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Adam

Novel by Mike Baker 1977.

When a hunter turns up at the radio station in Paradise claiming to have seen a sasquatch in the Canadian Rockies, big radio/tv star Clay Meridith mounts an expedition to capture it and bring it back to civilisation to make him rich.

Yes, the plot does sound somewhat familiar, doesn't it. This is basically a cheap, short and generally z-grade version of King Kong. The similarities are legion: a greedy fame-driven man wants to a take a wild monster back to civilisation purely for selfish reasons, the monster falls in love with the beautiful girl that he's taken with them and then breaks out of his cage and causes havoc. Everything here is stereotypical: the bad guys think of nothing but money, fame and power; the good guys feel sorry for the monster; and the monster proves to be more intelligent than the bad guys. Even the names are about as unoriginal as you'll find anywhere - the star's name is Clay Meridith, the girl is called Yvonne, Clay's agent is Oscar Skavinski and the fetch and carry man is called Rocky Watson. From the bad colloquial dialogue to the 96 page length, this is bad pulp fiction at its worst. But it's bad-good: read it to laugh at.

This was one of the interesting Venture Books series, published by none other than romance behemoth Mills & Boon. Other books in the series include Frank S Pepper's unredeemable Big Deep, The Blood of Dracula by 'Jack Hamilton Teed', and Hound of Frankenstein, the rare debut novel from 'Peter Tremayne'. The only other books published by Venture were Patrick McDonald's Tiger Trap, an adventure story; and a non-western Matt Chisholm by the name of Rig 59. None of the above have too many positive qualities, except the important one: they're fun. Well, mostly.


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