Oct. 23, 2016

The Girl of Bronze’s first Wild Adventure!

The All New-Wild Adventures of Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions by Kenneth Robeson

I guess I should add a possible spoilers warning…

Patricia Savage is the cousin of the Man of Bronze and has a thirst for adventure and making money. Not content with her Park Avenue beauty salon, Pat decides to go west. Monk Mayfair is along for the ride as they head to Oklahoma, Monk’s old stomping grounds, to broker leases on land suspected of being prime sites for future oil wells.

But someone else wants those leases, and “Grabber” Daly isn’t adverse to strong arm tactics to get his way. His shenanigans cause the plane Pat and Monk have rented to crash!

Sometime later, our courageous pair comes across a man who is barely alive. Ben Nansen has a tale of unrelenting horror. His blood has been systematically drained to be fed to some sort of creature in the next room! Across the man’s face a blood colored scorpion suddenly blossoms into view and he crashes to the pavement. There is a choking stench of vinegar…

He has been babbling about a “vinegaroon,” which is a type of whip scorpion that Monk says is native to the Tulsa area. These creatures are not true scorpions although they do resemble them. When provoked, the vinegaroon releases a spray of acetic acid which smells strongly of vinegar…

People are beginning to suffer from an illness that resembles polio, which robs them of the use of their legs. It has been named Grampus Paralysis, and Nansen’s father was an early victim. No one knows how the illness is spread, and it has thus far resisted all attempts at a cure…

Enter a man dressed in flowing purple robes and specially shaped hooded cowl. He has a scarlet image of a scorpion emblazed across the front of the robe. He says he is called Chief Standing Scorpion, and that he is the leader of the Vinegaroon Tribe. He swears that people all over the Tulsa area will soon come down with the Grampus paralysis, spread by vinegaroon poison…

Pat Savage and Monk seem to get into more trouble as the adventure continues. It results in Monk having to swallow his pride and call Ham for help. By now they are in so much trouble that they will need a lawyer of Ham’s caliber to keep them out of prison, perhaps even the electric chair! And Chief Standing Scorpion is just getting started…

A rogue band of Osage Indians, a lovely female reporter, two competing male reporters, and the owner of a large newspaper somehow fit into the mixture. There is also a weird Indian wearing a poncho that matches the blanket he sits on torturing a wooden flute on the street for money. There might be more to the flute than discordant music, as strange things happen whenever and wherever the Native American plays…

Steady pace and pure pulp narrative makes this latest work by Will Murray (writing as Kenneth Robeson) an instant classic for fans of Doc Savage!

I give this book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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