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The Fu-Manchu Omnibus: The Insidious Fu-Manchu; The Return of Fu-Manchu; The Hand of Fu-Manchu: 1 (Fu Manchu Omnibus)
 
 

The Fu-Manchu Omnibus: The Insidious Fu-Manchu; The Return of Fu-Manchu; The Hand of Fu-Manchu: 1 (Fu Manchu Omnibus) [Kindle Edition]

Sax Rohmer
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'These long-awaited reprints make my heart sing. They should find generations of new readers, so that the evil doctor can take his rightful place beside Sherlock Holmes.'Christopher Fowler, Time Out

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THE EVIL GENIUS OF CRIME

That fiendish, brilliant turn-of-the century villain is back again.  Read the original trilogy that launched his celebrated career.  A brow like Shakespeare, a face like Satan, and eyes of hypnotic green – and an army of the weirdest, most fiendish cohorts, tortures, and death-dealing devices in history.  Penned by the immortal Sax Rohmer, authority on the occult, obscure cults and even more obscure murder methods, the Fu-Manchu books have enthralled audiences for nearly one hundred years.  They have been filmed, become radio series, and even appeared as a television series.  Your flesh will creep when you learn about how a man was murdered with the Zayat Kiss, of tortures like the Wire-Jackets, and the invisible murderer who could slay a victim in the locked room of a penthouse. Can Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard and his friend Dr. Petrie possibly thwart this evil mastermind who aims at nothing less than to make himself supreme dictator of the World!  If they fail, Fu-Manchu will destroy civilization in order to remake it in his own image.  And what of Fu-Manchu's beautiful, nameless slave woman?  Has she truly fallen in love with Petrie's instinctive British decency – or is she a willing pawn in Fu-Manchu's plot to destroy both Smith and the good doctor? Three complete classic 1900s British thrillers in one convenient ebook for one low price.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: PageTurner (15 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJE0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarns 21 Aug 2001
Format:Paperback
These stories were serialised in Story Teller magazine and hence are fast-paced with a series of set scenes in short chapters. There is no time for characters to wax lyrical or question their motives - it goes from one life and death situation to the next. The dialogue is to the point and where descriptions are needed, these are crisp and evocative. It may appear riddled with clichés now, but this is the real thing. Fu Manchu, the arch foe, is wonderfully presented and his wild schemes to kill people off are captivating - poison gas hidden in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, horrible insects introduced into upstairs bedrooms by Dacoits and traps doors into water-filled pits replete with booby-trapped beam that slices your fingers off when you try to climb out - the sort of stuff that has featured in a thousand stories since. It can be criticised for its nationalistic attitude, basically all foreigners are not to be trusted, but this misses the point. Don't expect any intellectual challenges or insights into the nature of man here. These are plain and simple action adventures for boys in old school-style. Taken as such, they are a cracking read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned but still gripping thrillers. 28 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
These books are fast-paced adventures with a larger-than-life villain pitted against dogged British heroes whose lack of brains and common sense never stops them winning out in the end. It's good to see these books being re-issued. While they are very much written in a style no one could attempt now - the sort of "You fiend!" dialogue which didn't last much longer than the films of the 30s - they are gripping for two reasons. One is the vivid life brought to the description of some scenes, a good example being the fate of some policemen in a fungus-filled cellar in Limehouse. The other is the character of Dr. Fu-Manchu.
Unlike the figure presented in the various cinema versions, particularly the Harry Alan Towers films of the 60s with Christopher Lee in the role, Rohmer's Fu-Manchu (he dropped the hyphen after the first couple of books) is not a mad criminal with some insane scheme to rule the world. In the books, he is a captivating figure who is clearly presented as a sort of patriot, working as part of a vast secret society to restore China to its rightful place in the world - i.e., a dominant place. It is clearly stated that Fu Manchu is not his real name, that he is some sort of nobleman (with "the right to the title of Prince"), and an exceptionally well-educated individual who also is privy to knowledge of many areas unknown to Western science. The books could not be written in the same way today, not simply because of the reflexive way anyone "yellow" is automatically suspect (admittedly balanced by the statements in some of the books that the average "Chinaman" is law-abiding, decent and kindly).
The books are written as episodic adventures in a way that makes me wonder if they were serialised in magazines.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, non-PC but a good yarn 2 Mar 2004
By Tim GJ
Format:Paperback
I ordered Volumes 1 and 2 of the Fu Manchu Omnibus from Amazon, in order to read them on a forthcoming trip to China. Volume 2 turned up a few days later. After three months or so, Amazon finally admitted defeat and told me that Volume 1 was no longer available. One could argue that there is little point reading Volume 2 without Volume 1. I now see that Amazon are trying to flog me Volume 1 again. Way to go, chaps.
I eventually downloaded the first couple of Fu Manchu stories free of charge from the internet, via the wonderful project Guttenberg.
They're politically incorrent to an incredible degree, but fast paced and quite imaginative. I thoroughly enjoyed them, in much the same way that a movie like 'Sanders of the River' is an interesting period piece, but much of its content would nowadays be rightly considered unacceptable.
They are hardly books to which I would return, but a very good way to while away an idle hour.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter dross - avoid at all costs 25 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of plucky brits keeping a stiff upper lip faced with dastardly johnny foreigner - or that kind of genre. I'm thinking Richard Hannay, Alan Quatermain, Sherlock Holmes etc.

This is complete tosh. No plot, no characters, just one life-threatening situation after another with barely a pause for breath. I'm all done with the yellow peril and I barely got 1/4 way through the book. I've actually sent it to be pulped rather than release it on the second-hand market. It's the kindest option.

Avoid like the plague.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated 10 April 2000
By Pirlo
Format:Paperback
I'll be brief. Whereas Holmes and, to a lesser extent, Father Brown, have lasted the test of time, old Fu-Manchu has not.
These books (the first of umpteen) suffer from contrived plotting, wooden characterisation, and most of all, quite ridiculous Edwardian attitudes(endless references to the 'yellow peril', 'threat to the white race', 'oriental cruelty').
Some set-pieces work well, in particular the more imaginative traps (death by fungus), and the setting of the opium den in the original Chinatown (Limehouse).
In front of Fu-Manchu, I would recommend Chesterton (Father Brown, 'The Man Who Was Thursday'), anything by Conan Doyle, and the first Fantomas book.
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