"Intriguing post apocalyptic science fiction tale"
The object from space crashed on the earth causing an Ice
Age. Civilization for the most part died under the vast
frozen tundra. Much of the orb not under ice belongs to
formerly extinct fauna and the return of previously died
out dangerous species. Few civilized survival pockets exist.
Several folks journey to Nantle, a coastal cathedral city.
Assistant lighthouse keeper Hake Jobberly claims he
observed a flying coach-house which makes people ridicule
him until Reverend Pinches substantiates the assertion.
Apparently Malachi Threadneedle and assistant Tim Christmas
applied "magical stones" to cause the coach- house to soar.
The angry Cargo clan seeks Jerry Squailes in the city since
lawyer Arthur Liffey informed them that their recently
deceased grandfather bequeathed one-fourth of the family
fortune to this con artist that no one has met.
Jane Wastefield and her intelligent monkey Juga come to
Nantle seeking help. Jane possesses a mirror-like artifact
that displays alluring or horrendous pictures with nasty
creatures stalking the panorama and vowing grim
repercussions. She has not been able to rid herself of this
These travelers will soon connect with each other because a
malevolent wizard manipulated them to obtain the stones
that will enable him to rule what is left of the civilized
Though no DARK SLEEPER, STRANGE CARGO is an intriguing post
apocalyptic science fiction tale starring a fully developed
ensemble in which each person has a unique personality;
thus the story line starts slow to introduce this cast.
Once the travelers reach Nantle, the action accelerates
into hyperspeed. Fans of futuristic survival tales along
the line of Hiero's Journey will enjoy this trek for power
on an Ice Age earth.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 9, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007