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Collected in this volume are all of the stories that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan: "Skulls in the Stars," "The Right Hand of Doom," "Red Shadows," "Rattle of Bones," "The Castle of the Devil," "Death's Black Riders," "The Moon of Skulls," "The One Black Stain," "The Blue Flame of Vengeance," "The Hills of the Dead," "Hawk of Basti," "The Return of Sir Richard Grenville," "Wings in the Night," "The Footfalls Within," "The Children of Asshur," and "Solomon Kane's Homecoming."
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By Stephen P. Suelzle on 09-07-13
Just as real and absorbing as I remember.
This is just a very preliminary review. I have only immersed myself in the first couple of stories. I just wanted to mention right away how fantastic these stories are. I first met Solomon Kane when I was young by reading comic versions of some of his adventures. I also read some of the original stories, but never close to all of them. Through all these years, he has stuck in my mind as a striking, powerful and steadfast person. He made much more of an impression on me than Conan. The new movie was much, much better than I thought it would be (they really got Solomon Kane right) so I wanted to get to know him again.
So, these stories are fantastic like always. Very well written and so real that to experience them is like watching it happening. They are very supernatural, of course, but in a real way and Solomon is always looking for real solutions and not just the latest stone or cryptic potion to deal with what is going on. The morality is Christian based (he is a Puritan after all), in a universal truth way. Solomon's strength is derived from his courage, and adherence to the right as much as it is his physical strength and prowess. While there might be some talk of god, so far, no preachy stuff about salvation and so on.
I also want to mention the narrator. He is fantastic. He makes me feel like he is as excited by the stories as we are. He has a dramatic, clear way of speaking that really draws you into what is going on. He also does excellent voices, without over acting or reading like he is trying out for an award or something.
I will give more updates later, when I am done or close to it.
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