Devil's Manhunt

Devil's Manhunt

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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In the Arizona territory, every mountain hides a fortune—and every man fends for himself.

Tim Beckdolt is as American as the frontier itself, as rangy and self-reliant as a young Jimmy Stewart.  But after spending eight treacherous months digging $175,000 in gold out of Desperation Peak—all he has left is desperation. Two sadistic strangers…  See more details below

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In the Arizona territory, every mountain hides a fortune—and every man fends for himself.

Tim Beckdolt is as American as the frontier itself, as rangy and self-reliant as a young Jimmy Stewart.  But after spending eight treacherous months digging $175,000 in gold out of Desperation Peak—all he has left is desperation. Two sadistic strangers have taken his gold, and now they want to take his life.  He’s on the run—the target of a Devil’s Manhunt.

In a time and a place where the only law is the law of survival, Beckdolt will have to live by his wits…or die by the bullet.

In 1932, Hubbard led a mining crew on a six-month West Indies Mineralogical Expedition in Puerto Rico—the first complete survey of the island since it had become an American territory.  It was an experience that informs this title with remarkable realism.

Also includes two additional Western tales:  Johnny, the Town Tamer, the story of a local swindler who meets his match, and Stranger in Town, in which a drifter confronts a corrupt sheriff…and his own dark past.

“A thrilling novel of greed, violence, survival and perseverance, Devil's Manhunt perfectly embodies the unbridled excitement of pulp fiction.” —Midwest Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tim Beckdolt becomes prey for a sadistic hunter, Bonnet, and his towering sidekick, Sven, who have stolen Beckdolt's hard-earned gold. They are armed with guns, while Beckdolt only has a knife and no food in the desert. But besides survival, Beckdolt wants his enemies to face the ultimate punishment. In addition to this feature title, the collection also includes two additional stories: "Johnny the Town Tamer" and "Stranger in Town," each of which spin an ironic and action-packed tale of what happens when justice in one of its many forms comes to town. These stories have all the hallmarks of westerns, though feel a bit superficial. The overall sound is well produced with a full cast, sound effects, and musical score. However, the actors overperform their already caricatured characters so that, at times, it feels more parody than serious storytelling. A Galaxy hardcover. (Apr.)
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Library Journal
Originally published in the February 1950 issue of Famous Western, this gold-mining adventure is lent significant realism by Hubbard's own experience leading a mining crew on a West Indies mineralogical expedition in the early 1930s. After months of laboring in Arizona, Tim Beckdolt strikes gold. But just as he sets out to sell his stockpile of ore, two sadistic villains—a Swede named Sven and a Virginian named Bonnet—step in to demand his claim. R.F. Daley narrates while Edoardo Ballerini, Josh Robert Thompson, Phil Proctor, and Jim Meskimen voice the four-character cast. As with most other of Hubbard's Western tales, the small size of the cast is a boon, swirling the atmospheric dust up around listeners to create a simultaneous sense of intimacy and impending danger in the manner of a battered lean-to ready to blow at any turn. Highly recommended for anyone game for a campy Western taking a dark plot bent, who will hear Sven's and Bonnet's taunting voices long after the fire is snuffed. [Includes the Western stories "Johnny, the Town Tamer" and "Stranger in Town," both originally published in 1949.—Ed.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592125531
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Series:
Western Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
396,480
File size:
1 MB

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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Devil's Manhunt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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BetteronaBudget More than 1 year ago
Let me say right off the bat, I LOVED the fact that the stories were even shorter than usual!  There were 3 titles  on the CD:  Devil's Manhunt, Johnny the Town Tamer, and Stranger in Town.  I was able to sit down and listen to a full story, almost completely without interruption because of the length.  It was PERFECT  for a busy mom like myself!  The pace of each is very quick, and as a listener I was drawn into the action immediately.  The characters are defined so well, not only through the author’s description, but also through their portrayals through the cast.  I felt an intense liking for the “good guys” and an immense dislike for the “bad guys” fast, and that’s just how I liked it!  This audio book, more than others that I’ve listened to, was just the thing for some quick, relaxing entertainment.  I really, really  loved each story, and I’m giving this audio book 5 stars!
BruceD More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the most suspenseful stories I ever read. The bad guys are just definitely callous and mean. There are a lot of outdoor survival skills involved such as tracking, and knowledge of life on the desert and mining knowledge that makes this quite real.  International Book Awards Winner and AudioFile Best Voices Audiobook of the Year