Set in a near-future United States that’s been decimated by nuclear and biological war, Wasteland Blues tells the story of three friends — and their wheelchair-bound hostage — who are spurred by a dark vision to undertake a perilous journey. They venture into a nightmare landscape to seek a rumored haven on the far side of the country.
The travelers confront mutant bugs, bandits and raiders, and an insane automaton. Perhaps most dangerous are the wild denizens of a ravaged land who seek to snare the travelers in their own cruel schemes.
One reviewer wrote “Joyously, the book grew on me quickly, the characters turning deeper than I expected, the plot turning inward and becoming more about the journey and its diversions than that bright far-off quest goal, and intriguing elements introduced that aren’t simple post-apocalyptic tropes.”
He also wrote “…the writing reminded me most of Stephen King, with its moments of humor, absurdity, rage, and general off-kilter characters. Despite being written by two men, the novel maintains a unified voice, and I can see how (as the introduction posits) the two authors complement one another to reach a fine balance in tone.”
The book is available as a paperback or on Kindle. Many thanks to the fine folks at Dog Star Books for helping to bring Wasteland Blues to light. Be sure to check out the other great titles in Dog Star’s roster. And hats off to Bradley Sharp for the amazing cover illustration. Thanks Bradley!
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