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Experience the suspense. Wrongfully imprisoned on Devil's Island, Captain Spar dreams of killing the one man who contrived his capture on that island hell. When he daringly escapes from the penal colony, Spar lands on the island of Martinique, hot on the trail of his nemesis.But Spar quickly finds himself ensnared by the deadly schemes of a brutal and cold-blooded native known only as Chacktar while attempting to discover the identity of his betrayer. He is forced to sail the yacht Venture through a vicious storm toward the rocky shores of Hurricane Hill, an island whose surrounding waters are the most treacherous in the Caribbean.It is an assignment Captain Spar cannot refuse, one where he must try to save not only himself but an entire boatload of innocents that includes one very alluring young woman. "...Once again Hubbard has written an exciting adventure that is part high-seas and part island drama...." --Library Journal* An International Book Awards Finalists
Step back in time with this thrilling tale. Speed Kyle's company builds the best planes around, but now he's over-extended and needs a quick infusion of cash to save it. His fate rests on the aviation skills of Cal Bradley, daredevil racer and test pilot, whom he asks to fly for him at the upcoming National Air Meet.The prize? Awarding of lucrative contracts for plane construction and international mail delivery. But what the duo is unprepared for are the kinds of high-risk stakes involved when an unscrupulous competitor enters the race determined to do anything to win. Suddenly sabotage and one beautiful dame may spell ruin as the planes prepare to take flight. "One of the great pulp writers with colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales, fresh variation on standard characters and situations..."--Ellery Queen
Explore exotic new worlds. Circus midget Little Tom Little is the king of midgets, loved by crowds and carnival folk alike. Only he doesn't just want to be a bigger circus star, he wants to be just like the circus' tall and imposing leader.Trouble begins the moment that a set of ancient books containing the secret of switching bodies finds its way into Tom Little's tiny hands. When he magically trades his small frame with that of the circus chief, he finds himself in a giant-sized heap of trouble--his craving for height has landed him smack in the center ring surrounded by forty savage cats! ALSO INCLUDES THE FANTASY STORY "THE LAST DROP" "Hubbard's 1940 fantasy tale centers on a circus dwarf named Little Tom Little who becomes obsessed with the idea of swapping bodies with the circus's larger-than-life chief...." --Publishers Weekly
Step back in time with this thrilling tale. Bat Conroy of World Press is the best news correspondent covering the Japanese invasion of China. But now it's his legendary reputation of getting the story first that's under serious attack. No matter how fast he files his war pieces, Bat ends up being scooped by Perry Lane of International Service, a reporter he's never seen near the fighting (or anywhere, for that matter). When the biggest story of the war comes Bat's way, he's given an ultimatum: outwit Lane and somehow get his story in first or be blackballed from ever working as a reporter again. Before his boss can fire him, Bat sets out to track down his enterprising competitor, little knowing that the real identity of the mysterious newshound is uncomfortably close to home! "Riveting cliff-hanger action." --Midwest Book Review
Riveting, superbly plotted intrigue. A new style of Science Fiction epic, rooted in the clandestine worlds of intelligence, drug smuggling and crime. With all of the suspense elements of the fast-paced spy/mystery thriller. Exotically spiced with a liberal dash of humor and a hint of sex. Volume 1 of the biggest Science Fiction dekology ever written -- Mission Earth. "A thriller packed with lust, laughs, adventure and murderous intrigue."--Literary Guild
Breathtaking, pulse-pounding adventure that would put Indiana Jones on edge. American arms merchant Blacky Lee is wanted by nearly every government in 1930s Europe--especially the Nazis. They want Blacky's head for selling them dud weapons, prompting his rapid (and illegal) escape across the Balkans to the kingdom of Aldoria with his business partner in tow. Aldoria is well chosen. Years before, Blacky discovered he was the spitting image of the country's Prince Philip, learned the archduke's speaking voice and memorized the royal family tree just in case. When Blacky brazenly impersonates the leader, things go surprisingly well . . . that is, until he finds himself caught in the middle of a Communist plot to rig elections and take over. "Primo pulp fiction." --Booklist
Unlock your Inner Sherlock... Sheriff Kyle of Deadeye, Nevada has traveled to the nation's capital to personally bring evidence against one of the state's wealthiest copper kings. But instead of giving his findings to the senator he's supposed to meet, Kyle discovers a trail of blood moments before he's knocked unconscious. Kyle awakens to the flashing bulbs of reporters and harsh voices of police demanding to know why he's killed the popular politician. Things look particularly bleak--he's got no alibi, no memory of who knocked him out, and his five-inch knife is sticking out of the corpse--casting all suspicions his way. ALSO INCLUDES THE MYSTERY STORIES "THEY KILLED HIM DEAD", "THE MAD DOG MURDER" AND "THE BLOW TORCH MURDER" "...some of the most carefully and beautifully crafted trade paperbacks of our time." --Mystery Scene
As a young man Monte Calhoun thought the measure of a man was how hard he could drink and how straight he can shoot. But, as principled as a young Jimmy Stewart, several years back East have changed him. He has become The No-Gun Man. Monte's civilized now ... even if that means refusing to avenge the murder of his own father. But in a land of outlaws and ambushes, it's only a question of how far Monte will be pushed before he pushes back ... with a vengeance.
American pilot Mike Malloy has been unjustly sentenced to five years in a Moroccan penal battalion--which is French for "death sentence." But Malloy, who could easily pass for Douglas Fairbanks, is about to get a reprieve...if he's willing to fly into the heart of the Sahara and into the teeth of a Berber rebellion. The expedition could have unexpected benefits. One of his passengers is a young woman whose eyes are as beautiful and blue as the wild blue yonder....
Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return of George Harley Rockham! That's more than enough to turn Shanghai newspaperman Jimmy Vance's head. Throw in the gorgeous dame who's offering the reward--Rockham's daughter Virginia--and he might lose his head altogether. As fast-talking as Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, Vance jumps at the chance . . . the money . . . and the girl.But as Jimmy quickly discovers, there are several billion reasons to watch his back. Because that's how much Rockham is worth, and there are some very hard cases out there willing to kill to separate the old man from his money.Next thing Jimmy knows, Virginia's tied to a chair, and he's got a couple of guns pointed at his head. But it'll take more than a little rope and a couple of firearms to keep this reporter down. The truth is tied to the mysterious fate of a steamship named Shanung--and what Jimmy finds could be the biggest story of his life . . . if he lives to tell it. In the issue of Smashing Novels where this story first appeared the editor wrote: "Loot of the Shanung is a soul-stirring tale of the China Sea, a story of modern piracy set in the Far East. L. Ron Hubbard wrote it. He knows China. He has been there. He traveled through the country and met the people and observed their customs. Smashing Novels will have other stories from him--stories of far-off places and little known people. He knows of what he writes."
Welcome to the wild, wild west. Old Laramie, cook for the cowpunchers at the Lazy G Ranch, happens to be in the right place at the right time to stop bandits from attacking a Spanish-speaking family with Aztec roots. The family offers Laramie a silver-mounted quirt as thanks, telling him the small horsewhip will make him a big man.Though he'd never really thought of himself as anything other than old, Laramie accepts the idea that the mysterious quirt holds special Aztec magic; in fact, he thinks, with the quirt in his hands, he's now invincible. To prove this claim, Laramie sets out on a series of adventures showing that the quirt has given him extraordinary newfound bravery and skill--or has it? ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES "VENGEANCE IS MINE!" AND "STACKED BULLETS""...is pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reading engagement from beginning to end."--Midwest Book Review
Step back in time with this riveting tale. Colorful daredevil air racer Smoke Burnham is known not only for his ability to cross the finish line ahead of the pack, but also for his unusual flying companion, a pet cheetah named Patty.On the eve of entering an international air race to win much-needed prize money, Smoke and Patty face the usual and the impossible. The race involves a dangerous, grueling flight down Central America, over the Andes and across the Brazilian jungle--that's typical. The real challenge is that a publicity-hungry newspaper mogul is trying to sabotage Smoke's plane, the "Super-Comet," and make sure that this race is his last. Plus, the beautiful woman he loves resents his supposed infatuation with height and speed. Now Smoke must somehow win her over, against lethal odds piled high in the turbulent sky. "...primo pulp fiction..." --Booklist
Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone. Meet Chuck Lambert, who, though not exactly a fool, is guilty of letting his imagination get the best of his wits. That's because our young, naive Lambert wants his own planet. But rather than purchase one legally from the Interior Department of the Outer Galactic Control, he soon succumbs to the flashy advertising of an unsavory galactic swindler named Madman Murphy-- the purported King of Planetary Realtors.What Madman is the king of, is selling the unwary a planet that isn't quite right, a planet where one can't sit down because there's something the matter with its matter. And that's exactly what becomes the matter for our unlucky voyager, after Chuck toils for eleven grueling years to scrape together enough money to finally buy a planet of his own. "... this is a real corker, pulp fiction at its most entertaining."--Booklist* An International Book Awards Finalist
Triumphant tales of heroes, honor and impossible odds. Launch into the action with these gripping and gritty tales that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. "It's certainly loads of fun." --Ellery QueenThis Collection includes: International Book Awards Winner: On Blazing Wings, International Book Awards Finalists: The Phantom Patrol & Hostage to Death as well as Orders is Orders, While Bugles Blow!, Sabotage in the Sky, Wind-Gone-Mad, The Falcon Killer, Hell's Legionnaire and Red Death Over China.
Imagine a young Laurence Olivier cast as a scholarly Oxford professor--an academic snatched out of his bookish world and pressed into service aboard Lord Nelson's legendary British fleet--in the position of schoolmaster. Such is the life of the land-loving, seafaring Mister Tidwell, Gunner.Thrust into service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Tidwell soon finds himself directly in the line of fire and way out of his depth. Fate has cast him into a terrible and terrifying spot--alone on deck to face the fearsome approach of a French man-o'-war.The professor is about to get an object lesson in war, self-reliance . . . and survival. Overwhelmed by the smell of gunpowder, the sound of cannons, and the sight of death, he will either experience the sweet taste of victory . . . or the bitter taste of his own blood.In an essay called Search for Research Hubbard wrote about how he came up with story ideas: "I want one slim, forgotten fact. From there a man can go anywhere. . . . In one old volume, for instance, I discovered that there was such a thing as a schoolmaster aboard Nelson's ships. . . . When did this occur? . . . The Napoleonic Wars." Drawing on this single obscure discovery, Hubbard delved deeper into the history and let his remarkable imagination do the rest. "Complete after a few days of search, I had my Mister Tidwell, Gunner."Also includes the sea adventures The Drowned City, the story of two deep-sea divers who set out in search of a long-lost treasure only to find that the waters are full of treacherous currents and even more treacherous men; and Submarine, in which a young sailor on leave enjoys a quiet interlude with his girlfriend--only to have it interrupted by a call to duty and danger.
Unlock your inner Sherlock. It had been a long time since Mat Lawrence went to the city. Only something urgent could take him from his job deep in the desert managing construction of a mammoth power dam . . . something as urgent and shocking as the grisly murder of his father. His father dying wasn't a complete surprise to him; the old man was a big-time gangster. Straight-laced and hard-working, Mat had wanted nothing to do with such vices. But he does share at least one family trait, a temper that propels him to exact revenge in the traditional family style.And so, with the "help" of his father's fast-talking criminal attorney, Mat goes after the culprits. But bullets, lies and bedlam follow when he finds himself neck-deep in trouble trying to single-handedly track down his father's killers and a million dollars gone missing. ALSO INCLUDES THE MYSTERY STORIES "FLAME CITY", "CALLING SQUAD CARS" AND "THE GREASE SPOT""...is pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reading engagement from beginning to end." --Midwest Book Review
Unlock your inner Sherlock. Discover intrigue and blood curdling suspense in tales that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. "Dead Men Kill is Frightful fun from yesteryear." --FangoriaThis Collection includes: International Book Awards Winner: Dead Men Kill, International Book Awards Finalist: Hurricane, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner: Spy Killer as well False Cargo, Cargo of Coffins, Killer's Law, The Carnival of Death, Mouthpiece, Brass Keys to Murder and The Chee-Chalker.
As a young man Monte Calhoun was as wild as they come, thinking the measure of a man was how hard he could drink and how straight he can shoot. But several years of schooling back East have changed him. Now, as steadfast and principled as a young Jimmy Stewart, Monte has become The No-Gun Man.The East Coast has civilized him, and he's bringing some of that civilization home to Superstition, Arizona . . . even if it means refusing to avenge the murder of his own father. Monte's come back for one reason--to rescue his younger brother from this lawless land and take him back East.But out here in a land of frauds and outlaws and ambushes, a man's principles have a way of folding under pressure--especially in the face of gunfire. And Monte's no different. It's only a question of how far he'll be pushed before he starts pushing back . . . with a vengeance. Hailing from the western states of Nebraska, Oklahoma and Montana, Hubbard grew up surrounded by grizzled frontiersmen and leather-tough cowboys, counting a Native American medicine man as one of his closest friends. When he chose to write stories of the Old West, Hubbard didn't have to go far to do his research, drawing on his own memories of a youth steeped in the life and legends of the American frontier.Also includes the Western adventure, Man for Breakfast, in which the victim of a robbery will leave no stone unturned and no outlaw alive in his search for justice--even as he faces bullets, a hanging rope, and a startling revelation.
Explore exotic new worlds in the celebrated and enduring classic of space travel on a cosmic scale, Ole Doc Methuselah mixes equal parts of vivid action, spectacle and mystery and a broad vein of humor to chronicle the voyages and exploits of Ole Doc Methuselah and his unique alien companion, Hippocrates. Ole Doc journeys through the universe as a member of the elite Soldiers of Light, a heroic physician who fights the disease, corruption and social/political upheavals that have spread through mankind's lost planetary colonies. "Classic adventures by a classic writer." --Roger Zelazny
Launch into the action with this gripping tale. American David Duane long ago gave up his dream of being a professional artist. Instead, there's something else he's good at, something that countries will pay good money for--his services as an ace fighter pilot on sale to any country whose business is war, regardless of its politics.Duane's cold-edged neutrality takes him to Finland--combating Russian Communists bent on destroying a supply base. After leading multiple attacks against the Russians and pushing them further and further back, his luck runs out when his plane is shot down. Instead of crashing in flames, Duane finds himself in an elusive netherworld--a mystery-enshrouded city of luxury and golden minarets. There, Duane discovers his true destiny, one that he half-remembers but must struggle to reject in order to save the woman he loves--a woman who happens to be an officer . . . in the Russian ranks."His stories also give the feel of experience and firsthand knowledge of the subject matter." --Baryon* An International Book Awards Winner
Things are disappearing. Parts of buildings, parts of people, parts of the whole world--they're here today, gone tomorrow. Old Shellback--a character as crazy-smart as Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future--thinks he needs glasses. But all he really has to do is open his eyes . . . and see the light.Or so says George Smiley--otherwise known as the Messiah. George claims that the reason things are vanishing is because he wants them to go away. He has no more use for the world . . . and so it goes. Say goodbye. But Old Shellback has a different idea, and since he is the most stubborn man in the universe, you might want to hear him out.What's Shellback's idea? That two can play at this game. While George is making this world disappear, Old Shellback will make another one appear. Join him on an amazing odyssey--as he heads back to a future of his own making.By the spring of 1938, Hubbard's stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a "master of the art of narrative." Hubbard's editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to a genre that was new, and essentially foreign, to him--science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history.Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, A Can of Vacuum, in which a practical joke on a space station proves that a good sense of humor is timeless, and 240,000 Miles Straight Up, the thrilling story of a race to the moon . . . and the one man who may be able to save the earth from Armageddon.
Triumphant tales of heroes, honor and impossible odds... The Japanese have led a heavily armored assault against the Chinese city of Shunkien, pounding wreckage into ashes and wiping out a city dating back to Genghis Kahn. One of the few buildings still standing is the small American consulate, now packed with one hundred and sixteen frightened American refugees. Food is low and deadly Asiatic cholera is starting to run rampant, with carnage and corpses piling up in the streets.Two hundred miles away, the USS Miami drops anchor, well equipped with the needed gold to buy food and a cholera serum to prevent disease and death. The dilemma is that should the Marines take military action to rush supplies to the consulate, it could force the US into an all-out battle with the Japanese.Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell and Private First Class Spivits instead are ordered to conduct a treacherous supply mission facing impossible odds to reach and rescue the trapped Americans. "The story captivates thoroughly." --Publishers Weekly starred review
A triumphant tale of heroes, honor and impossible odds. On the trail of dope runners on the high seas, Coast Guard CPO Johnny Trescott receives an SOS from a transport plane that's crashed and sinking. With lives at stake, Johnny must cut off his pursuit and rescue the downed plane.Unfortunately, the dope-smuggling pirate he's chasing hears the same alarm, and greets Johnny and his crew at the crash scene with something far more than they bargained for."This is a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure like the kind they don't make any more. A blast for Hubbard fans and pulp fiction lovers."--Library Journal* An International Book Awards Finalists
Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone before... Primed for promotion to the World-Journal city editor, grizzled senior reporter Pop is stunned when it's announced that young Leonard Caulborn, the publisher's son-in-law, will get the post. Worse, the lad wants him out. In protest, Pop demands to be given a beat again and gets his wish. . . only now he's got just two days to find the "real" story about a dead-end assignment-- a month-old physics lecture-- or be fired. When Pop starts searching for the story's source, a professor named Pertwee, he lands in the middle of the story of a century after the Empire State Building, Grant's Tomb and Grand Central Station all disappear. Apparently, Pertwee's the mastermind behind it all. But Pop soon discovers that, instead of inventing a new way to blow things up, the professor may be doing quite the opposite. ALSO INCLUDES THE SCIENCE FICTION STORIES "BATTLE OF WIZARDS" AND "THE DANGEROUS DIMENSION""... this is a real corker, pulp fiction at its most entertaining." --Booklist
Heroes, honor and impossible odds. American pilot John Hampton is an in-between--he stands for nothing definite, cares about nothing, and knows nothing he wants.Owing allegiance to no nation, Hampton hires himself on as a pilot in the midst of China's civil war. On one side is Chiang Kai-shek and, on the other, the army of Mao Tse-tung--for whom he now works.But after his gunner is killed in a dogfight, Hampton's once devil-may-care attitude starts to change. When he rescues a captain with dispatches vital to the Chinese cause, Hampton is told the tale of the Red Pagoda, a lesson of life-and-death choices. Hampton's education proves pivotal--with an immense and deciding battle set to unfold, its outcome strangely lies in his hands. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORIES "THE CRATE KILLER" AND "WINGS OVER ETHIOPIA""Highly recommended for aviation action/adventure pulp fiction."--Midwest Book Review