The Valley of Despair

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Flying off course due to a faulty compass and running low on fuel, German pilot Erik von Mendelsohn is forced to set his plane down deep in the African jungle. Pursued by strange, otherworldly beasts, he stumbles on a prehistoric city where he is captured by its cruel inhabitants - who aren't of Earth. The only bright spot in his life becomes the slave girl who teaches him their strange tongue. More
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About Chris L. Adams

Chris hails from Dayton, Ohio circa Spring, 1969.

At about age six his family moved to Virginia. After only 2 years the countryside beckoned and his family moved to a horse farm in rural West Virginia where his parents yet reside.

The farm afforded plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. As an adolescent he played Tarzan in the trees, and Huck Finn on the Bluestone River which surrounds his folks’ 80+ acre farm.

In the wilds of the farm and surrounds he scaled cliffs, learned to shoot and ride horses and played ‘war’ with his friends where they utilized an arsenal of BB guns to heat up each others derrieres to howls of laughter and cries of pain and wrath.

Growing up without the benefit of cable and satellite he developed a love of reading early on. After devouring many of the classics of both ancient and modern literature he settled into his favorite niche of pulp authors upon discovering authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, A. Merritt and of course Edgar Rice Burroughs.

An avid hobbyist, he is a guitarist, having been in an out of many bands since the late 80s. Besides reading, writing and dabbling in guitar he also enjoys collecting historic militaria of mostly the WW2 era.

Chris has been employed with ABB Inc. since 1992. Currently he is a Senior Systems Engineer in IS.

Chris resides in Southern West Virginia with his wife and two children.

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James Hold reviewed on May 18, 2018

Very much in an ERB vein, altho I doubt ERB would have used a German as his hero. Typical jungle lost city adventure, which is not a knock. Done well, these can be very entertaining.
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Yvette Storiwala reviewed on Jan. 11, 2017

Very good read.
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Malcolm Torres reviewed on May 14, 2016

This story reminded me of many that I have read by the sci-fi-fantasy masters like Edgar Rice Burroughs and HG Wells. The WWII time frame, set in the jungles of Africa, takes us back to a world that still had primitive lands yet high technology. The author skillfully creates a gripping plot that pulled me along through fast moving chapters.
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