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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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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.
Hopefully, the next Pat Savage story will be more exciting and will take advantage of her "so called" gorgeous outward appearance as well as her detective skills.