In the aftermath of a war that decimated the nation, only the strong survived. Ted Quantrill was one of the strong, a ruthless assassin for the fanatic religious dictatorshop that rebuilt America.
But a man can grow tired of killing, and Quantrill has turned his back on the past. Here in the Wild Country, the lawless borderland of the Southwest, he plans to make a new life for himself and the woman he hopes to marry.
But Quantrill's past won't let him alone. To preserve his way of life, he'll have to kill again. And his target is an old friend, as well-trained and deadly as he is.
"An exciting, thoroughly believable story... a book as spacious as its setting." —Poul Anderson
A STUNNING SAGA OF JUSTICE LOVE, AND POWER IN THE WILD LANDS BEYOND THE LAW.
The stunning conclusion to a magnificent saga by the author of Single Combat.
In two previous adventure-filled novels, SYSTEMIC SHOCK and SINGLE COMBAT, Dean Ing has created a terrifyingly believable portrait of our nation a few years from now: An America devastated by a nuclear strike that destroyed a hundred million lives and wounded the fabric of society.
In Ted Quantrill, a former assassin who has learned the limitations of violence, Ing has fashioned a true hero, a man strong enough to previal in desperate times, yet filled with the sense of justice and passion to make a better world.
In WILD COUNTRY, Dean Ing brings this powerful saga to its triumphant conclusion. It is a magnificent, towering vision by a master storyteller.
"In WILD COUNTRY Dean Ing gives his readers a fascinating tour of the Southwest during the reconstruction of America after a semi-devastating war. Ing mixes elements as old as the basic survival skills of ranching with the latest in high-tech dope smuggling, mixes wild boars who eat rattlesnakes with an amulet capable of synthesizing the most exotic chemicals, a shootout in a simulated London Blitz, and some very nice people (including the boar)." —Donald Kingsbury