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Cold Death (Doc Savage (Bantam) #21)

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Doc Savage meets his most merciless adversary — VAR, the faceless fiend whose strange voice announces a terrible mandate of destruction! VAR, who wields the deadly Cold Light, and dares hurl the ultimate challenge at Doc and his mighty crew — A fight to the death with the world at stake!
Peperback, 121 pages
Published January 1968 by Bantam Books (first published 1936)
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Craig
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 d ...more
Timothy Boyd
Feb 10, 2016 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.
Tim
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is unquestionably the best Doc Savage tale ghosted by Laurence Donovan. The mysterious and ominously named Var unleases his deadly Cold Light ray that causes all sorts of havoc that our hero has to sort out. I think main series writer Lester Dent might have had a hand in the conception or plotting of this one; I can't remember. In any event, the writing is less howlingling stilted than usual for Donovan, the story nowhere near as ridiculous as he usually produced.
Fraser Sherman
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp-adventure
The plot in this Doc Savage adventure (written by Laurence Donovan) doesn't make a lot of sense—I don't think we ever learn the villain's agenda beyond "making demands" in Washington. However it is an entertaining roller-coaster as a mysterious blue light blows things up real good, Monk escapes a robot death trap and we get a couple of spectacular fights and aerial death-defying escapes.
Ronald
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
author was Danberg; possibly read in winter 1968
Ronald
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
house writer was Laurence Donovan;reread some time in 1991
Keith Bell
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Doc story with some hard Sci-Fi elements. As much as the story does of a great engineering concept, it shows it's age in it's treatment of the theory of gravity and travel.
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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

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