Monday, December 5, 2011

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - Jim Anthony- The Mark of Terror

Review by Nick Ahlhelm

I had next to no knowledge of Jim Anthony before I started to read the third book in Airship 27’s Jim Anthony: Super-Detective series. My knowledge basically consisted of two facts: 1) he was a Doc Savage Clone, and 2) he was half-Indian. Beyond that, I knew nothing.

Thankfully, author Joshua Reynolds seems to have known this ahead of time. As The Mark of Terror takes off, he slowly introduces the supporting cast and world of the so-called Super-Detective.
The book opens with Anthony in a mind game with a British villain. By chapter’s end, he concludes that mission and heads back to his home base of New York. It reminds this reviewer of the opening sequences of the animated series Batman: The Brave & The Bold: a suspenseful exciting way to introduce readers to the character that we’re going to accompany through the rest of the novel.

Back in New York, Jim Anthony quickly finds another case. Businessmen are mysteriously dying in apparent irrational suicides. Jim immediately takes the case, but only manages to watch as two victims die in his proximity.

His investigation quickly leads him to the realization that he faces a cult obsessed with terror. Alongside his trusted companion Tom Gentry, police detective Turkish Healy and a rambunctious and sometimes obnoxious reporter named Catherine Kilkenny (though she usually goes by Cat), he sets out to track down the cult and stop it before it can kill again.

Of course, the cult knows the heroes are on the trail. Every step of Anthony’s mission seems fraught with peril as madmen are as willing to die as to kill in order to stop him from uncovering their true nature and mission. It all comes to a head in a massive battle between the cult and the police, followed by a final chase and battle that could only be found in the pages of a great pulp.

Joshua Reynolds knows how to keep the momentum in a constant flow. Few chapters end without an explosive cliffhanger of some kind, while almost every scene contains some sort of act of deduction or battle. This is the kind of fiction that will always keep you on the edge of your seat, chomping at the bit and waiting for more.

A solid Jeff Herndon cover wraps the entire excellent package. Jim Anthony fan or not, Airship 27 has put together an original tale here that is well worth reading for any New Pulp fan. Highly Recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Nick, thanks so much for the great review. I'm sure Joshua and Jeff will be delighted you enjoyed it so much.


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