Radio Archives: Doc Savage – White Eyes Review


I want to thank our friends over at Radio Archives for sending me a review copy of their latest audiobook, Doc Savage: White Eyes. This is another fantastic Pulp tale written by the talented Will Murray, who like in the Python Isle adventure has found inspiration coming from the creator of the Man of Bronze himself, Lester Dent. By using some notes from an abandoned story idea for “The Annihilist”, Will Murrary, has continued to honor the legendary pulp writer by not only keeping Doc Savage active in new adventures but by adopting Lester Dent’s writing style to boot!

Doc Savage – White Eyes Trailer – Radio Archives by VicSage2005

Just check out Joe DeVito’s exciting artwork up top for your first glimpse at the criminal mastermind, White Eyes!

“In “White Eyes”, a new supercriminal emerges from the underworld. Dressed all in white, his face masked, eyes blank as a blind man’s, he calls himself White Eyes. Who is he? What are his goals? All of Manhattan reels under the onslaught of the Blind Death, a scourge so terrible that innocent people are struck dead, their eyes turning white as hardboiled eggs. From his skyscraper headquarters high above the streets of New York City to the sugarcane fields of Cuba, Doc Savage races to crush gangland’s latest uncrowned king!”

As in Python Isle and as you can hear from the trailer posted above you can really tell how much work the likes of Roger Rittner and of course Radio Archives puts into these audiobooks, the sound is crisp and clear and they make sure to get a narrator that can not only portray the Man of Bronze and his “fabulous five” but EVERY character in the tale as well and they’ve chosen wisely with Richard Epcar.

Epcar is well known in the world of voice acting as he has had the honor of playing over 300 characters in everything from Ghost in the Shell to Raiden in the new Mortal Kombat series!

Those of you who have read my reviews before know that I am always very hesitant to step into spoiler territory…but I have to say that in Chapter 28 “Gangdom’s Long Arm”…I was pacing the floor in front of the radio, since this is a chapter where Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters comes under siege by the united criminal underworld. That I think is the greatest compliment I can give to Radio Archives and Will Murray, the writing and production is so strong that I actually got nervous for Doc Savage and his friends!

White Eyes is already available to purchase on the Radio Archives site, with the 10 CD set costing a mere $31.98 and the 10 hour digital download available for $21.98! What are you waiting for? Don’t you want to know what happens to Doc Savage in that assault on his skyscraper?

Radio Archives: Doc Savage – Python Island Review

Our good friends over at Radio Archives were kind enough to send a review copy of their latest audiobook Doc Savage: Python Island. An unabridged 8 CD set written by Will Murray, who expanded an 11 page outline for a Doc Savage novel that he found while visiting the widow of the legendary pulp creator of the Man of Bronze, Lester Dent. In 1980 at 28 years of age, the same age that Lester Dent who went under Kenneth Robeson as his nom de plume wrote the first Doc Savage tale for the pulps, Will was given permission to try and make a novel out of it by Norma Dent.
Will did just that and sent it to Bantam Books who liked it and decided to wait until they ran out of reprints of Dent’s original Doc tales…which only took 10 years to accomplish…in 1990 the book saw print and was paired with the Joe DeVito cover you can see posted below.

The Python Island Audiobook is superbly narrated and acted by Michael McConnohie and produced and directed by Roger Rittner. Please believe me when I say this:

This is what all radio plays and audiobooks should strive to sound like!

Doc Savage Python Isle – Audio Trailer by VicSage2005

How can you not love the cover for the audiobook by Joe Devito!

But I’m sure you are wondering about the story!

“In “Python Isle”, a long-lost pioneer flyer returns to civilization accompanied by an exotic woman who speaks in a lost tongue. From his towering skyscraper headquarters in New York, through a dangerous Zeppelin journey to Cape Town, climaxing on a serpent-haunted island in the forbidden reaches of the Indian Ocean, Doc Savage and his iron comrades race to untangle a weird puzzle so deep that the only clues can be found in the Bible!”

I began listening to Python Isle at my computer…it just didn’t feel right so I popped out the CD and placed it in my Emerson “old time radio” replica CD/Record player and laid back in the floor and thrilled to the exploits of Doc Savage and his compatriots! I’m hard pressed to think of a better way to spend an evening as the sun starts to set, the room illuminated by the soft yellow glow of the radio dial as Michael McConnohie’s soothing voice reads Will Murray’s prose both mingling flawlessly together to transport me to a pulp world…that I sometimes wish I could do more than just visit.

Make sure to follow that link up above to visit the Radio Archives site, along with Doc Savage which you can purchase as a digital download, you can purchase many retro radio programs like Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, Dragnet, The Lives of Harry Lime (with Orson Welles!), Suspense, and many, many more! You can also pick up reprints of the famous pulp characters like the Shadow, the Avenger, the Spider, the Phantom and of course the tales of the Man of Bronze himself. You’ll probably feel like I did when looking over all the merchandise…like a kid in a candy store!

You can pick up the 8 CD Audiobook from the site for a mere $25.98 or $17.98 for the digital download. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter as well since they let you listen to samples of the radio programs!