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Breathtaking, pulse-pounding adventures that would put Indiana Jones on edge. Buckle up for adventure in these action-packed tales that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. "Primo pulp fiction." --BooklistThe Collection includes:International Book Awards Winner: The Trail of the Red Diamonds as well as The Iron Duke, Sea Fangs, Golden Hell, The Headhunters and Destiny's Drum.
A rollicking and unpredictable adventure through the world of spies and double agents, lovers and enemies (often one and same). It has been said that somewhere in the world you have an exact double. This rocket-ride of a novel ignites with the sudden cry of "Ai! Pedrito!", as Naval Lieutenant Tom Smith discovers that his exact look-alike is the notorious South American revolutionary and spy, Pedrito Miraflores. Inspired by a real incident in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, "Ai! Pedrito!" is a fun-to-read, compelling novel of what can sometimes happen when intelligence goes wrong. "All the fast pacing of James Bond and the adventure of Indiana Jones." --Mystery Scene
Once it's it got you, it won't let you go. Fast, fiery, and nonstop fun, from the crash and roar of a demolition derby to the dark doings of the wicked Miss Pinch. In these continuing misadventures of aliens on Earth, Soltan Gris tells his sad tale of attempts to thwart his sworn enemy, Jettero Heller, who is on mission to salvage Earth. But Gris has to contend with a belly dancer who's spending him into bankruptcy, a mad PR man out to make Heller a legend, an unhinged Mafia hired gun sent to hit the Director of the CIA, and the sadistic Pinch with some ruinous recipes of her own. Throw in a perverse nurse, an intergalactic drug ring, a crazed cellologist, and the arrival of Heller's Voltarian girlfriend, and you have the ingredients for intrigue, satire, and romance that you won't be able to put down. Volume 4 of the biggest Science Fiction dekology ever written -- Mission Earth. "...action-packed, intricately plotted... a cross between Flash Gordon and 007." --Buffalo News
Explore this larger than life tale. American engineer Dan Courtney is surveying the route of the Sudan Railway in Africa, linking the Uganda Railway with the Anglo-Egyptian Railroad--a project that seems doomed to fail.When he finds that a young American woman has been kidnapped by the most feared tribe on the continent, the Dinkas, it lands him in an action-swept, life-or-death confrontation to save the girl. The battle with the Dinkas will determine not only the fate of the railway system, but reveal the identity of a killer stalking the girl. "...the stories' fast-moving pace is sure to keep listeners enthralled. Great fun for nostalgia buffs, recommended for tweens and up." --Library Journal
Spring has come to White Bear Landing--and so has the law, in the firm hands of Royal Mounted policeman and pilot Bob Dixon. Dixon's as gruff, tough and good-looking as Russell Crowe, and in this outpost halfway between the arctic mines and civilization, he's known for taking the law to extremes.More than once Dixon has meted out his own brand of rough justice with hard fists and hot lead, but now the tables have turned. The past has come back to haunt him, he's been set up as a murder suspect, and a rogue's gallery of enemies are lining up to settle old scores . . .Out on the icy tundra, on the edge of the world, revenge can be cold--and brutal. Dixon's only hope is to let the trust of a good friend and the love of a good woman lead the way to true justice and redemption--on Arctic Wings.Hubbard never wrote a word, conceived a character, or described a setting without first finding out all he could about the people and places that drove his stories. He wrote: "I began to search for research on the theory that if I could get a glimmering of anything lying beyond a certain horizon, I could go deep enough to find an excellent story. I read exhaustively. I wanted information and nothing else." His exhaustive research--and search for the excellent story--comes through brilliantly in Arctic Wings.
The magical world of pulp fiction. Explore uncharted, larger-than-life & historically accurate tales from an author who lived his adventures. These are six award-winning titles by one of the world's most published authors, L. Ron Hubbard. Six books, thirteen stories, original illustrations and glossaries of cultural and historical terms. "A 'must' for his legions of fans and an impressive tribute to is storytelling skills in the heyday of pulp magazine fiction!"--The Midwest Book Review This Collection includes: International Book Awards Winner: Devil's Manhunt, AudioFile Award Winners: The Iron Duke, Sea Fangs & Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winners: Spy Killer and The Great Secret.
Experience the Old West. Lance Gordon killed his father's murderer in a fair fight, but now he's got a price on his head and has been running from the law ever since. Cornered by men of the US Cavalry in Santos, Lance gets rescued by a mystery man who convinces him to join forces and go after a notorious cattle rustler up the infamous Coyote River. Even together the pair stands barely a chance of bringing the gang of thieves to account, much less dealing with the soldiers still hot on their trail. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORY "REIGN OF THE GILA MONSTER""Heart-racing plot charges at the speed of thrumming hooves."--Library Journal* An International Book Awards Finalist
Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance. "Tight plotting, furious action and have at'em entertainment." --Kirkus Review
Riveting, historical accounts of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen that inspire many of today's cinematic blockbusters. Pilot Peter England's humdrum airplane routine is unexpectedly disrupted when his company reassigns him to transport some special passengers. But when his aircraft gets attacked by a mysterious fighter plane, Peter realizes he's transporting dangerous cargo--a princess seeking to turn the tide of a war! "...these programs burst to life..." Library Journal
Boldly go to new worlds. Firstin Guide is not a man to be reckoned with. Bilged out of the Space Academy at fourteen for one too many duels, raised in the lawless camps of Mars' southern ice cap and cast aside by his family, Firstin's experiences have made him resourceful, respected and feared. But it's just that brute strength of character which convinces a handful of Martian colonists to follow him as he leads a risky venture into space, escaping the tyrannical Earth government that has all but slaughtered them.The small band secures a spaceship that uses an innovative new fuel and, by the grace of the stars, finds a liveable planet. But the men of the new colony led by Firsten also thirst for revenge which drives them to return to Earth and exact retribution despite dire warnings against it. ALSO INCLUDES THE SCIENCE FICTION STORIES "STRAIN" AND "THE INVADERS" "...sci-fi stories from L. Ron Hubbard. Innocent & enjoyable vintage romps." --Review DuJour (Jeff Berkwits, Twitter review)
Intrigue, betrayal, blackmail... From the violent, heroin-riddled back streets of Turkey to the heart of government corruption in America, Mission Earth relentlessly hurls into a new labyrinth of intrigue, betrayal, suspense and murder. Volume 2 of the biggest Science Fiction dekology ever written -- Mission Earth. "...a superbly imaginative, intricately plotted invasion of earth." --Chicago Tribune
Enjoy this Triumphant Tale. American Eddie Moran is about to be captured in Morocco by the French Foreign Legion when bullets start flying at two gentlemen walking right towards him. Saving the men, Eddie learns that one is the US vice-consul, but the other is the recently deposed Berber leader, El Zidan. When a friendship forms between them, Eddie escapes the French with Zidan's help, only to be captured later and taken to the Atlas mountain stronghold of the Black Sultan, the cruel usurper of El Zidan's throne. Not only must Eddie find a way out, he's bent on saving a beautiful American woman kidnapped to join a harem as one of the Sultan's many brides. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "ESCAPE FOR THREE""Pulp fiction devotees need to put Hubbard's works on their MUST-READ LISTS." --Booklist
Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it's about to turn positively filthy. But Murphy's a man in the mold of a young John Wayne, and he's more than a match for everything Venezuela can throw at him. Everything, that is, except for Marcia Stewart. She's convinced Murphy killed her father, and she wants revenge. Murphy's drilling down for the truth, and it's his land, his love for Marcia--and his life--that are on the line.
As brash and bold and daring as Steve McQueen, Lieutenant Lee Briscoe will never back away from a good cause or good fight. And when it comes to heroism, he and McQueen are in the same band of brothers.Briscoe's gone undercover to infiltrate a slave-labor camp on an island in Southeast Asia, knowing full well that once he goes in, he may never get out. Posing as a man on the run for murder, he may soon wish he had run in the opposite direction. His adversary on the island is Schwenk--a man who is not only a connoisseur of cruelty, but an expert at delivering it.And for Briscoe, the stakes have just shot up. An innocent young woman has landed on the island and fallen into Schwenk's clutches, sold to him to do with her as he pleases. Escape is the only option . . . or both Briscoe and the girl are sure to face a fate worse than death.L. Ron Hubbard once wrote in his journal: "There must be wide spaces in which to think, strange music to hear, odd costumes to see and the elements to battle against. Money, nice cars, good food and a 'good job' mean nothing to me when compared to being able to possess the thought that there is a surprise over the horizon." Venturing toward that horizon, at age seventeen Ron set sail for the South Pacific in July 1927, and after spending time getting to know the local natives, he signed aboard a working schooner bound for China's coast. Along the way, Ron encountered many dangers lurking in the thick jungle mists--firsthand experience that contributed to stories like The Bold Dare All.
Saddle up for a riveting tale of the Old West! When Lee Weston's father writes him that an old enemy, Harvey Dodge, is back in town, Lee rides out in a hurry from Wyoming to Pecos, New Mexico only to find his father murdered and the family ranch burned to the ground. Certain that Dodge is to blame, Lee sets off to settle the score but gets into a fiery Colt showdown in the town of Pecos. Severely wounded, he flees into the mountains just before passing out. As fate would have it, Dodge's beautiful, yet headstrong, daughter, Ellen, finds Lee's unconscious body and secretly nurses him back to health. But when Lee insists on continuing his plan for revenge, he gets himself into a heap more trouble--false accusations, a near lynching at the hands of an angry mob and the scorn of the only girl he ever looked at more than once! "...the flair of Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey." --True West
Unlock your inner Sherlock with this bloodcurdling tale. Naval Lieutenant Steve Craig has been falsely accused of having murdered his father, a ship captain in the merchant marine. Given less than forty-eight hours to find the real killer and clear his name, Craig embarks on a trail to secure a set of keys that will unlock the secrets hidden inside ancient Chinese treasure chests.Pursued by the police on one hand and a devious, unknown assailant on the other, Craig must thread his way through a maze of smugglers, thugs and treacherous underworld bosses. In a hair-raising race against time, he uncovers one vital clue after another until he comes face to face with death itself. "...loads of fun."--Ellery Queen
In a land of legends and mighty warriors, one fatal gunshot changes the course of a nation. Torn between two races, a white man raised by Blackfeet Indians is propelled across the vast, unexplored Northwest wilderness of the early 1800s in this historically accurate adventure of a desperate mission to defend his adopted people from invasion by ruthless white fur traders.". . . Mr. Hubbard has reversed a time-honored formula and has given a thriller to which, at the end of every chapter or so, another paleface bites the dust. . . (has) an enthusiasm, even a freshness and sparkle, decidedly rare in this type of romance." --New York Times
Unlock your inner Sherlock. He was the last man Lars Marlin had expected to see in Rio de Janeiro-- and it took all of his willpower not to slay him on the spot.Paco Corvino was a smooth-talking and slippery con man, a contraband runner, and escaped convict . . . not to mention murderer. He also was the man responsible for changing Captain Lars Marlin into Convict 3827645 of the penal colony in French Guiana known as Devil's Island-- a prison from which he had only just escaped.An unstoppable whirlwind of events brings Paco on board as the debonair chief steward of a luxury oceangoing yacht with an heiress and her rich friends as passengers. At the helm is skipper Lars Marlin. No one else knows that Paco and Lars are bitter rivals with an old score to settle, or that the voyage will be their final showdown upon the high seas. "Also, about halfway through the story there's a right-angle plot twist that would make Jeffrey Deaver proud, very effectively lulling readers in a false sense of security before shocking the heck out of them. A first-rate adventure yarn." --Booklist
Discover intrigue and suspense. Working deep undercover to break up a purported drug ring operating at Shreve's Mammoth Carnival, US narcotics agent Bob Clark discovers first one and then another headless body. Others believe the gruesome murders are solved after four tribal headhunters working for the show suddenly disappear, but Clark suspects someone else is the real killer. When he finds himself seized by the very same headhunters, Clark sincerely hopes his hunch is right, since the point of a very sharp knife is aimed at his neck! ALSO INCLUDES THE MYSTERY STORY "THE DEATH FLYER""...this horror/mystery tale roars to life through the kaleidoscopic auditory fabric of its carnival setting....Though the plot kicks off right away, the production increasingly gains traction as more of the cast chime in to layer the tale. Recommended."--Library Journal
Wrangle with the outlaws in the wild, wild west. After receiving word of his grandfather's premature death, Chinook Shannon rides long and hard from Arizona to reach Bull Butte, Montana. When three local road agents fail to stop him from entering town, he arrives only to be told by the local banker that the family's Slash S cattle ranch--the largest in the territory--will be foreclosed in just twenty-four hours.Chinook soon discovers that it may be far tougher than he thought to discover who killed his grandfather and who is trying to take his ranch away, as he faces forgery, sabotage and murder! ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORY "COME AND GET IT""...Here is nonstop action with a Mark Twain twist." --True West * An International Book Awards Finalist
Discover this suspensful tale. FBI agent Bill Norton has been sent to Ketchikan, Alaska to track down his former boss, who's vanished while investigating a heroin smuggling ring. Norton instantly suspects the smugglers are operating from inside the local fishing fleet. But six months and a string of declared "accidental" drownings have failed to turn up any clues.Norton's cold case heats up when the local radio station owner emerges, floating face-down at the docks, and a heart-stopping heiress to the halibut trade makes a maelstrom of trouble. The fact that Norton is well dressed and neatly shaven causes some of the local toughs to mistake the agent for a "chee-chalker"--or newcomer--much to their regret. "Bill Norton, the hero of this adventure, is anything but a tenderfoot. A hero of the classic adventure mold, Norton is tough and rugged, and has a strong sense of honor." --The Strand
Explore new worlds. Frustrated with a government that pays him to bury surplus produce in order to "fix" the economy while city folk starve, farmer Eben Smith decides to take matters into his own hands. He piles up his wagon with ripe fruits and vegetables and sets out for the first time to barter his goods in the big city.Being Eben's first city trip and all, the way soon becomes uncertain. But when Eben comes across a strange crossroads, he discovers that he's fallen into a nexus in time. Soon he's bartering a lot more than goods with different cultures in alternative realities . . . accidentally wreaking havoc and chaos in each. ALSO INCLUDES THE FANTASY STORIES "BORROWED GLORY" AND "THE DEVIL'S RESCUE" "Once again another collection of larger than life stories to lose yourself for a couple of hours." --Gil T's Pleasure Blog* An International Book Awards Finalists
Explore this fantastic tale. After Billy Newman strikes gold while mining in the Philippines, he believes Lady Luck favors him so much that he buys his own South Seas island for a bargain price . . . or so he thinks. But when the natives fall ill from plague and crops start failing, the tribal chiefs blame Billy for angering the local god Tadamona. Their solution: sacrifice a beautiful young girl before the 75-foot god. Appalled, Billy argues to stop the ritual, but the chiefs demand he cure their ills in just one day or allow the killing to go forward. Desperate, he denies that the deity even exists and dares Tadamona to show himself. Not only does Billy get his wish, he draws a beastly wrath upon the entire island. ALSO INCLUDES THE FANTASY FICTION STORIES "THE ROOM" AND "HE DIDN'T LIKE CATS" "Pulp fiction devotees need to put Hubbard's works on their must-read lists." --Booklist
Bloodcurdling suspense... When several of the city's most respected citizens are inexplicably killed by what appear to be zombies, all Detective Terry Lane has to go on is a blue grey glove, a Haitian pharmacy bill for some very unusual drugs and a death threat from a mysterious stranger. Matters are soon complicated when a beautiful nightclub singer shows up who claims to have information that could solve the case, but whose motives are plainly suspect. Against his better judgment, Terry investigates her lead only to find himself sealed in a coffin en route to the next zombie murder--his own."DEAD MEN KILL is frightful fun from yesteryear."-- Fangoria* An International Book Awards Winner
Kinky killers. Exploding speedboats. $2 billion paternity suits. It's love Voltarian-style... and planet Earth is feeling the heat.<P> Voltarian Royal Officer Jettero Heller will go to any length to protect his beloved Countess Krak. He'll race up the eastern seaboard pursued by the entire Coast Guard. He'll smash boats, he'll set off bombs, he'll fight off every paternity suit that comes his way...<P> But Apparatus Officer Soltan Gris is just as determined to put the Countess out of commission--for good--and he's found the perfect hit man for the job. Well, almost perfect. This particular Torpedo has one little kink. He takes a bit of an unhealthy interest in his victims . . . after he kills them.<P> And as if Gris didn't have enough on his plate, wedding bells are ringing. The Voltarian stud is about to tie the knot--with two women!<P> Yes, love is a battlefield. But in this warped war of twisted desires, perverse passions and unholy alliances--the entire Mission Earth enterprise could soon morph into a truly decadent DEATH QUEST.
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