Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm.
Legend has it that an experiment failed. Catastrophically so. And when it failed, the center of the United States, from the Sierra Nevada to the Mississippi river, became "The Waste", where everything changed.
In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind.
In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs.
Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.
Taking up an escort mission, Vince encounters a situation that will shape his life forever onward.
As well as the lives of everyone in North America.
Warning: This novel contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with society and cultural norms.
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Good read but very similar to his other books
Adult fantasy pulp
If I didn't know that Randi Darren is a pseudonym of William D Arand I'd be thinking one of them had plagiarised the others book. I previously listened to "Super Sales on Super Heroes" which I really enjoyed, and searching out his other books thought I'd give this a try. The story lines of these two books are basically identical but placed in different settings i.e. (spoilers) a guy with some sort of power to 'read' and adapt other people starts buying up slaves to create an initial harem of powerful characters and then expands by buying up loads more to create his own army/commune.I felt it was a little lazy to essentially use the same storyline, but it's set in a more Tolkienesque fantasy world and with a very large smattering of adult content. However, taken for itself I found the book enjoyable and an easy listen, but it's more of a pulp read than anything deeper, but I doubt it was aimed as anything more than that. If I could only choose one I'd pick Super Sales, as I prefer it's dark humour but this has it's place for those that like a more fantasy style story and adult content, which at times is quite explicit, which didn't bother me but others may find difficult if not keen on that sort of content. Other than that, the narration is very good and pretty enjoyable.