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Flame-haired Michael Stuart's career as an officer in the US Marine Corps abruptly ended after a failed attempt to return the Chinese Imperial Dynasty to power in 1930s Asia. Abandoned by his country, he's unable to find safe passage out of China by land or sea. Now Stuart, also known as the "Red Dragon," has a new occupation; he intervenes in matters for the good of the people. Despite the danger, Stuart agrees to help a beautiful young woman search for a mysterious black chest which her father hid in Manchuria before his murder. Their quest takes them from Peking north to the Great Wall of China and beyond. With enemies coming at him from every corner, Stuart finds he's playing a most deadly game of hide-and-seek.
Launch into the action with this triumphant tale! Pilot Terry Lee has taught Bill Trevillian everything he knows about flying, enough that Bill's know considered the ace of American test pilots just as war breaks out in World War II Europe. Unknown to Bill, Terry's also taught his own kid sister, Kip, who's now almost as good a pilot as Bill and quite the looker to boot. When France and Great Britain must choose between different American plane designs to outfly the newest and deadliest Nazi fighters, the competing companies send their two best test pilots . . . Kip and Bill. Unfortunately, a spy also has been sent to infiltrate and sabotage the planes to make sure that neither the French nor British will consider them safe enough to fly. Soon Kip and Bill suspect the other of sabotage-- a problem that not only threatens their already electric relationship but their very lives. "Riveting cliff-hanger action." --Midwest Book Review
Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone before. Explore exotic new worlds and fantastic tales that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. "Pulp-fiction devotees need to put Hubbard's works on their MUST-READ lists." --BooklistThe Collection includes: The Great Secret, If I Were You, International Book Awards Finalists: The Crossroads & A Matter of Matter, When Shadows Fall, Danger in the Dark, Greed, The Tramp, Beyond All Weapons and The Professor Was a Thief
Buckle up for adventure in this action-packed tale. Sailor Bob Sherman has his hands full trying to save the ocean yacht Bonito from capsizing in hurricane waters off Venezuela's coast--no thanks to the know-it-all attitude and incompetence of the vessel's captain. Sherman's rugged good looks and seafaring skills at least bring him the attentions of Phyllis Marmion, a raven-haired beauty and daughter of the yacht's owner.Unfortunately, Sherman's also the bitter enemy of the girl's father who, with the support of corrupt officials, had stripped him of a highly profitable drilling business and taken his land years before. More is at stake than oil fields when the ship is attacked by modern pirates and are all taken captive. Soon Sherman, crew and passengers find themselves in a dungeon jail on an uncharted island known locally as the Island of Death--a place where no one escapes, and Sherman's futile efforts have marked him for an early death. "...a 'must' for his legions of fans and an impressive tribute to his storytelling skills in the heyday of pulp magazine fiction!" --The Midwest Book Review
Saddle up for excitement with these riveting tales. The outlaw Brazos has skipped town before collecting his blood money for killing a local banker. With the law hot on his tail, he escapes to Los Hornos and his "friend" Whisper Monahan. 'Course, the last time they parted ways, they weren't exactly on good terms, but Brazos don't got much of a choice neither.Whisper greets Brazos with orders to kill a local fella named Scotty Brant that has poisoned over 4,000 acres of his land by sitting on the headwaters of a rare stream using cyanide to extract gold from oxide ore. But this time, Brazos bites off Back more than he can chew when he learns Brandt's hitched up with a witch doctor! And things get right spooky when Brazos picks up another shadow after slaying the witch doctor, who, with his last breath, swears a deadly curse on his soul. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES "THE GUNNER FROM GEHENNA" AND "GUNMAN""...One of the distinctions Hubbard held was the ability to find new approaches to the well known material of gunslinger heroes and villains...." --Midwest Book Review
Saddle up for this adventure. Michael Patrick Obanon, proud owner of a 100,000-acre spread willed to him by his father, suddenly loses his entire inheritance when a band of criminals makes false claims on the ranch. Faced with having to save his property and his people, Obanon takes a courageous stand against the renegades.Yet he soon realizes it will take far more than mere weapons to win the day. With all guns seemingly drawn against him, Michael must come up with a devious strategy of his own to outwit the imposters and regain his birthright. "If proof were needed that L. Ron Hubbard could handle the Western with the flair of a Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey, this book is it." --True West Magazine
Step back in time with this riveting tale of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen. Ace glider pilot Breeze Callaghan is trying to demonstrate to the Navy the value of gliders and gliding techniques in war. There are two ways Breeze believes they can be used to aid the war effort: they'll keep a plane aloft when engines cut out, and gliders will be able to enter enemy airspace silently--a perfect way to spy undetected. Callahan's ruthless competitor, Badger O'Dowell, has other ideas. Badger's determined to get the Navy to buy his training ships instead. When testing gets underway to prove the mettle of their designs, sabotage and betrayal threaten to destroy not only Callahan's dream of glider flight in war, but also his life. "Highly recommended for aviation action/adventure pulp fiction fans." --Midwest Book Review
Riveting historical account of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen. Caution Jones is a second-generation ace pilot desperately trying to bury his past and the memories of his father-- a daredevil barnstormer who perished trying to wow crowds and killed Caution's mother from the shock.Now Caution has worked his way up the ladder as an ultra-efficient, ultra-conservative general manager of a small airline struggling to make ends meet. When the US Post Office puts its international delivery service up for grabs to the first airline that can successfully circumnavigate the globe and outperform every other airline, Caution's boss presses him into competing for the contract.Against his better judgment, Caution throws his name to the wind, risking the hazards of the round-world air race. Joined by a fiery blonde stunt flyer as his female co-pilot, he begins the journey only to discover that a rival airline is trying to sabotage their every move. "Primo pulp fiction." --Booklist
Vic Kennedy is quick-witted and sharp-tongued with Nicholas Cage's maverick sense of adventure. Vic's flown out of trouble by the skin of his teeth...and straight into the jaws of disaster. Racing away from a date with an executioner, he lands in a Sahara oasis, where things are looking up. A gorgeous princess mistakes Vic for a genie, and if he gets his wish, the Sky Devil will have his day. Includes "Buckley Plays a Hunch" and "Medals for Mahoney"
Explore an exotic new world in this fantastic tale. Millionaire Jan Palmer's fortunes abruptly change when the seal on an ancient Arabian copper jar is broken and a powerful and relentless evil is released - Zongri the Jinn. Imprisoned for thousands of years, Zongri has sworn that whoever sets him free will die. But when he fulfills this vow by slashing Professor Frobish in two, it is Jan Palmer, holding the bloody scimitar, who is caught by the police. For Jan, his problems have just begun: Zongri, before departing, curses him with "Eternal Wakefulness." Locked in a prison cell, charged with murder, Jan comes to a horrible realization of what this means. As he drifts into slumber he finds himself in a strange world, one where humans rank below slaves, where evil Jinn reign and danger is all too real. On Earth he is Jan Palmer, imprisoned for murder, and in the land of the Jinn he is "Tiger," the swashbuckling rogue - but in both, he faces death at every turn.Acclaimed as one of Hubbard's most powerful and timeless fantasy stories. "A master of adventure."--Anne McCaffrey.
Tex Larimee is a grizzled Arizona sheriff who's leaving the deserts of Cactus County behind, blazing a trail east to mix it up with The Slickers in the canyons of Manhattan. Years later Clint Eastwood would follow the exact same trail in Coogan's Bluff--a western lawman on the loose in New York City. Tex's welcome to New York is a rude one. Robbed of his cash, gun and badge, he's locked in a room in back of a run-down bar. Breaking out of the bar, he goes looking for his best friend . . . only to find him dead, his throat cut. And the cops accuse Tex of committing the murder. . . . But none of that's going to keep a good Arizona lawman down. Discovering he's been the subject of an elaborate frame-up job, Tex has got a few tricks of his own up his sleeve--and in his recovered Colt .45--to make even the toughest of city birds sing a different tune.Much like Tex, L. Ron Hubbard was born and bred on the western frontier and made his way east to explore and experience life in New York City. But unlike the sheriff, Hubbard enjoyed his time in the city, where his writing career took off as he became a leading figure in its literary world. He came to know the streets and haunts of Manhattan as well as he knew the arroyos and canyons of the west, giving him the kind of insights he needed to write stories like The Slickers. Also includes the mysteries Killer Ape, in which a man frees a mistreated orangutan, only to end up with a monkey on his back, as he's accused of aiding and abetting the ape in a case of murder, and Murder Afloat, the story of a top narcotics cop in the U.S. Secret Service who's pursuit of a million-dollar score could land him in some hot--and deadly--water.
Discover intrigue and suspense. Kurt Reid may be innocent of the murder he's charged with (and of grand larceny, for that matter), but he's got no time to be thrown in jail and defend himself. Instead, Reid flees to pre-Communist China and Shanghai, the exotic city of mystery and death.Reid takes refuge in a tea house where he meets White Russian Varinka Savischna, whom he manages to rescue from certain death. As beautiful as she is smart, she recruits him in her crusade against Chinese intelligence services. Unfortunately, Reid manages to get himself captured by the Chinese and blackmailed into pursuing and assassinating a Japanese spy.Now Reid must enter the cloak-and-dagger world of espionage and intrigue, where everything and everyone is not who or what they appear to be. "...novella length adventure-cum-mystery stories based in 1930's China offer further evidence of Hubbard's pulp-action mastery." --Ellery Queen
Sunset Maloney is about to find big trouble in the Big Sky country of Montana. Like Alan Ladd as Shane, he's riding into the middle of a ruthless land grab, and his fight for what's right takes an unexpected turn . . . in the face of a young, attractive woman. Slim Trotwood is a cruel, greedy tinhorn--a gambler with little money and less skill--who's determined to take possession of all the land in Puma Pass, whether by fraud or by force. And Sunset's the only man willing to take him on. Faster than greased lightning with his six-gun, nothing can stop him from taking Trotwood down . . . until he meets Tinhorn's Daughter. Just arrived from Boston, she's as naïve as she is beautiful, and Sunset falls hard for her. But if he can't make her see what kind of man her father really is, he may fall even harder. Because if he loses this fight, Sunset may never see the sunrise again.Hailing from the western states of Nebraska, Oklahoma and Montana, Hubbard grew up surrounded by grizzled frontiersmen and leather-tough cowboys. 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 When Gilhooly Was in Flower, in which there's romance on the range, as an unlikely cowpuncher mixes lassos with literature to find love in Gunpowder Gulch.
A SAGA OF COSMIC DIMENSIONS. To the Stars is set in an uncertain, strife-torn future when the first starships of man are traveling across the galaxy but not without extracting a terrible price from their crews. The novel's thought-provoking opening line, "Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy," powerfully captures the challenges facing the brave men and women of these vessels, people who must give up their former lives to explore space as entire generations and whole societies come and go on Earth, while those aboard remain essentially untouched by the passage of time in a vessel traveling at nearly the speed of light. "This is indeed golden SF from the Golden Age." --Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Action packed and captivating tale. Captain Gordon is hired to fly a team of American anthropologists to an arid mountain region now part of Pakistan bordering the Arabian Sea. All goes well until an ancient map is discovered in an old pottery jar, revealing the site of a vast treasure that Alexander the Great was bringing to Greece from his conquest of India. More than 10,000 of Alexander's soldiers and camp followers lay buried in the high desert plains along with the loot of India--hidden in a tomb never to be reclaimed.With the map's discovery, all academic pretense is dropped. Now Gordon finds himself caught in the middle of the expedition where murder replaces scholarship as the best method to uncover the valuable hoard. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORIES "PRICE OF A HAT" AND "STARCH AND STRIPES""An adventure story written in the great style adventures should be written in." --Clive Cussler* An International Book Awards Winner
Enjoy this tale from the wild, wild west. Cowboy Petey McGuire has been kicked around so much that he's turned forlorn, self-despairing and gun-shy. Yet starvation has a way of changing a man and so, armed only with his attitude and a hungry belly, Petey finds his way to the headquarters of the Arizona Rangers looking for a job.Petey also finds a new ornery personality; he claims to be the toughest man around from Kansas City to N'Orleans, a man so tough he'd give a rattler nightmares. But when the chief Ranger, Captain Shannon, calls Petey's bluff and sends him after the most dangerous desperado in the state, Petey must discover what it really means to be Ranger-tough. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES "THE RANCH THAT NO ONE WOULD BUY" AND "SILENT PARDS""With the flair of a Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey.." --True West
A pulse-pounding adventure that would put Indiana Jones on edge. Most copies of The Travels of Marco Polo leave out a great deal and are difficult to decipher. Yet when one original manuscript lands in the hands of Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, he's able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn. An offering to the gods to light the leader's way to heaven, the glittering stones are worth several million dollars, as they are diamonds.Recently recovered from a bout of malaria and two bullet holes collected in war-ravaged Gran Chaco, Lieutenant Daly sets out on his treasure travels, ignoring warnings from friends and doctors. He follows Marco Polo's words straight into a dark maze of betrayal, espionage and death--with more riding on each precious line of text than he ever imagined. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "HURRICANE'S WAR""... a very strong Indiana Jones feel to it, even though it predates Indy by nearly five decades....an exciting story that keeps readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best." --Booklist* An International Book Awards Winner
Explore this fantastical tale. Down-on-his-luck tramp Doughface Jack has been shot while trying to escape from a cop and a train brakeman--causing him to fall from the train and crush his skull. A local doctor performs emergency surgery to save Doughface's life, patching up and stitching together the two halves of his brain and then sealing the cranium with a silver bowl.While Doughface miraculously survives, he also acquires phenomenal mental powers: he can instantaneously heal or kill, or make the old young. Terrified of his newfound abilities, Doughface flees the university where he was being kept for examination, only to cross paths with a vengeful and beautiful woman bound to reach the ultimate seat of power--using Jack to destroy anything that gets in her way! "...a series not to be missed by any true pulp-fiction fan." --Comics Buyers Guide
They had trained together in the Marines, the two "boots," Flint and Turner. Flint, overbearing, with the strength of an elephant and the mind of a fighting bull, and Turner, dubbed "Yellow" or "Trick Soldier" Turner by his unit. Turner's knowledge of arms and military swagger made him a joy for drill sergeants. Yet his slender runner's body and handsome face made him an equally appealing target of ridicule for Flint. Years later, these two pair up in the midst of a fierce rebel uprising in the Haitian jungle. Neither have forgotten their rivalry and now, more than ever, they are pitted against each other with a bitter score to settle--payback that may prove deadly. Also includes the adventure stories "He Walked to War" and "Machine Gun 21,000."
Experience this thrilling tale. Johnny Brice is a hotheaded, hard-working "picture-chaser" for the newsreels. He loves to fly into the mouth of danger (whether forest fire, shipwreck or flood), get the story first, shoot it and send the film back fast so that it can be turned into newsreels for theatres all across America. He's the best there ever was as a "top dog" reporter . . . up till the day he inadvertently saves the life of a golden-haired girl he pulls out of the ocean while covering a ship burning at sea.The dame, or "Jinx," as Brice calls her, seems to bring bad luck like a black cat under a ladder. She keeps Brice on his toes and waist-deep in trouble as they trek the globe from Idaho to the Orient, chasing pictures for the World News. Trouble is, no matter how hard he tries or how good the story, Johnny can't seem to get good shots . . . nor can he shake the girl. "...colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales, fresh variation on standard characters and situations, and well-constructed plots." --Ellery Queen
Deep-sea diver Hawk Ridley is in search of a sunken Spanish galleon with a few million dollars in gold bullion aboard. But once Hawk and his crew's ocean journey begins, they discover a stowaway--the beautiful daughter of one of their rivals--and immediately suspect sabotage. While Hawk locates the prize wreck on a Caribbean seabed, it's not long before the competing Ocean Salvage Company shows up to claim the treasure for themselves and issue their own terms: give up the gold, or else. When Hawk refuses, little does he suspect the lengths to which his cutthroat competitors will go--or the fatal consequences of his actions.
Transport yourself to another world. Before virtual reality, there was a typewriter in the sky--used by one Horace Hackett, writer, in a rollicking adventure that is considered a true masterpiece of fantasy literature. A musician friend of Hackett's finds himself thrust into a swashbuckling tale--as the villain. Using all his wits, he must devise a way to avoid the destiny which befalls every villain ever written about by Hackett--sure death. "An adventure story written in the great style adventures should be written in." --Clive Cussler
It's not easy living in someone else's world. But that's the story of Mike de Wolf's life. . . literally. He awakens to find himself a fictional villain in someone else's book, landing in the West Indies three centuries ago, pursued by pirates and a wild woman on horseback. What's a guy to do? The answer's written in the sky--in this wildly original, wickedly amusing novel. "An adventure story written in the great style adventures should be written in." --Clive Cussler
Riveting, historical accounts of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen... Tom Bristol's career as first mate of the Maryland bark Randolph abruptly ends during shore leave when he is press-ganged into serving aboard the British HMS Terror.Toil under the cruel whip of England is merciless: Crew members are treated as little more than chattel--barely fed, made to work past the brink of exhaustion and kept in line with a cat-o'-nine-tails. Fate finally smiles on young Bristol when the vessel is overtaken by pirates and he gladly turns coat and joins them.Yet Tom's new pirate mates desert him quickly after he's found guilty of killing a mutinous pirate and unwittingly harboring a woman on board. Marooned on a deserted island, Tom has nothing but a small supply of water, a gun and just enough bullets to kill himself. But Tom dreams up a devious plan that will return him to the high seas and make his past adventures pale compared to what he has in store for his many enemies. . . . "Beats any Pirates of the Caribbean story you will find."--Associated Content* A National Indie Excellence Award Winner
Experience a tale from the Old West. When Lee Thompson is making the long journey from Texas to Montana to see his aging father, he gets wind of the fact that the old man, one Sheriff Diehard Thompson, is losing control over Wolf River's town troublemakers. So, Lee decides to step in.Lee's choice is a tough one, as the rule of law and his father's reputation hang in the balance. Since Diehard hasn't seen Lee in fifteen year's, Lee's not entirely surprised when his father doesn't recognize him. But more trouble awaits; it seems every frontier criminal has heard the same rumor of how easy the town is for outlaws, and nobody's seen the sheriff draw in three years. Now they're all on their way.ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES: "THE GHOST TOWN GUN-GHOST" AND "HOSS TAMER""Plus, Under the Diehard Brand gives the reader and listener three solid stories--and two real winners--for the price of one."--Somebody Dies, Craig Clarke book review