Aug. 6, 2019

Richard Henry Benson returns!

Hunt the Avenger by Win Scott Eckert     

POSSIBLE SPOILERS

This book consists of five short stories. Three have been previously published and two are new. The new ones are written to tie the whole story together so that the result is one story in five chapters.

It begins with…

The Glass Lady tells of Benson’s first encounter with the enigmatic and sultry Ellen Patrick, aka the Domino Lady. Werner Konrad resurfaces at a masked ball stealing jewels from the attendees. The Domino Lady sends for Justice Inc. (Note: see The Glass Man by Ron Goulart writing as Kenneth Robeson, Warner Paperbacks) Werner is apparently working for someone else. Just who is exposed when The Iron Skull, Baron Blau-Montag shows up, along with his daughter! (Note: see The Iron Skull by Ron Goulart writing as Kenneth Robeson, Warner Paperbacks)

Death and the Countess deals with a deadly new weapon and a femme fatal, known only as The Countess. She is brokering a sale of the weapon to the highest bidder.

Happy Death Men concerns men made almost unstoppable a super-soldier drug. The brain behind it all belongs to Dr. Carl Walden and Lilya Zarof, who is the Countess from the previous story. Walden wants an elixir he hopes Benson can help him discover, a drug to extend life and youth. There is something odd about the Countess…

According to the Plan of a One-Eyed Trickster continues the tale of Walden and the Countess. The real truth behind the Countess is exposed, something too unusual to spoil here. Walden is still after the elixir and makes strange hints about the Avenger’s deadened face and white hair!

The wrap up comes in Toil and Trouble. The Iron Skull and his daughter, Lenni Blau-Montag have captured Benson, replacing him with one of the Iron Skull’s lifelike robots. Also captured is the Domino Lady. Lenni is largely robotic and wants Benson to place her brain in Ellen Patrick’s body…

As usual with Win Scott Eckert, the stories are filled with cameos and locations from other literature, some so subtle that you might miss them! Honestly, Win, I didn’t like the ending. But hey, everything is flexible in fiction and who knows the ending may not be what it seemed!

I give the book four stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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