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The Avenger Chronicles: (book market) (Moonstone Fiction) Paperback – November 18, 2008
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I have been waiting for decades for someone to return the Avenger to print. I've begged, urged, flooded groups, written fan stories, even plotted books, comics, and movies, and all for nought from the corporations until this very cool volume arrived. What a dream come true.
The Avenger is one of the best pulp heroes ever, and stands shoulder to shoulder with Doc Savage. He well deserves to be revived and have some new adventures.
Job well done. Now.... I want some more. Volume Two anyone?
The shock of losing his wife and daugther to gangsters gave Richard Henry Benson such a shock that his hair turned white and his facial muscles paralyzed, leaving him with a moldable face that he used often to appear as enemies he was hunting. Along with Justice, Inc., his team of experts who's all been wronged by crime, he waged a war against the forces of evil.
In the early seventies, the original 24 novels were reprinted and author Ron Goulart added a dozen more(he has a story in this volume.
Now this volume, the first of three, all new stories are added to the canon.
Richard Henry Benson and the Justice Inc. crew are memorable characters, and I look forward to further volumes from Moonstone.
Hopefully, future collections will feature longer individual adventures, as the main drawback to the book is the short length of the stories, leading to a rushed feeling and a sense of incompleteness in a number of cases.
Several tales held the potential to be fleshed out to 'pulp novel' length of 40-60 thousand words.
I'd rather see quality novellas rather than a large quantity of short stories.
Other than this, I liked the stories and it was nice to immerse myself in the world of the Avenger. I look forward to reading the next collection of all new Avenger stories, minus the writer's obvious uncomfortable handling of minorities and women.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't bother. This is NOT a collection of the original stories by Kenneth Robeson (pen name of various authors, in this case being Paul Ernst rather than Lester Dent... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Warlock
I love you guys (the Writers) Please keep writing more. You really brought out the original characters of the book. Thanks.Published 19 months ago by Linus S. Medley
The stories were written by people with a strong understanding and love for the characters they are writing about. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by John Bodnar
A good read. Stays close to the characters. I was confused once with Cole Wilson and a grey-faced Avenger but a later short story seemed to explain that. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Nanny Pammy