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Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow

(All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage #14)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When millionaire Lamont Cranston and attorney Ham Brooks are kidnapped by gunmen driving a black hearse, it spells trouble for Doc Savage. Trouble with compound interest when Cranston’s personal lawyer is mysterious murdered before he can consult with criminologist George Clarendon––who is secretly The Shadow!

These strange events put the Man of Bronze and the Dark
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Kindle Edition, 495 pages
Published July 5th 2015 by Altus Press (first published June 1st 2015)
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Craig
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first prose meeting of Doc Savage and The Shadow; they meet up again in Murray's 2017 novel Empire of Doom. This one struck me as being much more of a Shadow book than a Doc Savage book; Doc and his crew virtually disappears for long stretches with little explanation. Also, only Doc and Monk have substantial parts to play. Ham's kidnapping kicks off the story and he's out of commission for most of the story, and Long Tom is around but contributes little. Renny and Johnnie are out of ...more
Evan Lewis
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in awe of this book.

Pulp fans like me have been dreaming about a Doc/Shadow encounter for decades, and The Sinister Shadow is everything we could have hoped for.

We’ve known for a long time that Will Murray inherited the style and wit of Lester Dent (by my count, this is his 17th Doc Savage novel). This novel makes it clear he’s somehow in communication with the spirit of Walter Gibson as well. And Mr. Dent actually lends a hand from beyond the grave, because portions of this book are based
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Rick
In the pulp magazine era of the 1930s-40s there were two names which stood above all others in the industry: Kenneth Robeson & Maxwell Grant. These names were synonymous with adventure, thrills & breath-taking escapes; these names were also synonymous with Doc Savage & The Shadow, respectively. But in the 80+ years since the creation of these house names and their corresponding characters, there was never a literary team-up between the two. In the same way that Superman & Batman ...more
Shawn Manning
A nicely done take on both Doc Savage and the The Shadow. The author impressively replicates the pacing,outlandish plots and characterizations of the original pulps. He also digs up some wonderful period appropriate terms. However, one thing that really irritated my is his use of the word "sepia", as a synonym for black. It's not. Trust me on this one.

My final note here is that oddly enough I've never had a problem with the Shadow killing, but this novel really gave me the horrors regarding the
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Phrodrick
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Bottom Line First:
Well in the tradition of the early 20th century Pulp novels, Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow is an action adventure that joins two of the earliest pre-superheroes of the day. The ultimate man of adventure Doc Savage and the ultimate mystery man The Shadow. This story is a bit long about twice a typical Doc Savage book but it tells a complex story and a characters from both worlds need their moments, plus the time for the dastardly villain. Will Murray has written a decent
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Dan Nelson
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun Read. Interesting Read. Well Written Read.
Mel
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Will Murray has taken up the reins of the Doc Savage series quite well with his “Wild Adventures.” He’s given Doc fans new adventures with a definite nostalgia spin, and he’s twisted Doc’s life into new horizons (that still make sense). The pairing of Doc and King Kong was very well done and I enjoyed it.

When I heard about the Doc Savage/Shadow crossover coming up, I was hopeful and excited. The pairing of the two biggest heroes of the age of pulps was something that I would have figured would
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James
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first Doc Savage/Shadow team-up was in DC Comics, in a 1988 four-part crossover, "The Conflagration Man." It didn't exactly set the world on fire, nor did subsequent comic book team-ups. Now we have the first official book version. I'm unfamiliar with Will Murray's "Wild Adventures" of Doc and his Amazing Five, but he does a superb job of imitating the pulp style. The repetitions are deliberate, the tin ear is actually perfectly tuned. As others have mentioned, he even shifts styles between ...more
Roger
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow and Doc Savage are both pulp heroes whose exploits began being published in the nineteen thirties. Any fan of the old pulps has wanted to see a meeting of these two titans, so in a real sense The Sinister Shadow is a novel that has been anticipated for over three quarters of a century.

True, The Man of Bronze and the Master of Darkness have run across each other in the four color world-but comics have rarely done justice to either character. So the question is...does The Sinister
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Mike Mitchell
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel -- it postulates the inevitable meeting between Doc Savage and the Shadow, both the prime stars of 1930s pulp fiction. Published by the same company, it's actually kind of funny that they never met back when they were first published. Nowadays, that sort of team-up would be inevitable. I liked this book, and the actual author Will Murray (Kenneth Robeson was the house name under which the original Doc Savage novels were published) did an admirable job. Hardly ...more
Rich Meyer
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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Not a bad pulp adventure, but the teaming of the two big pulp stars of the thirties was a bit of a let down - I know it's Doc's series, and that it's a hard team-up to manage, but I just think he got the upper hand too easily. And, strangely, this is mostly a Shadow adventure instead of a Doc Savage story, not that that is a bad thing. There's a good section of the book where you're not sure who's fighting who or why, but the story itself was very enjoyable - I'm only a short way in reading the ...more
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Ralph Carlson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great and fun read. Loved it.
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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
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