|The evil Dr fu-Manchu|
The Doctor is an oriental evil genious, who specialises in the killing of anyone who he perceives as being in his way. The evil Doctor leads an organistaion who's stated objective is the subjugation of the "white race" by the "yellow". It's a racist standpoint, but the Doctor is evil! This book was originally published way back in 1912 and does reflect some of the attitudes of the time, the "yellow peril" is often described as a real threat within the text.
Set against the evil Dr Fu-Manchu are our two protagonists. Dr Petrie (who is not evil) is our narrator and a companion to the dashing Nayland Smith, a special agent of the British government recently returned from overseas. Nayland is aware of Dr Fu-Manchu's work and immediately sets out to thwart his plans.
Comparrisons to Holmes and Watson have been made in the past, and there are similarities, but this story is certainly no Holmesian clone. The villain is a genuine threat and ingenious with in. The challenges and traps that he sets reflect the evil genious that put them there and the story is full of suprises for the reader.
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