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Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life [Kindle Edition]

Philip Jose Farmer
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Clark Savage, Jr, was raised from birth to become the perfect human specimen. Almost from birth, a team of scientists assembled by his father trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. The result: Doctor Clark Savage, Jr. – physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher – best known to the world as , the man of Bronze. Doc Savage.

Philip José Farmer, biographer of Lord Greystoke (better known to the world as Tarzan), has turned his superb research and narrative skills to one of the most famous heroes of our time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (19 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FX9EDO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Jose Farmer at his best. 14 July 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have had this book for over ten years now and I am constantly refering to it, quite simply it is one of the best books of its genre.
It is both informative and fasinating and once you start to read it you can not seem to put it down.
I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Franks
Format:Kindle Edition
this is a real gem. farmer relates doc to past and future icons of literature ...james bond sherlock holmes tarzan you name it they are part of docs family tree. then the author gives some interesting insights into the man of bronze and his inner psyche ringing out some curious facts on his sexuality and tortured soul. a riveting read could not put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten forerunner to Superman 12 July 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is similar to Philip Jose Farmer's book on Tarzan. It treats Doc Savage as if he was a real person.For anyone this is a great introduction to this 'forgotten' character. This 'man of bronze' is a forerunner of Superman and even had a 'fortress of solitude' before the 'man of steel' had one.It is good escapist fun and features a character born out of the 'hungry 30s' when people looked for an escape from the day to day realities of the 'Great Depression'.Yes,some of the scientific marvels are now very dated but the whole 'Doc Savage' series can be very addictive.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware: not a novel 18 Aug 2012
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Contrary to appearances, this is not a novel. Instead it is an extended essay on the history and social significance of the Doc Savage comics. If that's your cup of tea then you may find this book considerably more interesting than I did.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, so good that it's back in print 11 Aug 2013
By Richard A. Bretschneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My father read the original Doc Savage pulps when he was a teen ager with money his father gave him for enteratinment. Years later, when Bantam Books reprinted them, he bought each and every one for me as they came out. There's nothing like a Doc Savage adventure (except for the next Doc Savage adventure) and I still thrill to new issues as the latest set bearing the original covers and closer to original size Nostalgia editions dribble out into public view.

Years later, when Farmer wrote Tarzan Alive I ate that book up, reading several times in a row. So deep and wonderful, connecting all these fantasy characters together in a manner I'd never seen before. It was one of my first encounters with the guy who would become one of my favorite authors. But this isn't really about that.

Finding Farmer's treatise on Doc Savage on my local bookstore's shelves was nothing short of amazing. Shorter and more accessible than the epic Tarzan Alive effort, due to the focused subject, His Apocalyptic Life quickly became a favorite that was re-read and referenced on a regular basis. Surely when I had a chance to visit the Empire State Building later in life, I thrilled as I passed the 86th floor knowing what lay on the other side.

But enough fancy and fantasy. This is a solid book, a great addition for any Doc fan. Especially those who have read all the original series, and those who may be discovering the additional tales penned by Farmer and Murray. Highly recommended.

Note: if you've read this book before, it's worth picking up the 2013, Meteor House, hardcover (revised, expanded) edition again for the additional material included. It's the third copy on my shelf, and I don't regret it's purchase at all!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun 28 Sep 2001
By Jeffrey Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Doc Savage is one of those enduring pulp icons who will always have a cult following no matter how many years pass since his heyday. The creation of writer Lester Dent, Doc Savage was a combination private eye/crusading scientist/super hero who, with the help of his loyal assistant, managed to defeat some of the most evil threats that mankind has ever had to face. Certainly a bit corny but always a great deal of fun, the Doc Savage tales were always amongst the best of their type and, as the world continues to get more and more complicated, there's something wonderfully reassuring about entering into Doc Savage's world and discovering that evil can always be defeated by one bronze skinned genius. For this reason, Doc Savage continues to maintain a loyal fan base into the present day. One of these fans was the late science fiction writer Phillip Jose Farmer (creator of the Riverworld series and several other underground classics). Farmer wrote Doc Savage, His Apocalyptic Life as an obvious labor of love. While he goes out of his way to try to accurately document the mythos of Doc Savage (though some critics are correct when they point out that he sometimes draws conclusions that are far more Farmer than Dent), Farmer does so with a welcomed tone of uptmost (if still bemused) seriousness. Treating this book as not just a long fan letter but instead as an actual biography of an actual man, Farmer affords Doc Savage fans a dignity that others who have attempted to write about classic pulp icons haven't.
The book to a certain extent acts as a sequel to Farmer's better known (but, to me, of lesser quality) Tarzan Alive. As in the Tarzan book, Farmer concludes with lengthy and imaginative geneaology in which he manages (with not too many excessive liberties taken with their established canons) to show that every pulp hero was in some way related. Along with Tarzan, Doc Savage is soon to be related to Bulldog Drummond, James Bond, Nero Wolfe, The Scarlet Pimpernil, Prof. Challenger, the Shadow, and just about anyone else you could think of. No, its not meant to be taken seriously but, like the original Doc Savage stories themselves, its still a lot of fun.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have primer for doc savage fans 22 Jan 1998
By pdegeorgio@wnyt.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
whether a long time fan or if you've only recently discovered the Man of Bronze, this is a must have. While Farmer does take some liberties with (supposed) origins and fates of characters, neo- and longtime fans will find this book invaluable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live the Man of Bronze! 24 Jan 2010
By L. Cabos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tha last published edition (the others in Hardcover by Doubleday and paperback by Bantam) of Doc Savage his apocalyptic life. While I had seen the Bantam paperbacks as a kid in the late 1960's, early 1970's, this was the book that got me interested in Doc and His Amazing Five (six if you count his cousin Pat) to the point where I had every one of the Bantam reprints all the way to UP FROM EARTH'S CENTRE. Farmer spins an entertaining and entralling look at the life and career of the Arch Enemy of Evil (once had that Bama poster!). Sure relating him to everyone from Ned Land to James Bond is a stretch but it is all in good fun and you very interested in reading his exploits.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Questions about Doc Savage? PJ Farmer has the answers! 10 July 2014
By Raven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptical Life by Philip Jose Farmer

Doc Savage was the hero of Doc Savage magazine, first published in March 1933. It lasted for 181 issues, the last being released Summer 1949. Doc was a super-man, fantastically intelligent, skilled at every major (and minor) science. He was immensely strong as well, the result of a two hour workout he does every day without fail.

Taught by masters the world over, Doc is a master of disguise, a linguist of tremendous versatility, skilled in woodcraft and tracking, and expert in any number of unarmed self-defense tactics.

His Fabulous Five are men he first met in a WWI prison camp. They are highly skilled in their profession, acknowledging only one superior—Doc Savage himself. His men are:

Lt. Colonel Andrew Blogget “Monk” Mayfair an industrial chemist. He is also famous for his pet pig “Habeas Corpus” and long running feud with “Ham” Brooks.
Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks, perhaps the finest lawyer ever produced by the Harvard Law School. He is known for sartorial perfection in dressing, an ever-present sword cane, his pet ape “Chemistry”, and his long running feud with “Monk” Mayfair.
Colonel John “Renny” Renwick, an engineer known the world over for building roads, bridges, buildings, and dams. He is also famous for two of the largest hands in existence and for knocking panels out of doors.
Major Thomas “Long Tom” Roberts, an electrical genius comparable to Edison. The runt of the group, Long Tom looks undersized and unhealthy. He can whip nine out of ten men, and the tenth wouldn’t have it easy.
William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, a College Professor, archeologist and geologist. Apparently he worked as a Military Consultant during the war or perhaps as an Intelligence Agent. His eccentric ways lend themselves to polysyllabic vocabulary, never using a short word if he can think of a long one.

What Mr. Farmer proposes here is simple. What if Doc Savage was a real person? What if even some of the adventures are actually true events?

Ride along with Mr. Farmer as he explores this and other questions. Along the way, meet other pulp heroes who are kin to The Man of Bronze. Discover the secret of Doc’s father, Doc’s birth, and Doc’s rigorous training. Get in depth reports on all of Doc’s Fabulous Five and Patria Savage, his lovely fire breathing cousin with her huge .45 Colt revolver.

And above all, get a research book that can be used to file your own collection. I think PJ Farmer deserves a full five out of five stars for the obvious research he put into this volume.

Quoth the Raven…
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