When a man
so anemic that he could be a vampire’s victim comes to Patricia Savage for
rescue, the impetuous girl can’t say no. Excitement is her meat and danger her
dessert. Accompanied by Doc Savage aide, Monk Mayfair, Pat finds herself in the
worst danger of her life. Wanted for murder, hounded by the minions of a weird
mystery figure calling himself Chief Standing Scorpion, narrowly evading the
hordes of the Vinegarroon tribe, the bronze-skinned golden girl battles her way
to a sinister secret cached in an ancient ruin. From the oilfields of Oklahoma
to the forbidding Ozark Mountains, the trail of scorpionic doom winds. Will Pat
Savage’s first great adventure also be her last?
Scarlet Scorpions (Mystery/Adventure)
Adventures of Pat Savage #1
Kenneth Robeson (Will Murray)
Topnotch Premiere Adventure.”
Mayfair is with Pat Savage in Oklahoma, where he’s helping the bronzed beauty
lay claim to oil leases. They start out in trouble when a crook sabotages her
rented plane while trying to beat her to a lease. They survive the crash, and
then Monk pulls a stunt on the crooks, allowing Pat to make the lease first.
But their troubles aren’t over. When they reach town they run into a man almost
dead from lack of blood. While rushing him to the hospital a gang waylays them
and a cop is killed at the scene. But now Pat and Monk are on the investigation
of this weird mystery. A mystery that involves the Vinegarroon whip scorpions
and a tribe of Osage Indians led by Tall Turkey and the mysterious robed
leader, Standing Scorpion.
and fans of the Doc Savage adventures have been waiting for this book since
Will Murray took over the series. Patricia Savage, the bronzed cousin of Doc
Savage, was always a favorite of the fans, having been introduced in Brand of The Werewolf. Mr. Murray found
notes Lester Dent had proposed for a 1931 pulp adventure story, and turned it
into a Pat Savage yarn instead, and the result might outshine Doc himself.
As a fan
of Doc Savage I’ve always worried that Doc would run it course and cease to
interest fans; after all, the original series ran for 181 (plus the unpublished
RED SPIDER) stories in the pulps, and readers have wondered if new adventures
would even be possible, and how long could new stories sustain the series?
Well, I don’t think the interest will really fade, but if it should, I think
Pat Savage will quickly revive the series. The
Six Scarlet Scorpions is a topnotch tale that will insure success, and I’m
sure we will see many more adventures of The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage in
the future. Highly recommended.
Author of THE BLACK BAT COMPANION