The year was 1933. Filmmaker Carl Denham had captured the stupendous monster he had dubbed "King" Kong. But that was only the beginning. Denham was determined to get the dethroned ruler of Skull Mountain Island back to America, and cash in on the greatest wild animal capture in human history.
The saga of how Kong was taken in chains from his Indian Ocean kingdom to New York City has never been told. In order for the cargo freighter Wanderer to make the long transit to the Atlantic, she is forced to circumnavigate Africa-jungle home of the legendary Tarzan of the Apes!
Here is the long-anticipated clash between the Monarch of Skull Island and Lord of the Jungle. When the largest anthropoid who ever lived encounters the savage superman raised by the great apes, will they make peace-or war?
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Perhaps the title should read: The Story of King Kong—also starring Tarzan The story of the Beast-God Kong begins on a remote Indian Ocean island—Skull Island. There Kong is a giant ape the last of his kind and ruler of all he can see. The humans on Skull Island have built a great wall to keep Kong away from their village. There is a gate in the wall used to make offerings of a young woman to the beast-god. When the crew of the good ship Wanderer follow the mad plans of Carl Denham to this unknown paradise, Ann Darrow becomes Kong’s plaything. First Mate Jack Driscoll leads the party to reclaim Ann from her horrible fate. As Kong pursues Ann, Denam makes his move. He has brought gas bombs and mercy bullets filled with knockout drugs. He becomes fixated on bringing Kong back to America as “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” Denham follows only one law—his own. Unable to return through the Suez Canal without a lot of questions, their only choice is to circle the Cape of Good Hope and sail the Atlantic back to New York. But Kong needs a lot of provisions, and he has stirred several times. As the ship nears the coast of African, Kong escapes to the jungle. But this isn’t Skull Island, it is Africa. Here Tarzan is the Lord of the Jungle—and Kong is an intruder! Overall, the book is the adventures of Kong, so Tarzan is relegated to a minor supporting role. Both Carl Denham and Jack Driscoll have more screen time than Tarzan. For once in my reading of Will’s books, I had to put the book down at times. That may be due to the fact that I have a collection of books on Kong, and the story cannot help but follow a familiar path. Adding the invasion of Tarzan’s home was brilliant, but I was hoping for more Tarzan than I got. I give the book three stars. Not bad. Not bad at all. Quoth the Raven…
“An Epic Adventure For Modern Times.” We are familiar with the capture of King Kong on Skull Island, and his eventual death in New York, but in this tale, the author details Kong’s journey from Skull Island, and how he was kept sedated for much of the trip, until problems arose, and the giant monarch of Skull Island escapes onto the African continent. Traveling from Skull Island, Captain Englehorn warns Carl Denham that the passage through the Suez Canal might not be a good idea, and he turns his ship, the Wanderer towards the African coast where they hope to find more food and supplies for the voyage and avoid official scrutiny of their cargo. They reach the African coast before the storm sinks the ship, but Kong soon awakens and breaks loose. Now he’s afoot in Tarzan’t domain, and the Jungle Lord doesn’t like the damage he is causing. It’s truly a wild adventure, as Tarzan, To-Yat’s ape tribe, and Jack Driscoll and his ships crew all chase after the mighty Kong. The reader is in for a treat. Will Murray’s writing is smooth and fast paced, and his characters come alive. Kong is magnificent, and Tarzan is at his best in this story. Tarzan’s constant companions, little Nkima, the monkey, Jad-bal-ja, his golden lion, and Tantor the elephants are around for the action. An epic tale for the modern times, and highly recommended.