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This series of
books is technically under someone's copyright. But since the last volume of
the series was published in July, 1985 (more than 25 years ago)
and to my knowledge has never been reprinted, I can't believe anyone would
put up much of a fuss.
However if the
copyright holder of these works does object to them seeing the light of
day again, please contact me via the phone number, snail mail or e-mail
addresses found at the bottom of this web page. After you've contacted me
and proven your copyright ownership, just give the word and all traces of
The Outrider series will be deleted from this web site within 24 hours.
My ultimate goal
in republishing these books to the web would be to stir up enough interest
in them to warrant the author's return to the series. I was most putout when
the paperback house "Golden Eagle" bought out the original
"Pinnacle/Crossfire Books" (Outrider's first publishers) in the
mid 1980's and failed to pick up the Outrider series. In fact
Pinnacle/Crossfire Books were publishing three men's adventure serials
besides The Outrider that I was buying on a regular basis at the time
they were sold that failed "to make the cut" after they were bought out.
But that's another
story and a whole new web page. Suffice to say that mid to late 80s saw the
crest of that monetary monster known as "Merger/Takeover Mania", and only
the most "lucrative" of the literary serial franchises would
survive that storm.
Before I go any
further I'd better warn you that if you're looking for any "highbrow"
literary entertainment in these books, go someplace else. "War And
Peace" they ain't! (Yes I know mother, there's no such word!) These
books are what they are and nothing else. And that's an above average
post apocalypse "Formula Men's Adventure Serial".
There is one
really nice thing about this series though. Although it lasted only five
volumes, and each of these books have a story of their own to tell, the
series as a whole has a very distinct beginning, middle and end. The
vengeful saga between this series' protagonist "Bonner" and it's first
primary antagonist "Leather" has a very satisfying conclusion within these
five books. God alone only knows how many more volumes The Outrider series
would have lasted if it had been picked up with some of rest of the original
"Pinnacle/Crossfire Books" inventory. But I think it's safe to say that you'll be happy with only five that are available.
I have to
apologize to all the fine folk who may have downloaded this set of books
while I had them posted to another web site. While I was reformatting the
first two volumes of this set to this new web, I wound up reading them from
beginning to end once again. Much to my chagrin I discovered that when I
originally scanned and OCR'ed the first volume of this series, I completely
missed/skipped pages 184 and 185 of that book! And those two pages came
right out of the beginning of the climax of that book! So towards the end of
the first volume of this series when you run across a block of bright yellow
highlighted text (like this),
you'll be able to see exactly what I omitted from this book the first time
Now I don't claim
to be a bonafide literary critic, but I am a avid rabid fan of the post apocalypse
genre. I have every volume of Johnstone's "Ashes" series, all of
Ahern's "Survivors", along with all of What's Hizname's "Deathlands"
books. These along with The Outrider series are just four of the about 7 or
8 post apocalypse serials that I have in my library. My serialized
"End Of Civilization" books number right around 150 volumes. With
my "stand alone" post apocalypse novels numbering between three and
four dozen. So I am not unfamiliar with the subject. In fact if you'd
like to see a list of two dozen of my favorite "end of civilization/mankind"
novels, please click
Clicking on any of the
cover images below will take you to that book's cover page where you can see a
full scale view of the cover along with a synopsis of that volume. You'll find
each book's individual chapter links below their cover image and synopsis.
Right under the five
book covers below, you will find a 450 by 45 pixel button.
Clicking on this button will start a 4.31 megabyte download of the entire
Outrider series as a zipped HTML directory. After you've downloaded this zip
file, create a folder on your hard drive; example: C:\ The Outrider and extract
the contents of this zip file into it. After this is done, open your "The
Outrider" folder and left click the "Start Outrider" short cut to
begin reading your copy of The Outrider series.
I hope that anyone
downloading this series has half as much fun reading them as I had in posting
them to this web site.
All The Best To You