Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don by Will Murray


Will Murray has turned in another fantastic tale, this time featuring Tarzan, one of the all-time great pulp fiction heroes. I won’t repeat Tarzan’s literary or film history here, except to say that Tarzan’s creator Edgar Rice Burroughs remains an iconic force in American fiction, and that Will Murray, who also writes Doc Savage novels, has written yet another great book. Nobody familiar with Will Murray will be surprised by that statement. I’ve only met Will a few times, and he’s a gentleman all the way. In this exciting new adventure, set during the first World War, Tarzan is an RAF flying officer sent on a secret mission in his P-40 Tomahawk to rescue a missing British Military Intelligence office code-named Ilex. When his plane crashes, Tarzan finds himself in a strange land isolated from the rest of humanity, and it all looks hauntingly familiar. In fact, He soon recognizes Pal-ul-don, where previously he survived the many prehistoric dangers, including encounters with dinosaurs and dangerous natives, by becoming the man once known as Tarzan-jad-guru, or Tarzan the Terrible. Will Murray has written a fantastic follow-up tale that links to several classic Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Brimming with action and suspense, Return to Pal-ul-don should rank as among the finest of Will Murray’s New Pulp Fiction accomplishments, and a classic Tarzan tale in its own right. Altus Press continues to publish Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventures, and after teaming Doc with The Shadow so successfully, and now turning his attention to Tarzan, it’s obvious that Will Murray and Altus Press are setting a new standard in adventure literature; a standard that the average writer and publisher will be hard-pressed to match. This books are today’s collector’s items. Bibliophiles and bookhounds are snatching these up left and right. I know I’m happy that I did, too.

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