The Falcon Killer

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The Japanese military has turned the once-thriving Chinese city of Nencheng into a reeking pile of blood and ash. And now the Japanese Rising Sun threatens to scorch the ancient—and oil-rich—Kingdom of the Silver Lake. Can the Chinese survive the onslaught? Do they have a prayer?

The answer is about to fall out of the sky. He is The Falcon Killer. China’s ace fighter pilot and scourge of the Japanese air force, he is in fact Bill Gaylord, an American orphaned and self-reliant—a...

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Overview


The Japanese military has turned the once-thriving Chinese city of Nencheng into a reeking pile of blood and ash. And now the Japanese Rising Sun threatens to scorch the ancient—and oil-rich—Kingdom of the Silver Lake. Can the Chinese survive the onslaught? Do they have a prayer?

The answer is about to fall out of the sky. He is The Falcon Killer. China’s ace fighter pilot and scourge of the Japanese air force, he is in fact Bill Gaylord, an American orphaned and self-reliant—a man without a country and without fear. Like William Holden, he’s the guy every man wants to be . . . and every woman wants to be with.

Shot down over Nencheng, Gaylord parachutes into the arms of the one woman who can give him reason to live . . . and to rejoin the fight against Japan—as he squares off against their top spy. His prey is in his sights, and catching it will change everything . . . for The Falcon Killer.

As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region as well as the hostile political climate between China and Japan—a knowledge that informs stories like The Falcon Killer.

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of this “golden age” pulp novella, Hubbard (Dead Men Kill) describes the effect of a Japanese attack on the fictional Chinese port city of Nencheng: “First there had been a city; then there had been bright and hungry flame; now there was nothing but a corpse-gutted ruin where men moved with dazed determination to refuse the shambles all about them.” Unfortunately, the rest of this dated action yarn doesn’t live up to the power of the opening. Bill Gaylord, a typical two-fisted and resourceful Hubbard hero who’s known as the Falcon Killer for his success in shooting down Japanese aircraft, makes a dramatic entrance by parachuting to earth near Nencheng after his plane is hit. Gaylord takes refuge with the household of American Henry Thompson, complete with impending love interest in the form of Thompson’s daughter, Marion. Gaylord’s efforts to evade capture aren’t particularly exciting, and even newcomers to the genre will anticipate every major plot development. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“Hubbard’s trio offer vintage action, adventure, and romance…." —Library Journal

"Hubbard writes with his usual gusto ('Wings in the sky had passed their shadows over the land to drop their acrid death'), and Gaylord is a typical Hubbard hero, tough and wily but also introspective and romantic." Booklist

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

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

"Riveting cliff-hanger action." —Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123131
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (CA)
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 890L (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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    "The Falcon Killers" was first published in 1939, duri

    "The Falcon Killers" was first published in 1939, during the height of the pulp fiction era. The story centers around an ace fighter pilot nicknamed "Tzun Kai," but he is an American named Bill Gaylord who was raised in Peking. Embittered and hardened to life, Gaylord has made a sport of shooting down enemy Japanese war planes. The reason for his rancor begins when his parents are killed in the Boxer uprising and continues later when his foster parents lose their lives in war stricken China. His latest mission is a quest for a Japanese spy who could spell disaster for China. He sports a tattoo- an image of a half-dragon that holds secrets that even he cannot imagine. This is a typical action-packed Hubbard adventure with romance, intense aerial battles, intrigue, and narrow escapes that promise a newbie to pulps a very entertaining and escapist ride.

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