- Series: The Avenger
- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Moonstone (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936814412
- ISBN-13: 978-1936814411
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible Paperback – June 4, 2013
Top Customer Reviews
1) The Moth Murders by the excellent Will Murray starts the collection off with a bang. Will does a fantastic job of emulating the writing style of Paul Ernst and the mystery is exciting too.
2)The Blood Eaters by Justin Chambers is also very good with it's take on a vampire story.
3) Ghost Of Thunder Isle by John Allen Small has a strange origin being a sequel to not an Avenger story or even a Doc Savage novel, but a follow up to a comic story from the black and white Doc Savage comic magazine Marvel put out in the 70's. That said reading that story is not necessary and I quite enjoyed it.
4)According To The Plan Of The One-Eyed Trickster by Win Scott Eckert is a fun cross-over with Domino Lady. But while reading this I had the feeling I was missing out on something. I did some research and found out this is third in a Trilogy of stories. I don't mind they did this but a comment in the introduction like they did with the previous story would have been helpful.
5)Call Of The Arctic Siren by Mathew P. Mayo was one of my favorites creating a very cool female villain only to dispatch with her way too fast in a story that was over way too soon.
6)The Snarling Man by Christopher Sequeira with C J Henderson is a good story about a nasty Brit with a permanent scowl.
7)Terror From The Depths by David White features more "Sex & Violence" then I am used to in an Avenger story. With an Asian villainess dressed all in tight black leather with a whip. And poor Nellie Gray (The Avenger's Gal Friday) gets whipped across her chest.Read more ›
My favorites tales from this third volume of hard hitting Avenger pulp are.
The Moth Murders - Will Murray
The Box Of Flesh by Barry Reese
The Snarling Man - Christopher Sequeira with C J Henderson
An Excellent Beauty - C J Henderson
and last but definitely not least, Terror From The Depths - David White
Here's to more offerings (I hope, fingers crossed!) from the authors and more, and from Moonstone, the very best in New Pulp Fiction!
Quoth the Raven...
There are fourteen tales of the Avenger and his crew spread across the years of his career, and they are in no particular order. My experience before this with the Avenger was limited to the original novel some thirty years ago and possibly one or two more. I like the character well enough, but to me he was never a ‘Doc Savage’.
The Avenger is a man who had a terrible loss, both his wife and daughter were taken from him, presumed murdered by criminals and never found. This girded him into an almost inhuman machine that sought nothing but justice for those in similar situations. The Avenger has a few special abilities which I won’t get into here.
Suffice to say the volume is filled with very exciting and action filled stories about the Avenegr and his crew. Smitty, Nellie (Smitty’s lady love), the dour scotsman Mac, as well as Josh and his wife Roseamund.
Not all of the characters are in all of the stories, in fact the last tale I was pleasantly surprised to find the two most popular members of Doc Savage’s supporting cast involved in the story. They were not named, but you know it was Monk and Ham. That was a very pleasant surprise.
All in all this was a very enjoyable volume. It had loads of action and interesting stories throughout. There wasn’t a clunker amongst them. It was fun reading about a character I knew so little about and still be able to follow along. The assembled authors did a very nice job with these tales of the Avenger.
This has a great cover too, by the way. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writer did an excellent job of recreating the Avenger and Crew. They did a great homage to the original book (I have them all by the way).... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Linus S. Medley