THE GAIAN EXPEDIENT BY WAYLAND DREW

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Copyright 1985.

The young Asa joins the Yggdrasil project. He shows himself to be a smart man with an endless curiosity to learn. He moves up the ranks quickly as first a peregrinus those agents are responsible to monitor and control the tribes in the Erthring. He successfully manages to bring the Yuloks back to following the rules. Things though are starting to change. Yggdrasil is running toward the end of the two hundred years the founders gave the project. Supplies are dwindling. Tribes from outside the Erthring are assaulting the borders. There are those who want to abandon the project and turn to the old ways that destroyed the planet.

A riddle left by the old ones in the form of locked vaults is solved. It reveals that there is another Erthring in South America. The Erthring is called Xtaplacia. An expedition is mounded to visit. They find a gleaming city on top of a plateau. It is inhabited by people who have abandoned the project and live a life of decadence dedicated to music. Disappointed Asa returns and upon hearing of the location of his wife Persis he abandons his position and heads out to the outer wylds. He finds his wife in time before she dies and the son that he never knew he had. He is met at the end by his friend Alva who has come to inform him that he has been made the Master of Norriya head of one of the administering districts in the Erthring.

The second in the Erthring Cycle trilogy. In this one we learn more about Yggdrasil. It was founded by a rich man named Tuperman who recruited six other millionaires and formed the project. It is lavishly supplied with helicopters and submarines and a supercomputer. All to keep the local tribes down while scholars spend time to research how to make humans one with the Earth. Obviously the whole project is one big waste of time. Interesting the South American Erthring took the other extreme action and is destined to end at the same place as Yggdrasil. Tuperman seems like some crazy moonbat with delusions of grandeur. He devised these riddles that opened vault doors to parcel out information and named the place after Norse mythology. This is such an interesting well written book. You do want to find out how it ends even though you know its not going to end well.

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THE MEMOIRS OF ALCHERINGIA BY WAYLAND DREW

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Copyright 1984.

Asa of the Alcheringians is a young seventeen year old on his first raid. Approved by the tribal elders and sanctioned by the gods it is a rite of passage for all young men. The raid is a success and many woman are taken including his future wife Persis. He also earns the enmity of Garm for humiliating him and leaving him bound. Life is good for Asa but things are changing. The young of the tribe are rebelling against the old ways. They want to change and stop the nomadic lifestyle. Start domesticating animals and planting crops. This is in direct violation to the Tabuly that was ordained by the gods.

The gods are actually a group of scientists and scholars on the island chain of Yggdrasil. Before the nuclear war destroyed civilization a group was formed and sheltered on these islands. There mission was to find a way for man to live in harmony with nature. So they formed the Project which keeps the tribes on the mainland a primitive society through the tribal traditions they instituted. Now to stop the Alcheringians they must consider wiping out the tribe to stabilize the Project.

The first book in The Erthring Cycle trilogy. This was by a Canadian author who is an English high school teacher. He didn’t write much and this was his only foray into science fiction. He is a very good writer. This post-apocalyptic society of some intellectuals determined to save the human race from itself is a unique idea with enjoyable characters and settings. It is a sad book as the Alcheringians are destroyed by manipulating the surrounding tribes to attack. So here we have this group that states life is precious but willing to wipe out a people to preserve their goofy project. At the end Asa is the only survivor and his wife is taken by Garm who organized the attack. He ends with Asa going to join the Yggdasilians at the end. I found it fascinating read.

PLANET OF THE APES TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE EDITED BY RICH HANDLEY AND JIM BEARD

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UNFIRED by Dan Abnett

A group of mutants is making a pilgrimage to the holy church in the east. They are lead by a mutant who is unfired i.e. surgically altered so he does not have his psychic power and can kill to protect the pilgrims. They deliver a recently discovered holy scripture the launch codes for the Alpha-Omega missile.

MORE THAN HUMAN, LESS THAN APE by Nancy A. Collins

A young Cornelius goes on an archaeological expedition. They are ambushed by a tribe of baboons. Cornelius befriends the leader and lives among them and learns their culture. An army of gorillas comes and massacres the tribe. Baboons are monkeys and not apes so there is no violation of the sacred scrolls.

BLOOD BROTHERS by Will Murray

From the TV series. Galen, Virdon and Burke are continuing their quest and come to the Napa valley. It is inhabited by Native Americans lead by a gorilla. The gorilla was raised by the tribe and is their chief. He is also the brother of General Urko. He defeats Urko and the fugitives continue on.

THE PACING PLACE by Bob Mayer

An alternate world in which Taylor and Nova are not captured by mutants. They found a settlement called Fort Wayne and teach the younger humans how to talk. The pacing place is the place that Taylor paced while waiting for the birth of his son. A tradition starts where all men pace when their women are giving birth. Taylor dies with a thriving human civilization started.

MURDERER’S ROW by John Jackson Miller

A TV producer for the Hexagon Broadcasting Network has a show that will make the network competitive. He will get the future apes Zira and Cornelius to do a variety show on Saturday also known as Murderer’s Row for the killer competition.

ENDANGERED SPECIES by Greg Cox

Years before the movie a young chimpanzee researcher named Janae is studying humans. She notices that they seem to suppress the ability to speak and decides to try and teach a human to speak. She is murdered by gorillas to stop this heresy.

DANGEROUS IMAGININGS by Paul Kupperberg

A brilliant chimpanzee in an alternate future where the Earth wasn’t destroyed finds the backpack of the astronauts. He uses what he finds to invent new and wondrous inventions. This causes Zaius and the science council to crack down because these inventions are inspired by human technology.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN by Kevin J. Anderson and Sam Knight

A young Zaius goes on a scientific expedition to the Forbidden Zone. It is attacked by lizard creatures and while taking shelter in an old museum learns the truth about humans.

THE UNKNOWN APE by Andrew E.C. Gaska

A story from the animated series. General Urko has taken control of the Alpha-Omega missile and plans to use it against his enemies. Then a mixed army of apes, humans and mutants are lead by the Unknown Ape. This ape is Caesar from the past. With his friends Virgil and MacDonald have traveled to the future to stop the destruction of the world. Caesar manages to destroy the missile by sacrificing his life. Peace ensues between humans, mutants and apes.

SILENCED by Jim Beard

A tale of a young woman who was Taylor’s girlfriend. She had his daughter who was a worker at Ape Management when Caesar takes over. Later a descendant is the queen of the last human city. Finally the last descendant is Nova who speaks just before she is killed.

WHO IS THIS MAN? WHAT SORT OF DEVIL IS HE? by Robert Greenberger

General Urko from the TV series is recovering from his injuries with his family. He tells them of a time year before when he killed other human astronauts that arrived.

STONE MONKEY by Greg Keys

In Asia a siamang is hunted by a gorilla warlord. The warlord wants to live forever and forces the siamang to lead him to the immortal stone monkey. Instead he lead him to a refuge for oppressed monkeys that kill him. It is revealed that the siamang is the immortal monkey from human experiments long ago.

MILO’S TALE by Ty Templeton

Milo is from an advanced chimpanzee society far to the south. He comes with an expedition to investigate the crash of an old human ship. While rebuilding it he meets Zira and Cornelius. While in the ship an army of gorillas arrives and forces them to launch. They witness the destruction of Earth.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Dayton Ward

Galen, Virdon and Burke from the TV series come on the ruins of an old missile silo. Inside they find a message from a group of humans located at Area 51. They invite the fugitive and they manage to flee before General Urko arrives.

THE KING IS DEAD-LONG LIVE THE KING by Rich Handley

Caesar twenty years later is ruling a prosperous settlement. He decides he wants to make peace with the mutants and sends his son. The mutant ruler Mendez comes but Caesar’s son then kills his mother while the wife of Mendez kills her husband. The mutants leave and it is revealed that a mutant with mind control staged the killing because he was opposed to the peace.

BANANA REPUBLIC by Jonathan Maberry

A temple being built on the fringes of ape civilization uncovers a secret. The New Orleans Naval Reserve armory. Inside are stacks of assault rifles and grenades. An orangutan and gorilla decide to use the weapons against the growing power of the heretical chimpanzees.

An anthology of short stories from the original Planet of the Apes universe. Not only all the movies but the TV series and Saturday morning cartoon. What a great idea. Every story was excellent and there wasn’t a dud in the whole book which is rare for a seventeen story anthology. Obviously the level of writers and their passion for the subject helped. Hopefully there will be many more of such anthologies. A true must read for any Planet of the Apes fan.

THE SURVIVALIST #34 LODESTAR BY JERRY AHERN SHARON AHERN BOB ANDERSON

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Things are not going well for the Rourke family. John’s newborn son has died from the alien virus that is going around. Neo-Nazis are still trying to assassinate them. John Rourke is still captive of the aliens. The New World Order has infiltrated government and taken over the currency of the world’s governments. President Michael Rourke can see that the takeover of society is imminent. With Paul Rubenstein they gather together a dedicated group of people to fight the coming takeover. They set up a new retreat in the Fantastic Caverns in Missouri for their base of operations. The search for John Rourke leads to a secret alien base in Alaska and the story ends as they are poised to assault this base.

The Survivalist sage continues. It started off slow but picked up. I found myself getting into the story. I think that Sharon and Bob are really getting the hang of writing for the Survivalist. John Rourke is still absent from the book as the action centers on his friend Paul and son Michael. This book is a reflection of our current times with a mysterious secretive group of elites out to control the world through currency manipulation and overthrowing governments. Of course we also get Neo-Nazis, Russian-alien alliances to also worry about. The book ends at a cliffhanger as Michael assaults the alien base with the aliens prepared. Looking forward to the next book next year.

THE MARAUDERS FORTRESS OF DEATH BY MICHAEL MCGANN

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Copyright 1991.

Chairman Maximov has managed to salvage two nuclear cruise missiles from a Soviet submarine sunk in the Baltic Sea. With these missiles he plans to destroy his main opponent King Shatterhand by nuking London. But he has to first get them in working order. So as a distraction he sends his agents to attempt to assassinate King Shatterhand and distract the Marauders from his true intentions. Luckily a mysterious radio transmission alerts the Marauders so its off to Germany.

There they find out that their mysterious informants are two Spetsnaz that survived WWIII and are now actively working against Maximov and his FSE goons. They also have access to a secret NATO facility with all these experimental weapons. They will need these weapons if they are to successfully assault Maximov’s fortress at Schloss Adler. A castle atop an impregnable mountain.

This is the final book in the series and the best. It was obviously written by someone different. It was more lucid than the previous books and didn’t have the left-wing rants. Now the bar was not set too high so the story was not all that special. Sort of a by the numbers action and in all honestly was mediocre. Mediocre is still a big improvement over the past books so this was probably the only book that wasn’t a complete pile of shit.

I am over 90% certain that the previous books were written by Ed Naha. The style and certain elements appeared in the Traveler series. Now I loved the Traveler series and Naha wrote some of the best so I scratch my head why he didn’t at least try to write something better. It was like he just churned something out in a half hour. In fact this whole series was just an excuse to cash in on the more superior Guardians series. While the idea was sound it was horribly executed. Now I did buy them since back in those days anything that dealt with a nuclear holocaust I would buy. So in that sense it was a success because there were probably others like me. It lasted as long as the Guardians so it probably would have continued if the Soviet Union hadn’t collapsed. At least there were signs that the publishers were trying to improve the series.

Still in the overall scheme of things this series gets a big thumbs down.

THE MARAUDERS BLOOD AND FIRE BY MICHAEL MCGANN

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Copyright 1991.

The Marauders are trying to get back to England after stealing a helicopter in the Ukraine. For some reason they decide to take the scenic route over the Mediterranean. They must fly over Italy which was revealed to have been liberated by the Free West. Instead of stopping there they continue on and get shot down. They make it to shore in Spain. Now Spain has been mostly abandoned by the FSE. They are concentrating their forces on the north coast for an invasion of Britain.

Spain is mostly now overrun with roadrats, hordes of scum that are going around looting, pillaging and raping the local villages. One such group is run by Bill Beame a former American special forces who was on the run for his crimes. His gang tries to take the Marauders but ends up getting wiped out. Beame pretends to have been a prisoner of the group and luckily is an old friend of Kinski. They were buddies back in the covert war in El Hiagura. They lose Crazy Jack in the fight and can’t find him so presume he’s dead and just go on their way.

Crazy Jack isn’t dead and gets a visit from their old dead comrade Tom Bee who comes riding down on a horse and motivates Crazy Jack through bullshit new age mumbo-jumbo. He wanders around and finds some old Vietnam vets who now are hippies living in a commune. Luckily they still remember how to fight. They have been ambushing FSE troops and roadrats and have collected an impressive arsenal. Crazy Jack motives them to help him find his friends.

Which is a good thing since Kinski’s old friend Beamer is not a very good friend. He still is into the raping and pillaging and betrays the Marauders to the FSE. Luckily Crazy Jack and the hippy Vietnam vets come and save the day.

Another piece of shit in the series known as the Marauders. If there was any doubt that the guy who wrote the Traveler series also wrote this book series it was laid to rest. Roadrats and the fictional country of El Hiagura are prominent in this book as they were in Traveler. The author also changes Buddha Chan’s first name from Winston to Gold. Apparently he can’t keep the characters names straight. We find out that Kinski back in his youth was a nun raper back in his days in El Hiagura which he doesn’t bring up with his friends about old Beamer’s past. But his friends knew anyway because Kinski would talk about it in his sleep. Auugh who cares!!! This was another book with an incomprehensible plot and characters that you can’t bring yourself to give a damn about. The craptastic series continues on.

THE MARAUDERS THE GHOST WARRIORS BY MICHAEL MCGANN

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Copyright 1990.

The Marauders are heading back home and decide to take the long scenic route by going through The Ukraine. It is here that they run into the Howlers. Genetically made troops for Chairman Maximov in his goal of conquering the world. The Howlers are created by the son of a Nazi scientist who decides to carry on the family tradition. Luckily Maximov being a good Communist Russian has no qualms about using this nutjobs works. In fact Maximov admires Hitler and believes that the only reason Hitler lost was because he was too lenient with people. Something Maximov has no plans of doing.

Well the leader Crazy Jack Keenan is captured and exposed to the neurotoxin that turns people into Howlers. But thanks to the intervention of their dead teammate’s spirit Tom Bee, Kennan manages to adapt to the toxin and become superhuman. Thus he and his fellow Marauders free the Ukraine and send Maximov packing.

Wow this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. There is just a whole boatload of things that don’t make sense. Like trying to go back to England by going east into the Ukraine. Or that the Howlers are created by exposure to neurotoxin that over-heightens the senses. It drives men crazy and they kill anybody else. When nobody is around they kill themselves. Yet in the beginning the Marauders are fighting ones that drive jeeps, shoot assault rifles and are working together. Oh and they only last two hours so the kooky scientist is constantly processing people. For what purpose? God was this book bad. The series hit its low point with this turkey.