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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mr. Calamity/The Valley of Eternity

TWO DOC SAVAGE ADVENTURES IN ONE VOLUME! Prospecting in the Wyoming badlands, Patricia Savage spies a man swimming in circles––high in a cloudless sky! After he falls to his death, the dead swimmer is discovered soaked to the skin. Who is he? How did he manage to swim through thin air? These are the questions Pat sets out to answer when her cousin, the famous scientist-adventurer Doc Savage, diagnoses her account as a hallucination caused by altitude sickness. But when the bronze-skinned girl vanishes, the Man of Bronze is forced to take action. A letter from Doc’s long-dead father presents him with a life-changing challenge that brings him to The Valley of Eternity….and the Man of Bronze does the unthinkable: he ditches his loyal aides in favor of his cousin, Patricia––the only one who can help him succeed in the most perilous quest of his entire career.

Mr. Calamity/The Valley of Eternity (Doc Savage)
Wild Adventures of Doc Savage
By Kenneth Robeson (William Patrick Murray)
ISBN #978-1618273185
Price $29.50 (Paperback)
Price $7.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“Another Exciting Adventure of The Man of Bronze”

In “Mr. Calamity” Long Tom Roberts has inherited a ranch in Wyoming. Not a particularly large one. But it does have a milk cow and some horses, and a crusty old foreman to go with it. Pat Savage learns that there might be gold and jade hidden in the mountains in Wyoming, and decides to become a guest of the Circle Bolt Ranch, even if it does irritate the famous electrical genius. For Long Tom is at the ranch to work on electrical experiments, and doesn’t want to be bothered.

In the meantime, Pat is doing some prospecting when she meets a fellow named Hud who’s on his way to a swimming hole. Later, she sees Hud swimming in circles in the sky, then see’s him fall out of the sky. Discovering his broken body, she rides into town and calls the ranch to get Long Tom as a witness to everything. She has a mystery to solve. Unfortunately, things start happening fast. The body disappears, and Long Tom is almost hanged by men wearing flour sacks over their heads, and Pat encounters a funny little guy who shoots at her with a double-barreled shotgun. When she awakes, her horse has a broken leg and they are high up a mountain where there were no paths for her or the horse.

With all the weirdness, it’s time she called her cousin, Doc Savage to help her solve the mystery. Wow, I don’t know if it’s just that I haven’t read a Doc Savage in a long time, or they are just getting better all the time, but this one captured me from the beginning and wouldn’t let me go.  This is definitely one of my favorites. It has great mystery, good action from start to finish, and great supporting characters, including a couple of cowgirls who sling lead before asking questions.

“The Valley of Eternity” is the second novel in this huge volume. It is definitely different. In fact, I’ve heard from some that they didn’t like this story, but I found it a fun romp, even if it was unlike most Doc Savage adventures. Doc receives a letter from his father long after his death, telling his son that he needs to marry and sire a son to carry the Savage name forward. This throws Doc for a loop, and he starts dating, which causes riots and legal problems, then he gives his detective a list of names of women he’s known in the past that might be suitable mates. While this is going on he receives word from the Valley of The Vanished that the last shipment of gold is on the way, and there will be no more to help him in his battle to save the world from evil. This requires a quick trip to see what’s what, and he takes Pat with him, after all there is lovely Monja waiting for him in the Valley of the Vanished. And Pat is going to play matchmaker.  The hi-jinx of the situation is what this story is about. No great adventure, but I think Doc fans will enjoy it. I know I did. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Year of Shadows

After a plane crash in Northern Korea, Anton Chadeaux was paralyzed and left for dead. Found by monks from the hidden Wei Monastery, he was nursed back to health and learned to focus his mind with the ancient art of Sulsa Do. After five years he is reforged to be a master of the ancient art giving him abilities beyond the common man. He leaves those remote Korean mountains a new, better, stronger man, a man with a purpose; to help the helpless and be the last hope of the hopeless. Thus is born the granite man, the grey wolf of justice that the world comes to know as the archenemy of evil - Dr. Shadows! In five pulse pounding pulp style adventure set in the turbulent 1930s, Dr. Shadows faces off against murderers, ancient curses, Japanese spies, voodoo masters and a curvaceous killer out of his own past that just might be too much for even the granite man to survive!

Year of Shadows (New Pulp Fiction)
By Teel James Glenn
Pro Se Press
ISBN #978-1985201750
Price $15.00 (Paperback)
Price $3.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“New Pulp At Its Best”

This book contains five new stories featuring Dr. Shadows – The Granite Man: THE EYE OF DARKNESS; A PERSONAL DEMON; FORBIDDEN CITY BLUES; GRAVE MISTAKE; and ISLE MACABRE.
            The Eye of Darkness begins in Hong Kong in 1938. Anton Chadeaux is trailing a master criminal, and when one of the members of the Gordon Archeological Expedition is killed mysteriously, which follows the previous murders he is investigating, it alerts Dr. Shadows to the case. The members are leaving for San Francisco and Dr. Shadows is among them when the Empress of Japan debarks. He knows the killer is also on board, and he plans on solving the case en route.
            A Personal Demon brings Anton’s college sweetheart, Akemi Oyami back on the scene. She and her brother, yakuza boss, Ratsudo Oyami come to Slugger’s club just as Dr. Shadows receives a warning that someone wants him killed.
            Forbidden City Blues: Dr. Shadows, Slugger, and Ki Nam Hoon are in San Francisco to meet with Han “Hank” Ku Lee, who is helping local Chinese find their families back in China. But someone is working a scam to bilk more money from the Chinese trying to get their families to the U.S. Dr. Shadows interferes with hoodlums trying to stop a young Chinese girl from reaching the Granite Man.
            Grave Mistake: Prisoners escape from Sing Sing and happen to stop at a small country café where Anton is visiting with old friends from the Caribbean. The owner of the café is a voodoo priestess. They are taken hostage, with Dr. Shadows wounded, and placed in a locked room. But now the gang must fear the night and voodoo monsters.
            Isle Macabre: When zombies attack and kill people in La Plata, Missouri, a clue leads investigators to the Caribbean. The Secret Service asks Dr. Shadows to look into that angle for them, and he returns to stay with his Caribbean friends from the previous story, Grave Mistake, and finds more evil, including voodoo and European foreigners who wants the voodoo drug.
            These stories were a lot of fun, and the author created good plots, memorable characters, and fast action. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


Thursday, March 1, 2018


A few years from now a new life form will awaken, created not by God or by man but by a fusion of emerging technologies which may spell the end of humankind as we know it. And if it does, who's to blame, Nissy the omniscient quantum computer, Jason Godwin its genius architect, Blake Lipinski developer of the bioprinter that sequenced its DNA into life or man's insatiable fascination with playing God, bringing artificial life into existence? With the world hanging on the brink of devastation, only a young girl named Amy, Jason’s adopted daughter, has a chance to right what he neglected in his design. Although this riveting and suspenseful tale of technology untamed is fiction, it's not about if, but when, it will come to pass. Prepare to meet NISSY.

"NISSY: The Artificial Intelligence Experiment We Feared."
By John P. Cater
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1978196131
Price $11.95 (Paperback)
Price $3.99 (Kindle)
280 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“It’s All About Plot, Characterization, And Good Storytelling”

Jason Godwin’s work on artificial intelligence is reaching omniscient power; he names his computer NISSY for that purpose. But there are still some things needed to complete the process, and Godwin brings in Blake Lipinski, a DNA specialist to help. With the added boost to NISSY’s power, the machine begins to think it is a god, and wants to rule mankind. And its power is capable of accomplishing that feat. Mankind’s future looks bleak.

It’s all about plot, characterization, and good storytelling. The characters come alive in this fast-paced novel. The writing is smooth, and the pace flows, never letting up. The science is real, and the possibilities of computer science and artificial intelligence advancing to the level of this novel is not far in the future. Not since Colossus: The Forbin Project and War Games has computer technology combined with AI this powerful been drawn to our imagination. A prophetic novel everyone should read. Plus, it is darn good entertainment. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


Monday, February 26, 2018

Trail of The Bat Beasts

Fans of pulp heroes like The Shadow, The Spider, The Black Bat and The Avenger will adore this new pulp magazine inspired series!

Trail of The Bat Beasts (New Pulp)
By Darryle Purcell
Independent Publishing Platform
Price $1.99
119 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

Two people in industry are tricked and imprisoned in a hidden stockade on the Amazon River. Industrialist Ralph Thorn and the voodoo priestess, Ayida Patel fall in love, become lovers, and under her training he learns the ability to control men’s minds. They eventually escape, but on the river in a fast moving boat, Ayida is hit by a native’s poisoned dart and falls into the river where a school of piranhas attack her. Unable to help, Thorn’s boat is pulled on downstream. When he returns to California he uses his training to become The Man of The Mist to fight crime.

Thomas Walker, the News Tribune political cartoonist, is hated by the mob and political powers alike, and as he leaves the newspaper one day he is attacked by a flying bat beast and killed in front of a newsstand run by a 12-year-old boy. When Ralph Thorn and his secretary learn of the murder, they feel the boy’s life may be threatened and take him to Thorn’s apartment. While they are away, the bat beast kidnaps the boy, and now The Man of The Mist must find him and bring justice to the criminals.

Overall, this was a good plot, and I really loved the interior art in the book. The criminal behind the case was a little too easy to figure out, but that was okay. The author also writes a lot of westerns in the format of serials and B-westerns, and these get a lot of play in this story, including the old Miracle Studio used in those stories. Although the author compares his character to The Shadow and other old pulp heroes, the closest I can see in the resemblance might be the three 1946 Shadow movies starring Kane Richmond and Barbara Read, from Monogram Pictures, which were more comedy than drama. And for me, there was a little too much comedy in what should have been more drama in this story to really appeal to me. But I think new pulp readers will enjoy it. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Friday, February 23, 2018

Trinity Series Mixture

This Trinity Series Mixture compilation novel is a hard reboot of the original first three novels in the Pseudoverse. Reedited and remastered in HD, these one-of-a-kind science fiction/horror novels are sure to entertain you until the very end. Enjoy!

Trinity Series Mixture (SF)
By CG Blade
Pseudosynth Press
ISBN 978-1520278735
Price $19.99 (Paperback)
Price $4.99 (Kindle)
719 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

The first three novels in the Pseudoverse, COBALT, CRIMSON, and EMERALD, are included in this huge volume. The three stories give the readers a clear idea about what the series is about - Artificial intelligence that’s reached singularity. In the first novel we are introduced to Cobalt, Lieutenant Petra Kayden Dace (PKD), she is our Captain America of the future. Petra returns in CRIMSON, and this time she’s after the evil personage known as Crimson. With EMERALD we’re introduced to my favorite new character, Xanthe Thirty-Three, a bounty hunter type who is after more evil, the deadly Twins. She is pure bad, and I liked her.

Readers can read my individual review for each novel on Amazon, but for this trinity I’m leaving a short review, as I think many readers will want this version. The author has a background in AI, and his knowledge comes through as he writes these science fiction adventures. However, I must add a warning: for those offended by vulgar language and scenes, these novels are highly laced with both profanity and sexual situations. In the third novel a five-year old child uses language that will turn many off. But for those not offended, the author’s knowledge and writing ability will keep you turning the pages. AI is the science in science fiction, and CG Blade is the storyteller that brings it all home. My rating is for the science involved in this groundbreaking series. Highly recommended for the science fiction fan.

Tom Johnson