When a vivacious blonde convinces Monk Mayfair to skip an important sea voyage to London, and instead run off to her Louisiana plantation, Ham Brooks is very suspicious.
After Doc Savage enters the picture, things start popping. As in fists and guns. Finding themselves on a steamship bound for the Caribbean, Doc, Ham, and a reluctant Monk become embroiled in wartime intrigue surrounding the question of who is desperately trying to keep them off the Northern Star, and why?
From New York City to the Bahama Banks, Doc Savage and his mighty men follow the trail, making new allies along the way, until they plunge into a hurricane of horror only some will survive....
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Doc Savage: The Secret of Satan’s Spine by Kenneth Robeson ***Spoiler Alert*** Any spoilers are totally unintentional. I have striven to whet the appetite, not spoil the meal. Hopefully I say enough to make you want the book while remaining vague enough to not give away anything.—Raven Monk Mayfair is flat broke. He is so broke that he has taken a job for the British War Effort, despite this having potential to knock him out of any adventure with Doc Savage. He sails in two days aboard the Northern Star. Meanwhile, Monk and Ham are trying to trick each other into buying lunch. Ham has just won the coin toss and Monk has to pay when Monk is interrupted by a pretty blonde who calls herself Davy Lee. She soon has Monk canceling his plans to go help the British War Effort in favor of taking a little vacation on the girl’s father’s ranch outside Shreveport, Louisiana. Then Davy Lee gets kidnapped at Grand Central before she can board the train with Monk. Thus begins another wild new adventure with Doc Savage. As investigation proves someone doesn’t want Monk aboard the Northern Star, Doc Savage wants to know why. Enter a man named Diamond. Diamond has his own plans for the Northern Star. He strikes as the ship nears Bermuda. A creepy black hand curled into a Devil’s Horns position has a horrible effect on Monk, Ham, and to a lesser degree, Doc. It is like nothing they have ever encountered. Word gets around about a fabled place known as Satan’s Spine, the destination Diamond has in mind. Doc knows nothing of such a place anywhere in the Caribbean. Satan’s Cay is there, but it is mostly sand and scrub brush. Before the adventure ends, Doc and company run into some old friends from a previous adventure. Some of their plan will get scrambled by an unsympathetic Skipper of the Northern Star. Diamond will take over the ship and slaughter one third of the crew. Doc. Monk and Ham are set adrift in a lifeboat. A rocky outcropping recently brought to the surface by an earthquake holds a deadly secret. An unidentified submarine menaces the ship. And to top it all off, a severe hurricane is rapidly converging on their precarious position. Action packed from the first chapter, this adventure is written to have ties in with several published Doc Savage adventures. Familiar faces, similar odd locations and objects of power, and absolute evil in the form of Diamond and his cutthroat crew combine to make this an adventure you won’t want to miss! I congratulate Will Murray on a job well done. Just keep them coming, Will, that’s all we ask! I give this novel five stars out of five! The mystery is fabulous, the tieins with other novels superb, and the action never stops until the last sentence is read. Encore! Encore! Quoth the Raven