All Frontiers Are Jealous

All Frontiers Are Jealous

by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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A charming rogue cut from the same cloth as Robert Mitchum, American engineer Dan Courtney is learning fast that it takes more than a little charm to lay the groundwork for a railroad. Particularly when the plan is to build it across some of the roughest and most dangerous territory on earth.

Courtney’s been hired to survey the land that would link up

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A charming rogue cut from the same cloth as Robert Mitchum, American engineer Dan Courtney is learning fast that it takes more than a little charm to lay the groundwork for a railroad. Particularly when the plan is to build it across some of the roughest and most dangerous territory on earth.

Courtney’s been hired to survey the land that would link up the Uganda Railway to the Anglo-Egyptian railroad. Running through desert, jungle and mountains, this is one line—and story—with more twists and turns than the New York City subway system.

Diamond smugglers. A fearsome native tribe. A beautiful young American woman . . . and a man determined to kill her. Put them all together and you’ve got a world where All Frontiers Are Jealous. It’s up to Courtney to tame those frontiers—take on the tribe, save the woman, and save the future of the railroad . . . before his blood ends up on the tracks.

L. Ron Hubbard based this story on the real-life history of the countless harrowing attempts in the late 19th and early 20th century to link up the two railroads. An experienced civil engineer and surveyor himself, Hubbard had worked in rough and dangerous terrain as part of the West Indies Mineralogical Expedition. All Frontiers Are Jealous may be a work of fiction, but as far as Hubbard was concerned, in his own life, the adventure couldn’t have been more real.

“Terrific from beginning to end.” —Midwest Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Uncooperative geography, wild animals, and hostile natives stymie the future route of the Sudan Railway in this above-average pulp-era reprint of a novella from Hubbard (1911–1986). Complications ensue when American surveyor Dan Courtney discovers that Barbara, a beautiful white woman, has been kidnapped by the Dinka, the very same ferocious warriors whose strategic fortification is both crucial for and an impediment to the success of the railway. Hubbard shrewdly allows Barbara to be plucky without being so competent that she can save herself. The author also shows a fine grasp of the conventions of this now problematic genre: action-filled tales in which daring white men, uninhibited by concerns about African autonomy, force the trappings of civilization down the throats of reluctant Africans, who are portrayed as primitives by turns savage and cowardly, ultimately mere cat's-paws of their white superiors. (Oct.)
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“. . . unabashedly entertaining books.” —Kevin J. Anderson

“…the stories’ fast-moving pace is sure to keep listeners enthralled. Great fun for nostalgia buffs, recommended for tweens and up.”—Library Journal

“Uncooperative geography, wild animals, and hostile natives... action-filled tale..." —Publishers Weekly

"...outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true ‘theatre of the mind’ experience and is enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592124749
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Series:
Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
1 MB

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As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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