C.A.D.S. #12 TECH ASSASSINS BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1991.

The C.A.D.S. under Colonel Dean Sturgis have successfully rescued President Williamson from The Lenin. What they didn’t know is he has already been brainwashed while a prisoner. Programmed to find the nuclear reactor at Hardbase Alpha and then wait for the miniature nuclear bomb implanted in him to go off. So Sturgis and his men must fight other guards at the base who were ordered by the President to stop them. After a whole bunch of fights that take up the first third of the book they manage to stop the President. They get the bomb taken out of him and have him deprogrammed. This incident has given the President the idea that a new Continental Congress should be convened to declare a second Declaration of Independence.

Needless to say evil Supreme Marshal Veloshnikov goes nuts over this idea. Aboard his new super sub The Leonid Breshnev he begins an all out attack on the free communities scattered across a devastated post-nuke America. Such units as Supreme Soviet Death Division, Black Raskolnikov Brigade and my favorite- Sergeivitch Ivanovsky Bolkenskvo Spetnaz Brigade for the Utter Destruction of American Freedom and National Sovereignty. Yow what a mouthful. So the C.A.D.S. have to come to the rescue. They meet the Soviets in a big endless battle that takes up the second half of the book. After endless fighting the C.A.D.S. come out victorious. At the end the congress meets and broadcasts via a giant holographic image up in the sky. Veloshnikov sits in front of the TV glowering and thinking up his next brilliant plan to destroy America.

We never do find out his brilliant plan for this was the last in the series. It’s a bit ironic that the books ends with him saying “Death to America. Long live the Soviet Union.” This book came out December of 1991 the year that the Soviet Union was officially dissolved. So that event pretty much sounded the death knell for books like this. In this case it was probably a mercy that the series was finally put out of it’s misery. Although it may have been heading there anyway. I gave up on this series with the last book. Only recently did I find this book at Half Price to complete my collection. I didn’t miss anything all those years.

This was a really bad book. I mean it is filled with a constant stream of such cringe worthy dialogue as “Attack these putrid Yankee scum suckers, brave comrades,” or “Your doltish American taunts fall on deaf ears, craven imperialist lackeys.” Now this series started out pretty good. A solid if absurd little post-nuke action adventure. Now like most of these series they tend to go off in some very weird tangents. Which it was doing under it’s original creator Ryder Syvertson. It took the replacement with David Alexander to bring the series to a whole new level of crap. Still his crappy writing was good for a few laughs. Although it was probably good that the series ended before my brain turned to complete mush from reading too much of this.

C.A.D.S. #11 DEATH ZONE ATTACK BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1991.

The C.A.D.S. under Colonel Dean Sturgis are on the offensive. They attack Fortress Kerensky which lies on the ruins of St. Louis. After defeating the invaders by creating an artificial tornado they take the fortress intact. Seems the Soviets are not doing well. So Marshal Veloshnikov the evil leader decides to hold a bogus peace conference. President Williamson goes to meet the puppet Soviet premier at Colonial Williamsburg. Williamsburg has been converted to the first Communist theme park called Stalinland. Sounds like something the Antifa crowd would enjoy. Anyway it turns out to be a set up. The puppet premier had a small nuclear bomb implanted in him. The President escapes but is captured and taken to the giant saucer sub Lenin. Also the Soviets launch a two prong attack from Siberia into Alaska and Mexico into the Southwest. C.A.D.S. manage to stop both. Then they go to the Lenin and rescue the President.

OK so this book was just nuts. It had the typical endless scenes of fighting with high tech helicopters, jet fighters and hovertanks with lasers and missiles against the super C.A.D.S. Also a special appearance by the Greysuits who are clearly inferior. There is very little wasted on plot and character development. The President’s capture is casually devoted one whole sentence. Don’t want to get too wordy about stuff not involving high tech fights. He does have a moment where Veloshnikov stops on an island in Nova Scotia with the President to have a talk. Its whole purpose seemed to show how truly evil Veloshnikov is. He takes the time to bash a baby seal to death with a rock. Then takes an assault rifle and slaughters all the others just for fun. Yes this guy kills baby seals for the fun of it. How evil can you get? Also the giant sub Lenin has all of a sudden lost it’s traditional sub shape and become a giant saucer. The C.A.D.S. easily manage to destroy it and free the President. Of course evil Veloshnikov escapes in his mach 20 escape craft and plots how to destroy the evil Amerikanski.

Now surprisingly the editor must have woken up for the glaring grammatical errors weren’t present in this book like the past two. In fact this had some of the most glorious passages to date. For instance the description of the deaths from the artificial tornado.

First their eyeballs squirted from the sockets of their skulls. Then their teeth flew out of their gaping mouths. Finally all the blood in their veins emptied out through their noses, eyes, dicks and assholes.

Wow what a visual. There’s more.

Clapping his hands on full servo power, Sturgis send a miniature sonic boom thundering in their direction. The supersonic clap shattered the Russians’ eardrums and made blood squeezed from their rupturing brains spurt from their nostrils with such fantastic pressure that it blew their noses clean off their faces in a shower of sticky red glop.

But wait. There’s still more.

A second supersonic clap and the eyeballs of the hapless Russians squirted from their socket, hanging uselessly down their faces on twisted white nerve threads. A third and final thunderclap from Sturgis and their hearts exploded in their chests, causing their bodies to explode.

Well nothing like being thorough. The book had writing like this throughout. It was glorious to read such incredible descriptive writing. Oh and one final little quote I enjoyed. A Greysuit has one final curse before he buys it.

The colonel muttered a Ukrainian peasants oath that damned the American to a thousand lifetimes in hell picking dirt from between the devil’s toes and sucking the eternally shitting assholes of the damned.

Now there is a curse that is creative. Go ahead and use it instead the more pedestrian “Go to Hell” or “Fuck you”.

C.A.D.S. #9 SUICIDE ATTACK BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1990.

After the destruction of Ft. Collins the C.A.D.S. under Colonel Dean Sturgis go on the offensive. They split into three groups to attack major Soviet bases in the west. One under Sturgis attacks Ft. Kharkov in Colorado. Another hits a base in Utah that are harvesting Americans for their organs to give to the Soviet elite. The third to hit a base in California. Only this group somehow gets lost after hijacking a Soviet APC and ends up in Salt Lake City. The city is controlled by mutant bikers and they have some important prisoners they were selling to the Soviets. It turns out the guys were from a secret U.S./CIA base called Hardbase Alpha. This base was a weapons research base in a huge cavern under the Nevada desert. So now America has a new base as HQ in their fight against the Russians.

Anyway after they destroy the bases they find out the evil plan of Supreme Marshall Veloshnikov. He plans to saturate the southwest with massive neutron bombs that will destroy the C.A.D.S. So they go their and destroy the base. Oh yeah and there was subplot where Robin, Sturgis’s wife was captured by the evil KGB major Denisov. He wires her with explosives and detonates them in front of Sturgis. He was hoping to drive Sturgis insane which he did but unfortunately it drove him so insane he defeated Denisov’s troops. Then Sturgis cuts off Denisov’s ears for a necklace. At the end Sturgis is so depressed he starts drinking. After FIVE bottles of White Lightning and still being conscious( I guess all that sex must fortify the metabolism)he has a tizzy fit when he hears his men talk about his problem. So after his drunken fit he goes out in the desert to live in a cave.

So big changes in the series. For one Ryder Syvertsen was replaced by David Alexander as the writer. Now Alexander of Phoenix fame (a book series that will definitely be covered later) makes Syvertsen look like Hemmingway. This guys is just incredibly a bad writer. Its also obvious he could care less. With all the grammatical errors at this stage neither did the editor. They must have needed a new writer for this series and Alexander could just crank one out.

He did keep the major characters but made some changes. First was he changed the color of the suits from black to silver. Now they were called Silversuits. Never mind they never had any time to upgrade their suits from the last book. Also he decided to get rid of Robin. Now that actually made sense. The character was very boring. Plus the fact that Sturgis was always banging other women made her being his one true love not very sincere. He did introduce a new female doctor for the unit. Vicky Novack was described a women with the body of a showgirl. Yet nothing ever came of a future romance.

In fact under Alexander there was no more sex for Sturgis. His writing style is one of just unending action sequences. Filled with fights against helicopters, fighters and hover tanks all armed with a variety of lasers and missiles. There are acronym filled weapons systems aplenty. All this action can’t find any room for that useless stuff like plot or character development. This is definitely where the series went downhill.

C.A.D.S. #8 CYBERTECH KILLING ZONE BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1989.

Colonel Dean Sturgis and this C.A.D.S. have made it to White Sands and find that the Soviets have dropped a biological weapon on the site. Fortunately they were able to close the doors before the germs were able to get into the base. Yet the site is now compromised so they evacuate just before the Soviets drop a nuke on the base. Their destination is the new base they discovered in the last book. Fort Collins has a wealth of tech that could be used in the fight against the invading Soviets. Meanwhile in Soviet occupied South Carolina the reverent Jerry Jeff Jeeters has been found out to be an American agent and escapes to the resistance. He tells the Revengers of the imminent attack on White Sands and they mount an expedition to warn them. Unfortunately a tad too late.

So the C.A.D.S. with the survivors of White Sands meet up with a community lead by the Saloonkeeper. The guy was part of a western being shot and looks like John Carradine. His group are also cannibals and capture the C.A.D.S. using gallons of glue they spray on them. Then they plan to use the captives as meat. Sturgis, Dixon and the kids captured are put in veal pens and force feed to fatten them up. Luckily Dixon manages to escape and finds a National Guard unit nearby led by a former NBA player. They rescue the C.A.D.S. and continue on to Fort Collins.

Before they get their they run into Chief Naktu and his Naqui Indians. They are also joined by Reverend Jeeters and the Revengers that set out to warn them. Only now the warning is Pinky Ellis the industrialist traitor now has control over Fort Collins. He has joined forces with the cultist Anetra and together they have declared themselves Emperor and Empress of America. The forces at Fort Collins capture the group. At this time Marshall Veloshnikov comes with the intention of capturing the fort. Anyway Jeeters manages to set off the self destruct and Sturgis and his men escape before the fortress explodes.

Well just when you think this series can’t get any weirder along comes this book. Where to begin. I suppose first is how easy it is always for the guys to get captured. I mean some idiot cannibals with gallons of glue manage to disable the suits. What the hell is all this glue doing on a movie set anyway? Plus it seemed like the author had a rant against the veal industry. Pinky Ellis finds someone to fall in love with the kooky Anetra and her cult. Yet at the end he kills her because she wanted to have sex while the base was about to blow up and Pinky still wanted to live. It ended ambiguously whether Pinky survived. We do know that Veloshnikov managed to escape yet missing an eye and other injuries. Also Robin who was freeze dried and though dead has her coffin blown out and found by a prospector yet she has no memory. Oh and she also was OK with Sturgis’s other girlfriend and was going to share him with her. Man this guy has it made.

This was the last book for Ryder Syvertson in the series. He definitely went out with a bang. This was one wild and crazy book.

C.A.D.S #6 TECH INFERNO BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1988.

Five years after the sneak attack by the Soviets and live continues on. Yet the Soviets are still out to conquer America and drop three atomic bombs on two fledgling settlements out west and the Utah Aerodrome. The government in White Sands under President Williamson wants to retaliate but the tactical situation is grim. So they come up with a bold plan to strike at the heart of the evil Soviet empire. Colonel Dean Sturgis will lead his C.A.D.S. on a strike at the leadership in Moscow. So they get on a plane and are airdropped in the Arctic. Than they walk into Siberia and steal some transport to Moscow.

So things go fairly on plan. They have to fight off a giant mutant walrus and a pack of lobster wolves that have acid come out of their fangs. They find a small village inhabited by Uzbecs who are very anti-Soviet. They help the C.A.D.S. make it to Moscow. There they find a secret passage from Lenin’s Tomb into the Kremlin and destroy it along with the Soviet premier who started the war. Oh and Sturgis manages to rescue his wife Robin who was prisoner in the dungeon.

This book was probably the high point in the series. In fact I can’t remember what the plots were to the books that came after this. As I read them I understand why. This was a fun and enjoyable story. The group gets to attack Moscow and kill off all the cowardly leaders. There was one scene that actually had some relevance in 2020. There is a toilet paper shortage in Moscow and the gang manage to trade some for bullets. This probably struck me now in 2020 more than thirty years ago since well you know what. There was also the goofy stuff that Syvertson was know for in his writing post-nuke stories. Namely the way the Soviets seemed to adopt the practices of the Romans. In this case they crucify their dissidents. Even have an official mourner who prays for ten minutes by the victims. Then there was the torturers that use some crazy Rube-Goldberg type devices. The mutant creatures and the equally over the top evil Soviets. Another enjoyable book.

C.A.D.S. #5 TECH SATAN BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1988.

Its been three years since the Soviet sneak attack has reduced America to a shattered land. They have not made much progress in occupying America thanks to the C.A.D.S. force. Yet they continue their efforts. They have decided to airdrop troops in the Midwest to start growing food for the starving masses back home. At one of these outposts in Arkansas Robin Adler the wife of C.A.D.S. leader Dean Sturgis is captured and brainwashed into loving the Soviet commander Major Denirov.

Anyway the C.A.D.S. are heading back to the secret base at White Sands, NM. They find it locked down due to mysterious microwaves that are bombarding the base. They find out it was started by arch traitor Pinky Ellis who didn’t die last book. They manages to destroy the transmitter but then Sturgis has to deal with the President’s cabinet who try to get him court martialed on some trumped up charges. Beating those he than gets his next assignment. The leaders have decided to split the C.A.D.S. up to take out these Soviet outposts in the Midwest. They also plan to get some prop planes and fly salvaged nukes and bomb the Soviet harbors on the east coast.

Sturgis thinks the plan is nuts but obeys orders. With his team he is assigned the post in Arkansas. Along the way they let their guard down and get captured by some nutjob who has control of some kids. But they manage to escape and continue on. At the outpost the Soviets have allied with a Sister Anetra and her kooky mind control cult. Sturgis gets captured while visiting her to negotiate an alliance and gets mind controlled and becomes a drone in her cult. Yet he manages to break the drugs and lead his men to destroy her. Although Anetra escapes to cause trouble in the future.

Later he gets an offer from Denirov. He is a member of a faction that wants peace. So Sturgis doesn’t destroy the fort and heads back to White Sands with the message from Danirov. Reluctantly he also leaves his wife who claims she is now in love with Danirov. Of course she’s brainwashed but we’ll see how that turns out next book.

Well this an interesting book. It has all the trademarks of a Syvertson book. A kooky cult that uses drugs to control it’s members. The very decadent Soviets. This Danirov is just a major in an isolated garrison but somehow manages to live like a king. His quarters are opulent with his own butler. He has plenty of exotic foods, Dom Perignon, and other luxuries. He also brings back Pinky Ellis who continues to cause trouble. Although Pinky is obsessed with getting back Morgana Pinter who he kept as a slave. Which is why he doesn’t tell the Soviets about White Sands.

Finally poor Sturgis loses to love of his life to the evil Soviets. Fortunately he gets plenty of sex from his girlfriends Dr. Decamp and Morgana Pinter so that helps him get over it. A very strange book. The writer gives us Martel who supposedly committed suicide in book two. This was faked for some reason never really explained. The President’s cabinet has some bug up their ass with Sturgis because I guess their assholes. Oh and the kooky plan to use prop planes to nuke the Soviets is never really told how that turned out but it is assumed it failed. Gosh I wonder why? Still another enjoyable romp in the kooky post-nuke world.

C.A.D.S. #4 TECH STRIKE FORCE BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1987.

The C.A.D.S. have successfully destroyed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and now have to escape the Soviets. The group has split up and Colonel Dean Sturgis with Billy Dixon are together. They run into a Soviet patrol and get captured in Colonial Williamsburg. They are taken to the super sub Lenin to get tortured and interrogated. They mainly concentrate on Dixon to break Sturgis. Dixon gets his fingers broken and sodomized by the KGB torturer. Well the two are rescued by their teammates as the sub docks in Norfolk. They make it to a Revengers base in North Carolina. There Sturgis meets one of his flings and finds out she is pregnant. She also is now not just a hillbilly but a crystal healing specialist. The resistance has discovered the power of crystal healing. Something that comes in handy.

For when they reach their base in the Okefenokee swamp they find a disease ravaging the place. Sturgis’s girlfriend Dieter dies of it before they can use the crystals. Well after that they get new equipment to upgrade their suits to use any captured ammo since they are running out of their own. Then they have another mission. Pinky Ellis the corrupt owner of the Exrell Corporation is going to sell the Soviets a powerful new tank. The Bandersnatch is a hover tank with a laser cannon. He also has technical data on the C.A.D.S. suits. He is going to meet the Russians in New Orleans. So the gang goes there and first has to fight off the crazies from the insane asylum they met up with in the first book. Carl the King and his kooks now control Biloxi and cause some minor damage. Then they reach New Orleans and fight Pinky and his mercenaries. Luckily Pinky was ripping off the Pentagon for billions and his tank doesn’t work too well. Pinky ends up buried in an ant hill in the swamp by Dixon.

So this book has most of the trademarks you find in a Syvertson book. He really had something about that mumbo-jumbo new age crystal healing bullshit. There is also plenty of sex that Sturgis gets. First the sexpot hillbilly girl who has become a crystal expert. She tells him that due to the war those men that are healthy must forgo monogamy and sleep with many women for the sake of the human race. Well that doesn’t seem to be something Sturgis has a problem with. In addition to this girl he does lose his main girlfriend back on Sanctuary Island Dieter but manages to get a replacement in Gloria real easy. Than there is Dr. Sheila Decamp the tough doctor who has fallen madly in love with Sturgis. In New Orleans before the battle they have a little romp which Sturgis somewhat regrets. For Decamp than gets a little too clingy and wants to make a big thing about it while Sturgis wanted just a quickie. Yet this doesn’t stop him from sleeping with her many times later on. I guess when your a superstud you just can’t help yourself. All this time between banging women he continues to find time to lament about his one true love Robin who is still out there.

Syvertson brings back some of the villains for past books. Namely the insane Carl the King and his goofy escaped inmates. I thought they were dead but apparently are still causing trouble and survive to continue in the future. Then there is the fat Pinky Ellis who is still his loathsome self. Billy Dixon who had some trauma from his corncobbing by the KGB has issues with impotence and acting like a dick. Yet a good talking to by Sturgis helps him come to terms. Apparently burying Pinky up to his neck in an anthill is the therapy he needs.

Another wonderful entry in a kooky series.

C.A.D.S. #3 TECH COMMANDO BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1986.

Col. Dean Sturgis has taken off to find his wife in post-nuke Georgia. He does find out she is still on the move and has just missed her. Unfortunately he is ambushed by some biker scum that are collaborating with the Soviet invaders. The leader was the loathsome guy from the first book that prevented Sturgis from reuniting with his wife the first time. Strugis manages to wipe them out except the leader who I’m sure will appear in a future book. He also loses his C.A.D.S. suit and must go on without it.

So he decides to head back to the secret base in the Okefenokee but falls into a pit of quicksand. Fortunately for him a kindly old man named Boss Peppercorn comes along in a motorized wheelchair with machineguns. He saves him and after being convinced Sturgis isn’t a Soviet agent takes him to his home. A nice comfortable place in the devastation of the world. Although apparently he can’t keep the snakes out which doesn’t bother him. (It would bother me.) Gives Dean a baloney sandwich then the two head out to find his secret base. They have no trouble thanks to the Scotsman of the unit who has to play his bagpipes.

So no sooner than he gets back does he receive his first mission. The C.A.D.S. must destroy the Fidel Castro Brigade which has established themselves at Epcot. Along the way they meet up with the local resistance and team up to wipe out the Cubans and a Soviet helicopter reaction force. After this they must than head north to destroy the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The Soviets are repairing it for their forces in Maryland to go south and than spread out all over America. They manages to destroy this bridge in an action packed sequence that has them fighting tanks, helicopters, fighter bombers and the Greysuit’s of General Petrin.

So we now establish the C.A.D.S. in their own base for raids against the invading Soviets. Thankfully the women that they freed from the swamprats from the last book are their to help out. This gives the men female companionship. Sturgis himself hooks up with the leader Dieter while still lamenting that his one true love Robin is still out there. Still the guy has needs. Boss Peppercorn is another of the standard troupe of goofy characters that you find in a Syvertson book. This is also the second time this year I have read about Epcot being used by an invading force after the apocalypse. Never been there but maybe it is perfect for a base. Anyway there is something about Disney always being used in these post-apocalypse books by the baddies.

Also not really sure about the whole strategy of the Soviets that makes sense. Seems it would be easier to land the troops at Norfolk which they control than bother with fixing the bridge. What do I know. It managed to set the stage for another exciting book filled with action, crusty old men in machinegun equipped wheelchairs, decadent and evil commies. Not to mention the various sex with the hot women. All made this as enjoyable as when I read it as a teen back those many years.

C.A.D.S. #2 TECH BATTLEGROUND BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1986

C.A.D.S. has successfully rescued the President from Washington and are now heading back to White Sands. First they have to deal with some cannibalistic mutants at a farmhouse. Then a Soviet squad of helicopters but they do manage to make it to the base. There they find a coup has taken place and must then defeat the rebels. After getting settled in Col Dean Sturgis and his Omega Force must go out on another mission. Intelligence points that the Soviets plan to use the port at Charleston, South Carolina as a major launch point to conquer America. So the C.A.D.S. force must travel back to the east coast and destroy the Soviet ships coming into port. Along the way they meet a corrupt industrialist named Pinky Ellis and have to fight his men. Than at Charleston they use the suits to go underwater and destroy the Soviet transports and naval vessels. After that success they find a base for their East Coast operations deep in the Okefenokee Swamp. An old island called Refuge Island where escaped slaves during pre-Civil War days established a society. First they must defeat some evil cannibalistic swamp scum and free their captive women.

So the second book sees Ryder Syvertson take over the series all by himself. Jan Stacy moved on to do the balls to the walls wacko series The Last Ranger. Definitely worth checking out as Ryder got rid of Sturgis’s pitbull named Excaliber. Which I’m sure was a Stacy creation but you can read about this goofy human-dog relationship in his series.

Actually I think Syvertson may have been the better writer. I really enjoyed this second book much better than the first. It seems more focused and flowed better. Still it has all the elements you expect from a book from this time. The villains are truly loathsome. Pinky Ellis a corrupt industrialist is super fat, cheated the government with his substandard equipment and sold to the Russians. He also keeps a woman as a sex slave and his just a general A-hole. The Soviets are deliciously evil and decadent. Supreme Marshal Veloshnikov takes glee in seeing all the dead Americans from the neutron bombing of Charleston. He berates some of his men for not showing the same glee. He also goes on about the Capitalist waste of Americans but insists on taking a palatial mansion that reminds him of Tara for his personal HQ. The Greysuit general Petrin spends his time in a townhouse in Georgetown playing looted video games and watching movies. They condemn the American lifestyle but insist on living it.

The heroes are also a bit over the top. The resistance called the Revengers are hillbillies that Sturgis has to convince to not feud with one another and fight the Russians. A TV televangelist who is secretly passing on intelligence using a code that is linked to biblical scripture. Of course Dean the leader is always worrying about his wife Robyn but finds time to go to poundtown with a young hillbilly sexpot. Oh and the C.A.D.S. suits in addition to flying can also go underwater. This is a classic series.

C.A.D.S. BY JOHN SIEVERT

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Copyright 1985.

Christmas Eve 1997. The Soviets decide to launch a surprise preemptive nuclear attack against the U.S. Using their advanced technology they can track every nuclear sub and take them out. Their satellites knock out America’s early warning satellites. Laser defenses are to knock out America’s response. The attack succeeds with a resounding victory for the Soviets. They do lose Leningrad and nineteen other cities but they complete pound America into the ground. Now hordes of Soviet troops are invading the east coast. The President and his cabinet are trapped in the war room beneath the White House in a neutron bombed Washington.

Yet there is one force still around to fight the Soviets. At the secret base in White Sands, New Mexico are the C.A.D.S. or Computerized Attack/Defense System. Seven foot tall armored suits designed to function in a post-nuclear environment. Armed with machine guns, liquid plastic flamethrowers, darts and e-balls they are formidable weapons. Under Colonel Dean Sturgis U.S.A.F the C.A.D.S. head out to Washington to rescue the President. Their trip is across a nuked out America with the various hordes of crazies, rapists and murderers that these apocalypses usually bring out. They make it to Washington were the President is besieged by Soviets including their own version of giant battlesuits called the Grey Suits. An epic battle ensues for the future of America.

So back in the eighties I found this series. Looking at it doesn’t look all that exciting. The title sound like some kind of computer program and the cover is a nondescript picture of some futuristic laser handgun. Well luckily for me I did check it out and read on the back Soviets invading after a nuclear war. So I grabbed that up right away because that was my thing back then. In it was a fun exciting action packed story. The Soviets are their typical evil and decadent selves. The main baddie is a Marshal Veloshnikov has a personal grudge against the Americans for killing his family in the bombing of north Vietnam during the war. Now he sits in this huge sub called the Lenin stocked with women and delicacies. They have parties that Caligula would probably find a bit too much.

This book was written by the team of Syvertson Ryder and Jan Stacy. The duo that brought us the awesome Doomsday Warrior series. In fact this could be a prequel to that series. Soviets launch a surprise attack and conquer the world. A brave group of American resistance fighters operating out of a secret underground base in the west. The main leader is the quintessential alpha male. Sturgis has a wife named Robin who has a subplot of her surviving after the war and Sturgis always worrying about finding her. Yet he does have time at a rest in West Virginia to have sex with a beautiful eighteen year old virgin. I mean this guy is just too manly to be contained. Just like Ted Rockson from the Doomsday Warrior.

Yes the whole concept of the Soviets launching an amphibious assault across the Atlantic is absurd. Yet it is a fun goofyness that I loved as a teen back in those days. So instead of mutant creatures you get seven foot tall flying computer suits armed to the teeth. Otherwise it is the Doomsday Warrior. It isn’t as good but then again what is.