Will Murray is back with another Wild Adventure of Doc Savage. With the announcement that Shane Black will be writing the screenplay for Doc Savage movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, we might be seeing a resurgence of interest in the character that Murray's been doing so much to keep alive in this new series.
This time around Doc, Monk, Ham, and Long Tom are involved with a modern Medusa, one who communicates in a disembodied voice, kills, and leaves behind a mysterious symbol much like the one on the book's cover. The killing doesn't result of people being turned to stone. Well, not entirely. Their brains are turned to stone almost instantly, though, and that's a pretty effective way to kill someone.
There are plenty of mysteries in the story. How can a brain be turned to stone? Who's behind the deaths? How can a man whose brain is turned to stone be brought back to life? And of course the big one: Who is the gorgon? Even Doc seems baffled.
The narrative this time is about four times the length of an old Lester Dent tale. There's action galore, with gunfights, kidnappings, car chases, and general mayhem. Long Tom alone is tied up, beaten up, and whacked in the head enough times to give even the toughest hardboiled private-eye pause. If you're a Doc Savage fan or a fan of fiction in the style of the old pulps in general, Glare of the Gorgon will give you a lot of reading satisfaction.