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Soldier, adventurer, and man of the world—with a touch of con man thrown in for good measure—Phil Sheridan is a perfect role for a young Steve McQueen. But Sheridan’s world-wandering ways may soon come to a very abrupt—and violent—end . . . on the long-forgotten Indonesian island of Kamling.

Falling into the hands of a bloodthirsty tribe led by the notorious slave trader known as Portuguese Joe, Sheridan discovers that there’s not enough room on the island for the two of them. ...

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Overview


Soldier, adventurer, and man of the world—with a touch of con man thrown in for good measure—Phil Sheridan is a perfect role for a young Steve McQueen. But Sheridan’s world-wandering ways may soon come to a very abrupt—and violent—end . . . on the long-forgotten Indonesian island of Kamling.

Falling into the hands of a bloodthirsty tribe led by the notorious slave trader known as Portuguese Joe, Sheridan discovers that there’s not enough room on the island for the two of them. And Portuguese Joe has the perfect solution: dispatch Sheridan to another world . . . with the help of a firing squad.

But Sheridan has other plans. The island is home to a hidden fortune in gold—and a gold miner’s beautiful daughter—and he means to get his hands on both of them. If he can avoid the exotic dangers lurking at every turn . . .

By the age of eighteen Hubbard had already traveled via steamboat to the Far East and served as a helmsman on a twin-masted schooner off the coast of China. On those voyages he had the opportunity to explore and investigate life on the islands of the South Pacific. His insights into the people and culture gained on those journeys inform stories like Destiny’s Drum.

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Capt. Phil Sheridan unwittingly tests the adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend when he arrives on the Indonesian island of Kamling and is quickly drawn into the feud between a devious slave trader and a gold miner. Phil sides with the miner, but the pair (along with the miner's daughter) have little to defend themselves with against the trader and his minions unless they enlist the natives for help. The musical score for this full-cast production does well to inspire a sense of urgency and excitement. The fighting scenes keep listeners en-gaged with the use of music, sound effects, and good emphasis and tone by the narrator. As with most pulp fiction, there are some elements (depictions of non-Europeans that are dubious at best, but the story itself is thrilling. The cast provides distinct and suitably dramatic voices for the genre. A Galaxy paperback. (June)
From the Publisher

"Primo pulp fiction." —Booklist

"Hearing the different voices makes it easier to understand who is doing the talking and makes the driving time pass easier." —JC, California

“Old radio lovers will also enjoy the multicast readings of the L. Ron Hubbard novellas Sea Fangs and Destiny’s Drum.” Ellery Queen

“The musical score for this full-cast production does well to inspire a sense of urgency and excitement. The fighting scenes keep listeners engaged with the use of music, sound effects, and good emphasis and tone by the narrator. ...the story itself is thrilling. The cast provides distinct and suitably dramatic voices for the genre.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a continuous island adventure that keeps you waiting for the next chapter, in fact I found myself taking the long way a couple of times just so I could listen for a little longer. One thing to keep in mind, this is an L. Ron Hubbard story so expect some very interesting twists and turns in the plot and the story may go a direction you aren’t expecting. Just when you think you got it figured out and you’re having fun listening to the story, it turns out you’re still having fun, but it’s not what you think.”—Gil T’s Pleasure

"BEST AUDIOBOOKS—FULL CAST, GOLDEN AGE STORIES SERIES L. Ron Hubbard, Performed by a Full Cast" —AudioFile Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123216
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 136
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Pulp magazines were all the rage in the 1930's and 1940's crossi

    Pulp magazines were all the rage in the 1930's and 1940's crossing various genres dominated with bold heroes, gutsy heroines, and unsavory villains. Galaxy Press has revived this pulp era by reprinting the best of L. Ron Hubbard's fiction.
    One of these treasures is "Destiny's Drum," first published in "Five Novels Monthly" in March, 1935. This is the story of renegade, Phil Sheridan who lands on the shore of Kamling, an Indonesian island in the Banda Sea. Immediately, he is captured by warriors of a primitive tribe with a leader, nicknamed Portugese Joe, self-proclaimed governor, whose resume includes: slave trafficker, murderer, con artist, and tyrant. Joe orders outsider Sheridan's death sentence by firing squad to keep his maniacal actions from reaching civilization. Through some clever twists and turns, Sheridan is able to escape Portugese Joe's grasp and flees deep into the dark jungle where he is ready for anything and anything just might happen.

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