Hell's Legionnaire

Hell's Legionnaire

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by L. Ron Hubbard, R. F. Daley, Phil Prodctor, Gino Montesinos
     
 

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American Ann Halliday is as sexy as Rita Hayworth and as fiery as the Sahara sun. And now she’s feeling some real heat, as the prize captive of the Berber known as “The Killer.” But Dusty Colton, an American deserter from the French Foreign Legion, has all the swagger of Robert Mitchum—and he has a different idea. Can they team up and turn… See more details below

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American Ann Halliday is as sexy as Rita Hayworth and as fiery as the Sahara sun. And now she’s feeling some real heat, as the prize captive of the Berber known as “The Killer.” But Dusty Colton, an American deserter from the French Foreign Legion, has all the swagger of Robert Mitchum—and he has a different idea. Can they team up and turn evil on its head?  One thing’s for sure—between Ann and the Hell’s Legionnaire, the temperature is about to get even hotter.
 
On the subject of North Africa, Hubbard said that writers too often “forget a great deal of the languorous quality which made the Arabian Nights so pleasing. Jewels, beautiful women, towering cities filled with mysterious shadows, sultans equally handy with robes of honor and the beheading sword.” Hubbard brings this unique insight to his stories of North Africa and the Legionnaires, investing them with an authenticity of time, place and character that will keep you asking for more.

Also includes the adventure stories, The Barbarians, in which a Legionnaire sets out to avenge a savage killing and makes a stunning discovery, and The Squad That Never Came Back, the story of a man who has uncovered the secret to a city of gold—a secret that could turn into a death sentence. 
 
“Hubbard’s stories of Americans in the French Foreign Legion positively sparkle in audio format . . . just plain fun.”
—AudioFile (Awarded AudioFile’s best AudioBook of the Year Award for 2012 )

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
The pulp fictions of the late Hubbard—who wrote numerous New York Times bestsellers and founded theChurch of Scientology—are immeasurably improved for modern audiences in these entertaining full-cast radio dramas, complete with slick production, sound effects, and rousing musical themes straight out of a Saturday serial. In this collection of stories—which includes a bodice-ripper action piece with a stock bad guy and a damsel in distress—the capable cast turns in a series of polished performances. The collection’s high point is “The Squad That Never Came Back,” a gripping story of greed and death narrated by the sole survivor of a Foreign Legion contingent based in Morocco. Fans of radio dramas and the pulp novels of 1930s and 1940s will be delighted. A Galaxy paperback. (Mar.)
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“Hell’s Legionnaire is just the latest installment in an ambitious project to transform more than 200 of Hubbard’s stories from the pulp fiction era into multi-cast audio productions complete with stunning digital quality music and sound effects.” —Audiobook Heaven

"The pulp fictions of the late Hubbard—who wrote numerous New York Times bestsellers and founded the Church of Scientology—are immeasurably improved for modern audiences in these entertaining full-cast radio dramas, complete with slick production, sound effects, and rousing musical themes straight out of a Saturday serial. In this collection of stories—which includes a bodice-ripper action piece with a stock bad guy and a damsel in distress—the capable cast turns in a series of polished performances. The collection’s high point is “The Squad That Never Came Back,” a gripping story of greed and death narrated by the sole survivor of a Foreign Legion contingent based in Morocco. Fans of radio dramas and the pulp novels of 1930s and 1940s will be delighted."  —Publishers Weekly

"Featuring full casts plus a narrator and heaps of sound effects, these programs burst to life on audio. The sound effects especially propel the action in a way that print can’t match. Hubbard (1911–86) researched the technical aspects of his subjects (planes, ships, weapons, etc.), lending an authentic feel to his descriptions. The brevity of the stories also keeps them moving briskly. Overall, these are three solid additions to the ongoing series, which will be enjoyed by fans of pulp writing and old-time action, adventure, and romance. Pure fun and you can’t beat the price—grab ’em!" —Library Journal

Each story is a great escapism story that will give you the chance for some great adventure while staying within your own comfort zone.” Gil Wilson, Gil-T Pleasures Blog

“Hubbard’s stories of Americans in the French Foreign Legion positively sparkle in audio format. ...just plain fun.”—AudioFile

Library Journal - Audio
Galaxy released a handful of Hubbard’s vintage pulp stories last year in its “Stories from the Golden Age” series, but this is the best of them. The package includes the title story plus “The Barbarians” and “The Squad That Never Came Back.” All released in 1935, these tales chronicle the death match between the French Foreign Legion and the Berbers in Morocco. The stories offer loads of action, and Hubbard doesn’t pull his punches—battles between the soldiers and the Arabs, beheadings, and torture scenes are refreshingly graphic. An absolute blast, and you can’t beat the price. (LJ 3/15/12)

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Publishers Weekly
The title story of this Hubbard pulp fiction reissue isn’t actually the most interesting of the three pulse-pounding long short stories in the collection. That distinction goes to “The Squad That Never Came Back,” recounted in flashbacks by an unnamed corporal in the Foreign Legion stationed in Morocco. The opening pulls readers in: “Back in Sidi-bel-Abbès they still think that my squad and I died in a miserable outpost on the northern slope of the High Atlas Mountains.” The narrator reveals that he alone survived to tell the tale, and proceeds to relate how the remains of men dead only two years were found buried in an ancient Roman city after his squad became obsessed with buried treasure. The suspense is markedly more heightened than in “Hell’s Legionnaire,” which almost instantly presents an attractive woman falling into the clutches of a lecherous villain, who literally licks his lips at having her in his power. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592122622
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Series:
Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description:
First Edition, Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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