Doc Savage begat Dirk Pitt begat … … … Sam Reilly

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October 11, 2020

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Doc Savage begat Dirk Pitt begat … Sam Reilly

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Do the names Doc Savage … Dirk Pitt … Clive Cussler … Matthew Reilly … Nina Wilde … The Event Group … Sam Reilly mean anything to you?  If not … and you are not curious; feel free to skip to The Accidental Hiatus section down below.

These are characters and authors from various series of novels of the literary genre labeled Action Adventure.

I LOVE Action Adventure novels …  and always have.   Yes… There is a Formula to these stories. So?  Combine “Indiana Jones / Lara Croft” with “James Bond” and “Mission Impossible”.

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Like “Indiana Jones / Lara Croft” Because … Each of the series involves some sort of ancient / mythological Quest … Holy Grail / Noah’s Ark / Garden of Eden / Valhalla / Loch Ness / Sasquatch / Alexander’s Grave / Shangri-La  etc etc etc … and by genre law they all have an ATLANTIS Adventure.  It’s always A Frantic Race Against Time & Very Evil Villains to SAVE THE PLANET!

Like “James Bond” Because … Each of the series involve Very Very Evil Mega-Villains i.e. Dr No … Goldfinger … Blofeld … et al.  As with Bond, the villains have unlimited wealth … elaborate “lairs” … and are quite willing to sacrifice millions of lives to achieve their sinister objective = World Domination.  Unlike Bond … these are PG-rated with no graphic sex scenes.  The heroes are all handsome – posses extraordinary physical skills – are incredibly intelligent – have access to unlimited resources – feel it is their purpose in life to stamp out evil doers – with the help of an awesome team of slightly less incredible individuals.  There ARE often unscrupulous politicians but they are never identified in a partisan fashion … just “unscrupulous and evil” which could be 98% of the lot of’em.

Like “Mission Impossible” Because … These are NOT Superheroes with Super Powers like the Marvel Comics.  But like Ethan Hunt’s IM team … they have access to the very latest in technology be it computers, satellites, weaponry, cars / boats/ planes / mini-subs etc.  They race around the globe as the Extinction Clock counts down … How the heroes inevitably vanquish the Forces of Evil often defy reality / disbelief … but that’s OK.

If you enjoy those National Treasure movies with Nicholas Cage … these are similar.

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My Favorites Are ... not in any order of preference

Doc Savage by Henry Ralston  There were 100s of pulp paperbacks published in the 1930s.  I read several dozens in the 1970s.  Some are still available on Amazon and Audible.com.  They are kinda “cheesy” befitting the times.  If you recall Flash Gordon or that Batman show in the mid 60s.  “Doc” is The Consummate All-American Man and each of his team has special areas of expertise … but “Doc” is an Expert in pretty much Everything.

Dirk Pitt by Clive Cussler –  In the 1980s EVERY commercial flight HAD to have at least seven passengers reading either a Clive Cussler or a Tom Clancy Clive Cusslernovel.  I read them all.  Maybe Clive got his inspiration from “Doc Savage” but certainly everyone in this genre today was inspired by Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventures.  He died in February but his 4-5 Dirk Pitt spin-offs are being carried on by others authorized by his estate. … My favorite spin-off is The Oregon Files featuring “The Chairman” Juan Cabrillo and his intrepid team of the Super Ship The Oregon cleverly disguised as a rust-bucket tramp steamer. … There are well over 30 total titles by Team Cussler. … If you are a reader of adventure fiction and have never read “a Clive Cussler novel … What kind of person ARE YOU?

Jack West Jr / Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly Reilly is an Australian writer.  I’ve read (listened to) all of his books usually within a week of when they come out.  One series features Call Sign “Scarecrow” – the Ultimate Spec Ops Super Soldier.  … Jack West Jr and his team live in a remote compound in the Australian Outback.  Jack wears a fireman’s hat when he is climbing a pyramid … exploring a subterranean cavern … or outnumbered 100 bad guys to Jack’s and his half dozen teammates.  There are 14+ Matthew Reilly novels so far. .., One of his latest involved a secret Chinese zoo that was breeding flying fire-breathing Dragons!  YIKES!

Nina Wilde / Eddie Chase by Andy McDermott – I went thru this series last year.  Nina is a world famous anthropologist.  Eddie is her bodyguard and a former British SAS operative.  They discover Atlantis (DUH!) … which leads to a dozen different hair-raising treks and quests.

The Event Group by David Goleman – I don’t know if a lot of readers know about this one.  As with the others. I read his latest as soon as they come out.  The Event Group (AKA Dept 5656) is an off-the-books secret government agency that operates out of a state-of-the-art subterranean HQ deep underneath Nellis AFB in Nevada.  Col. Jack Collins leads the team of spec ops warriors.  Dr Niles Compton is the Exec Director.  A former adversary of Collins – French assassin extraordinaire Henri Farbeaux – usually manages to get involved to help Jack on his hair-raising assignments.

Sam Reilly by Christopher Cartwright – Another Aussie author.  I am now on Book 9 of this 20+ adventure series.  Sam Reilly, his BFF Tom and their team operate off The Maria Helene – a super ship that appears to be “an old tugboat”.  There is an ongoing theme thru this series … tracking down “The Master Builders” who were responsible for The Pyramids and all those other ancient ancient “Wonders of The World” that somehow got built before the invention of Fire or The Wheel.  If you ever watch Ancient Aliens on TV you know what I mean. …

I’ve e-met Christopher Cartwright … “a good guy” who appreciates his loyal readers.  Check him out!

Just curious … Have you’ve ever heard of Gobekli-Tepi?  Google it.

Yes… there are numerous other authors – James Rollins and Ted Bell being very successful ones as well as Steve Berry – in this genre.  These just happen to be my favorites.

I ALWAYS suggest reading Any Series IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.  Authors always supply background info on characters and relationships for the drop-in reader but it is better if you follow them from the beginning.

I listen to audiobooks TO BE ENTERTAINED.  Of the 100+ books I listen to each year are legal and police procedurals, historical fiction, occasional biographies.  Pretty much anything but “Romance” or “Horror”.  And don’t care for SciFi.  I have never read a Stephen King novel !!!

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The Accidental Hiatus …BL alone

No, I have not been “Taking a Hiatus” although that is what it evolved into.

I have been sooo involved in “my fishing” – 5/7 times/week – that daily intentions to “post a column” kept getting pushed into “First Thing Tomorrow”.  … OK, there have also been several covert political  spec ops I’ve been occupied with but “let’s not go there”.

We are also prepping for an upcoming week-long visit from The Wisconsin Gang – ReRe, YaYa and Baby Danny… and their Mom and Dad too.  Oh Boy!!!

I am at that point in life where I can pick & choose how I spend my time.  “Following pro sports” has been Totally Deleted from my preferences.  Even “The Cardinals” … I went from watching 145+ St Louis Cardinals games each season to watching seven innings this “season”.    I do still follow the local college football teams because that matters to most of you.

Communicating Here with YOU is still Very Much High Atop “My Like A Lot” List VERY High Atop …I have to budget my time better.  And I intend to .

Our country is in a Helluva Mess.  That Helluva Mess ain’t going away on November 3rd regardless of the outcome of the election.  I see “it” getting worse for the duration of my earthly existence.  You know my preferences on that …  No point in pretending The Sky Isn’t Falling When It Obviously Is … We all agree on Whose Fault it is … “THEIR”.

I intend to do my best to give you a 10- minute respite from “All That” at least once a week.

The Accidental Hiatus is Officially Over!

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Dan
Dan
18 days ago

Good stuff. I love Dirk Pitt (and The Oregon Files) from Mr Cussler. Ted Bell is awesome, also making my list” Lee Child, Brad Thor. and I still enjoy the Jack Ryan/Jack Ryan Jr books

former96heel
former96heel
1 month ago

I’ve been watching this series on TV for years now that just captivates me. The character development is almost unbelievable. Bumbling agents like Carlos Danger, a congressman whose wife is the right hand of Satan herself, but gets caught up chasing young teens online. Or Handsome Cal, the middle aged guy who has spent his whole life striving for power, but just can’t keep himself out of his subordinate’s wife’s bed. Or this long-running saga of Hunter, who happens to be the son of a VP, which is really unbelievable because he also likes crack, hookers, and somehow is an… Read more »

former96heel
former96heel
1 month ago
Reply to  BobLee

DJT may be the most normal thing in America right now. Heck, we have Superwoman, the lady we all want our daughter to grow up and become, nominated for the Supreme Court, and at least 48 people are going to vote against her. If she only had a secret past, it would all be ok in this crazy soap opera.

Ruth
1 month ago

I am so glad to know all is well at your place and the excitement of the KIDS all coming for a visit. Busy here as usual with more drama that ever. Doesn’t bare discussion. Love the reading list as you know. I pretty much read what you read as we have discussed. So far you have not led me astray but I suppose that might happen some day. I love the fishing stories, particularly your remembrance of your father and you. That brought tears as I remembered all the fishing I did with my dad and a very special… Read more »

Doug
Doug
1 month ago

Thinking I need to really pick up my reading game, especially after just seeing that NCSU will no longer celebrate Columbus Day but Indigenous Peoples Day instead. Thinking they trying to outdo UNC-CH. This is not only where we are today but apparently it’s where many want to be.

Doug
Doug
1 month ago
Reply to  BobLee

After reading further I learned it was done in 2018. Yikes, I really am behind the times…On purpose too.
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I do appreciate the reading rec’s. I really do need to update my pending reading list as I’ll have 8-12 weeks of time on my hands starting a week after DT’s historic landslide victory as I rehab a brand new knee.

NCSU77
NCSU77
1 month ago

Fishing? Well, I am living the dream. We left the wacky world of Wake County in April, just in time IMHO, and moved east. We are now ADR (at da river), living the good life. With the boat on a lift, I can go any time my wife will let me. And, sometimes when she won’t 🙂 . Much slower pace, it’s like entering another time dimension. If one discovers they only have six months to live, move here. It will seem like a life time. . I’ll keep the book recommendations in mind. I’ve about worked my way through… Read more »

former96heel
former96heel
1 month ago

There’s a better chance at finding someone who doesn’t care who wins the election this year than finding someone who watched any of the NBA finals. Let ’em all suck a rotten egg. Hope they enjoyed sinking their flagship to WNBA-level ratings in one short year. I’m just waiting to see which Pro league or cable network has the fortitude to ask for a bailout first. Because you know it’s going to happen, eventually.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
1 month ago

BobLee: Welcome back.
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I second a comment above. I got into Mack Bolan/The Executioner in the early-mid 80s. As with Clancy, I read them, until they began cranking them (Bolan and Clancy) “by committee/formula”. Once a series becomes THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY 3+, I am gone.
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Several months ago, I started reading on http://www.gutenberg.org, mostly pulp sci-fi from 30s-60s. It is enjoyable mental bubblegum.
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When it gets cold, swing up here to Catawba County. We will try the stripers in the Hot Hole. I have a local place for breakfast, I guarantee you will love it.

Charles.72
1 month ago

We tend to agree on so many areas BL. This is another one. I am not familiar with all those authors but WILL “check’em out” on your suggestion.
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I feel sorry for anyone who does not enjoy a good book !

James Gaster
1 month ago

One of my guilty pleasures is the Mack Bolan (Executioner Series) from the 60s? & 70s. Simple straight forward good guy vs bad guy. I have already told my daughter its her fault if Biden wins and I am marched off to be re-educated. Love to fish always wish I could go more often, no matter how often I go.

Queen City
Queen City
1 month ago

I agree with your opinion that this ain’t going away on 11/3. Trump win= more riots / peaceful protest. Joe win = Kamala shoving him down a flight of stairs and taking over.
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Restroom Roy’s lead is slipping but I am afraid he stays in office but lock downs will mysteriously vanish. Best of luck on the water. I can assure you that your not missing anything involving pro sports.

Dr Wire
1 month ago

Let me be the first or one of the first to welcome you back with the obvious question, “were they bitin’” and then “does it matter if they weren’t?” . Our current mess is a repeat of previous messes with a fire starter called social media and its acceptance of sharing falsehoods, gossip, lies, you name it for the sake of “their” cause and as seen during the times of the Wilmington Massacre, the traditional media loves to choose sides thinking it sells ads and generate profits. As much as I want to link the Start of current mess to… Read more »

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