The Headhunters

The Headhunters

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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Tom Christian is on the trail of revenge and a fortune in gold. As square-jawed and rugged as Clark Gable in his prime, Tom is headed deep into the jungles of the Solomon Islands to find Punjo Charlie—the ruthless criminal who killed his partner.

But these jungles are thick with danger . . . as greed, temptation and sudden violence threaten to draw Tom

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Tom Christian is on the trail of revenge and a fortune in gold. As square-jawed and rugged as Clark Gable in his prime, Tom is headed deep into the jungles of the Solomon Islands to find Punjo Charlie—the ruthless criminal who killed his partner.

But these jungles are thick with danger . . . as greed, temptation and sudden violence threaten to draw Tom into the heart of darkness. There’s a pile of
gold. . . . There’s a beautiful blonde. . . . And there’s a bloodthirsty tribe of headhunters who have fallen under the spell of Punjo Charlie.

The trap has been set. The question is: will Tom fall into it? Will he lose his way and lose his head . . . or will he get his revenge, get the gold and get the girl? The answer lies buried in the rain forest . . . and in Tom’s heart. And as he’s about to discover, there’s only one way out of the jungle: all-out war.

In 1927, L. Ron Hubbard sailed across the Pacific to Guam to meet his naval officer father. It was the beginning of an adventure that would take him from the Western Hills of China to the South Pacific islands. Along the way he met Cantonese pirates, Chamorro natives, British spies, and headhunters of the South Pacific. He was one of the few Westerners to come away from an encounter with a headhunter tribe not only unscathed, but bearing gifts as well. Those experiences and knowledge proved invaluable in the writing of such stories as The Headhunters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“L. Ron Hubbard’s stories are always colorful, crashing adventures.”—Tim Powers

"Positive, optimistic and action-filled style of writing." —BB, Georgia

“Equal parts adventure and action, Hubbard’s novella tells the tale of Tom Christian, a man trying to reclaim his treasure on the Solomon Islands…. This story pulls people in…." —Publishers Weekly

“Hubbard was one of the great pulp writers.” —Publishers Weekly

"L. Ron Hubbard was a master storyteller and a major literary figure in the 'Golden Age' of pulp magazine publishing.... A master author in all of the diverse and varied action-adventure genres, these three newly reprinted titles will be especially welcome by those already familiar with Hubbard's work -- and serve as an admirable and highly recommended introduction for those new to the 'Golden Age' of pulp magazine fiction!" —The Midwest Book Review

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

Publishers Weekly
Equal parts adventure and action, Hubbard's novella tells the tale of Tom Christian, a man trying to reclaim his treasure on the Solomon Islands. Though he makes friends with the coastal inhabitants, those further inland are known for their vicious tactics including cannibalism. Led by Punjo Charlie, a sinister trickster, the islanders attack Christian and his friends as they attempt to reclaim the treasure. The story pulls listeners in, but like most pulp fiction, this narrative has some dubious representations of race and gender, which are two-dimensional and, at times, offensive. Director Jim Meskimen does well creating a pitched audio environment with a sense of adventure and excitement through a mixture of actors, sound effects, and musical score. A Galaxy hardcover. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This title was originally published in the August 1936 issue of Five-Novels Monthly and combines two thematic elements common to Hubbard's adventure fiction: headhunters and gold mining. It opens with American Tom Christian setting off for the jungles of the Solomon Islands in search of the gold that cost the life of his partner. When Christian's defenses are weakened by gold fever, he finds a savior and sidekick in Hihi, a Polynesian native who joins him on his journey. With arrows and spears whizzing by and gunshots ricocheting off trees, listeners will feel as though they are navigating the perilous jungle alongside the duo. Notable are the appearances by jiggly-eyed thief Punjo Charlie, whose foreboding way of speaking Hihi's name in the context of threatening his life—a curled, drawn out "Eeee-hee"—is spine-chilling. R.F. Daley narrates while Thomas Silcott, Jim Meskimen, Max Williams, Josh Robert Thompson, Brooke Bloom, and Fred Tatasciore voice the nine-character cast. Definitely one of Hubbard's more successful adventures; strongly recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592123582
Publisher:
Galaxy Press (CA)
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Series:
Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description:
First Edition, New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

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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Headhunters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 11 months ago
“Great Action Adventure.” Tom Christian and Lars Larsen have discovered a bed of gold in headhunter country, but it’s the rainy season in the Solomon Islands, and they can’t get the gold until it dries up. Leaving the patch hidden they return to civilization to wait for a better time. Unfortunately, Lars decides not to wait and heads out, but is waylaid by Punjo Charlie, who knows about the gold, and wants its location. Refusing to divulge the information Lars is killed. Now Tom is ready to return for the gold, and revenge for the murder of his partner, but there’s a hitch. Three whites are in the islands to study the headhunters, and one of them is a beautiful girl named Diana Forsythe. Naturally, Punjo Charlie sees that Christian is attracted to the girl, and captures their party with the help of the hill country headhunters. This forces Tom Christian to change his plans to rescue the girl and her party, even if it means falling into the clutches of Charlie. This was another great action adventure by the master storyteller, and one that ends in a do-or-die situation, with no hope of outside rescue. Originally published in the August 1936 issue of FIVE-NOVELS Monthly. It has a great ending with a battle-royal, and death all around them, as they stand in mud and fight toe-to-toe. Wow! Highly recommended for action and adventure lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah you can go there now and some members are me, Reaper,Khazor, 21, and i believe a guy named seth and seth i think hates me dont ask y
woody1 More than 1 year ago
This action-adventure pulp fiction by L. Ron Hubbard was originally published in "Five Novels Monthly" in August, 1936. Reading the title "The Headhunters" made me think, this is probably not the book for me, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the vivid imagery and entertaining writing style . The story begins with the protagonist, Tom Christian setting off on a dangerous journey in the jungles of the Solomon Islands searching for the gold that had already cost the life of his partner. So driven by revenge and gold, Christian is unaware the infamous thief, Punjo Charlie has set a trap to grab Christian and snatch the gold for himself. The "buried treasure" leads to a full-blown armed conflict between Christian's coast men and Pujo's headhunters in the depths of the jungle. Along the way, Christian encounters a naive scientific expedition which leads to romance, near death experiences, a multitude of murderous headhunters, and of course an abundance of adventure and intrigue that is Hubbard's trademark.