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Escape from Loki Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1991

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553290932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553290936
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not a lover of authors picking up on other authors' characters, even when they mean well, but I'd make an exception in this case. Taking 'Doc' Savage back to his teenage years allows a different type of character discovery to happen. There are clues to the Doc Savage that Clark will become but also rashness of youth and vulnerabilities which may have had even more to do with future-shaping Doc Savage. Well worth checking out.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer chronicles Doc Savage's first adventure. 27 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this well-crafted novel, Philip Jose Farmer, best known for his Riverworld novels, chronicles the earliest known adventure of 1930s and '40s pulp hero Doc Savage. Young Clark Savage, shot down while balloon-busting over WWII Germany, finds himself a captive in Camp Loki, a prison camp specially designed for incouragible escapees. Doc pits his super abilities against Camp Loki's commandant, the wiley Baron von Hessel, a complex, nihilistic creature who ranks high on the list of Doc's most undaunting foes. The novel provides insight into Doc's motives for his later life of crime-fighting, made more intense by Farmer's ingenious weaving of disguised characters from other works of popular literature. Farmer, who once wrote fictional biographies of Doc Savage and Tarzan, was well qualified to pen this prequel which stands on firm ground with the original Doc Savage series by Kenneth Robeson.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Dull Doc Savage Tale 11 Dec. 2008
By John Mondrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read, and enjoyed, PJ Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, A Feast Unknown (his completely over-the-top and pornographic pastiche of Doc Savage and Tarzan), and quite a few other works by the sci-fi great, I had very high hopes back when this book was about to be released.

Alas, oddly enough, Farmer doesn't actually seem to really get the character of Doc Savage, or rather, he doesn't quite know how to write a true Doc Savage tale. There are neat ideas here, yes, and I don't have the reflexive distaste for some elements of this story that I've heard others speak of...but it's just not that engaging a read. It bored me. And I, a hoarder of books, especially adventure novels, actually traded it in to my local used book store for credit.

I can't recommend it, particularly now, when the far superior original Savage pulp tales are being released once more. If you want Doc Savage adventure, go find the Nostalgia Ventures books and read the real thing, not this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you get it? 28 Jun. 2009
By Boxer in eye make-up - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read tons tons tons of Doc Savage books, but this one is different. In the best of ways. How many times do you really need to see Doc blast into a room with six guys and beat them up? I've read it many, many times, so why bother recreating the same stories right out of 1939?

Here is a sixteen year old Doc Savage, set in a viseral World War I, with great fun and adventure, lots of flying and narrow escapes, and even a simple recipe for making a seismograph. Great stuff. But there are a hundred books about Clark Savage Jr.'s strengths. Here, he's a kid, so we see Farmer examine his weaknesses. He's got lots of strengths, but in anyone our flaws are more interesting, more fun, more fascinating.

Philip Jose Farmer is one of the last great science fiction authors. Back in the 70's sci-fi was spit on and degraded by critics. Philip Jose Farmer is right up there with Heinlein, Clark, Asimov, Lem. But I like the fan boy in him. You see that in "Escape From Loki," which was a real prison for hardcases in World War I, a salt mine. Farmer gives it a great villain, right up there with Doc's best, as well as a possible biological weapon.

There's a seductress, too. (!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc's First Adventure 25 Feb. 2015
By Jason Aiken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Philip Jose Farmer's authorized prequel to the Doc Savage series is a must read for Wold Newton and Doc Savage fans a-like. Farmer grew up reading Doc Savage and other pulp magazines, and his love for the pulp genre shines through in Escape From Loki. This is a tale of a 17 year old Doc Savage, and chronicles how he first met his aides in World War I.

Doc's aircraft is brought down behind enemy lines. He's on the run, but is eventually captured. He is thrown into Loki, a prison camp where they send all of the troublesome pows who escaped from other prison camps. Think the Great Escape, but World War I, not World War II.

In the camp Doc meets his future aides, and also crosses the mysterious warden of the prison camp. He's also become the target of the warden's paramore. She's a beautiful ivory skinned woman, who wants nothing more but to get her hands on Doc.

Farmer absolutely knocks it out of the park with this novel. He writes a fast paced pulp adventure, but in a modern style. A very well written book, and tightly plotted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful forming of a young doc savage 6 Nov. 2014
By glenda50 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book gives an inside view to the young doc savage. It is a good grounding of the forming of that character and the first meeting with layer character in the series. Please make it an ebook it's great.
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