Doc Savage: The Desert Demons [NOOK Book]

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Back after nearly 20 years, Doc Savage returns! The Man of Bronze and his amazing crew are called to 1936 California to combat the Desert Demons. Weather gone wild--or something far more sinister? From the Mojave Desert to the Hollywood Hills, and climaxing in the swampy interior of Florida, Doc confronts a threat to the Earth unlike any he ever faced before. Written by prolific novelist Will Murray, author of 7 previous Doc Savage novels, and based on an unfinished manuscript by originator Lester Dent, The ...
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Overview

Back after nearly 20 years, Doc Savage returns! The Man of Bronze and his amazing crew are called to 1936 California to combat the Desert Demons. Weather gone wild--or something far more sinister? From the Mojave Desert to the Hollywood Hills, and climaxing in the swampy interior of Florida, Doc confronts a threat to the Earth unlike any he ever faced before. Written by prolific novelist Will Murray, author of 7 previous Doc Savage novels, and based on an unfinished manuscript by originator Lester Dent, The Desert Demons is only the first of 7 projected Wild Adventures of Doc Savage. A perfect reintroduction to the seminal pulp superman-scientist whose adventures were originally published between 1933 and 1949. The Man of Bronze is back. For real this time.
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Editorial Reviews

Tor.com - Jim Beard
"This is the Doc Savage of pulp legend....The Desert Demons, in grand Savage tradition, tells of a baffling phenomenon that kills men and disintegrates objects. Seemingly insect-like, the “demons” swarm through the air like a cloud of rust, both mindless and with purpose, but altogether sinister. Every Doc adventure is a mystery, and this one is no shirker of that solemn duty. I’ve read a submarine-load of Doc Savage stories and I was guessing up until the end...“
SFSIGNAL.com - Larry Ketchersid
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Doc Savage and his team descend upon California, to investigate
mysterious red dust demons from the sky that are killing Hollywood types; Pat
Savage, Doc's cousin, is missing and may be one of the victims.
MY REVIEW:
PROS: Shows the "science investigator" Doc and the "human enough to get mad"
Doc; the inclusion of Pat Savage is always a plus; dirigibles, baby!; excellent
Amazon.com - Barry Reese
This book is a great reminder of the days when pulp featured one exciting scene after another: if you want to see Doc throwing himself from one moving vehicle to the next, dodging a hail of bullets or flexing his Herculean muscles in an attempt
to avoid seemingly certain death... this book is for you.
This novel is based on an outline by Lester Dent and...reads like a lost Dent story...
Amazon.com - Andrew Salmon
The plot is classic pulp and classic Doc. Out in Hollywoodland, a mysterious red cloud is swooping down out of the sky, devouring people and machinery alike, causing no end of headaches for film crews and the general population. And Pat Savage has disappeared into this mess. What follows is a rollicking adventure mixing science fact with science fiction while bullets whiz, grenades explode, schemes run rampant and gadgets save the day.
Davy Crockett's Almanac of Mystery, Adventure and the Wild West - Evan Lewis
All five of Doc’s aides are on hand for this one, and cousin Pat plays an important role too. An added attraction is that much of the action revolves around the Hollywood film industry of 1936. Fun stuff. I especially enjoyed having Monk decked out in cowboy duds and riding a cayuse. And when the action moves to California, we get to see Doc battle an alligator à la Davy Crockett or Jim Bowie.
Bottom Line: You don’t want to miss this...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013057593
  • Publisher: Altus Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2011
  • Series: The Wild Adventures ofDoc Savage , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 173,163
  • File size: 662 KB

Meet the Author

Will Murray is the author of more than 50 action-adventure novels and short stories starring pulp incons such as Remo Williams, the Destroyer, Batman, Superman, The Avenger, Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, Honey West, and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is the literary agent for the estate of Lester Dent, and scripted the 1985 National Public Radio series, The Adventures of Doc Savage, which was recently released by Radioarchives.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Feels like the original...

    Having read the entire original series and Mr. Murray's previous works, i was extremely happy to see something new. I read this over the course of a couple of days while in the hospital. For several hours i was again fighting crime and setting things right in exotic locations with Doc and the Fabulous Five! Thank you, Mr. Murray! Hurry and release the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Great

    Need to have more Doc Savage books on Nook Books.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    A Trilling Adventure! The Man Of Bronze Is BACK!

    Having discovered Doc Savage and the Fabulous Five about 8 years ago, I've been playing catch up ever since. So it was with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that I greeted the release of the first new Doc Savage novel in 18 years. Finally I'd be able to buy a new Doc adventure when it came out!

    And I was not disappointed.

    If you're a long-time Doc Savage fan, this novel will scratch you right where you itch. Everyone is here, including Pat Savage and the ever-annoying Chemistry and Habeous. If you're looking for a different kind of Doc adventure or a new take on the legendary hero, then you will be sorely disappointed.

    That's right Doc fans young, old, novice or veteran... DOC SAVAGE IS BACK! The Doc you remember -- whether it be via those timeless pulp magazines of the 30s/40s, the unforgettable run of Bantam paperbacks from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s or whether you just started picking up the double novel re-issues courtesy of Sanctum Books. Yup, THAT Doc is back in a new adventure from Kenneth Robeson extraordinaire Will Murray.

    Based on an original outline by the incomparable Lester Dent, and incorporating a considerable amount of vintage, unused Dent material, The Desert Demons is a worthy and fitting continuation of the Doc Savage legacy. Channeling Dent, Murray has given us an incredible Doc Savage adventure that slips seamlessly into the established canon. No updating, no re-imagining here. This is a classic Doc yarn that will delight fans everywhere.

    The plot is classic pulp and classic Doc. Out in Hollywoodland, a mysterious red cloud is swooping down out of the sky, devouring people and machinery alike, causing no end of headaches for film crews and the general population. And Pat Savage has disappeared into this mess. What follows is a rollicking adventure mixing science fact with science fiction while bullets whiz, grenades explode, schemes run rampant and gadgets save the day. All the classic pulp fiction elements are here: breakneck pacing, snappy dialogue and a relentless pace that keeps you turning the pages.

    If you're a long time fan I guarantee you this novel will be the read you've been waiting for since the travesty of First Wave. If you've never read a Doc adventure in your life, then why not start here? If you are an adventure junkie, then The Desert Demons is the book for you.

    The book is available in multiple formats. There's the softcover for sale here. But there is also a deluxe hardcover edition available through the publisher's website. I opted for the latter and can say that when they say deluxe they aren't kidding around. In the hardback edition, you get a fantastic Afterword in which Murray takes you behind the scenes of the book's creation. Find out precisely where Dent leaves off and Murray takes over in the story. In fact, reproductions of Dent's original typescript pages are included. And it comes with a signed bookplate, including the signatures of Murray, cover artist Joe Devito and a faux signature from Lester Dent himself. Devito also chimes in with an essay about how he came to be associated with the Doc Savage Bantam released in the 90s. If you're a fan of this stuff, then the hardcover may be for you. If not, there is the softcover and an e-book is pending.

    Pulp fiction, both classic and new, is all the rage these days and reading The Desert Demons will show you why so many readers embrace this classic adventure prose. The Desert Demons is a stand out addition

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Great

    Wish theyed come out with a new one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Great book for Doc Savage fans

    it was great to be able to revisit the Doc Savage series that I read in the sixties. the author did a great job of capturing the feel of the original series. Hope to see more

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Would not recommend

    Back in the day I read the Doc Savage books. Tried this one to see what I've missed. Did not enjoy this one. The story was somewhat unbelievable and really did not like the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    I remember Doc Savage

    This story seemed to drag on and on. Not sure why I bought this book. It was a memory best left alone.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Love Doc, but

    This ran about 50 pages too long. Too much time spent on useless side characters and not enough showcasing of Doc's abilities. Still, it's Doc in print again, so three stars.

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