Golden Hell [NOOK Book]


A blind obsession. A driving ambition. A relentless, unrestrained, single-minded pursuit of a shiny metal. These are the symptoms of a condition known as gold fever, and, like Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American mining engineer Captain Humbert Reynolds has got it bad. Possible side effects include: temporary insanity, a propensity for violence, and death.

The search for gold has taken Reynolds from the ruins of the Yucatan to...
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A blind obsession. A driving ambition. A relentless, unrestrained, single-minded pursuit of a shiny metal. These are the symptoms of a condition known as gold fever, and, like Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American mining engineer Captain Humbert Reynolds has got it bad. Possible side effects include: temporary insanity, a propensity for violence, and death.

The search for gold has taken Reynolds from the ruins of the Yucatan to the mountains of Ecuador to the wilderness of northern Canada. Now, his search for a yellow brick bonanza has brought him halfway around the world, to the Gobi desert.

But the lure of the precious metal is about to lead Reynolds into a Golden Hell, as he plunges into an inferno—a mountain of horrors run by an unspeakably evil gang. And if he doesn’t find a way out, a path to redemption, he may find that instead of snatching the ultimate prize he will have to pay the ultimate price.

In 1927 Hubbard served aboard a schooner sailing across the South Pacific bound for the coast of China. Making his way inland, he ventured deep into forbidden Buddhist lamaseries, shopped at the Thieves Market, made camp with Mongolian bandits, and witnessed the trade in stolen Chinese treasures. Drawing on those experiences as well as his time as a gold prospector, Hubbard infuses Golden Hell with extraordinary historical authenticity.

Also includes the adventure, Pearl Pirate, a story of betrayal and deceit in which an American captain loses his ship to a money-lender, and the only way to get it back is to outfight and outfox a ruthless pirate and bring home a fortune in black pearls.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Spurred by the chance of treasure, Capt. Humbert Reynolds sets out into the Gobi Desert to find gold only to encounter impossible obstacles, not the least of which are treacherous Mongolians and a cult living at the gold's epicenter. Like much pulp fiction, this story is big on action, manly men, and simplistic and often crude depictions of nonwhites (one Mongolian character is reported to have an Oxford accent and yet the actor fails to produce anything but an overtly stereotypical “Asian” accent). This aside, the music, sound quality, and production are top-notch and the full cast and sound effects lend it nostalgic appeal. An additional story, “Pearl Pirate,” is featured at the end, and though short, by comparison it is equally polished as the main production. A Galaxy Press paperback. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"This full-cast production brings Hubbard’s 1930s adventure stories to life.… The cast energetically delivers the dialogue, interspersed with suspenseful action and music.  Listeners will enjoy these vividly acted hair-raising adventures." —AudioFile Magazine

"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 and is enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review

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

“…one of the great pulp writers, with colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales, fresh variations on standard characters and situations, and well-constructed plots.” —Ellery Queen

Library Journal
An American mining engineer searching for gold in the Gobi Desert is captured by bandits and delivered into the hands of Machiavellian monks in this title originally published in Thrilling Adventures (Sept. 1936). The performances by R.F. Daley, Kelly Ward, Owen Sun, and Jim Meskimen are all well executed, but the protagonist's dripping, snarky tone and penchant for racial stereotypes won't endear him to listeners. Only for die-hard adventure and pulp fiction fans. [Includes the adventure story "Pearl Pirate."—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125647
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 767,059
  • File size: 955 KB

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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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    A classic!

    For this 1936 submission to "Thrilling Adventures" magazine, L. Ron Hubbard wisely chose a first person narrative to recount the adventures of Captain Humbert Reynolds. The authoritative first person voice is handled with Hubbard's uncanny skill. Here is a writer who can set the scene, introduce characters, and elevate the suspense level with but a few strokes of his typewriter. And as usual the pacing is relentless. From the first paragraph Humbert Reynolds makes it clear he went through hell. His tribulations nearly cost him his life and he will forever be a changed man because of his experiences. Gold fever propels Reynolds to the Gobi desert where he's captured by bandits and sentenced to a short life as a slave in the gold mines beneath the treacherous mountains. Gritty, brutal and unforgiving, Hubbard paints a portrait of a man driven by greed who learns all too quickly how merciless can be life. For Humbert Reynolds it will take all of his determination to survive a captivity in this golden hell. This edition also includes the short story "The Pearl Pirate" which should thrill fans of these classic hardboiled pulp stories. Highly recommended!

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