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An awesome legion of master criminals launch a devastating series of raids that set the entire east coast of America aflame. Skyscrapers explode, ocean liners disappear, key witnesses are kidnapped and brutally murdered as the holocaust rages. In a desperate race against time Doc Savage attempts to discover the true identity of the twisted brain who rules the silver-costumed marauders -- while the mysterious Ull and his army of hooded assassins move closer to their grim objective of world domination!


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Barry Ellis

One of THE greatest Doc stories. Gadgets and intrigue abound! The "Helldiver" rebuilt and ready to rumble! Quirky Dent characters! This one has it all!

- | - July 22, 2003 02:34 PM

Howard Hopkins

I actually read the Marvel Comics version of this tale first--and loved it. But the paperback proved elusive for many years (this was before the internet made it much easier to get a hold of these things!)After reading the book I was blown away. One of the best early Docs easily.

- | - July 29, 2003 01:19 PM

Andrew M. Bowen

There were some things I dislike about this one.
Lorna Zane and Pat Savage don't get much action. My opinion is that if the ladies don't get to do much, Dent & Co. should have written them out and given more time to Doc and the Fabulous Five. You don't have to have a heroine in every saga.
Speaking of which, I wish Ham and Monk had gotten more action.
Like Doc, I found myself very annoyed by Rapid Pace's mode of speech, although his final bemusement over becoming brave was pretty amusing.
On the other hand:
The underwater fight scenes at the end were utterly fantastic. I reread this recently and I was blown away by Dent's imagination.
I liked the idea of a gang using a submarine to commit a crime.
Ham seemed like a real attorney when he explained the complicated financial fraud.
That was a great death trap in the mansion. One of these days, I intend to use something similiar in one of my dungeons.
Overall rating: At least four stars on my five-star scale.

- | - February 25, 2004 07:01 PM



- | - November 10, 2004 10:16 AM

Jeff Spain

Great Doc novel. Non-stop action, underwater combat, the "Helldiver", murder by a 3 inch deck gun. This is filled with action and Pat Savage is thrown in as well.

- | - March 4, 2005 07:35 AM

Paul Cook

This is, I believe, the first Doc that doesn't make use of all five aides though Pat Savage is in it. It's mostly high-pitched action with the eerie silver death's heads and great underwater action. I think this would have made a great movie since the villains are costumed and the deaths are particularly grisly. One of the best.

- | - April 28, 2005 11:46 PM

Mark Carpenter

Even though there are no exotic weapons or locations in it, "Death in Silver" has always been a favorite of mine.
It's a prime example of Dent's ability to write terrific action scenes the underwater submarine battle between Doc and the Silver Death-Heads is one of the best in the series. No wonder Marvel used this novel as the basis for one of the first Doc Savage comic books back in the 70s.

- | - May 7, 2005 12:30 PM

Lee Dorrance

Another favorite of mine, Death in Silver really shows the depth of Dent's imagination. I always felt this one would make a great motion picture. From the violent and mysterious thugs in the silver outfits to the epic battle underneath the waters surrounding Manhattan, this is Doc at his finest.

One point of continuity, however. In one part of the story Doc removes a villain's wristwatch and replaces his own with it. In prior stories, Dent has made an effort to point out how Doc always seems to know the exact time of day, despite never wearing a watch.

- | - March 5, 2006 01:34 PM


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