The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu

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Author: Sax Rohmer (Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward)
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,906 / 216 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.1
LoC Category: PR
Series: Fu Manchu
Downloads: 6,001 5985
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Genres: Thriller, Pulp, Audiobook

Follow the exciting adventures of Commissioner Nayland Smith as he pursues Dr. Fu Manchu across the opium dens of Thames-side London and various country estates.

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adily enough, for, unfortunately, my professional duties were not onerous.

"Good man!" he cried, wringing my hand in his impetuous way. "We start now."

"What, to-night?

"To-night! I had thought of turning in, I must admit. I have not dared to sleep for forty-eight hours, except in fifteen-minute stretches. But there is one move that must be made to-night and immediately. I must warn Sir Crichton Davey."

"Sir Crichton Davey--of the India--"

"Petrie, he is a doomed man! Unless he follows my instructions without question, without hesitation--before Heaven, nothing can save him! I do not know when the blow will fall, how it will fall, nor from whence, but I know that my first duty is to warn him. Let us walk down to the corner of the common and get a taxi."

How strangely does the adventurous intrude upon the humdrum; for, when it intrudes at all, more often than not its intrusion is sudden and unlooked for. To-day, we may seek for romance and fail to find it: unsought, it


Average Rating of 3 from 4 reviews: ***

The evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu works murder and mayhem in England as an agent of a mysterious oriental group preparing for a new world order. In constant pursuit are Commissioner Smith, Dr. Petrie, and Scotland Yard. The book reads like a collection of short stories spliced together around the common thread of pursuit of Fu Manchu. Although there is some good pulp action and adventure, the formula for the stories becomes repetitious and predictable. Recommended for dedicated pulp fans.

Paul Hatton

Not the best crime/thriller by any stretch, however moves along at a fair rate and keeps you reading to discover what happens. Sax Rohmer can't be ranked anywhere near to Doyle or others, but as a pulp fiction writer of the early 20th century, is quite readable

Rob Reader

Rohmer was not a writer of the quality of Doyle nor was their much origionality in story or charachter developement. Nayland is not Sherlock but tries to be. Readable if somewhat racist. However their must be something in the persona of Fu Manchu as he is still read one hundred years after his creation. Intelligence, skill and supposed evil seem to carry him onward.
One can't help but wonder what a truly gifted writer might do with a character like Dr. Fu Manchu.

R Stephan

There is a mastermind somewhere in Asia, plotting against the West, killing people - no not OBL but Dr. Fu Manchu! The difference, Fu Manchu is a scientific genius, and he can hear anything you say. On the other side, there's a super-Holmes with his usual Watson which has to be a doctor too, for the necessity of scrutinizing all the corpses that were killed in bizarre ways. Fast-paced but cheap action is all you get from this pulp mystery book, an obvious copy of Doyle which isn't particularly well written, either.

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