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Doc Savage: Phantom Lagoon [Paperback]

Kenneth Robeson , Lester Dent , Will Murray , Joe DeVito
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19 Dec 2013
When a brazen adventuress tries to hire Doc Savage for a secret mission—but won’t tell him why—it lights the fuse for one of the most explosive exploits ever to involve the Man of Bronze. Who is Hornetta Hale? Why does she need to rent Doc’s private submarine? And who is so determined to eliminate her that they destroy Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters in the process? From Manhattan Island to the Caribbean Sea, Doc and his fighting crew chase the most violent gang of criminals they have ever encountered in a desperate race to unlock the secret of Phantom Lagoon. Or are they more than mere criminals?

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Altus Press (19 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618271342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618271341
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better 6 Feb 2014
By Kambei
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading 'The Miracle Menace', I had mixed feelings about 'Phantom Lagoon', but I need not have worried. A cross between Doc Savage and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon', one of my favourite Universal horror movies. A sure fire winner. Previous plots were nicely mentioned without going overboard and the creatures were nicely done and had me hooked. Very much in the vein as some of the older 'lost world' plots from the originals. Enjoyed this one. Very much looking forward to 'The Ice Genius'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Building a Better Doc 4 Feb 2014
By J. Beard - Published on
After SKULL ISLAND, I wondered how Will Murray could ever possibly top it, what I saw as the best of his modern-day Doc Savage novels. SKULL ISLAND’s follow-up, MIRACLE MENACE, just didn’t grab me and I exited it with disappointment, but the new PHANTOM LAGOON has pleased, though of course, it didn’t top SKULL ISLAND. I’m beginning to think Murray may never reach that level of near-perfection again – but I hope he keeps trying.

PHANTOM LAGOON cements my opinion of Doc Savage novels: the best ones, for me, are the globe-trotting adventures. That said, this open kicks off in the States, specifically NYC, with one of the most exciting Doc openers since the pulp glory days, and from there it settles into a solid action-ride with the usual exotic locales, crazy characters, and Savage tropes. It’s that last that draws me in every time, because if there’s one thing Murray has achieved with this series is floating you that feeling of returning to the warn company of old friends; this IS Doc, and you won’t miss that Lester Dent is not behind the Roberson house name.

One of the other things I really enjoyed in PHANTOM LAGOON is the “reluctance” to name the enemy and his home country, playing with that unique spot the original pulpsters got themselves into before we, the USA, declared official war against the Axis. That time period – heading into World War II – also allows Murray to hint at the more “human” Doc of the later original pulp novels; in PHANTOM LAGOON, we’re treated to, among other things, what amounts to a Doc Savage temper-tantrum, and it’s rich.

Women step up and take a central role in the story, too, and Hornetta Hale is handful, the likes of which stymies not only Doc, but Monk, Ham, and Long Tom, too. She’s a fun female guest-star and, if I’m not mistaken, there’s a nod to a possible spin-off herein…maybe. Speaking of which, that brings us to the other glorious gal in PHANTOM LAGOON: Pat Savage. Yep, Pat fans, she’s here, but, I hate to say it, not used to maximum effect. Pat’s here usual tag-a-long self, but just as she gets revved up, I feel as if Murray sends her off stage too quickly and only mentioned, not seen. To hammer home that bit of disappointment, there’s a great Pat scene near the end that is mostly off-page…you hear about it later, but BOY, do you want to see it in action.

Where will the “Wild Adventures of Doc Savage” go next? With Murray at the helm, into exciting waters, I’m certain. PHANTOM LAGOON is a great addition to the canon, and encourages me to continue with the series and get my Doc fix. And that’s a welcome feeling.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another crackerjack entry in the WILD Adventures of Doc Savage 9 Jan 2014
By Evan Lewis - Published on
1939: Lester Dent begins a proposed Doc Savage newspaper strip continuity introducing gorgeous but prickly adventuress Hornetta Hale and puts her on track to bedevil Doc and his men. The strip is never published.

2013: Will Murray, the 21st Century Kenneth Robeson, picks up the tale and builds it into the crackerjack new Doc Savage novel, PHANTOM LAGOON.

Yes, folks, Mr. Murray has done it again - dishing out yet another corker in the WILD Adventures of Doc Savage from Altus Press.

Our man Doc has encountered a good number of difficult females over the course of his long career, but none so obstinate, so demanding or so downright troublesome as Hornetta Hale. This lady is hardboiled right down to her toenails, and doesn't care who knows it. The chip on her shoulder is roughly the size of the Empire State Building.

When the crew of cruise ship finds her marooned on a Caribbean isle, she shuns all questions and makes a beeline for Doc's headquarters, where she demands use of his submarine. Naturally, Doc wants answers, and when she won't come across, he sends her off in a huff.

Next thing Doc knows, he's up to neck in extremely well-armed bad guys who lay waste to his offices, destroy his warehouse full of planes, boats and automobiles, and leave him and his aides with little more than the shirts on their backs. And that's only the beginning, as all concerned go chasing off to the Caribbean to solve the mystery of the Men Under the Sea.

As if Doc isn't bedeviled enough, his trouble-loving cousin Pat Savage horns in, eager to pot somebody with her Old West model Colt .45. And among many nice touches, our heroes travel south on the cabin cruiser Stormalong, named for old Stormalong Savage, the grandfather we met in SKULL ISLAND.

As we've come to expect from the team of Murray and Dent, there's plenty of action, mystery, humor and derring-do. In short, it's a great read from start to finish. And if I were the suspicious sort, I just might suspect that Doc and the gang are fated to meet the prickly Miss Hornetta Hale again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CRACKING PULP TALE! 9 Jan 2014
By Paul Bishop - Published on
Based on an unpublished 1939 Doc Savage newspaper strip continuity proposal by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent, the new Wild Adventure of Doc Savage novel, Phantom Lagoon, from Will Murray (writing as the eponymous Kenneth Robeson) is a cracking pulp tale.

Phantom Lagoon puts Doc and his crew right in the path of the hurricane-like adventuress Hornetta Hale, who manages to wreak destruction on everything and everyone who get in the way of what she wants – Doc’s offices, warehouses, planes, boats and cars included.

Along with his gang of close aides and the beautiful Pat Savage, Doc wades through heavily armed bad guys, Men Under the Sea in the Caribbean, and pulp dangers galore all in facing down one of his most dangerous adversaries – Miss Hornetta Hale, who is so much fun for the reader, we hope she pops up in another Doc Adventure soon.

Phantom Lagoon again show why Will Murray has proved to be the true successor to Lester Dent’s Kenneth Robeson mantle. Great pulpy stuff.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover bugs me a little, but the story rocks! 2 Jan 2014
By Raven Dark - Published on
I’d give the book nine out of ten stars.

The Phantom Lagoon is the latest in Will Murray’s newest series of untold Doc Savage adventures. I find myself asking if the cover really matches the story, or any particular scene in it. Possibly. Possibly not. I encourage everyone to read and find that out for themselves.

We start with a damsel in distress, marooned on an islet in the Caribbean. When rescued, Henrietta Hale immediately shows herself as a spoiled brat, an ingrate for her rescue, and determined to say nothing about her reason for being there. She is, however, bound and determined to hire Doc Savage and the Helldiver for an unspecified job.

****Possible Spoilers Alert****

I don’t think I am spoiling anything, but people have complained before so I add the warning. Just a precaution, that’s all it is.

Her contact with Doc Savage goes predictably wrong, as Doc flat out refuses to be hired, especially without knowing the purpose of the expedition. It does however cause repercussions when the bad guys find out she went to Doc. It bothers them so bad that they destroy the 86th floor and burn the Hidalgo Trading Company to the ground, destroying or severely damaging all of Doc’s stored boats and planes.

The enemy is lead by Count Rumpler, later disclosed to be a Prussian aristocrat with quite a reputation and a totally different name. The group of Germans calls their project “The Great Objective.” They apparently have become involved with what they term the “U-Men.” They appear to be Meremen-- part man, part fish, of various types, some with legs and some with tails. They are strong, semi-aquatic (since they board Doc’s ship through the diving entrance/exit) and escape with Pat.

But there is the question of what is real, and what is not, and why “The Great Objective” is worth the destruction caused by the Count’s crew. There is also the question of whether or not Henrietta “Hornetta” Hale is on the side of the enemy or not. And there is a bigger question about her twin sister Honoria’s loyalties. Is she on the side of the Nazis? Or is she inocent of all wrong doing, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Has she been brainwashed?

And as the book winds to its conclusion on a small cay in the Lesser Antilles, a yacht with a special passenger enters the arena. The final secret of “The Great Objective”, the “U-Men”, a special submarine, and a Nazi plot wrap up as the special yacht approaches. The truth could have grave consequences if it ever gets out, so a gag order is issued to all involved.

Doc and crew return to find their headquarters still being repaired and Renny not back yet to start rebuilding the Hidalgo Trading Company.

The tale is face paced and well written. It is the cover that I feel is a little off, but never judge a book by its cover…

Quoth the Raven…
4.0 out of 5 stars What memories this brought back 10 April 2014
By Seth - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't read a Doc Savage book in...well along time. My brothers and I read these novels as kids. It brought back a lot of fond memories. An easy read and reminds me of Dirk Pitt novels for some reason.
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