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The Man of Bronze by Kenneth Robeson
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Apr 23, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: pulp
Read from April 17 to 21, 2011

I have to pick up a Doc Savage every now and then to remind myself how substandard the writing really is and how mechanically each story clings to a formula. The series tries to have it both ways: have a supercompetent hero figure and put that hero into extreme danger. It never quite works out--the reader never really buys that Doc Savage is actually in danger. And because each episode is strictly self-contained, there's no feeling of development or advancement. The situation self-resets every time.

If you have read one Doc Savage, you have very nearly read them all.

This was not the origin story I was expecting. The gang is already together and we see nothing of Savage's early days.

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