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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Phantom Lagoon (Doc Savage)

Phantom Lagoon (Doc Savage)
By Kenneth Robeson (Will Murray/Lester Dent)
ISBN #978-1618271341
Altus  Press
291 Pages
Price $24.95
Rating 5-Stars

When adventuress Hornetta Hale is found stranded on an island in the Caribbean, she is brought to New York where she immediately heads for the headquarters of Doc Savage. There, she tries to rent his submarine, but refuses to explain why she wants it, explaining only that it involves something horrible for America if she doesn’t get it. No sooner than she arrives than men invade Doc’s headquarters, and with military procession destroy not only his headquarters but the Hidalgo warehouse as well, and everything inside. Doc and his aides are forced to retreat under such pressure.

Thus begins another exciting tale in The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage. The team is led to the Caribbean where they end up on a mysterious island; encountering weird mermen creatures with vicious claws.

When I first viewed the cover on the Internet I thought I was not going to like it, but when the book arrived I was able to see the cover up close, and all the great detail stood out. I loved it! The story contains a fascinating plot, an exciting new character in the person of Hornetta Hale, and great villains. Will Murray continues to bring us tales as exciting as those by Lester Dent, if not surpassing the original author. The writing is smooth, and the story flows easily, and there is action galore for any Doc Savage lover. I enjoyed seeing Pat Savage back in action in this adventure, and she was evenly matched with Hornetta Hale.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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