- Series: The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage
- Paperback: 358 pages
- Publisher: Altus Press (October 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618272748
- ISBN-13: 978-1618272744
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions (The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 13, 2016
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Monk Mayfair is with Pat Savage in Oklahoma, where he’s helping the bronzed beauty lay claim to oil leases. They start out in trouble when a crook sabotages her rented plane while trying to beat her to a lease. They survive the crash, and then Monk pulls a stunt on the crooks, allowing Pat to make the lease first. But their troubles aren’t over. When they reach town they run into a man almost dead from lack of blood. While rushing him to the hospital a gang waylays them and a cop is killed at the scene. But now Pat and Monk are on the investigation of this weird mystery. A mystery that involves the Vinegarroon whip scorpions and a tribe of Osage Indians led by Tall Turkey and the mysterious robed leader, Standing Scorpion.
Readers and fans of the Doc Savage adventures have been waiting for this book since Will Murray took over the series. Patricia Savage, the bronzed cousin of Doc Savage, was always a favorite of the fans, having been introduced in Brand of The Werewolf. Mr. Murray found notes Lester Dent had proposed for a 1931 pulp adventure story, and turned it into a Pat Savage yarn instead, and the result might outshine Doc himself.
As a fan of Doc Savage I’ve always worried that Doc would run it course and cease to interest fans; after all, the original series ran for 181 (plus the unpublished RED SPIDER) stories in the pulps, and readers have wondered if new adventures would even be possible, and how long could new stories sustain the series? Well, I don’t think the interest will really fade, but if it should, I think Pat Savage will quickly revive the series. The Six Scarlet Scorpions is a topnotch tale that will insure success, and I’m sure we will see many more adventures of The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage in the future. Highly recommended.
SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS answers the question, IMO, with a solid "Yes!"
Pat's her own character, different from her famous cousin, and that's a good thing. She approaches situations differently and makes decisions and performs actions according to her own POV on life and the the world around her. Author Will Murray is proficient in pointing this out here, though it's a subtle thing at first. One expects that she may act like Doc, but she doesn't - she's her own woman and the novel illustrates that well. Pat's a bit self-centered, a lover of action, and though Doc often takes the higher moral ground in his adventures, Pat's no slouch when it comes to doing what's right. She may just get there by a different path...and sometimes a less direct one, too. That's the beauty of a solo Pat Savage adventure.
Her interactions with Monk Mayfair should also be called out. As the kids say, "It's complicated." Complicated not by unrequited passion, but by emotions simmering below the surface, such as loyalty, friendship, differing opinions, and yes, love. Love in the sense of love for a comrade, and respect for who the other is as a person. Murray does this well, too. It's also really, really cool to hear about Monk's past in the American West.
Also, as always with the "Wild" Savage chronicles, Murray is again unafraid of writing to the times, meaning that he doesn't hem-haw on portraying views and outlooks appropriate to the period. In SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS, Native Americans are discussed and shown at times in the lingo and sometimes unkind viewpoint of the early half of the 20th century. That's okay, IMO, because it paints a vivid picture of those times and besides, we're all big boys and girls and understand what Murray's doing. It's accurate and appreciated by this reader.
If I have any caveats about the novel, it would be a yearning for a more exotic locale. Maybe next time?
Get the book, read the book, and enjoy a Doc Savage adventure that's not a Doc Savage adventure. Its a PAT SAVAGE adventure, and that makes all the difference in the world.
While Six Scarlet Scorpions occasionally indulges in almost parodic instances of the alleged excesses of pulp's "purple" prose, it also manages to make the oilfields of Oklahoma and acid-spraying whip scorpions as exotic as the darkest heart of Africa. The plot also follows the classic Lester Dent formula created by the first man to use the Kenneth Robeson house name, piling on twists and trouble onto Pat's shoulders at every turn. With Doc Savage offstage, Pat and Monk get to grow out of their usual roles as his sidekicks, but 80 years of Doc Savage novels and comics keep them from developing beyond their long-established characterizations. Finally, while great pains were taken be historically accurate in the technology, the history, and the attitudes of the 1930s, the length of the Six Scarlet Scorpions follows the modern trend for longer books. At twice the length of a classic Doc Savage pulp, Six Scarlet Scorpions, while just as intricately plotted as the classic pulps, loses the brisk pacing of the same stories it emulates. At a shorter length, Pat Savage’s adventure would sizzle; instead, it is a slow burn.