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- Book 4 of 14 in The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage (14 Book Series)
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I have always been a HUGE Doc Savage fan. When I recently discovered that Will Murray was writing new editions to the literally legendary series of books I began buying them. The new entry is called `Death's Dark Domain'.
DDD takes place in Eastern Europe in a disputed borderland between two countries. The story is filled with enough menace and supposed monsters to fill an old Universal movie. There's lots of mystery here, as well as a few surprising moments. I don't like giving too much away in reviews, but I will say we get to see Doc's prodigious strength on display a few times as well as his amazing agility and his incredible intelligence. Will has Doc and his friend's personalities down pat, and from the get go you feel like you're reading a real Doc Savage story, and not fan fic or something akin to it.
That is not to say the story does not have its problems. To me, Doc Savage should never be surprised by anything, no matter what it is, yet he was surprised by at least three occurrences in this book. That detracted a little from the story for me. Plus there was an anti-gun message within that just struck me as very wrong. I don't see Doc Savage as ever believing that someone would get his own gun away from him and use it against him. Sorry that's too much of a stretch.
Beyond those issues though, this was a HIGHLY entertaining book. I read though it very quickly, basically finishing it in about a day. I sat for long hours reading it and enjoying just about every part of it. It was a good, classic style Doc story, as long as you are okay overlooking a few faults.
There was one other issue I had with it and that was the lack of action.Read more ›
In the Lester Dent novel FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, you may recall, evil John Sunlight broke into Doc's Arctic hideaway and stole a bunch of WWDs (Weapons of Weird Destruction) that Doc had appropriated from assorted mad scientists. In true bad-guy fashion, Sunlight sold one to each side in a small European war. Now, in this previously untold tale by Will Murray, while Sunlight is off somewhere enjoying the proceeds, Doc and his crew are stuck trying to clean up the mess.
And it's one heck of a mess. Some of the many menaces they're up against are monsters who are invisible except for their eyeballs, a sudden blackness that makes everything dark as the inside of a lump of coal, and a squadron of bats the size of airplanes. Add to that the usual quota of quirky villains and dangerous dames (some even quirkier and more dangerous than usual) and you've got one of the toughest cases the Savage gang has ever tried to crack.
As always, Will Murray's homage to Lester Dent's style is dead-bang perfect. And if I'm counting my fingers right, this is only the fourth in a projected seven-book run, so we have at least three more WILD adventures to look forward to.
It's set in the Balkans and involves two countries fighting over a strip of land betwen them. One has bought one of Doc's weapons, the darkness machine which blinds everything in it's range. We have hints of vampires, huge bats, and disappearing people.
Will Murray has constructed another fine pulp novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast-moving, if somewhat confusing at times, this tale would have been greater if some points were clarified (i.e., the invisibility secret- maybe the impetus of a future tale? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary A. Merrell
A good balance of exposition versus action in this one versus one or two in this series that tended to be excessively verbose. Read morePublished on August 25, 2014 by Kindle Customer
A sequel of sorts, following up on previous trouble from John Sunlight, who unfortunately is not present in the story. Doc and his men are tricked about every third chapter. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by Alan Monken
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