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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review - The Legacy of the Silver Scorpion by H.G. Martin

Title: The Legacy of the Silver Scorpion

Author: H.G. Martin

Publisher: Mundania Press

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

On a soggy November night in 1940, New York City’s protector and top gangbuster, a trench coated, masked vigilante known as the Silver Scorpion, is about to be murdered by a turncoat cop. Suddenly a pretty blonde appears in an expanding ball of light appears and shoots him point blank with what looks like a shiny metal bazooka. The Scorpion disappears.

One hundred and forty years later, a clandestine organization known as the Lazarus Project prepares to risk incarceration, ruin, and death in order to reverse the effects of almost a century and a half of decadence and corruption. America’s once great city is now its biggest cesspool.

It’s a daunting task. The good people of the city have all given up or moved out. The evil rule ruthlessly. The city needs a hero. The city needs hope. It needs the Silver Scorpion. It’s about to get him, ready or not.

Let’s be fair: He dons a mask after his family is killed by a random act of violence, draws on a traumatizing experience with an animal from his childhood to create his new persona, and uses high-tech, self-made gadgets and his superior intellect to fight crime by night.

He’s Batman.

Okay, he’s not exactly Batman, but they are definitely cut from the same black cloth.

This story is fun and interesting. It touches on how the choices we make effect the world on the whole, and choosing battles you can win. There are few logical paradoxes sprinkled throughout, but nothing story stopping. If I had to nitpick, I’d say this story is too short. The Scorpion finds the head of the proverbial snake after stopping only a few low ranking criminals. It also does not take him long to decide he needs a new angle to win his personal war.

Overall, this is a very good story, that I would like to see become a series.

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