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Few had known of the ancient Mayan kingdom which provided Doc Savage with billions of dollars in precious gold to finance his unceasing fight against evil. Threatened by The Leader and his international band of cutthroat warriors, the amazing Man of Bronze cunningly battles for the financial security and future peace of the entire world.


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Chuck Welch

It's obvious this isn't a Dent story. Davis' style offers more exposition and the bare minimum of dialogue. I really enjoyed when The Leader wanted to tell Doc his evil plan and Doc replied he didn't need to hear it -- he already knew. Wait, it gets better, The Leader then didn't explain anyway! He just broke bad guy rule #47!

Even better was this gem: "Among the shattered fragments that had been men, had been found a queer substance, several pieces of it, in fact. That substance had been tested. It was crimson-soaked underwear of the type only Doc and his men wore."

My new favorite line from any Doc novel.

- | - October 3, 2002 08:59 PM

Catherine Lavalle-Welch

Aaaaah, this one has such potential for an emotional Doc. But no, the ending is wrapped up in a few paragraphs and we'll never know what effect it had on Doc to return to the scene of his first adventure. The villains still respect all the bad guy rules that say that you shouldn't kill the hero right away but wait to give him an horrible death, giving him a chance to escape. Still liked it.

- | - October 11, 2002 09:13 PM

Andrew Salmon

As a sequel to The Man Of Bronze, this one could have been better. But as a stand alone story it isn't too bad. The different writing style is a change of pace but one should begin this tale if one is looking for rip-snorting, high pace adventure. I liked the hand of death and the threat, toppling the world's gold markets, was one only Doc could stop. But the execution doesn't live up to the potential with this novel.

- | - July 24, 2003 08:10 PM

Paul Cook

Oddly, the first half of this novel reminded me of a Spider novel, I guess because it involved millions of dollars on New York markets . . . but alas, the novel really doesn't amount to much. The "delayed" execution of Doc is, I think, just a corner the writer (Harold Davis?) got himself into and simply wiggled his way out of. But this is also a 1937 novel where Dent and his ghosts seemed to be getting weary with their monthly writing chore with Doc. Good novels appear here and there (such as The Living Fire Menace), but the basic excitement and verve of the early Docs are gone. (I really think this has more to do with the Great Depression and the Recession of 1937 that almost crippled Roosevelt's administration than anything else. It wasn't a fun decade and perhaps it was starting to affect the writers of Doc Savage. This happened to The Spider and The Shadow as well.)

- | - June 3, 2005 04:40 AM

Mark Carpenter

I don't know why some fans grumble about this one for a Davis story, it's excellent. The action is fast and interesting (without spinning out of control like it did in the awful "Munitions Master") and the villain is clever without being all powerful. Along with the superb "Green Death," this is Davis' most Dent-like novel. I give it a solid B+.

- | - April 24, 2006 09:55 AM


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