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column 045 04/36 The Men Who Smiled No More column


It started with a senseless murder. Then it spread -- all over New York men were becoming robot-like automatons without emotions. The Man of Bronze went into action. But even Doc Savage was stricken helpless before he solved the terrifying menace of The Death's Head Grin!


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bama - bama
baumhofer - baumhofer
donovan - donovan
nanovic - nanovic
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Andrew Salmon

I just finished this one and I must say that it is one of the best! The best word to describe this adventure is: relentless. This one moves like a rocket! Twists and turns! And, you get to see Monk, Ham and the rest of the fabulous five like you've never seen them before. Doc's internal battle against the 'creeping inertia' in his nervous system alone makes this one worth reading. One of Doc's best scenes without a doubt. From opening sentence to the last line this one just never stops! Great fun!!

- | - July 10, 2002 03:43 PM

Tom O'Carroll

This was NOT one of my favorites. Partly because it was not a Lester Dent tale, but also because the "brain dead killers" was overused in the series. (The Mindless Monsters, & The Munitions Master, to name two).

- | - July 14, 2002 10:46 AM

Tim Weber

It's astonishing that anyone could actually like this Laurence Donovan adventure, but I guess that's the interesting thing about taste. No offense to those who liked it, but "The Men Who Smiled No More" is absolutely awful. Donovan wrote nine Docs and the only one that could actually be called good was "Cold Death." I find Donovan's prose an almost incredible chore to read. His writing is like a refrigerator magnet poetry game a friend had, in which you mix and match phrases and words to try to make a coherent sentence. This is not as bad as say, "Murder Melody", but it's pretty close. Most of the adventure is spent near a duck pond; not my choice for an exciting setting.

- | - July 18, 2002 02:43 AM

Howard Hopkins

This gets my vote for the absolute worst Donovan Doc ever, maybe even the worst book of the series. It's virtually unreadable and the disgustingly gruesome duck killing scenes were just horrible. The writing is terrible. I refer to this one as The Ducks Who Quacked No More...

- | - July 29, 2003 01:47 PM

Paul Cook

Loved the cover; hated the book.

- | - May 18, 2005 03:15 AM


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