The Golden Scorpion

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Author: Sax Rohmer (Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward)
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,233 / 203 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.5
LoC Category: PR
Series: Gaston Max
Downloads: 3,047
Added to site: 2006.06.18
mnybks.net#: 13650
Origin: gutenberg.org

"Scorpion!" Years before the whispered word had thrilled and alarmed Dr. Stuart. He had watched the Scorpion pass--a terrifying figure, in his monkish cowl and green veil, through which baleful eyes glittered. Now the scorpion had come again, in the form of a golden fragment, innocent enough in appearance, but in fact the symbol of a band as malevolent and desperate as that of Fu-Manchu.

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raying, in her interest, real suspicion, murmured sotto voce: "Then she is a patient?"

"What's that?" asked Stuart, regarding her surprisedly. "A patient? Certainly. She suffers from insomnia."

"I'm no' surprised to hear it."

"What do you mean, Mrs. M'Gregor?"

"Now, Mr. Keppel, laddie, ye're angry with me, and like enough I am a meddlesome auld woman. But I know what a man will do for shining een and a winsome face--nane better to my sorrow--and twa times have I heard the Warning."

Stuart stood up in real perplexity. "Pardon my density, Mrs. M'Gregor, but--er--the Warning? To what 'warning' do you refer?"

Seating herself in the chair before the writing-table, Mrs. M'Gregor shook her head pensively. "What would it be," she said softly, "but the Pibroch o' the M'Gregors?"

Stuart came across and leaned upon a corner of the table. "The Pibroch of the M'Gregors?" he repeated.

"Nane other. 'Tis said to be Rob Roy's ain piper that gives warnin

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Average Rating of 2.8 from 4 reviews: ***

a difficult slog. really no different from Fu Manchu, other than the fact that the title character was much less competent.

the "nefarious" plot involves kidnapping important Europeans and taking them to China. The scorpion is constantly betrayed by his loyal followers. the only fun character is the French detective Gaston Max. Everyone else is boring and one dimentional

2011.05.29
Mr Kindle
***..

A fast moving,action packed adventure.Quite enjoyable but a bit predictable.

James Bond meets Scooby doo! the action comes thick and fast but just couldn,t hold my attention long enough and found it quite predictable but i'm not giving up on this author just yet.

2008.03.29
C. Alan Loewen
****.

From the creator of Fu Manchu (who makes an unnamed cameo in this story), The Golden Scorpion is a tale of 1920's England and Dr. Keppel Stuart who is sucked into the investigation of an international conspiracy group headed by the Golden Scorpion.

Fortunately, our hero has a greater hero helping him: Gaston Max, a French forerunner of James Bond.

The result is a rather exciting tale of cliff hangers and otherworldly beautiful women.

Pulp fiction at its most pristine.


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