Sting of The Scorpion
By Warren Stockholm
Pop Pulp www.khpindustries.com
Steeltown, Penssylvania. In this alternate universe, the Germans won WWII, but after forty years of occupation, they’ve been driven from America. Five years later, we are living in a world of Internet, email, fax machines and speakeasies and mob rule. Out of the chaos rises a paladin to battle the criminal element that the underworld knew only as The Scorpion. But the past has come back to challenge this defender of the city. As a child he was German born, and raised as a superman, one of many clones. And the evil that he must face is one of his own, a brother, and a superman just like him. But he is pure evil.
This was actually conceived as a possible series, as a new pulp magazine, titled SCORPION. This first story was powerful, the concept fantastic, and the action moved at a wonderful pace. The writing is intelligent, but the narrative awkward, switching from 3rd person to 1st person sometimes, plus typos that a proofreader should have caught. A second novel was advertised, The City of The Living Dead, but has not appeared yet. The author pays homage to the old pulps. There is an intersection named Robeson & Gibson Streets, another street is named Stockbridge. A Fortress of Solitude is mentioned, etc.
Besides the very minor flaws in editing mentioned above, this is a wham-bang action novel in the tradition of the old pulps, and the best new character I’ve read in many years.