The Black Sultan by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

There used to be time in the world when you could travel more. Just about anyone could travel just about anywhere and come home alive. Sure, there were always troubles from bandits and thieves, but there wasn’t a sense of global insecurity like we have nowadays. Events make you feel like at any given moment you could leave home get blown up by a radical Muslim. I consider those good old days to be the golden age of modern exploration.

That’s the world you can find in most of L. Ron Hubbard’s Galaxy Press tales and certainly in this one as well.

The Black Sultan is the story of Eddie Moran, a disreputable American adventurer not that much unlike Nathan Drake  from the Uncharted video game franchise. the story unfolds with guns blazing, Berbers riding, a damsel to be rescued, and French Foreign Legion troops to hide out from.

It’s a great tale and well worth your time. Also in this edition is a bonus short story involving a crew of Legionnaires out to rescue their commander.

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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.

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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.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Battlefield Earth Special Edition by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

I had the opportunity to listen to an advance copy of the new audio edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth from Galaxy Press. The commercial edition will be released on Father’s Day. They’re available for pre-order in audio as well as the book editions. If you’re a big fan of Hubbard’s fiction or this particular title I highly recommend adding these new editions to your collection. The book edition will actually have his handwritten notes included.

I haven’t seen advance copies yet of the books, but I have had the opportunity to preview the audio edition, and it is spectacular. I’ve always been a fan of fiction audiobooks, listening to them when I travel for expeditions or to speak at conferences. There’s nothing better than cruising along boring interstates with the drama of a full-fledged battle for the very survival of the human race going on in the car with me. There have also been many times driving through remote Canada and Alaska where there was no radio reception and audiobooks were my main source of entertainment.

Because I listen to so many audiobooks, I’ve grown quite particular to certain publishers that go the extra mile to make the audio experience more than just a voice reading words on a script. May favorites are the publishers that use multiple actors, sound effects, and music, almost reminiscent of the old radio broadcasts. I think my biggest pet peeve is when only one actor is used and either a man or woman is reading parts for the opposite gender.

This edition boasts “the largest full-cast audio adaptation of a novel of all time coming in at 47 ½ hours in length, with 67 actors performing 198 different characters and containing 3 hours of original music”. Along with the advance copy, Galaxy Press also sent along a list of the cast and the parts they played. It is impressive!

The cover artwork also features an original piece by Frank Frazetta. I’m a huge fan of Frazetta’s work, so much so, that, as a kid, I wanted to grow up and become the Death Dealer instead of Batman. With various editions over the years, there’s been some decent artwork that mostly featured a lone Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. This one captures much more action, and, in true Frazetta fashion features man, monster, and damsel.

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Now that I’ve told you so much about the new book edition and the wonderful audio version, let’s confront the elephant in the room…the 2000 movie starring John Travolta that was considered pretty horrible by most fans of Hubbard, fans of sci-fi, and pretty much all the other humans on the planet too. I’ll settle that problem with a simple answer. The book has nothing to do with the movie. This is the source material and can’t be blamed for what happened in that adaptation.

So, it goes without saying, I highly recommend this book. It’s a wonderful story of a future dystopian Earth populated by primitive humans and their alien overlords. I think you’ll enjoy the story in any form (except the movie) but especially this audio production.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Death Waits at Sundown by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

I was raised as a youth on a steady diet of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey westerns. As such, I was pretty pleased to hit a set of western stories in Galaxy Press’ L. Ron Hubbard collection. I’ve been devouring the impressive list of released titles from this set of short stories and novellas.

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Tales of the Old West are almost always rather formulaic and there’s a reason for that. it’s what makes westerns so enjoyable. There are always certain things you can count on.

Guns were plentiful and necessary.

Men were tough as nails or they didn’t live long.

Women were often as tough as the men, but still very feminine.

Criminals and outlaws would do anything to serve their own ends.

Lawmen and cowboys would do anything to stop them  and preserve the unique code of honor that the west lived by.

This edition is made up of three stories including the title tale, “Ride ‘Em, Cowboy”, and “Boss of the Lazy B”.

Aside from the elements of the formula that were expected, the stories still give a few twists and turns as they progress. If you’re a fan of westerns, L’Amour, or Grey, I’d highly recommend this collection.

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Notes- 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.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Purchase the book on Amazon

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Trail of the Red Diamonds by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

I’ve been devouring the impressive list of released titles from the L. Ron Hubbard collection of short stories and novellas put out by Galaxy Press. They’ve all been good. I haven’t come across a bad one yet, but I did recently read one that is my new favorite. It’s titled The Trail of the Red Diamonds but also includes the story Hurricane’s Roar.

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To sum it up as succinctly as possible and merge both modern and ancient, fiction and non-fiction, I’d say it’s a cross between Marco Polo and Uncharted. You should know all about Marco Polo from high school history lessons, but if you need to refresh with a modern retelling, check out the new series by that title on Netflix. As for Uncharted, it’s a video game franchise and comic book that retells the classic story of a good man who doesn’t always do the right thing to get ahead, kind of a gentleman thief. In other words, if Indiana Jones kept or sold artifacts instead of giving them to museums, you’d have Nathan Drake.

The title story of this edition gives us a hero not unlike Nathan Drake, but also expands the original history of Marco Polo by pushing forward on a myth associated with it. It’s a wonderful read as we travel through portions of Asia with the accuracy of L. Ron Hubbard’s real life experience evident in the scenery and customs. Another interesting element of these tales is that there is no stereotypical damsel in them. Most of the stories from this time have a woman in distress that needs rescue by a strong man. Not these two. I’m not saying women aren’t in them, but these women are a little different.

If you’re a fan of adventure stories, historical drama, or stories set in the Far East, this one is a perfect choice from the Galaxy Press catalog.

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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.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Uncharted

Marco Polo series

 

 

A Review of Man-Killers of the Air by L. Ron Hubbard

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.

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The most recent one I listened to was Man-Killers of the Air. It’s a story about a daredevil airplane racer in the 1930’s on the eve of World War II. To make things even more exciting he has a pet cheetah who flies with him. Through a set of circumstances I don’t want to spoil, he ends up on a grueling air race across the Americas, only one step ahead of the men trying to sabotage his chances.

Aside from being a stimulating adventure tale, the book also serves as a reminder of days gone by. As you’re listening it’s easy to pick out mentions of the fledgling air travel industry, advances in aeronautics that were taking place, U.S. preparations for World War II, and the excitement of live events such as an air race before movies and television took over our minds.

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.

L Ron Hubbard-Navy

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Links-

Purchase the book on Amazon

Galaxy Press