Book Review – Wasteland Marshalls by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin

Wasteland Marshalls #1
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Pages: 75
Characters: Shane, Lucas
POV: 3rd
Genre: Series, Science Fiction, Paranormal

The world ended. Then things got tough.

Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox were US Marshals before. Before the world ended. Before civilization crumbled. Before Shane developed strange powers. Before there were monsters.

Now they’re still Marshals, but they ride through the wreckage of what once was the United States, helping the ragged groups of survivors they find survive against the challenges of a world gone insane, and the people who still want to exploit others. Because as long as there are people, there will be predators.

And as long as there are predators, there will be men and women who stand against them. Lucas and Shane are two of those men.

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I loved the mix of post apocalyptic and paranormal in this story, and am looking forward to more in the series. The world building is fabulous, and I could easily imagine this dystopian future. I liked how the background and setting was very clear in my mind, without info dumping, within the first two pages.

I thought it was a very cool idea, which made a lot of sense, that the Amish would survive much better than a lot of the rest of society because they weren’t as reliant of modern technology. Ditto that those who were in re-enactment societies, and those with qualifications in history and folklore, would be at an advantage as they know about the older traditional ways of doing things. I love the mix of folk cures, medicine, science, and magic within society, and the geeks in the role of IT priests travelling between settlements to help keep the limited technology going. It made sense that universities would become villages with students having to take on what they were studying as professions.

I liked the friendship between Shane and Lucas, and their shared love of all things geeky with one of them into fantasy, and the other science fiction. It’s sad knowing that all they have of that kind of thing is their memories, as even books are scarce. I liked how Lucas deals with his ADHD without medication. It made a lot of sense, and I liked that he and Shane have flaws, and stuff they need to work through every day. The banter between them is great, and it’s obvious they are good friends who have known each other a while.

I thought the authors captured human nature very well, especially the realism that whatever the future brings, people will always be people. Most will work together and protect each other, but others will take advantage of the situation and only care about themselves.

I loved the twist at the end of the story and how it sets up for the rest of the series. More please.

I’d recommend this story to readers who a mix of supernatural and science, fabulous world building, great characters, and a page-turning plot. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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