|The Mars Arena|
|Publication date||August 1997|
| Preceded by|
Demons of Eden
| Followed by|
The nuclear firestorms had swept away the hatreds and the power struggles that had dominated the Earth for decades. But no hoped-for better reality was born in that blighted landscape. In a lawless and maddened world, blood and violence remained a means to survival -- and power.
In the harsh territory near what used to be the Western badlands, Ryan Cawdor and his crew join the search for the wreck of a crashed space station. But in the ruins of Las Vegas he falls prey to a maelstrom of violence. Hostage in a bitter war between regional barons, Ryan finds that even his best effort is an odds-even gamble, and that his son's life may depend on the whims of destiny.
Deathlands is a conspiracy against survival....
- In The Mars Arena, Dean is attacked by a creature in a pool of water; it has several tentacles (one with three eyes) and a mollusk-like shell housing a large mouth. Dungeons & Dragons players might notice that this creature bears a suspicious resemblance to an otyugh (a creature with short stubby legs, two long arm-tentacles, a shorter one with two eyes, and a large mouth on the underside of its body). It's worth noting here that Mel Odom, the author, has also written several D&D novels.