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Posted May 5, 2010
Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Pulp Fiction....
Paul Malmont knows. This story takes place in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. The characters are the authors of The Shadow, Doc Savage and the legends of the era. Throw in the founder of Scientolgy, a Pulp writer in his own right and enjoy the ride... this is historical fiction with the emphasis on fiction. Just real good fun. Great characters and story telling at it's finest. Malmont brings 1920's NY to vivid life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Definitely rates as one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in awhile.
Posted May 5, 2009
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Let's be clear from the outset. This isn't a novel full of emotion and deep meaning. It is at once an original story and an homage to the two hero's of the book- Lester Dent and William Gibson. Or as they are more widely known- Paul Robeson and Maxwell Grant, the creators of Doc Savage and The Shadow. These two guys (and a slew of other pulp writers from the 30's) find themselves smack in the middle of a tale worthy of their adventure stories. Cheerfully tongue-in-cheek, funny, harrowing, and so full of pulp that you want to find stories from all these guys to compare them to this tale. Some parts could be a bit tighter. One of the joys of the pulp adventures was their brevity. But that is a minor quibble. Here's another person hoping for a sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2007
To Each His Own
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril delivers exactly what the title advertises. Escapism, thrills, and a glimpse into a world you wished was ours. It is pulp. Another review said that you'd probably like it if you liked stories like that. That is the whole point, and is spelled out before the story begins. This book targets an audience the publishing industry largely ignores. Thanks Paul. More please.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2006
Who Knows a Great Novel?...The 'Shadow' Knows...
This exceptional book by first time novelist Paul Malmont is escapism at its very best. Author Malmont puts his own spin on the literary genre of placing historical figures in a fictious setting (a la 'The Dante Club' and 'The Poe Shadow')by embedding an assortment of 1930s pulp ficton writers into a rip roaring pulp fiction story line. Central characters, Walter Gibson (creator of 'The Shadow')and Lester Dent ('Doc Savage')are surrounded by a supporting cast of characters that reads like a 'who's who' of early 20th Century American dime novel scribes. This group includes Robert Heinlein, Louis L'Amour, Chester Himes, H.P. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard. This eclectic menagerie of personalities come together in a fast paced tale of sinister doings, seat of your pants peril, heroic endeavors, and just plain fun. As I read through this vastly entertaining book I could almost hear the story played out as a 1930s radio serial. I was so enthralled by this enjoyable story, that when finished, I was left hoping for a sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Fast-paced and quite entertaining
In 1937, best-selling pulp writers, William 'The Shadow' Gibson and Lester 'Doc Savage' Dent work on real mysteries in an egotistical effort to be crowned the best action-adventurer writer in the world. Gibson, hearing whispers that pulp peer H.P. Lovecraft was murdered at the Providence, Rhode Island waterfront, is in town making inquiries. At the same time Dent investigates an impossible homicide in New York's Chinatown. P However, the two authors find their separate cases merge as they get caught in the middle of a tong war and battle pirates. That might frighten off most writers, but not the Shadow of Doc Savage as their inspections spin further out of control with war in China chemical weapons as part of the arsenal. At the rate Gibson and Dent are going they might miss spinning the next installment of the Shadow and Doc Savage, but then again collaboration in writing might prove novel. P Impossible absolutely yet no one will care as Paul Malmont pays homage to the great pulp fiction writers (others appear too) of the 1930s and 1940s. The zany story line is fast-paced and quite entertaining hooking readers from start to finish even as the audience anticipates who will show up next. THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL is great escape fun as pulp fiction is supposed to be. P Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.