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The Shadow: Blood and Judgment
The Shadow: Blood and Judgment
by Howard Chaykin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A bitter Fruit, 25 July 2016
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I’m a fan of classic pulps, and while it’s true that I much prefer The Shadows rival publication; The Spider, I have enjoyed the few Shadow books I have read, and I could go on for hours about the strengths of Howard Chaykins work. American Century (DC Vertigo) is one of my all-time favourite series and I strongly believe that American Flagg (First Comics) is criminally overlooked even though it broke the ground for Alan Moore’s Watchmen which unfairly gets all of the attention. So it was with much gusto that I approached this book.

The Shadow Blood and Judgement is both an origin story and update to the classic Character, bringing him into a contemporary (for time of publishing) setting. Blood and Judgment is set  Sometime In the 1980’s the now elderly members of the Shadows network are being murdered in highly improbable and Brutal manners forcing the Shadow to return to New York after having spent the last thirty years in a technologically advanced Shangri-la type city  called Shambala hidden somewhere in the Mountains of Tibet.  Whilst his operatives have all aged The Shadow reveals that the scientists of Shambala of have given him immortality or eternal youth.

Blood & Judgement holds all of the hallmarks of a Howard Chaykin story. Dark psycho sexual content, such as bondage, perversion, unusual sexual desires, and master slave relationships, Casual Racism, strong misogynistic Male characters, and that ever present love of totalitarianism. In this case it is found in the way that the main villain and The Shadow run their organisations.  The Shadow himself is a manipulative anti-hero, who displays sociopathic tendencies. There is one occasion where a woman calls the shadow out for being a Male chauvinist pig only for a few pages later to be totally enamoured with him and happy to call him master whilst they engage in an obviously sexual relationship, her desire for The Shadow seems to come from her desire to be dominated.   Anyone who’s read other Chaykin works will recognise these tropes, and interestingly they fit perfectly for a Shadow story, because The Shadow is a manipulator, a master of men, a violent vigilante who doesn’t consider any of the killings he carries out to be anything other than fair justice. For Chaykin to write a Shadow story is almost a match made in heaven.

However sadly not all is gold, and Blood and Judgment is a flawed book. I honestly found it hard going. Chaykin has a habit of having characters interrupt each other’s dialogue. We often get people having to stop mid word for another to speak over them; I understand the feeling of immediacy that this creates but on the flip side it is also very jarring for the reader and throws you off balance. Also there seems to be an issue with pacing as the end seems all a bit rushed as if Chaykin was running out of page space yet this was always a limited series, so he was well aware of how many pages he had.  Another issue I have with it is the Artwork, as ever Chaykin’s art is well executed, the men are brutes, the women are leggy dames with shoulder pads and pouts, and the backgrounds are immediately contemporary and set in the 50s all at once. But the composition and layout seems off and confusing. This mixed with the constant interrupted Dialogue this makes the book even more jarring to read. I wondered as I was reading if the weakness in the artwork was because Chaykin had been censored, and maybe the original script called for many more panels which had to be cut and replaced with dialogue. I couldn’t help feeling as a reader that I am missing a part of the story forcing me to become an outside viewer rather than having access to all parts of the story.

I wonder if maybe he had been given a little more freedom this would have ended up a much better product but in this condition I can only give it a low score and would only recommend it to Shadow or Howard Chaykin completists. If you want to see Chaykin fully explore the themes he was going for in this then give Black Kiss a go, just be warned it gets a bit explicit.

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
by Kengo Hanzawa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the Rising Sun, 12 July 2016
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‘I am a Hero’ omnibus volume one contains the first two Japanese collected editions of Hanazawa Kengo’s zombie horror Comic. Started in 2009 it is currently still running with a total of 20 collected volumes in print in its native country.

‘I am a Hero’ is not only the most refreshing piece of zombie fiction I have come across since ‘Shaun of the dead’ it is one of the most unique pieces of fiction I have read in a long time. The zombie story in itself is nothing new, where Hanazawa breaks new ground is with his main character  Hideo Suzuki.  Suzuki is a washed up Mangaka who has had to take a job as an assistant artist after his first serialized series ‘uncut Penis’ was cancelled. Suzuki  is a veritable smorgasbord board of neurosis, he has low self-esteem, anxiety, social awkwardness, OCD, and  irrational fears. On top of this he has an imaginary friend called Yajima that manifests in the form of a small boy, as well as talking to Yajima Suzuki often see’s evil demons trying to attack him when he is alone, and fantasizes about how conversations would go with his colleagues at work; which are presented as actually taking place the illusion is only shattered when his colleagues ask him to stop talking to himself.

The power of this book is in the fact that Hanazawa takes his time about everything, fully drawing all the minutia of Suzuki’s life, and adding all his delusions to the comic as if they were real. An example of this is the opening chapter where we see Suzuki  open all the locks on his door, and then locking them, then we see him talking to Yajima before his apartment is invaded by imagined evil demons,  so Suzuki creates a circle of protection using his books and then gets out his ultimate Talisman, the thing that will set him out from the crowd during the zombie outbreak; a shotgun. In a country with virtually no privately owned firearms Suzuki is one of those few that owns a licence for sports shooting.

In another writers hands this series would probably be paced like a Shonen strip,  but  Hanazawa isn’t in a hurry to get into the action; he builds the stories world slowly, taking the same approach to the narrative as he does to Suzuki’s actions. The first zombie doesn’t make an appearance until halfway through the book. Which in the original format would be the end of book one. This means that we are given ample time to fully immerse ourselves in Suzuki’s life, his relationship with his girlfriend, and  his colleagues, his neurosis and hopes for his future. While we are following Suzuki’s closed world  in the background people start to go off work ill, there is mention of a flu epidemic, and other odd events.  By pushing the outbreak to the background and concentrating on characters as opposed to events the  inevitable arrival of the zombies and the destruction they bring becomes all the more heart-breaking because as a reader you’ve become fully invested in Suzuki’s normal day to day life.

The second half of the book or the original book two is devoted to Suzuki’s first encounters with the zombies and his frantic escape through the city in search of safety. The interesting thing about this is that mixed in with  post-apocalyptic scenarios such as planes dropping out the air, and zombies attacking people on the streets there are still people who are unaware that the world is falling apart around them, as Suzuki is being chased down by flesh eating monsters he passes old ladies walking their dogs or commuters just sat on the train on their way to work totally unaware of what’s happening. This is one of the best depictions of real life I have seen; there is all at once drama and a total lack of drama.  The zombies themselves are reminiscent of the violent angry type found in the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake however in a new twist they are also agile contortionists who are able to use their feet as hands. Appearance wise they resemble something that would be hatched from the mind of Ito Junji. I was particularly reminded of the corpses in Gyo.  Deformed, sometimes engorged with rotting maggot filled flesh and crooked deformed bodies bent at impossible angles.

The only downside to this book that I could find is the format. This is a 512 page book which in its self is excellent value for money, however as a careful reader who is unwilling to crack the spine of a book  I found  it  difficult to take in the full glory of the splash pages,  my unwillingness to bend the book fully open meant that the fold in the book would distort the art work. However this is not a major problem because I would not be willing to sacrifice the size of this book just  to remedy this minor gripe. I can’t predict how this series is going to progress and whether it stays this inventive and entertaining for the next 20 books, however with a start this strong I am in this one for the long-haul. I can’t wait for book 2. My advice would be to put down that copy of Attack on Titan and give a truly deep and creative series like this a go instead, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Operator #5: Blood Reign of the Dictator
Operator #5: Blood Reign of the Dictator
by Curtis Steele
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Americas Pulp Secret Service Ace, 7 July 2016
It was quite by accident that I decided to Read ‘Operator #5 Blood Reign of the Dictator’. I merely chose it because out of the small selection of Operator #5 books I own as it was the earliest in Chronological order. However with the current political atmosphere in America I find that this cheap throwaway pulp magazine from eighty years ago has become strangely politically cognitive. Before television our American cousins found their entertainment in three forms, Radio, Cinema, and the Pulps. Pulps were cheap throwaway magazines/books that  often contained fast paced action packed stories which at times were either violent, lurid, or both. Pulps were printed on cheap wood Pulp paper hence the name. Operator #5 was one of slew of popular pulp heroes whose adventures would be lapped up by the public, along with characters such as The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Spider. The Operator #5 books are concerned with the adventures of US Secret agent Jimmy Christopher who carries the titular code name. Jimmy is the top agent of the American Secret Service; thusly the operator #5 books are usually about far reaching events that affect the whole of America and the freedom of its people.

Blood Reign of the Dictator is the fourteenth in a series of thirty nine operator #5 books. Originally published in 1935  ‘Blood Reign of the Dictator’ is about the rise and fall of  Ursus Young who goes from being the Fascistic Governor of the fictional state of New Cornwall to President of the United States of America. The story begins with Operator #5 sneaking into New Cornwall which has been closed off from the rest of America due to a quarantine that has been put in place as there has been an outbreak of a strange new plague. Operator #5 has been dispatched to New Cornwall as there have been rumours that Governor Young has created a Fascist state within America.  When Operator#5 gets to New Cornwall he finds that under Governor Young all freedoms are being crushed and anyone who opposes or speaks out against him are accused of having the plague and then taken away by the Health Corpsmen, these Health Corpsmen it is soon revealed are Ursus Young’s private police force.  When Governor Young becomes president of the United states of America, he immediately declares that he will do away with the Constitution and sets about establishing a totalitarian regime, seeing his abandonment of the Constitution sets the members of the secret service into action and they become an underground revolutionary army called the Secret Sentinels.

The most interesting aspect of ‘Blood Reign of the Dictator’ is that as a text it reflects the time and place that it was written. The protagonists are all staunch patriots who express nothing but total loyalty to America and its President, the latter of which it seems is rare in this modern world. The Secret sentinels show genuine remorse that they are turning on the president despite his evil. They seem to regard the position of president with the same reverence that would be given to that of a king; and it is only when President Young abandons the Constitution that they turn on him.  Furthermore the stories antagonist and his desire to establish a totalitarian government in America directly reflects world events taking place in Europe, which was undergoing massive turmoil with the establishment of many Fascist states. Italy had had a Fascist Government under Mussolini since 1921, the USSR had Joseph Stalin as its head of state since 1922, Hitler had just been made Fuhrer in 1934 and Franco was about to take control of Spain and push the country into a Civil war that would last until 1939.  ‘Blood Reign of the Dictator’ therefore is a novel that brings to the front the fears that Americans would have had at the time, this would be especially true as the American population is largely either immigrant or descended from European immigrants. Who in some cases would have left Europe to escape the rise of fascism and to embrace the American dream and the freedoms they saw that came with it.

As much as ‘Blood Reign of the Dictator’ is a product of its time and all the more interesting for it, it seems like the writers had too many contemporary influences to choose from when presenting the face of American Fascism, Young is all at once Hitler, Mussolini and the Communist Stalin rolled into one.  President Young’s political leanings and aims are foggy and seem to boil down to no more than wanting to establish himself as supreme leader. This can throw you off narratively for example we are told that President young is targeting wealthy capitalists, while in another we hear of him going after a philanthropist who has set up a community ownership business for his workers, an idea very much in the realm of communism. As an audience this leaves you confused over the motivations of Young. 

Character motivation aside, the biggest problem I had with Blood Reign of the Dictator is that the action sequences are quite hard to understand. Several times I found myself re-reading lines to try to figure out who had done what and where they were in relation to other characters. The Secret Services reluctance to use lethal force also take you out of the narrative at times as the writer is determine to let you know that no one dies at the hand of the heroes.

As a cultural and historical document’ Blood Reign of the Dictator’ holds a lot of interest but that is not enough on its own to base a recommendation of this title on. I would say that this is for fans of the pulp style or as a challenging distraction for those that would like to get into the genre, because if you are unused to the writing style it may come across as archaic.

Chip Harrison Scores Again: Volume 2 (The Affairs of Chip Harrison)
Chip Harrison Scores Again: Volume 2 (The Affairs of Chip Harrison)
by Lawrence Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chip Harrison Scores Again (But only just), 17 Jun. 2016

Chip Harrsion scores again’ is the second book in the Chip Harrsion series from Lawrence Block. The first book ‘No Score’ was a ribald sex comedy that contained highly improbable and imaginative situations centring on the sexual (Mis)Adventures of the main character Chip Harrison.

As with ‘No Score’ this novel is written as a short memoir that Chip plans to have published. However unlike ‘No Score’ this sequel is a somewhat more understated affair. In an early chapter Chip Harrison sets out  his intentions by saying that this will not be a story full of lurid and graphic sexual descriptions as he compares it to the pot boiler that a young lady he meets is reading.

‘Chip Harrison Scores again’ is a melancholic affair, anyone who has read a significant amount of Pulp and in particular the work of Lawrence Block will recognise that this style of novel can lean towards the  melodramatic, the early Matt Scudder books are a good example of this. The atmosphere in ‘Chip Harrison Scores again’ is heavy; with  themes of loneliness, longing and doomed love. These are not subjects that you would expect to be explored  in a sex comedy,  it’s true that they were always there in the background of the first book, especially as this is the story of an orphaned teenager all alone in the world. However here they are the main element of the story. In fact the illusion that this is a sex comedy is almost totally dropped after the first few chapters. The only true scene that plays up to the madcap antics Chip got up to in the first novel is the bus scene, where chip spends a few hours hidden beneath a coat pleasuring a sexually veracious young woman who gets turned on by the combination of bus vibrations and the pot boiler novels she reads. But this never really reaches the full height of frantic insanity that the photographers wife or even the Termite salesmen hotel scene from the original does. The language and pacing just isn’t the same. It all seems somewhat tragic and doomed.

Apart from the odd flirtation with trying to capture the style of the first novel ‘Chip Harrison scores again’ settles down to become a chronicle of  the life of a lonely young man trying to find his place in the world. Chip ends up in the southern town of Bordertown where he is taken under the wing of the local sheriff thanks to the easy way he drops the N-Bomb, and talks down about the Yankee’s; convincing the sheriff that he is of good southern stock. This is one of the more interesting ways Chip seems to have changed between novels, he’s developed an  easy patter, quick thinking  and ability to adapt and synchronise to new situations, as opposed to just surviving on luck as he does in the first book.  This belies his heritage as the child of two notorious confidence tricksters.

Block does occasionally try to jump back into the crazy antics of the previous book but they feel half-hearted and ultimately fall flat. In one scene We learn that the old madam that Chip is working for has a strange sexual trick that can wake an unconscious man, but as she does this  off page whilst Chip waits for her it feels like we are told a joke without a punch line. Later things take a darker turn when Chip spends the night in a house owned by an old widow who lives with her widowed daughter and her severely disabled child. One night the daughter comes on to Chip and after they have finished bumping uglies she reveals her back story. I’m not sure if the revelation in this scene was an attempt at  black humour on Blocks part but it was just to dark for me, and symbolised the meeting of two damaged broken people trying to find happiness in sex, rather than being something to laugh at.

overall I would say that I feel that this book suffers from sitting in a  limbo somewhere between pulpy melodrama and laugh out loud sex comedy, but as it clearly favours the melodrama side of things it is the porn elements that fail this time around, as Chips story of loneliness and  his quest to find purpose is far more interesting than the few trysts he finds himself in.  If you were a fan of the first book I would still  read this as Chip  has a very clear and defined voice and is a very likable character that you can easily become invested in.  Just don’t expect it to be a re-hash of ‘No Score’.


No Score (The Affairs of Chip Harrison Book 1)
No Score (The Affairs of Chip Harrison Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Scored, 15 Feb. 2016
When asked who my favourite writer is I’ll offer up the Names Raymond Chandler, H P Lovecraft, and Robert  E Howard. But if I’m truly honest the writer I constantly come back to is Lawrence Block other than the Evan Tanner novels I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by him.

Early in his career during the 60’s and 70’s Block was writing soft porno under various names, most  notably as Jill Emerson a name Block used as recently as 2011 to publish a novel for Hard Case Crime.  Block wrote the four original Chip Harrison novels around this time as auto biographies of the main character publishing them under his name.

‘No Score’ the first in the series sets up our heroes story and casts him out in the real world on a series of bawdy ribald adventures in which he  attempts to have sex in a series of wildly unlikely situations.  Even though the subject and content of this novel would make it easy to pass off as merely being a soft porn novel I find it more appropriate to describe it as being a sex Farce, in fact it strongly reminded me of  Roald Dahl’s ‘My Uncle Oswald’ in the ways that it dealt with its sexual content;  occasionally describing it as though it’s some sort of endurance sport. ‘No Score’ is definitely more graphic than ‘My Uncle Oswald’ in its descriptions but not excessively so.   ‘No Score’ manages to maintain a degree of respectability whilst being perfectly filthy at the same time. Block will describe a situation mundanely slowly adding the odd detail here and there before you get the full measure of the picture. I’m no prude but I always find the sex scenes  in novels to be boring yet   ‘No score’ is largely just about sex and i found it riveting and this is all down to the light and humorous way Block has written each encounter.

As I’ve mentioned ‘My Uncle Oswald’ a book I am well aware some people have a problem with due to its content,  I will say that you could have problems with at least one encounter described In  ‘No Score’ and that in entering into reading it as with ‘my Uncle Oswald’ you have to realise that this is at heart a sex Farce and as such will contain something’s that you may find a little off colour, but you shouldn’t read any further into it than the absurdity of it. On the flipside to this it’s this status as a farce that makes it so readable, for all its sexiness it’s the comedy that keeps you going.

As the novel progresses it actually becomes less graphic and the sexual encounters start to be described in less detail concentrating on actually building up quite a sweet romance; which leaves you with a pleasant conclusion.

I’m glad that there are three other books in this series and two short stories as Chip Harrison really grows on you, he has a certain never give up just deal with the cards you are dealt attitude that’s really refreshing. About the only thing he ever feels bad about is holding onto his virginity, and in all honesty he has a lot worse things going on than this.

I’d easily recommend this to anyone who’s ever laughed at a dirty joke and is able to see a work of fictional comedy as nothing more than that.

Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1
Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1
by Simon Spurrier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Rage, they're not Undead; they are The Crossed., 25 Oct. 2012
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Crossed Wish you were here; is the first ongoing series in Avatars Crossed franchise. The other three soon to be four volumes have all been stand alone tales. Crossed Wish you were here is set in a world where a disease has infected most of earths human population turning them into deranged amoral psychopaths, called the Crossed; because of the cross shaped rash that appears on their faces. Once infected it takes seconds for you to change, and you become a raping, murdering monster, taking joy in pain, and causing pain. The crossed are very similar to the sufferers of Rage in 28 Days later; only way more destructive and showing a sick destructive glee in the sometimes quite creative misery they sow.

The first series got itself a reputation as one of the sickest comics ever, and it was well deserved. This volume is a little more reserved in its tone. Although it does have a few standout sick moments, on the first page alone there is a member of the crossed raping a Dolphins Blow hole.

Wish you were here, is about what it's like to survive in this post apocalyptic world. The characters are no longer running; they are holed up on a small Scottish island. Every now and again they meet random crossed that wash up on shore, and we get flashbacks of the main characters journey to the island after the fall of society, this serves to give you your quota of violence and mayhem. While the rest of it is devoted to character development and island politics. Concentrating mainly on exposing the failings of the main characters, making it the most nihilistic and misanthropic title in a franchise that has already embraced these theme's wholeheartedly. This is because Wish you Where here is an ongoing series, meaning that there is more time build up the characters; rather than trying to get an explanation of who they are out there, in the open, in the first few pages.

By the end of this book you can clearly see where the title is going, but that's not to say it's predictable. I won't say to much because I don't want to ruin it for you but. Wish you were here spends it's time building up to a mystery that I can't wait to see answered. If you're getting tired of The Walking Dead, and aren't easily offended then I think this will be a good place for you to get your post apocalyptic kicks. If not give the tamer 28 Days later comic a go.

The Complete Drive-In
The Complete Drive-In
by Joe R Lansdale
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars "Hallowed be thy name, oh Lord -- and shotgun do your stuff", 19 Oct. 2012
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What to say about the Drive in trilogy by Lansdale; they're insane, blasphemous, filthy, violent masterpieces of blacker than black comedy.
If you're not a prude and open to the surreal then these books are amazing, and they've finally been collected together. Not only do you get the three parts of the Drive in trilogy you get a bunch of extras to boot; including early sketches of the doomed movie version. Which to be honest would never have been as good as the book because of Hollywood's squeamishness when it comes to nudity and violence.
I rarely say this but, this is the best book I've read this year. It's seriously twisted. You give up trying to guess where the bizarre story is going and just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'll admit that part three is a little disappointing, and I'm glad he stopped there, but that's a minor gripe because part three is still very good compared to most other books. It's just that when put next to it's siblings it pales a little, next to their inspired dark genius

It's not a horror, its not science fiction, its not a comedy it's simply The Drive In.

All Hail the Popcorn King

Doom 3 - BFG Edition (Xbox 360)
Doom 3 - BFG Edition (Xbox 360)

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty, General. Very pretty. But, can they fight, 19 Oct. 2012
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I I love doom 3 it's truly amazing one of my all time favourite games.
You stalk through the dark corridors of the UAC facility on mars as demons from hell come screaming at you. You fumble for your gun putting your torch away and fire into the darkness towards the foul demon. Ammo is scare so you have to plan carefully, use the shotgun for single encounters and then whip out the machine gun to pour hot lead into larger groups. You play the game on the edge of your seat saving constantly in case you just aren't quick enough to survive the next encounter. It was a truly nerve racking experience, but don't worry your nerves are safe this time around because there's ammo and armour galore, and you can have your gun and torch out at the same time.
So Id have basically killed this game as a horror franchise and turned it into another straight first person shoot em up. Which I guess is more in keeping with the feeling of the original Doom games, but it's disappointing to me. The charm of Doom 3 was that it was one of the very few honest to god survival horror games, one of the few games that put me in an uncomfortable place.
I know when the game first came out people moaned about not holding the gun and the torch at the same time and pretty soon Mods appeared on the PC to solve this, but that's because people like their games to be easy. I remember when finishing a game was an actual challenge now its just par the course you expect to complete a game in at least a week, then move on to the next title. That's ok if you like that but Id could have at least had the decency to add the option of playing the classic gun or torch version of this.
Having said that though I don't hate this update; it truly is pretty, or as pretty as a game this old can look, the character models in the cut scenes are terrible but then they are in all games of this age, and despite my gripes about it becoming nothing more than a standard first person shoot em up I still enjoy playing it. You get a couple of Doom 3 add ons, Doom, and Doom 2 so there's value for money, the only thing it seems to be lacking is Final Doom; but I can forgive that.
However I think I'll be sticking to my backwardly compatible copy of Doom 3 that I picked up for £3.00 on Amazon; so I can play this game in its purest and most enjoyable form
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Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw
Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw
by Mark Svenvold
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Padding than Elmers Mummified remains, 17 Oct. 2012
I'd heard of Elmer McCurdy and I figured it would be an interesting subject to study in a bit more in depth being a huge fan of the macabre as I am. But Mark Svenvold has proved that there really isn't much more depth to this story other than; Elmer was bandit, he died, and his corpse was put on display in various places for 66 years.

The rest of this book is padding, Svenvold gives us a full synopsis of what the Six million dollar man was about, he gives us the early military career of Douglas MacArthur because he served in the army at the same time as McCurdy, he tells us about the railroad financial crashes, the land rush, and about Mark Svenvold. He fills the book with conjecture; guessing that maybe Elmer learnt about explosives from MacArthur, maybe he visited a circus and saw a mummy in the side show, etc.

This is supposed to be a factual book not a book of; wouldn't it be cool if McCurdy did.....

If this was a book purely about McCurdy this would probably be about 50 pages long instead it's a book about McCurdy and a whole lot of other stuff I didn't want to know.

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