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Spirit of the Century Presents: Khan of Mars Paperback – September 10, 2013
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This book had several things going for it before I even opened it. It was an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was another book in Evil Hat's Spirit of the Century series, and it was written by Stephen Blackmoore, author of City of the Lost, the best zombie noir out there.
Khan of Mars takes my favorite character from the Dinocalypse series and thrusts him into the forefront in this homage to the planetary romance/sword and planet genre. On their quest, Khan and Bulls-Eye encounter centaurs, frogmen, Martians, and the Inkido, blue furred intelligent apes.
Fun is the word of the day. Blackmoore delivers a tale worthy of a pulp magazines of old. Better than worthy, actually, since Blackmoore is a very capable author. He injects a good amount of humor into with the pulpy prose. Khan and Bulls-Eye went from the frying pan and into the fire pretty much continuously.
Benjamin Hu and Amelia Stone of the Century Club make appearances trying to reopen the portal but make no mistake about it, it's the Professor Khan show.
Three point five out of five. I'm hooked on the Spirit of the Century. When's the next one coming out?
Kahn of Mars follows the exploits of Professor Kahn, an ultra intelligent Ape, and his partner Bulls-eye,a cowboy sharpshooter. In the beginning of the book a portal is opened that sends the heroes to Mars. An uprising is occurring and a prophecy has foretold that a black ape will come to lead the people of Mars against the evil Weather Witch and bring peace to the land. The other half of the cast are Khan's colleagues who are trying to find a way to bring them back.
This story is awesome! Mars is described in vibrant detail and all the inhabitants have their own uniqueness that keeps you interested. Khan and Bulls-eye are great as well. They are very well wrote out and you connect with them really quickly. Not a single side character lacks as much description as our heroes.The novel brings to life a universe that feels as captivating as Star Wars.
As for the action, this book keeps it over the top. As I've stated, I've never played the RPG it is based on. From what I understand it is a pulp over the top action game and this story makes you feel as you're listening in on a great gaming sessions. Every chapter is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat as you watch this conflict unfold before your eyes. My only complaint is that the book is short, clocking in at a little over 200 pages. I felt like I finished it in only an hour or two, but what an awesome couple of hours it was.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Sci-Fi and well wrote out characters. Because it, I bought the Spirit of the Century RPG book and can't wait to start a campaign with my friends! This is a wonderful universe!
So order this book, sit back and let Stephen Blackmoore take you back to the Red Planet for the adventures of a super-genius gorilla and his fast shooting partner.