Review of “The Golden Amazon”

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“The Golden amazon eBook was published in 2016 (Original paper version published in 1944) and was written by John Russell Fearn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Russell_Fearn). Mr. Fearn published nearly 100 novels and numerous short stories.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the decades following the end of World War II. The main character is Violet Ray. Found as a baby after a German bombing raid on England, Dr. James Axton operates on her to give her superior strength, intelligence and resilience. He planned for her, as a female, to use her unusual skills to prevent future wars.

This is her story as she matures into a 20 year old and begins to wield her powers. While her goals may be peace in an England totally under her control, her methods are not without their cost.

I thought that this was an interesting 4 hour read of 178 pages. It is classic Science Fiction. The ‘science’ is far from that which we know today, so that aspect is clearly dated. As is the language and structure of the story. It reminds me of reading some of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Given that his is a short read, I did not object too much to the out-of-date feel to the novel. Reading this, and similar vintage novels, gives one an idea of how we got to Star Wars, Star Trek and such of today’s Science Fiction. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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