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Spider Man: Emerald Mystery (Spider-Man (Boulevard Books)) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1999

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x907910e4) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x907cbec4) out of 5 stars No Jewel of a Mystery 29 Oct. 2000
By Harold Bloomfield - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dean Wesley Smith is one of my favorite authors of "Star Trek" novels so I was anxiously awaiting his much delayed third Spider-Man book. His other two Spidey novels, while not among the best, were enjoyable nontheless. Unfortunately it's a letdown. The most interesting thing about the book is that it is written in the first person, using Spider-Man's perspective. This is most unusual for a novel of this type. It works but I don't think Smith takes full advantage. Someone as brillant and witty as Spider-Man/Peter Parker should be a more engaging as a narrator.
The book is short and not so sweet. About two thirds of the book is taken up by endless robberies by innocent people turned into zombies by a villian calling himself the Jewel. All the zombies are easily apprehended and offer little or no resistance. Some challenge for Spidey, huh. An entire crowd of them threathening the Daily Bugle is defeated by, get this, shaking them awake. The villian, Jewel, has a practically nonexistent role here. Everyone knows it is very hard to have a top notch super hero adventure without a compelling villian. I suppose the mystery is how he came by his powers but this is apparent to the reader almost immediately even though it takes our heroes about 190 some pages to figure it out.
Some oversights stand out and in such a short book they grate even more. Alot of the story takes place at the Daily Bugle but J. Jonah Jameson never appears and no explanation is given for his absence. Near the end Spidey injures his shoulder and is bleeding but he never again mentions any pain or discomfort from it.
The best thing in the book is Spidey's relationship with a female private detective, Barb. The two play off each other well and Barb's ability to get the last word with the wise cracking web spinner is a nice touch. Unfortuantely it's not enough to lift an otherwise dismal and disappointing novel.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x907a8c3c) out of 5 stars IT [was bad] 10 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate that it was told from 1st person POV, and that really
took away from the book. Also, there were almost no familiar characters. I only suggest this book if you are a die-hard Barb Lightner fan.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91578f78) out of 5 stars A fantastic read 30 Oct. 2000
By Jim Pierre - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spider-Man Emerald Mystery is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It has the Spider-Man humor we all know and love. It also has mystery and suspense which is a winning combination. If you loved Smith's Carnage in New York, then Spider-Man Emerald Mystery is a must have. One thing that was unique to this book is that it is told from Spider-Man's perspective and it is not in the third person. This seems to add to the excitement of the book. The book was so exciting that I could not put it down. I read the book in one day.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91570f60) out of 5 stars One of the best 3 Aug. 2003
By Zach - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Emerald Mystery is one of the best Spider-Man books that I have read! It had a great story and the book never bored me, not even for a paragraph! If you sre a Spider-Man fan and have not read this novel, then SHAME ON YOU! Even if your not a huge fan of the Web Slinger give this book a try, you should be very entertained with it!
HASH(0x907bde40) out of 5 stars emerald mystery 19 May 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
not bad one of the first spider-man novels i ever read pretty good but a little boring about how the people are all easily apprehended and that they are being controlled by a man with emerald eyes
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