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Doc Savage: Skull Island Paperback – February 26, 2013
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About the Author
Will Murray is the author of more than 50 novels starring Doc Savage, Remo Williams and Nick Fury.
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Will Murray's description is riveting, especially the action scenes. Definitely great for my skull-cinema.
If you haven't read a Doc Savage book before, I wouldn't necessarily start here, only because you'd miss a lot of the deeper meaning of certain story aspects. Get a few stories under your belt and then come back to this one. It'll make an already-great read that much greater.
All in all, this is a fun, but forgettable read.
All that said, while I'm still a fan of much of what Mr. Murray has done for Doc Savage and his further adventures, I think it may be time for someone else to take up the pen. Even the great Lester Dent didn't write all the original texts.
By the way, contrary to the movie, the real reason why King Kong climbed the Empire State Building was because he saw Monk going in the entrance and mistook the simian chemist for his long lost son, kidnapped from Skull Island several years before Kong was taken too. Kong with Ann Darrow in his hand, climbed the building searching for Monk and nearing the 86th floor, stepped on a banana peel left on the ledge by a careless window washer. The giant ape slipped on the banana peel and barely had time to put down Ann before plunging to his death on the street below.
Maybe in a future Doc story, we will also learn that Clark Jr. was one of only two WWI pilots who survived an aerial encounter with the Red Baron. In both cases, the adversaries ran out of gas dogfighting without getting off a kill shot and waved at each other before returning to their airdromes. The other pilot to survive an aerial duel with Manfred von Richthofen was Kent Allard, aka The Black Eagle, aka The Shadow. As I write this, today is the 95th anniversay of von Richthofen's death on April 21, 1918.
Who Knows (The Shadow does), maybe in a future story, Doc might even meet the infamous Frankenstein monster or Count Dracula.