Free Audiobooks Damnation Alley – Bilb-weil.de

Hell Tanner isn t the sort of guy you d mistake for a hero he s a fast driving car thief, a smuggler, and a stone cold killer He s also expendable at least in the eyes of the Secretary of Traffic for the Nation of California Tanner doesn t care much for those eyes You d also never mistake Hell Tanner for a humanitarian Facing life in prison for his various crimes, he s given a choice rot away his remaining years in a tiny jail cell, or drive cross country and deliver a case of antiserum to the plague ridden people of Boston, Massachusettsif anyone is still alive there to receive it, that is The chance of a full pardon does wonders for getting his attention And don t mistake this mission of mercy for any kind of normal road trip not when there are radioactive storms, hordes of carniverous beasts, and giant, mutated scorpions to be found along every deadly mile between Los Angeles and the East Coast But then, this is no normal part of America, you see This is DAMNATION ALLEY Tough, nasty Hell s Angel with a heart of gold transports a case of vaccine across a post Holocaust America, to save the inhabitants of plague ravaged Boston It s quite good if you re in the mood for that kind of thing As several people have pointed out, the main character rather reminds one of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York, though this novel predates the movie. In some unstated date in the future, a three day war occurred, not a long one by historical standards, but bad enough..Missiles fall on the Earth and life virtually ceases as civilization collapses Apparently around twenty or thirty years later, the few people still alive are struggling to survive the catastrophe This is when Hell Tanner real name a biker, gangster, killer all around bad guy gets a pardon He will be free as an eagle and that bird which soared in the unlimited sky, is no In some unstated date in the future, a three day war occurred, not a long one by historical standards, but bad enough..Missiles fall on the Earth and life virtually ceases as civilization collapses Apparently around twenty or thirty years later, the few people still alive are struggling to survive the catastrophe This is when Hell Tanner real name a biker, gangster, killer all around bad guy gets a pardon He will be free as an eagle and that bird which soared in the unlimited sky, is no longer in existence, neither is the United States just a few petty states , from grim prison Hell only loves his motorcycle however he has just lost it.There is a catch of course, go from Los Angeles to Boston the only relatively large populations, left in the whole world Bringing serum to plague infested Boston, otherwise nobean town,they need it very soon like yesterday Damnation Alley, the name of the territory between the cities, it s called that for a very good reason, a very good reason indeed A vast nuclear wasteland with endless sand dunes, debris scattered everywhere, high radiation not the good kind and unforgiving fierce winds, myriad craters, active threatening volcanoes, swirling tornadoes, deformed vicious huge animals, nasty biker gangs ready to kill for fun Let s roll, someone says and three cars start on the long suicide journey through the infernal land Hell Tanner has a great car with everything in it, including a flame thrower, guns, grenade launchers and bulletproof ard plated, like a formidable tank The vehicle can do anything but fly above through the perilous air, fortunately the possible people , those threatened passengers this would kill you quickly.The strange deserts and weirder plants dominate the terrain, pink skies turning blue soon after in the radioactive atmosphere, even an inland sea give this an alien planet feeling Fantastic storms dropping rocks that can crush you like you were a paper tiger, complete darkness in the middle of the day.The worst part Tanner and his partner Greg see is the dead citiesAnd they don t stop to look, to afraid , but love the purple sky over Utah This may be just another dystopian novel, still a very exciting book, better than the quirky, yet entertaining Damnation Alley film Science fiction fans will devour the material and become absorbed in the story of survival This is a post apocalyptic novel of Southern California Hell Tanner, an imprisoned killer, is offered a full pardon in exchange for taking on a suicide mission a drive through Damnation Alley across a ruined America from Los Angeles to Bostonto deliver an urgently needed plague vaccine.This copy is signed by Roger Zelazny. Okay, this was my first full Zelazny experience, and I have to say I liked it a lot The story is simple enough in a post apocalyptic America, where the country has been split into two nations, one being the Nation of California, the other being whatever the citizens of Boston have decided to call it, runs a stretch of road that has been named the Damnation Alley Since constant hurricane force winds prevent air travel, it is the only umbilical between the two countries Enter Hell Tanner Hell Okay, this was my first full Zelazny experience, and I have to say I liked it a lot The story is simple enough in a post apocalyptic America, where the country has been split into two nations, one being the Nation of California, the other being whatever the citizens of Boston have decided to call it, runs a stretch of road that has been named the Damnation Alley Since constant hurricane force winds prevent air travel, it is the only umbilical between the two countries Enter Hell Tanner Hell is a likeable guy, as long as you don t piss him off He s a Hells Angel, outlaw, and ex con, and given the mission of taking much needed serum to Boston so a plague won t wipe out that half of the population For his reward, he ll get a pardon from the Nation of California Hell accepts the offer to clear his name I am going to intentionally leave some parts vague I think these parts really add to the character of Hell and I would hate to ruin this for the next reader Along the journey, Hell is going to have to battle giant bats and butterflies yes, I said butterflies and Gila monsters and spiders There are rumors of people who have reverted back to primitive behavior and who attack all travelers There are biker gangs and enough weather phenomena to make even the hardiest adventurer think twice about making this run Sure this sounds like the makings of a really campy B flick, but this is Hell Tanner we re talking about here, the grandfather of such famous iconic men as Mad Max and Snake Plissken, the original post apocalyptic anti hero And, for me anyhow please tell me if you agree or not I also had a sense that Holden Caulfield was used as a model, only in that post apocalyptic, not a wimpy whiner sort a way But even with all that excitement, there is a fundamental storyline that Zelazny was trying to convey the Cold War was starting to scare the shit out of him I mean America was one lunatic away from pressing the button, and Russia was trying to keep numerous lunatics at bay Zelazny handles this subject with care, never mocking it as one is used to seeing in these types of novels For Zelazny, he wanted Hell Tanner to not only be a hero but he also wanted him to be a hero and a man in a world that was closing in on the brink of annihilating itself Pretty impressive subject matter for just a sci fi book, IMO There is one scene that I will remember fondly Hell and a biologist named Kanis are discussing what happened in their world and why it happened, and Kanis keeps asking Hell to kill him but also reneges continuously as well this is a very cyclical conversation Anyways, while reading this section, images of Waiting for Godot came to mind, and I started to laugh, not because it was funny, but because the only other alternative was to cry over this fully realized bleak world, and I truly began to understand what was in store for these survivors even if the serum eradicated the plague This will definitely not be my last Zelazny novel.VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED