Review: The Dead Lands by Dylan J. Morgan

The Dead Lands - Dylan J. Morgan

Publication date: 1st September 2014

 

Publisher: Author

 

ISBN: 9781499242096

 

Rating: 4½/5

 

Synopsis:

Lane is a bounty hunter for Erebus' corrupt government,  his life a constant battle against past demons. Framed for murder, Lane is offered one option to avoid the death penalty: rejoin the army and partake in a covert operation to the apocalyptic world of Hemera, Erubus' sister planet. A century after the nuclear conflict that ended mankind's third age, Hemera has now sent a distress signal to it's sister:  the president has awoken and he's calling for aid. Early intelligence reports indicate the mission will be straightforward, that Hemera is a vacant shell with all forms of life and hostility extinguished. They are wrong. Bandits control the dead lands, but there are things much worse waiting for Lane and his squadron once they enter the city walls.  Having lived with the nightmares of his shattered past,  Lane must now face the mutated horrors of mankind's future in the toughest battle of his life.

 

Review:

To say I was hooked from the first chapter would be an understatement. This story really grabbed my attention and pulled me in from the very outset. Lead character Lane is well written and endearing; I was rooting for him from the very start of his journey and experienced a myriad of emotions as I travelled alongside him for the duration of his treacherous mission.

Hemera's desolate landscape springs to life with Morgan's perfectly descriptive prose, the planet's inhabitants scarily so. Alongside the action, there are some unexpected and wonderfully touching displays of humanity. 

My only criticism is that there are a few grammatical errors here and there, but this is my pedantic proofreader side butting in. That aside, I was utterly absorbed, reading until the early hours, determined to reach the dramatic conclusion. 

This book will not disappoint - buy it now!

 

*I'll admit, I'd not heard of the author until this book was recommended to me by a friend. I get recommendations all the time, but am often disappointed, so tend to approach with trepidation. Once I'd read the synopsis of this book, however, I bought it without hesitation - a very rare thing; as a reviewer I usually receive almost all my books free*