Black Towers to Danger

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Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it’s about to turn positively filthy. But Murphy’s as big and tough as his home state of Texas—a man in the mold of a young John Wayne—and he’s more than a match for everything the oil-rich land of Venezuela can throw at him. Everything, that is, except for one woman . . .

Her name is Marcia Stewart. She’s fiery, she’s brave, and she’s beautiful . . . and she’d like nothing better than to see Bill Murphy dead. Her ...

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Overview


Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it’s about to turn positively filthy. But Murphy’s as big and tough as his home state of Texas—a man in the mold of a young John Wayne—and he’s more than a match for everything the oil-rich land of Venezuela can throw at him. Everything, that is, except for one woman . . .

Her name is Marcia Stewart. She’s fiery, she’s brave, and she’s beautiful . . . and she’d like nothing better than to see Bill Murphy dead. Her oilman father’s been killed, and Marcia tags Murphy as the murderer.

Murphy’s guilty of a lot of things, but murder’s not one of them. He’s drilling down for the truth, and now it’s his land, his love for Marcia—and his life—that are on the line. With so much at stake, he’ll go to any length to come out on top of the Black Towers to Danger.

When Black Towers to Danger was first published in 1936, the editor wrote: “L. Ron Hubbard, as you know, is a pilot, a writer and an engineer. The one thing he doesn’t work at is engineering. He was in China at 15 and has covered a lot of territory since then. If he’s on a flying field—or anywhere else—you can’t miss him—he’s a tall, slender chap with very fair skin and bright red hair. Something picturesque about him as there should be about a flyer.” And not only was he a man with a commanding presence, so too did he have command over his material, researching the entire oil drilling process for this story.

"Roars to life"  —Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
The fast-moving action that’s a trademark of Hubbard’s pulp fiction is present from the very first page of this exciting novella (set in South America), which is stronger on plot than on character. The pressure’s on Bill Murphy, a Texas oilman who owns wells in Venezuela, after a new government order about “concession improvement” gives him just 30 days to prove that one of his wells will produce oil. That’s not all. An American competitor named Stewart has just been murdered, and Stewart’s attractive daughter, Marcia, believes Murphy is responsible. Marcia tells the men under her command to shoot Murphy on sight, but he survives long enough to be taken into custody by the corrupt local police. Will he manage to escape long enough to clear his name and get his well to produce? There aren’t a lot of surprises, but readers looking for a quick dose of escapism will be pleased. (Oct.)
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“Hubbard wasn’t only remarkably prolific, he also was versed in multiple genres….Whether your taste runs to riding tall in the saddle, high-flying adventure, or crime-busting on the mean streets, Hubbard delivers the goods.”—Library Journal

"Each of these of these 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."
—Midwest Book Review

"Delightfully over-the-top audio theater performances."—AudioFile Magazine

"Legendary output of stories in every major (and minor) genre. He wrote Westerns, swashbucklers, air adventure, mysteries, espionage thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, tales of the Orient, sea tales, and even Yukon tales in the tradition of Jack London." —Antique Trader Magazine

"A series not to be missed by any true pulp-fiction fan. " —Comics Buyers Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592122578
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/21/2013
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 144
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 325 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.
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