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- Publisher: Mushroom eBooks (August 31, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I1KNU4
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British author Kenneth Bulmer, writing as Alan Burt Akers, began his series about Prescot in the early 1970s and it became the longest running Sword and Planet series ever, eventually extending to over fifty books, although only the first thirty-seven were published in English. The hero of the series, Dray Prescot, was born in 1775 and grew up to be a sailor in the brutal British navy. In "Transit to Scorpio," Prescot is transported mysteriously to the world of Kregen, which circles the twin stars of Antares. He finds himself quickly thrown into life and death action. In fact, action/adventure is the single phrase that probably best describes the Prescot series. If you like sword-fights, daring rescues, and desperate escapes then you should enjoy these books. But I enjoyed them just as much for the incredibly detailed world of Kregen that Bulmer invented, a world that continued to become more real as the series progressed.
"Transit to Scorpio" is not the fastest moving of the Prescot books because it had to set up the character of Dray and get him to Kregen where the tales take place.Read more ›
These books have any number of strengths. First and foremost, Bulmer aka Akers is a superb writer. Except for the necessary stage setting of the first book everything moves at a very fast clip. His descriptions of both scenery and action are fantastic. One feels as if one were there.
Secondly, he seems to have put a great deal of thought into his world, Kregen. The politics, geography, economy, arts, architecture, etc. give no hint of being made up as the story progressed. Kregen becomes a real, believable world, a character in its own right.
Finally, he seems to have done a great deal of research into the art and science of ancient military technology. His description of the various bladed weapons, galleys, bows and arrows, etc ring true.
The books also have a number of weaknesses. The characters are not really fleshed out beyond being stereotypes. Prescot has all the attributes of his pulp forebears, John Carter, Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon. Must he be invincible in combat? Expert with every weapon? Rise to the highest position wherever he finds himself? Every woman he meets fall in love with him? Ditto for Delia.
More seriously, the machinations of the Savanti and the Star Lords smack too much of the deus ex machina for my tastes. If only the reader had some hint of the motivations (or in the case of the Star Lords, exactly who or what they are) for the actions of these largely omnipotent entities.Read more ›
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Having read these books when they first came out in PaperBack (all of them) I find them just as good reading now as then. Nice to see them again.Good swashbuckling adventures. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by S /F OLD READER 1962.
An unabashed rip of Edgar Rice Burroughs... without the pizzazz. So, if you have already read the Barsoom and Venus series' multiple times and are looking for a watered down,... Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Keogh
Read this series years ago and it is even better now. I would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of sci-fi/
Alan Burt Akers is the psuedonym of Kenneth Bulmer. This is volume the first 52 novels written in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by R. David Morris