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President Fu Manchu (Fu Manchu #8)

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Title:President Fu Manchu (Fu Manchu #8)
Ward, Arthur Henry  Writing under the pseudonym: Rohmer, Sax   
(10 of 14 for author by title)
Re-enter Fu Manchu (Fu Manchu #12)
The Mask of Fu Manchu (Fu Manchu #5)
Published:   1936
Publisher:P. F. Collier & Son Corporation
Tags:adventure, detective, fiction, Fu Manchu (Fictional character)

In this the good doctor hops “over the pond” and sets his nefarious sights on no less a prize than the conquest of the United States! This book marks yet another departure in the Fu Manchu series: It is the longest of the books, the most detailed, possibly the best written, takes place in the U.S.A. for the first time, and is the most political book in the series thus far.

In this one, the Fu-man, through “the League of Good Americans,” backs a presidential candidate who will, in time, become his puppet dictator. Our old friend Sir Nayland Smith is back, trying to stop this conquest; he is aided by Federal agent Mark Hepburn. For the first time in the series, Dr. Petrie does not make even a token appearance. This book features the typical fast pacing and grotesque action that have become familiar at this point in the series. We encounter numerous killings with poisonous spiders, a raid on a NYC Chinatown catacomb lair, a “Manchurian Candidate”-style assassination—Sandy @ Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Ward, Arthur Henry

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Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883—1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.

Born in Birmingham, he had an entirely working-class education and early career before beginning to write. His first published work was in 1903, the short story The Mysterious Mummy for Pearson’s Weekly. He made his early living writing comedy sketches for music hall performers and short stories and serials for magazines.

His first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized from October 1912—June 1913. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the “Yellow Peril”. The Fu Manchu stories, together with his more conventional detective series characters—Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw, and The Crime Magnet, made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.

His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.

—fantasticfiction.com; goodreads.com

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