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Walls of Acid   By: (1913-1977)

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Walls of Acid by Henry Hasse is a thrilling science fiction novel that takes readers on an intense journey through a post-apocalyptic world.

Set in a future where the Earth has been ravaged by acid rain, the story follows the protagonist, John, as he navigates a desolate landscape filled with danger and uncertainty. The vivid descriptions of the crumbling infrastructure and toxic environment paint a bleak picture, setting the tone for the gripping narrative that unfolds.

Hasse’s writing style is both immersive and evocative, effectively capturing the desperation and resilience of the characters. The author expertly conveys the constant struggle for survival, highlighting the lengths to which the human spirit can be tested in the face of extreme adversity. Through the use of strong imagery, he creates a palpable atmosphere of tension and fear, leaving readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the most impressive aspects of Walls of Acid is the complex and well-developed characters. John, in particular, is a deeply compelling protagonist. His determination and resourcefulness make him a relatable and engaging figure, and witnessing his evolution throughout the novel is truly captivating. The supporting cast is equally well-crafted, each bringing their own unique strengths and weaknesses into the narrative, adding depth and complexity to the overall story.

The plot itself is fast-paced and action-packed, as the characters face numerous obstacles while searching for a safe haven. Hasse’s ability to maintain a high level of suspense and intrigue keeps readers constantly engaged, eager to uncover the secrets lurking within this dystopian world. The author skillfully balances moments of heart-pounding intensity with quieter, introspective scenes, ensuring that the story never feels one-dimensional.

However, there are a few minor drawbacks to the novel. At times, the pacing can feel rushed, with certain events and developments occurring too quickly. This occasionally hinders the reader's ability to fully absorb and process the magnitude of these plot points. Additionally, there are a few plot threads that feel underdeveloped, leaving some unanswered questions by the end of the book.

Despite these minor criticisms, Walls of Acid is a captivating and thought-provoking science fiction novel. Henry Hasse’s storytelling prowess shines through in this post-apocalyptic tale, delivering a thrilling narrative that stays with the reader long after the final page. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly find themselves engrossed in this hazardous and treacherous world, eagerly awaiting the next installment.

First Page:

Five millenniums have passed since the loathsome Termans were eliminated from the world of Diskra.... But what of the other planets?



Braanol stirred, throbbed sluggishly once, then lay quiescent as his mental self surged up from the deeps of non entity. And gradually he came to know that someone had entered the room. His room , far beneath the city.

Now he could feel the vibra currents through the liquids of the huge tanks where he had lain somnolent for untold aeons. It was pleasant, caressing. For a moment he floated there, enjoying to the utmost this strange sensation as the renewed thought life force set his every convolution to pulsing.

"To be once more aware! O gloriously aware!" the thought came fierce and vibrant. "Once more they have wakened me but how long has it been?" Then curiously: "And what can they want this time?"

The huge brain was alert now, with a supernal sense of keening. Tentatively he sent out a thought potential that encompassed the room.

"They are afraid!" he sensed. "Two have entered here, and they are afraid of me. I shall remedy that!"

Braanol lowered his thought potential to one eighth of one magnitude, and felt his mind contact theirs. "Approach, my children," he said kindly. "You have nothing to fear from me! I take it you are the imperial messengers sent by her Supreme Magnificence, the Empress Alaazar?"

He felt the fright slip from their minds... Continue reading book >>

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