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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Reviews - Trick Soldier and The Phantom Patrol by L.Ron Hubbard from the 'Stories from the Golden Age' Collection

Classic and timeless short stories from legendary writer L. Ron Hubbard have now been given a new lease of life by Galaxy Press.  They have created the largest collection of short stories by this 1930/40's famous author in the following genres - Air Adventure, Sea Adventure, Far-Flung Adventure, Tales from the Orient, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Western.   The eye catching 'Stories from the Golden Age' collection are available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

'The award-winning, action-packed tales have also been brought to life in cinematically produced audiobook CD collections, performed by an all-star Hollywood cast!'
The print version of each work includes the pulp fiction artwork that originally accompanied the story in magazine publication. 

Our Book Reviews
We have been extremely lucky to be asked to review both the Trick Soldier and The Phantom Patrol by L. Ron Hubbard.  We received both the printed book and audiobook.

Book Descriptions
Lieutenant Flint is hard-edged and muscle-bound, radiating machismo. Captain Turner is a Trick Soldier—smart and at attention. They’re polar opposites—like Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War. They didn’t get along in boot camp, and ten years later nothing has changed. But now is the time for heroes to rise and cowards to fall. And when brute strength confronts military honor, the true measure of a man is not in his fists, but in his heart. A real "Bully" story and with all of the attention on Bully's in school, this could be tied into a hot topic.

Trick SoldierA First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve, Hubbard knew exactly what it meant to be a Marine. As he wrote in 1935: “Most of the fiction written about [Marines] is of an intensely dramatic type, all do-or-die and Semper Fidelis.” But the reality, he said, was far different. “I’ve known the Corps from Quantico to Peiping, from the South Pacific to the West Indies, and I’ve never seen any flag-waving. The most refreshing part of the U.S.M.C. is that they get their orders . . . and do the job and that’s that.” It’s that kind of unique and pointed insight that he brings to stories like Trick Soldier.

Also includes the military adventures He Walked to War, in which Marine Sergeant E.Z. Go appears to take it easy, but always gets the job done . . . even if it’s hard as nails or dangerous as hell—in the end E.Z. does it; and Machine Gun 21,000, the story of a soldier who loses a gun and faces a court martial, but finds a way to save the day.

The Phantom PatrolA 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

Our Thoughts
When I first received these books through the post I was so excited, seeing the excellent graphics on the covers took me back to my childhood and the memories of running up to the newsagent on a Saturday to read the latest edition of the Victor and the Commando.

The eye catching covers made me want to read them immediately and see if the written word reflected the graphics and I wasn't disappointed as they were full of excitement and adventure as well as having original artwork through the book.

Both books contained five short stories which were written in simple text with excellent descriptions of the characters and scenes allowing you to envisage yourself being there.  Each story carries a moral for the reader to use which ever way he sees fit.

Because these stories reminded me of my youth, where after reading similar stories my friend and I would re enact the adventures in our gardens, I just wish there was a lot more of these type of publications which would speak to the kids of today and inspire their imagination instead of playing the games on a computer.

The books will appeal to readers of all ages, transporting the older generation back to their youth and enable them to share their past with the younger ones of today and would make an excellent bed time story for any inspiring young adventurer.

Seeing this book cover and the amount of time and sheer effort, as well as a lot of care, that it has taken to produce them makes me believe and hope that the written book will survive forever.

Having two boys ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting as a family and listening to the audiobooks, it made a great change to watching the television and we even 'talked to each other' about each one.

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About L.Ron Hubbard
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 280 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

In writing an adventure story a writer has to knowthat he is adventuring for a lot of people who cannot.
The writer has to take them here and there about the globe
and show them excitement and love and realism. As long
as that writer is living the part of an adventurer when he is
hammering the keys, he is succeeding with his story.

Adventuring is a state of mind. If you adventure through life,
you have a good chance to be a success on paper.

Adventure doesn't mean globe-trotting, exactly, and it
doesn't mean great deeds. Adventuring is like art.
You have to live it to make it real.

—L. Ron Hubbard

Sharon x

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  1. My husband would love this one, I will send the link to him.

  2. My husband would really enjoy these books I like that they have an audio version.

  3. This is very interesting, thanks for sharing the video.

  4. It's nice that reading that book brought back memories of your childhood.

  5. This is the kind of novel my husband too would love to watch.

  6. This is perfect for my Aunt who love this kind of stories. Great reviews!

  7. i love action/war themed books. this is something I would read.


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