I just finished reading Sea Fangs in my romp through L. Ron Hubbard’s adventure stories. I’ve read a lot of his stories and loved them all, but this one rates in my top 5 list. Some of his stories focus on areas of adventure foreign to me like flying. They’re really good stories, but I have even more fun when the stories strike closer to home. This one deals with boats, water, and pirates, and my time in the Marines dealt with the same. Hubbard was an accomplished sea captain by this time, and you can sense the realism in his description of the seacraft, the weapons on them, and the attire of the crew.
This story was originally published in 1934 and deals with several situations in and around Venezuela during that period in time, ranging from piracy, shipping, and the oil fields. Now that I think about it, it also sounds very similar to modern 21st century Venezuela.
The book centers on our hero, a disgraced former sea captain who must now ply his trade as a lowly sailor. Unfortunately he is captured by the very same pirates he’d just escaped from recently. Ever present in any good drama from this period is the damsel in distress, although this young lady is no mere damsel and finds herself pretty handy with an automatic weapon and something to fight for.
Notes on the series…I’m a huge fan of L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction works, so I was very pleased when Galaxy Press re-released a huge catalog of his early short stories and novellas. I’ve been reading or listening to them for years and just got in a whole new box of the audiobooks.
Although they’re available in both print and audio form, I usually opt for the audio versions. When I’m travelling to my next conference event where I’m speaking on zombies or mountain climbing or putting miles on the road on the way to my next climbing adventure I love to pass the time with a good book. Sometimes non-fiction audio puts me to sleep, but a good fiction book is an enjoyable way to pass the time.
One thing I love about the Galaxy Press editions of Hubbard’s books is that they’re well done. You know how most audio versions of fiction books only feature one voice actor and no sound effects. That always bugs me a bit, especially when the person doing the voice is not the same gender as the character in the book. Well, these are just the opposite. Various actors do the voices. There’s also sound effects and background music. They make you feel like you’re sitting by a campfire listening to an old radio theatre broadcast.
The stories also focus on adventure, romance, and suspense. Check out the catalog for yourself to see what you like best. I like the variety personally and will go from an adventure story to a detective tale or something else. I like the style of writing also. I was raised as a wee lad on books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Indiana Jones movies. If you like any of those, you’ll surely enjoy these as well. Books like this stoke my own desire for adventure and excitement in life
I would highly recommend the book as a great listen. If you have kids riding with you in the car, I would rate this one as okay for them as well.
As an aside, I know that when some of you see L. Ron Hubbard’s name, all you can think of is his religious influences. If that’s a worry for you, rest assured that that is not an issue in these books. Hubbard was quite an adventurer throughout his life and these books were written well before that phase. Because of his adventurous lifestyle, you can feel a sense of authenticity in the stories that you don’t get from a lot of writers.
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