Apr. 28, 2019

Powerful, deadly explosions rock New York!

The Spider: Satan’s Death Blast by Grant Stockbridge

Richard Wentworth is in Albany, New York to meet with Senator Beach. He A closet, Wentworth overhears plans to cause the Senator to “go up in dust!”

While the murder of a politician is horrible, what the leader of the gang says next is worse. The Senator is protecting property that the gang wants. He says that when their plans go through and they control those properties, the entire USA government will be powerless before them.

The soft, sly, purring voice belongs to a man who looks like the devil himself. Gloating, he outlines a plan to subdue and loot whole cities using a concentrated explosive. Just enough of the compound to fit inside a cigar can kill several people and bring building crashing to the street.

The Spider goes on the hunt, trying to prevent the dark scheme. Waking up after being badly wounded, the Spider finds the gang in possession of the property and well into their looting. Moreover, the devil leader, a man the Spider shot down is alive and well…

This was a good story. Published in the June 1934 issue of the Spider Magazine, the tale predated the explosives used by military and industry today, such as C4. The story is thus anchored in the realm of possibility. The seemingly undying devil likewise is grounded in science.

The one thing I have an issue with is the ending. I found it rather vague as to the fate of one of the players in the game. It is like the author forgot that he had included this character and hopes the reader won’t notice. News Flash: They will…

Kudos to the publishers for this ongoing reprinting of the series. I hope that maybe I can finally read the stories I am missing!

I give the book four stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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