False Cargo

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Insurance investigator Brent Calloway may be too hard-boiled to crack a smile, but he?ll go to any length to crack a case. As tough, terse and tireless as insurance man Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity, Calloway?s about to go to extremes to see to it that one ship makes it safely from Hawaii to the mainland.

Going undercover and posing as ruthless killer Spike O?Brien, Calloway quickly discovers that on this ship nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted. With ...

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Overview


Insurance investigator Brent Calloway may be too hard-boiled to crack a smile, but he’ll go to any length to crack a case. As tough, terse and tireless as insurance man Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity, Calloway’s about to go to extremes to see to it that one ship makes it safely from Hawaii to the mainland.

Going undercover and posing as ruthless killer Spike O’Brien, Calloway quickly discovers that on this ship nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted. With so much insurance money at stake, and the whole crew apparently in on the scam, this could end up being a voyage to the bottom of the sea. . . .

And when the real Spike O’Brien shows up, it’s Calloway who’ll need a good insurance policy. Because life is cheap when the stakes are so high—on a ship of lies bearing a False Cargo.

A veteran sailor who had voyaged long and far, L. Ron Hubbard knew well the life at sea. He once wrote in his journal: “There is something magnificently terrible about a savage sea in the unwholesome green of half-dawn. . . . The ship is an unreal, fragile thing, full of strange groans, and engine and sails are dwarfed in their puny power when matched to all the countless horsepower in wave and wind and current. The whole world is an awesome threat. Alone, wet, hungry, hand cramped upon a tiller, a sailor knows more truth in those hours than all mankind in his millions of years.”

Also includes the sea adventure Grounded, in which a Royal Air Force lieutenant loses a friend and tarnishes his reputation, and sets out in search of redemption . . . no matter the price.

• A Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner

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“The sounds of rattling machine guns, groaning and shrieking wounded men, order-barking naval officers, rising waves, howling winds, and the despairing voice of a ship’s doctor diagnosing a fatal gunshot wound are among the atmospheric touches that elevate this full-cast presentation. Pitch perfect performances from Daley, Corey Burton, Ralph Lister, and Enn Reitel, among others, tell the story of Brent Calloway, who is hired by an insurance firm to go undercover on a cargo vessel to ensure that it arrives safely in San Diego. You gotta love a tale in which the hero’s gunshot (“But it was only from 10 feet”) severs a rope and saves a potential victim. Brooke Bloom’s depiction of plucky heroine Dorothy Shannon is all spirit and true grit, and Jim Meskimen turns in a sterling performance in multiple roles. Fans of old-time radio dramas and those familiar with Galaxy Press’ Stories from the Golden Age series will be pleased.” —Booklist, June 2012

“Hubbard’s trio offer vintage action, adventure, and romance….These full-cast productions quickly become addictive. Their brevity also makes for perfect commuter fare. Anyone who enjoys hard-boiled pulp writing or old-time radio will be rewarded.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592122677
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    The unabridged audio tape is 2 hours in length. I really enjoyed

    The unabridged audio tape is 2 hours in length. I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story line held my interest. It keep me interested in the story line. I really like mystery's and that is why I chose this one. I can tell if I really like a book, when I am pulled into the story line and it keeps me guessing at every turn. This book had all the twists and turns you'd expect in truly great mystery.




    Set on the high seas, the main character is hired by Loyd's to ensure the safe transport of Barclay from Hawaii to San Diego. The plot is a scheme to where the skipper is involved but runs into a known Killer. The skipper finds that he needs to protest a passenger and her sister, who happen to be the skippers best friends.
    My overall opinion of the book is that it was my kind of book. I wish I could say more but I would not want to give away the ending, I'll leave that for you to judge for yourself. I do give the books a thumbs up and plan on listening to all of them.

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