tigers of Heaven

James Axler 2001

The atomic megacull exiled humanity to the world of their birth and delivered the power of life and death to the hands of an elite few. It is a power measured in blood - those who shed it and those willing to spill it. What remains of America is ruled by emissaries of a conspiracy that has damned mankind throughout history.

But this oligarchy is weakening, divided by internal conflict and the unbreakable will of a group of outcasts, fighting for humanity's freedom...Torn between swearing allegiance to the mysterious imperator and maintaining control of their individual territories, the barons are vulnerable.

Imprisoned in Cobalt's Area 51 stronghold, Kane, once a soldier of the ruling elite, is aided by rebel forces who fear future genocide for both human and hybrid alike. As the baronies factionalize, Kane and his compatriots must choose sides in a war that is about to shift the paradigm of power, and deal human destiny a terrifying new twist.

.. (The Imperator Wars - Book 2) On the brink of doom, they have nothing to lose... and everything to fight for.

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Purgatory Road

Axler, James 2001
In the conclusion of The Imperator Wars trilogy, the nine barons continue their struggle for power, while Kane and his companions search for the mysterious Imperator, a quest that leads to a terrifying confrontation by alien dictators out to claim Earth for themselves. Original. Read More

Publication Order of The Lost Earth Saga Books

Hellbound Fury

James Axler 1999
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Night Eternal

Axler, James 1999
Kane and his fellow Outlander survivalists are hurtled into an alternate reality in which the nuclear holocaust had never occurred and come to the aid of a small clandestine group conducting a battle against the forces of evil. Original. Read More

Outer Darkness

Axler, James 1999
In the epic conclusion of the Lost Earth Saga trilogy, Kane and his companions are thrust into an alternate reality in which the nuclear holocaust had never occurred but whose inhabitants are confronted by the return of the dark forces out to subjugate all humankind. Original. Read More

Publication Order of Scorpion God Books

Devil Riders

Axler, James 2003
When Ryan Cawdor and his band of rebels are stranded in the desert wasteland of West Texas, they must survive the harsh terrain and their encounter with a brutal baron, whose massive collection of weapons leads Ryan to believe that he may be the Trader, an old enemy thought to be dead. Original. Read More

Bloodfire

James Axler 2003
Ryan and his band of rebels journey across the perilous landscape to find the Trader, Ryan's old mentor and friend who is rumored to be alive, and, when they arrive in the preDark city of Sonora with their enemies in hot pursuit, a battle of revenge erupts. Original. Read More

Publication Order of The Skydark Chronicles Books

Judas Strike

James Axler 2001

A nuclear Endgame played out among the superpowers created a firey cataclysm that turned America into a treacherous new frontier. But an intrepid group of warrior survivalists roams the wastelands, unlocking the secrets of a pre-dark world. Ryan Cawdor and his band have become living legends in a world of madness and death where savagery reigns, but the human spirit remains.

The South Pacific is a rad-blasted paradise, inhabited by giant mutated crustaceans and savage cannibals. The local baron rules the Marshall Islands with a despotic iron fist and a secret formula for making Deathland s gold: Gunpowder. But his true invincibility lies in his possession of stockpiles of pre-dark rapid fire missiles and a fleet of functional PT boats.

Ryan Cawdor and his companions have faced off against the baron and survived. But this time there s only one way out of these death seas through the sec-men infested waters of the baron s kingdom. Imagine your worst nightmare. This is the Deathlands.

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Shadow Fortress

Axler, James 2001
Living in a pre-dark land known as the Marshall Islands, which is ruled by brutality and supremacy, Ryan Cawdor and his band of survivalists must battle against the psychotic Lord Baron Kinnison, who is determined to destroy them. Original. Read More

Publication Order of Anthologies

Aftermath

Axler, James 2006
Aftermath by James Axler released on Mar 14, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

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