Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Terror of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard

I was fortunate to meet Bill Maynard at the Windy City Pulp and Convention this year and naturally picked up his first book. I had been aware for some time that Bill had been chosen by the executors of the Sax Rohmer estate to continue the famous Fu Manchu series. What I didn’t know was how good this book was. When they talk about “events” in publishing I think Bill was short-changed because he deserves a much wider audience for this absolutely splendid book. It’s been too many decades since I read one of Rohmer’s books and I’ve been wondering why there hasn’t been a revival of interest in his work as there has been with so many other pulp era writers. Well, The Terror of Fu Manchu should not only kindle (no pun intended) an interest in Rohmer’s work but it also effectively puts Bill Maynard’s talent at the forefront of everyone’s attention. Dennis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie are back in a scintillating adventure that had me enthralled with page one. The death of a respectable missionary draws Petrie and Smith into the evil web of Fu Manchu. The yellow peril has never been so nefarious, dastardly and downright fun to read. Maynard’s descriptions are vivid, the characterizations on-the-spot, and action plentiful. Dr. Petrie’s true love, Kara, is present along with old and new characters that capture the essence of the original series – and takes it all a step further. When it was over I excited at the prospect of reading further books penned by Maynard. William Patrick Maynard is the heir apparent to the throne vacated by Sax Rohmer. Again, this beautifully written adventure has the flavor of the originals and Bill Maynard’s creative talent shines on every page. There’s really no other way for me to say it - The Terror of Fu Manchu is absolutely splendid!

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