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The Yellow Cloud (Doc Savage (Bantam) #59)

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The navy's new ultra-secret super weapon vanished from the skies-pilot and plane eaten up by a yellow cloud a quarter of a mile long. The country's military safety hung in the balance until THE MAN OF BRONZE uncovered the deadliest spy apparatus ever.
Paperback, 121 pages
Published April 1971 (first published 1939)

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Oct 15, 2016 Craig rated it liked it
The first Doc Savage story appeared in 1933 and the series ran in pulp and later digest format into 1949. Bantam reprinted the entire series in paperback with wonderful, iconic covers starting in the 1960's. Doc was arguably the first great modern superhero with a rich background, continuity, and mythos. The characterizations were far richer than was common for the pulps; his five associates and their sometimes-auxiliary, Doc's cousin Pat, and the pets Chemistry and Habeas Corpus, all had very ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok
Singled out for criticism in Philip Jose Farmer's "biography" of Doc Savage ("Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life"), "The Yellow Cloud" in its first half seems unworthy of being called "ridiculous and badly written" by that writer. By novel's end, one sees Farmer's general point but might question his wording.

Ultimately, "The Yellow Cloud" is among the weakest Doc Savage novels written by Lester Dent in the 1930s. It still has some good moments and solid action, though, and is certainly superior to
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Apr 17, 2016 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
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The side effect of reading this series so much faster than I did originally is that weaknesses sometimes jump out at me. While this is a fun one, concerning a yellow cloud pursuing and swallowing experimental Army aircraft (the book opens with some finger-wagging about how antiquated our military is), it's too obvious that it's just a reworking of TERROR IN THE NAVY with a simpler plot. It does give a good bit of action to Pat Savage, and has one of the odder ethnic supporting characters (an ...more
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Feb 26, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
Of all the pulp era heroes few stand out above the crowd, Doc Savage is one of these. With his 5 aides and cousin he adventures across the world. Fighting weird menaces, master criminals and evil scientists Doc and the Fab 5 never let you down for a great read. These stories have all you need; fast paced action, weird mystery, and some humor as the aides spat with each other. My highest recommendation.
Sep 19, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Weak payoff of the mystery and reveal of the bad guy, but until that point and good, action packed read.

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Kenneth Robeson was the house name used by Street and Smith Publications as the author of their popular character Doc Savage and later The Avenger. Though most Doc Savage stories were written by the author Lester Dent, there were many others who contributed to the series, including:

William G. Bogart
Evelyn Coulson
Harold A. Davis
Lawrence Donovan
Alan Hathway
W. Ryerson Johnson

Lester Dent is usua
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