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Dray Prescot is called to the planet Kregen once again for unknown purposes by the mysterious Star Lords There he becomes involved in conflict between two religious groups that are committed to each other s destruction As always, he pines for his beloved Delia.Kenneth Bulmer Alan Burt Akers s real name writes a lively Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche, though it tends to be rather unfocused There are plenty of action packed adventures, but it suffers from the lack of narrative drive However, it s still a fun, quick read and Bulmer is good at world building. From my blog pulpaweek.blogspot.com Helpless as the phantom forces of the Savanti and the Star Lords clash, Dray Prescot is swept once from Earth to fulfil another gruesome task beneath the twin suns of Kregan.Will he be sent to Zair, where the red sun deity reigns or to Grodno, land of the green sun god where the evil overlords of Magdag rule a nation of slaves As Prescot waits in limbo for the outcome of the battle, his one hope is that the task will take him nearer to his Princess, the lovely Delia, from whom the Star Lords snatched him so long ago From the back cover1973 192 pages 40p UK cover priceThe second book of the Dray Prescot Series there are thirty seven in all , Suns of Scorpio is a quick and bloody affair with tons of swordplay, seafaring, and a few naked ladies thrown in for good measure Cinemax should option this book series for an ongoing late night affair Suns of Scorpio is well written, but heavily referential to its predecessor Transit to Scorpio, so a bit of editing or maybe even a glossary would help to make it cohesive All in all, though, I enjoyed this bad boy.Protagonist Dray Prescot is your prototypical pulp sci fi hero whisked away from Earth by the capricious Star Lords to the world of Kregan Two suns Beast people and given no direction, Dray quickly finds himself enslaved by the Magdag, an evil northern island empire that worships the green sun of Grondo The Magdag are endlessly building shrines to their brutal deity, which is where our main man finds himself at work Eventually, Dray s mercurial temperament finds him at odds with some fristles half cat people who ambush him and leave him for dead where the slave galleys are kept Mistaken for a Galley slave, Dray is press ganged onto the crew of the Grace of Grondo and nearly worked to death He creates a bond with his fellow oar mates, and they watch out for each other, as many around them are worked or beaten to death on the Galley One of Dray s oar mates is flogged to death right next to him, which enrages our hero to the point where he frees himself and begins killing crew of the galley Just as things seem to be taking a turn for the worse, a ship from Sanurkazz, bitter enemies of Magdag, overtakes the vessel and joins the fight eventually freeing the slaves and enslaving the captives Dray joins the Sanurkazz Navy, and even begins worshipping their benevolent god Zair of the red sun while amassing power and fortune Oh yeah, he also bangs his buddy Zorg s hot widow.So, this is the basic formula for this book Dray is captured, faces insurmountable odds, chops off a bunch of limbs, is rescued by the enemies of his enemies, then flourishes in their culture for a time Mr Prescot also has sex with, or at least has the opportunity to have sex with, whatever beautiful royal women happen to be around This all sounds very shallow and ridiculous, but the pacing of Suns of Scorpio has a very serial feel, which lends itself well to an action sci fi novel.My main gripe is that Akers basically assumes that you have read the previous entry in the series, which I haven t Character names from the previously novel are dropped piecemeal with almost no explanation or relevance throughout the book Hell, we don t find out until three quarters into this novel that in Transit to Scorpio Dray had bathed in a sacred pool, rendering him immortal.But, these are small gripes for a fun novel that, less than two hundred pages, is full of gore and boobs. [Read Ebook] ♌ The Suns of Scorpio (Dray Prescot, #2) (Delian Cycle, #2) ☦ Helpless As The Phantom Forces Of The Savanti And The Star Lords Clash, Dray Prescot Is Swept Once From Earth To Fulfil Another Gruesome Task Beneath The Twin Suns Of Kregan Will He Be Sent To Zair, Where The Red Sun Deity Reigns Or To Grodno, Land Of The Green Sun God Where The Evil Overlords Of Magdag Rule A Nation Of Slaves As Prescot Waits In Limbo For The Outcome Of The Battle, His One Hope Is That The Task Will Take Him Nearer To His Princess, The Lovely Delia, From Whom The Star Lords Snatched Him So Long Ago Some of the prose was really excellent, but it reads like the author dropped half the pages on the way to the publishers He s abolishing slavery He s whipping a huge crew of slaves He s never going to give up looking for Delia He s copping off with his dead friend s wife The whole thing made me feel like I d been hit on the head and was drifting in and out of consciousness. I can say that without a doubt this series is going to continue to kick ass in the highest fashion possible Book 2, The Suns of Scorpio retained a lot of the same themes as Transit Book 1 with a greater emphasis on that most hated theme, Slavery Dray once again finds himself alive, stark and laying on the beach without a notion as to what is laid before him He has finally accepted that he is a pawn of the Star Lords Savanti to bend at their very whim, however in this book he aims to do it with some class and style Once again Dray has risen from the very bottom of the barrel to be a notorious and highly praised individual and granted titles and privileges for them to be stripped away at the most paramount moments Poor Dray cannot catch a break at all I eagerly look forward to the third installment in this epic series. An interesting, worthy successor to Edgar Rice Burroughs It s a sword and planet adventure, with all the good and bad this implies, yet Akers Bulmer innovates in intriguing ways There is clearly a larger cycle of story going on, with a behind the scenes conflict between the Star Lords and the Savanti, two superhuman groups that oversee matters on the planet of Kregan and who seem to have competing goals, especially in regards to Dray Prescot Unfortunately, at this time these forces are keeping their cards close to their chest and do not let Prescot in on what he is intended to accomplish This creates an unfortunate vacuum at the heart of the novel, as Prescot finds himself wandering without a clear goal, and it is only in the last third of the book that Prescot decides why the Savanti have retrieved him from Earth.Akers Bulmer is explicit about the story being the transcription of Prescot s own words in true Burroughsian fashion , with the additional innovation that the A B occasionally conveniently loses various documents and tapes that bridge the set pieces of the story While this is occasionally jarring, it provides a workable device to skip any amount of boring details that would otherwise bog the story Why is he suddenly a pirate captain, and how did he get there For very good reasons that we don t have access to Moving on The writing was stilted in an odd way, and it was never clear to me if this is an intentional stylistic approach or an awkward imitation of Burroughs s grand style.Loved the set piece of the city of Magdag, a madly constructed city of megaliths, the slave laborers clustered in warrens around the megabuildings under construction He did quite a bit with this, and with the inevitable rough conflict between laborer and overseer.Fun and interesting, but I wonder how the author could possibly maintain the entertainment level over some fifty books in the series So I m not planning on charging in to read them all, and may just cherry pick according to premise. Imagine being thrust to another planet against your will, arriving naked and unarmed Imagine discovering your heart s desire and being ripped away upon attaining it, only to wake naked on a beach on Earth again Suns of Scorpio finds Dray putting the pieces of his life on Earth back together again All the while vainly yearning to return to his beloved Dalia Once again he is plucked and placed back on Kregen only to discover that his love is many miles and a continent away Not knowing his purpose this time it doesn t take long for Dray to go from slave to lord yet again In the midst of a slave revolt Dray once again is transported away against his every wish Great action packed story. Dray Prescot is called to the planet Kregen once again for unknown purposes by the mysterious Star Lords There he becomes involved in conflict between two religious groups that are committed to each other s destruction As always, he pines for his beloved Delia.Kenneth Bulmer Alan Burt Akers s real name writes a lively Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche, though it tends to be rather unfocused There are plenty of action packed adventures, but it suffers from the lack of narrative drive However, it s still a fun, quick read and Bulmer is good at world building. This wasn t a very satisfying book for me The author spent a lot of time on what I considered trivial details and not enough time on fleshing out aspects of the plot The characters were caricatures He used a plot device to leave the story hanging Many years ago I read the John Carter, Warlord of Mars series and my recollection is this author tried to emulate Edgar Rice Burroughs to some extent My recollection of the Carter novels was they were much better. This book is right on par for the period in which it was written, but I find myself abused at how women are portrayed within The constant surprise expressed by the charter written a women is capable, and most in this world are not However, for a sword and stars book of the 70s, I think this is somewhat traditional and doesn t take away from the other world, distant star, story of swashbuckling and exploration.