"Action adventure that is pure fun."
Due to the machinations of the evil sorcerer Tothapis,
Set the reptile God cruelly rules Stygia. Set warns
Tothapis that a threat to their well being comes from the
alliance between Conan and Belit, who met in sword to sword
combat, felt an attraction and joined sides. Belit leads
pirates trying to free her people from the reptile's rule
while Conan lays back providing strategic advice to her.
Everything changes when Conan finds the Axe of
Veranghi. Instead of just advising, he begins to take
charge. Along side Belit, Conan leads her force in combat
as they close in on a final confrontation with the reptile
God and his wicked minion including the powerful Tothapis.
The great Poul Anderson takes readers on a journey into
the Cimmerian world of Robert E. Howard. The story line of
CONAN THE REBEL starts a bit slower than usual for our hero
meaning body counts that would make Westmoreland and
MacNamara envious. This enables the audience to understand
better the support cast, but not why Conan seems more like
California mellow than the wild barbarian that is expected
of him. Once Conan returns to his normal tendencies, the
head count geometrically grows and the action with it.
Though a fine tale, purists will feel this is not Mr.
Howard or even the Marvel comic.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 18, 2001