A cold sense of dèjá vu becomes reality as the group emerges from a gateway they'd survived before -- a grim graveyard of lost friends and nightmares. The consuming need to escape the dangerous melancholy of the place forces Ryan and company onto the frozen tundra, where an even greater menace awaits. The forbidding land harbors a dying tribe -- cursed members of the ancient Inuit, who seize the arrival of Ryan and his band as their last hope to appease angry gods... by offering them up as human sacrifice.
In the Deathlands, the price for survival is the constant fear of death.
Time, and the fallout of a nuclear holocaust, have ravaged 21st century America, but one fundamental impulse of human nature remains: the will to survive. And only the strongest do survive. Men like Ryan Cawdor, whose inner strength and stubborn resolve continue to defy the worst that Deathlands offers. With grim determination, he and his warrior group continue to face the stark and brutal choices of this new world that are often not choices at all, but imperatives. Act first, ask questions later.
Hi there! I had to read this book "Ritual Chill" after seeing the very bad reviews that others here had given it. What in the world are you guys talking about? This book dwells alot on my favorite character, Doc Tanner, and past experiences with Lori and the Alaska redoubt. The depression/ madness creeps in and he becomes catatonic, then later assumes the character of Joseph Jordan. I think what people don't like about this book is Andy Boot deals alot with personal plots, and not so much action. But I found it a nice change! Don't despair Andy, I say great job! Thanks!
I gave this a 2 because he attempted to tap into Doc's psyche with the ramblings but unfortunately this did not go well at all.  The italics inner musings of Doc were interesting the first 2 times and a bit lame the 3rd.  The following 8? 9? whatever - I just skipped them entirely.  I give you serious props for attempting that even though it could have been loads better.  Hence the 2 and not the 1.
The deathlands series revolves around the characters and weapons - everything else in the world changes, settings, villains, mutations, etc.  Andy Boot needs to be removed from this series.  He doesn't stay true to the characters and clearly has little to no knowledge of weapons/explosives.  He decided to write an novel with doc fighting against insanity and then the rest of the group fighting the elements.  Unfortunately his knowledge of weapons is not his only shortcoming.  The way that the party interacts with the cold, the weather, etc is just wrong.  Ditto on everything else.
Maybe it isn't Andy though. Maybe they just need to get some competent editors.  I mean how does the word "insure" get used where "ensure" belongs if you have an editor?  Maybe the editor doesn't know guns, explosives and the characters but I would expect them to know english....
I really want to give it a 1 but I'm going with the 2 because of the attempt to explore Doc's mind.