Book Review: “The Drums of Fu-Manchu” by Sax Rohmer

October 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sax Rohmer in his book, “drums of Fu-Manchu book coverThe Drums of Fu-Manchu” Book Nine in the Dr. Fu-Manchu series published by Titan Books brings us new adventures of Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Dr. Petrie and, of course, the evil Dr. Fu-Manchu.

From the Back Cover:  “Imagine a person, tall, lean, and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan…”

Europe, 1939—the year before World War II and global chaos. A time of shadows, secret societies, and international conflict. Into this world on the brink comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known… Fu-Manchu.

In order to control the Si-Fan, and then the world, Fu-Manchu must assassinate the dictators who have brought Europe to the brink of war. The places Sir Denis Nayland Smith in the impossible position of defending warmongers who may be as evil as the Devil Doctor himself

BONUS FEATURE: The Blue Monkey”, the second of three “lost adventures of Nayland Smith.

Afterword by Leslie S. Kilnger

there is a saying,”The enemy of my enemy is my friend” but what if the enemy of my enemy are the dictators that want to plunge the world into World War II? That is the dilemma that faces  Sir Denis Nayland Smith in this ninth Fu-Manchu book. Even though Fu-Manchu wants this dictators eliminated, which would prevent the global war, is it wise to allow him to gain control because of it? “The Drums of Fu-Manchu” is a thriller, no doubt about it.  Smith faces all kinds of perils as he races to stop this evil man. I think Mr. Rohmer was at the top of his craft when he wrote this adventure.  And the action leaps from Essex and Suffolk to London, from Venice back to London, and finally off to Paris.  Mr. Rohmer writes in a breathless style that will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping pages as fast as you can read them just trying to keep up with a runaway roller coaster ride story.  “The Drums of Fu-Manchu” is the perfect read to get your adrenalin going and root for the good guys to conquer a menace that is almost supremely evil.  This is a wild ride read and I recommend it highly.  This is a high-octane series and I am so glad that Titan Books is bringing the whole series back.  I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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