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The Bronze Axe : Blade No. 1 by Jeffrey Lord
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The Bronze Axe : Blade No. 1 (edition 1973)

by Jeffrey Lord (Author)

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Title:The Bronze Axe : Blade No. 1
Authors:Jeffrey Lord (Author)
Info:Pinnacle Books (1973), Edition: 1St Edition
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Simple story of a superior man dominating a new environment. ( )
  arning | Mar 13, 2018 |
C'est comme James Bond, mais en francais!!

Non, pas vraiment. C'est plutôt comme un roman d'aventures mais il y a un peu de science fiction aussi.

Il y a beacoup de sexisme et l'auteur a une obsession avec les seins.

Mais il etait le premier roman que j'ai lu en français. ( )
  crazybatcow | Aug 2, 2011 |
This is the first volume in the 37 book Richard Blade series, by "Jeffrey Lord" (these books were actually written by authors Roland J. Green, Ray Nelson, and Manning Lee Stokes). One reviewer here has called this series James Bond in Robert E. Howard land... True enough and I would amend to include a healthy dose of Edgar Rice Burroughs for good measure!
Through the brilliant research and experimentation of the dwarfish (and somewhat sadistic) scientist, Lord Leighton, Her Majesty’s Government has quite by accident discovered the existence of a seemingly unlimited number of alternative realities (collectively dubbed Dimension X”). With inter-dimensional transportation to Dimension X made possible, MI6 is given the task of exploration of these varied worlds, with the ultimate aim of economic exploitation.
Enter Richard Blade, MI6’s very special agent (think a cross between James Bond, John Carter of Mars, and Arnold Schwarzenegger)! who in every book is transported to a new world within “Dimension X”. Blade is the pioneer chosen to blaze the trails to these new worlds! Accomplished with just about all weapons (apparently, as a hobby, he practices with ancient/medieval weapons and armor), tactics, basic engineering, and (of course) love-making, Blade is uniquely suited to the task!
The books are predictably formulaic: Blade is transported early in each book completely naked into a new and strange “Dimension X”. Each of the alternate Dimension X worlds enjoys some aspects of Earth and human history, twisted in odd and interesting ways. Romans, Mongols, Zulus, Ottoman Turks and even Planet of the Apes-like simian warriors: Blade encounters these and much, much more!
Once there, he has to live by his wits and talents. In each of the various volumes, he meets a lady/community/race in distress; and has to wrest leadership from a rival/enemy. Sometimes the authors keep the audience guessing, with the original lady or ally proving to be the villan of the piece; and Blade has to switch allegiances. But ultimately, he always achieves his goal of righting that dimension’s particular wrong; though sometimes leaving events not quite completed when he is whisked back by.
Very enjoyable, rousing and sexy!
I first read these as a teen, and would particularly recommend these for boys 15 – 19. Parents be warned, though: the sex scenes are prevalent and often kinky.
  barrycjacobsen | Aug 4, 2010 |
Some writers have characterized these books as "James Bond in Robert E. Howard-land".

It is not an inapt description. The hero is a British MI6 agent, tapped to participate in an experiment with a computer that has an experiment mechanism to directly input to a human brain. It is hoped that they will be able to load Blade's mind with a fount of knowledge. For reasons inadequately set out, instead the device send him, naked, to an alternate, savage dimension, in which he has to make his way backed only with his knowledge and training from his career as a secret agent.

I've just finished reading this book, and will be providing a more detailed review shortly. The long and short is that I found it flawed, but entertaining.
  Pulpfan | Apr 28, 2009 |
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