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London, 1913—the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man. A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts. Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known... Dr. Fu-Manchu. The insidious doctor returns to Great Britain with his league of assassins, the dreaded Si-Fan. He seeks to subvert the realm at tLondon, 1913—the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man. A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts. Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known... Dr. Fu-Manchu. The insidious doctor returns to Great Britain with his league of assassins, the dreaded Si-Fan. He seeks to subvert the realm at the highest levels, but Fu-Manchu has his own secrets—which he will protect by any means....

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  • Mike
    2019-06-11 21:18

    The review from afar – No. 10Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:As I emulate a yo-yo, I continue to rely on an old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (UK title, The Devil Doctor) continues the battle between Good and Evil as embodied by (for Good) Colonial Police Commissioner (with a Royal Roving License) Denis Nayland Smith and his friend and associate (and narrator), Dr. Petrie and (as Evil as can be) Doctor Fu Manchu and his various henchmen, dacoits, creatures, and, of course, the alluring, enchanting, and bewitching beauty Karamaneh.I think that the prolific and imaginative Sax Rohmer (nee’ Arthur Henry Ward) has been judged too harshly especially by those who may not have read the source material, but only know his characters (probably only Fu Manchu himself) from derivative material. (I can imagine that the Warner Oland films were even more racist in some ways than the novels.) Rohmer was a talented man who transitioned from writing comedy and songs for music hall entertainment to weird, occult fiction (pulp, if you will) often with an Oriental twist. There are decent author profiles here in Goodreads and elsewhere. Go ahead, I’ll wait.In this novel, Fu Manchu has reappeared in England (surviving his almost-certain death in the previous novel) and is moving against our two heroes. While his agents appear again and again, Fu Manchu is used with more restraint and this, I think, shows the author’s strength and skill. Rather than dilute the franchise (even inexhaustible malevolence can be tiring) he arranges it like accents in a symphony. Yes, the Doctor is there when he needs to be, but then he retreats into the shadows while events move one way or another. He now bears a personal grudge against Nayland Smith for disrupting his plans, but he still feels obligated to deal with him and Smith in an honorable way. There is mutual respect of ability, if not respect of ideals, here and it goes both ways – even when it tears at Smith or Petrie to hold to a bargain they have made. But he makes mistakes: he trusts Karamaneh to execute his instructions even though she has (surreptitiously) rescue the Englishmen numerous times and has grown fond of Petrie. He even thinks that Dr. Petrie is more of an intellectual and scientific equal than could ever possibly be true – despite all direct evidence to the contrary. (Think Watson a’ la` the Jeremy Brett series, but still Watson.)The story was written for serial publication, so it is broken up into a series of smaller tales that one imagines were included in one or two issues. This has a way of making the story seem choppy, but it also gives an impression of speed that might not have been there if written as a single, long manuscript. Inevitably, there is some similarity (dare I say repetition) as the attacks and plot twists come at predictable intervals (must have excitement in every installment). But the story redeems itself with regularity, also.In my review of The Insidious Doctor Fu Manchu, I touched on the “Yellow Peril” racism and the reality that Rohmer’s audience wanted to read what he wrote. So I will skip most of that here. Fu Manchu wasn’t popular because of or in spite of the anti-Orientalism, it was popular because the characters (Good and Bad) appealed to his readers. Yes, he built on the previous buddy relationship of Holmes and Watson (even to the point of aping their chosen professions: crime fighting and medicine), but he took that concept and made it something different. While Holmes would become judge and jury when the mood took him, Nayland Smith has a royal Roving Commission that empowers him to seek succor or coerce assistant from any and all.By our enlightened standards, we consider Fu Manchu to be decidedly un-politically correct. But he is more than that. He is the archetype for brilliant, evil, fiends bent on world domination. And I, for one, would mourn a world that did not have him and his sinister spawn. Since I have been reading a lot of older material, I accept that the styles, beliefs, and prejudices of the authors in their day reflect more their world than anything innate. That may be more or less true depending on the individual, but I am reading for enjoyment and diversion and I can tolerate a lot in pursuit of a good story. And, despite the rough edges (part of their appeal originally), these are good stories and Doctor Fu Manchu is a most wonderful adversary!Three (3.0) Solid Stars for the actual writing, but Four (4.0) Stars awarded for creating one of the Baddest of the Bad Guys of All Time.You can get this story for free from the Gutenberg Project site.

  • Spacewanderer
    2019-06-20 19:59

    Not as racist as the first book, "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" (a.k.a, "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu"). And, frankly, the novel suffers because of it. "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" reminds you of that really racist elderly relative that you only see on holidays and is always belting out racial slurs because he or she was raised during a time when the concept of political correctness didn't exist (i.e., The concept of white people looking down on minorities is as natural as eating or breathing). They're so ridiculous that not only do you forgive them for it, but you find them to be kind of fun to be around. As for the story line, "The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu" isn't really all that different from its predecessor. Two wealthy Brits, Dr. Petrie and Nayland Smith, with the privilege to carry guns and shoot whomever they please, try to bring the evil Dr. Fu-Manchu to justice. They both repeatedly narrowly escape assassins, one of them tries to bed Fu-Manchu's Arab slave girl, an opium den burns down, and, in the end, Fu-Manchu is presumed dead.

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-06-19 19:08

    Another wonderfully crafted Fu Manchu mystery & the second in this series. It contains exciting elements like, protecting the British Empire and saving a beautiful woman from a devil's grasp... Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie must once again battle their clever fiend Fu Manchu who now continues his evil deeds in England...

  • Julie Davis
    2019-06-03 00:17

    As enjoyable as the first, with Dr. Petrie unable to decide if Fu Manchu's sexiest operative is completely evil or just faking it. No matter, because one whiff of that perfume turns him into her slave (more or less). To the understandable frustration of our hero, Wayland Smith. Western imperialism has never been so entertaining.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-06-22 19:26

    When the indefatigable Burmese police commissioner Nayland Smith and his trusty friend and sidekick Dr. Petrie both receive a mysterious midnight summons, the deadly import of the ruse soon dawns on them - the fiendish Dr. Fu-Manchu is back on the loose in London!The Fu-Manchu novels of Sax Rohmer are shameless Sherlock Holmes rip-offs. The characters and roles of the sleuth and his assistant are entirely lifted from Conan Doyle's earlier model. The big difference is the figure of Fu-Manchu himself, an ever-present Moriarty.Fu-Manchu is an oriental scientist and criminal genius, assisted by a legion of stealthy dacoits (agents), a menagerie of dangerous beasts and Karamaneh, a beautiful Egyptian acolyte and ambiguous temptress who the narrator, Petrie, is rather partial to, constantly mooning over her like a silly schoolboy.Petrie's sappiness is the least of the problems with this book, however. I can forgive all the 'Yellow Peril' nonsense when it's personified in Fu-Manchu, but not when the xenophobia is widened out towards orientals in general, which it occasionally is. As if that wasn't bad enough, the one Jewish character, Abel Slattin, is treated with equal contempt, an oily and grasping stereotype: 'with unerring Semitic instinct he had sought an opening in this glittering Rialto'.Unpleasant period racism aside, Rohmer further blots his copy book with pages of consistently hammy, at times truly atrocious dialogue, e.g. "That eerie call! like the call of a nighthawk — is it some unknown species of—flying thing?"Also hard to ignore is the complete absence of plot. In place of one Rohmer merely strings together chapter after chapter of lurking dangers, screams in the night and histrionic murders. Perhaps exciting in serial form, the thrills suffer from a complete lack of suspense.

  • Bill
    2019-05-29 21:26

    The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu is the second book of the Fu-Manchu thrillers by Sax Rohmer. Originally published in 1916, it is true pulp fiction at its best and the stuff that those old Hammer movies were made of and that I sat through Saturday matinee serials. (Do you remember those?)Fu-Manchu is a cunning, evil genius trying to take over the world and to destroy his arch enemy Nayland Smith and his faithful companion, Dr. Petrie. Smith has been back in Burma and has heard that Fu-Manchu is still alive and has returned to England to get his revenge on them. The book is a series of incidents that find Smith and Petrie trying to find Manchu and battle his Dacoits and other implements of his terror. The beautiful Karamaneh, the woman of mystery from the first book, returns. Whose side is she on? Can Petrie and Smith trust her? Petrie definitely wants to, as she is forever on his mind and a constant distraction. The steady Inspector Weymouth of Scotland Yard also assists when he can. All in all, it's a wandering thriller and Smith and Petrie find themselves in dangerous situation after situation. How will it all end up? (3 stars)

  • Steve Newman
    2019-05-29 21:12

    A good, but not great sequel to the first in the series. I have to say that having the Dr simply focused on removing Smith and Peitre was a bit disappointing. There was no global domination plot, etc... So far, without read #3, these seems to have been a between book and not one that really stands on its own. With that said, the characters improved and the visuals that were conjured of the times and places was well written. I did find it interesting that in the versions of the books that I read, Mr. Rohmer seems to have 'modernized' his writing style a little. For example, he changed from the old world spelling of 'clew' to the more modern version that we use exclusively now of 'clue'. I really am glad to see that our language and writing styles evolve and that we retain the old books as they are as a way to record that history. Overall an enjoyable, short, easy read to pass the time.

  • Carolyn Fitzpatrick
    2019-06-09 00:05

    The terribly evil Dr. Fu-Manchu returns to London and completely baffles the entertainingly racist British detectives pursuing him. This is the second book in the series, and a lot of fun for two reasons. On one hand it is exciting and melodramatic, and on the other it is a glimpse into the mindset of the author, writing at a time when the "Yellow Peril" was seen as a scientifically proven reality. Reading this book is both an absorbing diversion and an interesting comparison to the hidden racism in our own time.

  • Freder
    2019-06-15 18:10

    I came to this with a familiarity of the characters based on other media: movies, serials, and especially Marvel's MASTER OF KUNG FU comic book. I don't know what I expected, but I certainly did not expect the writing to be so abysmally bad, or the story to be so uninvolving, or for the characters to be so flat that they disappear when y'turn 'em sideways. This was a big disappointment. Couldn't even finish the damn thing.

  • Jonathan Stevens
    2019-05-29 01:58

    Having read he first two novels, I reluctantly conclude Fu Manchu stories are notquite my cup of tea. The stories seem like relatively mundane crime thrillers, andFu Manchu seems more like a rather clever criminal than the terrifying diabolical geniusI'm supposed to think he is.

  • Stuart Dean
    2019-05-30 02:08

    More of the serialized adventures of Commissioner Nayland Smith and his gentleman companion Dr. Petrie as they battle with the sinister and nefarious Dr. Fu-Manchu. As usual, Dr. Petrie is going about his business when Smith shows up suddenly and whisks him away to show up just too late to stop a bizarre murder. Dr. Fu-Manchu has returned with his Rube Goldberg killing devices to further his ambitions to spread the Yellow Menace over the proper white world. You could easily imagine this book as an old series of half hour radio shows like the Lone Ranger and the Shadow. Or one of those black and white shorts they used to show before the main feature at the theatre back in the 30s, like Boston Blackie. Dr. Fu-Manchu continues to favor the strange in his murderous plots, killing with snakes and monkeys and poisons and fungi and even ghosts, while the intrepid duo of Smith and Petrie are ever just one step behind and this time are in even greater peril as the Doctor has taken a personal interest in them which leads to the pair being captured more than once. They generally escape either because the most intelligent evil genius the world has ever seen doesn't have the foresight to check his captives for pocketknives before tying them up or the recognition that every time they escape his slave girl is somewhere nearby. Kharameneh the beautiful pawn of Fu-Manchu returns as well, but this time with amnesia so she can once again be the conflicted plot element she was in the first book.Not as much blatant racism in this one as in the first one but that's probably just an oversight as much more time is spent on atmosphere and action than on character development. Always entertaining to catch the anachronisms in these books, as the main characters only means of transportation are taxi cabs, trains, and subway cars, the streets of London are light by gas lamps, telephones are rarities limited to the wealthy, and once Petrie is even contacted using that newfangled Marconi machine. For a fast paced action packed mystery story you couldn't do better.

  • Benn Allen
    2019-05-26 23:06

    Like the first book of this series ("The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"), "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" is clearly derived from serial installments. (Notice how often author Sax Rohmer repeats the introductory descriptions of various characters and their habits, for instance.) And like its predecessor, "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" really doesn't have an overall plot. It's really just a series of one incident after another. There's really no narrative thread guiding the book. It's a lot of Sir Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie chasing one lead after another to thwart some vague scheme of the titular Fu Manchu. Exactly what the Devil Doctor's ultimate plans are, we're really not told. Something something "Yellow Peril", something something "China rules the world" or something like that. Because Rohmer never gives us anything really concrete about Fu Manchu's mechanization, it's hard to feel (vicariously) threaten by what his actions, hard to feel the world really is in danger, that Fu Manchu represents a world-wide threat.And also like the first book, we have a series of Smith and Petrie trying to save someone Smith believes is targeted for death by Fu Manchu and half the time they save the victim, half the time they fail. And of course, the two are captured by Fu Manchu, caught in a silly little death trap that Karamenah, Petrie's great love and Fu Manchu's slave girl, rescues "our heroes" from. It's really the same book as book one, just different locations and events, but not too different.Ultimately, "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" is like a roller coaster ride. The loops and curves and speed and drops are thrilling, but ultimately meaningless and pointless. Oh, well, at least the racism isn't quite as bad this time around as in "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu".

  • Andrew Garvey
    2019-06-06 20:03

    Review coming soon as part of a Fu Manchu article at

  • Michael
    2019-05-24 18:22

    More exoticism from Rohmer. One reviewer praised the quality of the prose and the plot! Don't read this book for those reasons. The writing is clumsy and repetitious. Characters are very thinly written. To be read simply as a "guilty pleasure" and perhaps as inadvertent social history. If you enjoy the old style serial movie adventures such as Zorro or Flash Gordon you may enjoy these.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-06-23 18:16

    Words almost fail me to describe the sheer lyrical delight of reading Sax Rohmer’s wonderful Fu Manchu series. Were I banished to a desert island for life, with only a lantern to read by, and told I would be limited to the Fu Manchu Mysteries, gladly I would go (until I wore the pages loose from constant rereading). Mr. Rohmer had an inimitable, unsurpassable literary style; he never needed courses to teach him how to bait and maintain the reader’s hook. His characters, his settings, his plotting, are incomparable. Even in the multicultural diversity of present-day society, in which the 1913 European view of “the white race” as the only worthy ethnicity is scoffed at and maligned, literate readers can recognize that Author Rohmer was, after all, a product of his time, and in fact beyond his time-for his choice of an Asian, Dr. Fu Manchu, as the Villain of All Time is in itself an acknowledgement that not all of the non-white races are beyond consideration. Fu Manchu is intelligent, evil, convoluted, cunning, clever, and appealing in his own way-yet he is, after all, from the Third World (although it was not termed that in the heyday of the British Empire, “over which the sun never set,” as the British often boasted).Since Author Rohmer has two unforgettable and astonishing characters in his Protagonist and Antagonist-Sir Denis Nayland Smith, and Dr. Fu Manchu-he was able to reprise the two again and again, to a total of 13 novels. Every one is a gem, because this illustrious and prolific British author “knows his stuff” and appeals to his reading audience in the most intense ways. The nature and personality of Dr. Fu Manchu awakens the unconscious xenophobia that survives in all of us, and arises at times in mass hysteria (such as McCarthyism in the 50’s). Yet Rohmer holds us in his grasp by his lyrical prose, his descriptive settings, the globe-trotting travels of Nayland Smith and his nemesis, and the characters who so appeal-Smith, Dr. Petrie, the evil Dr. Fu Manchu himself. In “The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu,” Sax Rohmer puts us to shame with his ability to describe character in a few short sentences of dialogue, and with his predilection for “showing, not telling” readers what they need to know about characters, setting, plot, and backstory. I think aspiring authors could do well to examine Mr. Rohmer’s novels for clues to hooking the reader and keeping intrigue maintained; for clear, lyrical, well-paced writing; for descriptive imagery; and for accurately constructing the plotting of any mystery.

  • Carl
    2019-05-27 02:03

    "The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu," also titled "The Devil Doctor," is the second of the 14 novels featuring the clever battle of minds and wills between Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Fu-Manchu. There is, of course, our narrator, Dr. Petrie, and the mysterious woman returns as well: the beautiful Egyptian, Karamaneh, whose allegiance is often unclear. In fact, Smith and Petrie often are able to survive Fu Manchu's clever schemes or traps through some last minute twist, or by almost "divine" intervention by that beautiful temptress Karamaneh, for whom poor Petrie desires!"The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu," or "The Devil Doctor," is packed with fast-moving action and bizarre adventures which will keep the reader turning the pages. After a mysterious death, inspector Nayland Smith warns Petrie that Fu Manchu is about. Together they investigate and try to prevent a string of exotic murders and thwart Fu Manchu's plans. Fu-Manchu's plots involve lethal poisons, kidnappings, vicious animals, quicksand, a haunted house, rat torture, murderous minions, and torture device called the Gates of Joyful Wisdom. It's amazing how much action and adventure is packed into a novel.Perhaps a bit "trite" in spots and at times with a feel of the "pulp fiction" genre, nevertheless, the series is surprisingly well written. Sax Rohmer wrote the Fu Manchu stories between 1912 and the late 1950s. Rohmer's creation of the sinister, evil genius, Fu Manchu, rivals Doyle's Professor Moriarty as an icon of en evil, genius, mastermind. Rohmer's work also appears to bridge the mystery genre from Holmes to Christie's Poirot and Bigger's Charlie Chan books. Sax Rohmer is most famous for creating the infamous character of Fu Manchu who later became even more famous in the black and white movies of the 30's. Fu Manchu was portrayed in various films by Boris Karloff in the 1930's. The Fu Manchu novels are worth the time to discover the great, intellectual (and stereotypical) evil genius who is Fu Manchu. Some editions are currently being re-released in paperback and more are destined for the Kindle as well.

  • Felix Zilich
    2019-06-07 01:18

    Доктор Фу Манчу возвращается к берегам Туманного Альбиона. Его новая задача – ликвидация работающих на Востоке агентов британского империализма. Для этого доктору нужно совсем немного. Выкрасть и допросить с пристрастием единственного человека, который знает этих агентов лично – пастора Элтема. К сожалению, на пути Доктора снова оказываются Нейланд Смит и доктор Петри. Они спасают Элтема, а потом начинают уничтожать новую агентурную сеть самого Фу.Но только теперь в их поединке появляются два неожиданных фактора, которые заметно влияют на отношения между врагами. Первый – это вернувшаяся вместе с доктором Карамани, которую Петри снова пытается спасти от его влияния. Второй же фактор – орден Золотого Павлина, которым Фу Манчи был награжден своими хозяевами и который он случайно проебал. Теперь чтобы вернуть собственную репутацию и избежать наказания доктору нужно срочно либо вернуть орден, либо сделать для своих хозяев нечто ну совершенно мегаужасное. Можно догадаться, что в интересах Петри и Смита найти этот треклятый орден любой ценой…Второй роман про Фу Манчу заметно слабее предыдущего, в нем почти начисто отсутствует атмосфера первой книги. Столь прискорбный недостаток возникает в романе по нескольким причинам. Во-первых, из-за бесконечного экшена, который с первых страниц становится для автора самоцелью. Во-вторых, из-за откровенной приземленности многих девайсов главного злодея. Одна идиотская история с “огненной рукой”, едва не доведшей Петри до инфаркта, уже показывает несерьезное отношение писателя к собственному материалу. В третьих, из-за утраченного шовинизма. Герои со времен первого романа порядком притерлись, поэтому уже не вызывает ярость у антифы и феминисток. В-четвертых, откровенная сиквельность повести. “Ой, друзья, как же мы долго не встречались!!!” Но, в целом, перед нами хорошее старомодное чтиво. Хорошее и приятное. (2006.12.15)

  • Peter Carrier
    2019-06-13 19:12

    Quickly grabs hold and doesn't let go. While this installment still has numerous disparaging references to race and gender (the passage, "It was a lesson in logic-from a woman! I changed the subject." comes to mind), they seem fewer in number, as well as more veiled or tongue in cheek.Rohmer again demonstrates his marvelous prose, offering intrigue, suspense and mystery around every corner. His pacing is nothing short of masterful, imploring the reader to press on, page after page, to discover what fearsome creature has beset the protagonists, or how said protagonists will overcome the dangers all around them. It may be true that some of the plot elements feel recycled, but they are spun with just enough difference to seem original enough.It was also interesting to see development in the principal characters. Often in thriller-type stories, the characters hardly ever feel progressive and when they do change, it is usually to become a caricature. Not only did relationships change (Smith and Petrie's differences of opinion come to mind) but the underlying dynamics changed, as well (an example of which occurs at the very end of the story and will not be mentioned here, so as to prevent an uninitiated reader from learning too much).In short, this reviewer would recommend "Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu" to anyone who has read other Fu-Manchu stories. If you can continue to look past the racial and sexist undertones, there is a wealth of mystery, good storytelling and great fun to be had.

  • Jason Speck
    2019-06-11 20:13

    The second in Sax Rohmer's pulp series featuring the evil genius of Fu-Manchu. Originally written as a series of short episodes that were collected into a novel, the book is best read like a serial, as many of the set pieces are similar in type. Two books into this series one wonders how such 'intelligent' Englishmen could continually fall into the same traps, and how such a criminal 'mastermind' as Fu Manchu could keep failing to kill them. Indeed, towards the end of the novel the doctor notes "even children learn from experience," a remark that applies to almost all of the recurring characters. Rohmer was great pulp writer: the action is fast and furious, the pacing is excellent, and the stories are entertaining, if a bit repetitive. His work represents one of the best guilty pleasures of early 20th century English writing.Note: I did not address the unapologetic racism towards Asia and its citizens that permeates the work, as it is a product of its time, and, in my opinion, not worth much comment beyond that. I did not find it difficult to enjoy the work while dismissing old views based in ignorance and prejudice.

  • David Merrill
    2019-06-15 21:02

    As one would expect there are racial slurs throughout a novel like this, but not nearly as many as its reputation would suggest. Rohmer's descriptive abilities far outweigh the discomfort those slurs will create. Sir Dennis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie remind me a lot of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but the focus is more on action/adventure than mystery. Smith's Moriarty, Fu Manchu is the ultimate diabolical, scientific genius. We see his lackeys more often than we see him, but their horrific variety and his absence only serve to make him that much more fearsome. If you're into pulp fiction, the Fu Manchu books are a good choice because they're interesting period pieces giving us a window into the time of the "yellow menace" when our ignorance of the ways of other peoples ruled the day. Come to think of it, despite our more PC vocabulary, not much has changed in that respect. Definitely worth a look. I was thinking more along the lines of 3 1/2 stars for this one.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-29 19:14

    This is the second of the 14 Fu Manchu books that Sax Rohmer gave us. Like the first, it is very episodic in nature, revealing its origin as a series of short magazine stories. A reading of the previous book WOULD be helpful for a full enjoyment of this volume, but is not absolutely necessary. Like the first book, this one is jam-packed with fast-moving action and bizarre adventure. It is surprisingly well written; sometimes even elegantly written. Just note the description of the seedy East End in Chapter 11 and you may want to upgrade your assessment of Rohmer as a wordsmith. Anyway, this particular installment of Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie's war against the evil genius Fu Manchu includes kidnappings, wire-jacket torture, poisonous cats, snake murders, albino peacocks, killer apes, quicksand, a haunted house, rat torture, mummy attacks and on and on. It's really remarkable how much stuff Rohmer packs into one short book. You won't be bored, that's for sure!

  • Adhoc
    2019-05-27 02:02

    This is goofy fun if you can get by the racist nonsense. Dr Petrie and Nayland Smith, the Thompson twins (Tintin) of counter conspiracy chase Fu Manchu the original Dr evil. Fu Manchu has a plan for world domination, sound familiar? I didn't actually read the book I listened to it. It is available at Librivox and is nicely read by Elaine Tweddle of Sterling Ontario. Elaine does a besotted Petry painfully well. This is excellent bus and metro listening....even if you miss the better part of a chapter because some twit sitting next to you having is a phone conversation with Helen Keller, it don't matter. The basic plot is always the same, the Thompson twins chase Dr Evil but they are so inept that he always gets away or Dr Evil tries to kill the Thomson twins but his plan is so ludicrously complicated that it fails, I imagine this goes on for 17 books, I've listen to two.

  • Matt Stevens
    2019-06-04 01:11

    So with all the great villains I've been introduced to in my lifetime including Darth Vader, Khan, Cobra Commander, Megatron, Hannibal Lector, the Joker, Ming the Merciless; I was very much looking forward to learning more about the villain of villains Fu Manchu. Many writers I really enjoy make mention to the vileness and depravity that is Fu Manchu. Oooooooor, so I thought. Seriously? I get it was written in another time and that it started as a serial but really?Characters are only introduced to be killed, no large machinations of world dominance, paper thin main characters. Just that Fu Manchu is supposed to be evil. No real evidence. Yes some murders but a vast, wide destroyer of civilizations?DisappointedPoor writing as wellI'd rather watch Scooby Doo.

  • Read1000books
    2019-06-11 00:57

    Don't read this book if you're looking for over-the-top violence, racy sexual content, or coarse profanity. However...if your tastes in literature include good old-fashioned action...HERE IT IS!! Almost from the first page you get lurking assassins, hair-breadth escapes, mysterious castles, trap doors, strange creatures creeping through the night, quicksand, haunted houses; and with chapter titles such as: "Dark Eyes Looked Into Mine", "The Coughing Horror", "A Cry On The Moor", and "The Mummy", what's not to like! This second book in the series is even better than the first one. A well-deserved 4 stars.

  • Brian
    2019-05-30 23:58

    Unfortunately it was a sign of the times that racist remarks were freely written and accepted by many authors, Sax Rohmer was no different.That sad fact aside, this series of books was written by the masterful Sax Rohmer where there is no dull moment, no chance of catching your breath, and all the reasons why he was such a great author in each book. A style all his own written at a time when harlots, whores and racy clothing wasn't needed to capture and maintain a readers attention. Fantastic character development. I couldn't put this book, or any of his other Fu Man Chu works, down.

  • Denise
    2019-05-29 01:05

    I first discovered this author almost 50 years ago and have actively been seeking older copies since then. Sax Rohmer's books rank up there with the greats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard. Nayland Smith and his Watson, Petrie, are on a continuous chase to find the evil Dr. Fu Manchu, helped along the way by the doctor's exotic Egyptian follower,Karamaneh.Non stop action throughout the book. If you like Indiana Jones, this is a book you will like.

  • Droid
    2019-05-30 19:13

    "Many strange and terrible memories are mine, memories stranger and more terrible than those of the average man; but this thing which now moved slowly down upon us through the impenetrable gloom of that haunted place, was (if the term be understood) almost absurdly horrible."Just like your writing, Mr Rohmer!

  • Abner Rosenweig
    2019-06-18 23:01

    The cliffhanger, episodic intrigue of the Fu-Manchu series is entertaining. Rohmer is imaginative and inventive and although the repetitive structure of the episodes can become predictable and the prejudice against the Chinese race can appear insensitive, the books remain a great adventure for rainy day summer Sunday reading.

  • David Allen
    2019-06-04 00:26

    Dr. Petrie, Nayland Smith, Karamaneh and Fu Manchu are back. As with the first book, the sequel is a series of episodes of about 20 pages each, usually involving death traps, miraculous escapes, horrifying tortures and an embarrassing Orientalism. There's a near-Lovecraftian nightmarishness to many scenes. A guilty pleasure.

  • JW
    2019-06-04 01:07

    Sometimes incredibly racist (It is nearly 100 years old), Sax Rohmer tells one hell of a suspenseful story filled with foggy London streets and he truly is a master of suspense. Fu Manchu is Darth Vader without the mommy issues.