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Arabian thieves led by the diabolically clever Molallet set one fiendish trap after another for Doc Savage and his mighty five. Only "Doc," with his superhuman mental and physical powers, could have withstood this incredible ordeal of endurance which led from the cavern of the crying rock through the pitiless desert of Rub' Al Khali and its Phantom City to a fight to the death against the last of a savage prehistoric race of white-haired beasts.




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Duane

THE PHANTOM CITY is a fun Doc adventure that appears early in the Super Saga chronology. A lost city, lots of fighting and double-dealing. A high point among many high points in the first years of Doc adventures.

- | - July 3, 2002 11:12 AM

Chuck Welch

Ah, who forgets his first? For me it was The Phantom City. I found the novel buried in my closet. I have no idea how it got there. I think it was devine intervention. Thirty years later I have a wonderful wife thanks to starting on my Bronze Road..

Oh, the novel? Well, who can pass up a Doc adventure with a lost city?

- | - July 5, 2002 09:44 AM

Luis H. Lara

Mi primera novela, no solo de Doc, sino de cualquier tipo. Tena solo 8 aos y la termin de una sola vez. Me volv adicto y 58 aos despus lo sigo siendo
Luis Humberto Lara
Dr. en Medicina

- | - November 3, 2002 04:07 AM

Luis H. Lara

Mi primera novela, no solo de Doc, sino de cualquier tipo. Tena solo 8 aos y la termin de una sola vez. Me volv adicto y 58 aos despus lo sigo siendo
Luis Humberto Lara
Dr. en Medicina

- | - November 3, 2002 12:31 PM

Andrew Salmon

Another of my personal favorites. Doc in a lost city is always a nice reminder of where Indiana Jones came from. A creepy passage through a dark canyon, the evil Mohallet, the White Beasts and a stash of platinum. Saddle up, brothers, this one has it all.

- | - July 22, 2003 06:32 PM

Paul Cook

I read this book right after Brand of the Werewolf because in that book a telegraph operator said that Doc and his men had taken a submarine up an underground river in Arabia to a hidden city in the desert. I was hooked. My one caveat is that Monk, being a chemist, should have recognized the platinum gates of the city that seemed to be the treasure everyone was after. Minor slip. Good book. Great fun.

- | - May 5, 2005 04:35 AM

Mark Carpenter

"The Phantom City" is one of the awesome quartet of classics that Dent wrote in the fall of 1933 (along with "The Lost Oasis," "The Sargasso Ogre," and "The Czar of Fear"). Ol' Lester must have been in pretty close contact with his muse during those four months, because there isn't another consecutive run of Doc adventures this good in the whole canon. As for "City," it's nonstop fun from cover to cover. Since it was written very early in the series, Doc isn't so formal and starchy yet, and actually uses terms like "fellers," "search me," and "don't it stand to reason..." What's more, Dent's incredible ability to describe geography and exotic locales is never on better display than in this book the Helldiver's trip up the underground river is so perfectly rendered, you can smell the musty cave air. A triumph in all respects.

- | - July 30, 2005 09:56 AM

Lee Dorrance

Another rousing lost civilization Doc Savage extravaganza!!! I agree with Andrew Salmon, the more Doc adventures you read, the more you begin to see their influence in much of today's pop culture. Move over Indiana Jones, Doc and the boys were here first!

- | - November 28, 2005 10:18 AM


   
   

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