Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard

The Destiny of Fu Manchu is Bill Maynard’s eagerly awaited follow-up to The Terror of Fu Manchu which marked the first authorized adventure based on Sax Rohmer’s characters in over twenty years. The Terror of Fu Manchu was hailed as an instant classic by reviewers across the country (including this one). Bill had suddenly established himself as the best choice to follow in Rohmer’s footsteps. Of course it helps immensely that Bill Maynard is an incredibly talented writer. Anything he writes is certain to be well-received. I was thrilled when I received my copy of The Destiny of Fu Manchu because I knew immediately it was going to be good. And naturally, it’s better than good. The Destiny of Fu Manchu is a page-tuner of the highest caliber; a suspenseful addition to the Fu Manchu canon and another feather in Bill Maynard’s cap. This time around he follows the adventures of a certain Michael Knox, a brash assistant to archaeologist Dr. Spiridon Simos. Things heat up rather quickly when Knox is drawn into a sinister plot involving Koreani, Fu Manchu’s sexy and lethal daughter. Maynard paints Koreani as a beguiling seductress, and her scenes are so compelling (and sexy) that even the more cynical of Sax Rohmer’s devotees will be mesmerized by The Destiny of Fu Manchu. Also on hand is British agent Sir Nayland Smith, Fu Manchu’s longtime enemy. The Destiny of Fu Manchu is modern pulp fiction at its best.

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