Hell's Legionnaire

Hell's Legionnaire

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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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 leader Abd el Malek . . . also known as “The Killer.”

But Abd el Malek wants Ann alive—and in chains—subject to his every whim and fantasy. Dusty Colton, however, an American

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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 leader Abd el Malek . . . also known as “The Killer.”

But Abd el Malek wants Ann alive—and in chains—subject to his every whim and fantasy. Dusty Colton, however, an American deserter from the French Foreign Legion, has a different idea. With all the swagger of Robert Mitchum, he’s determined to give “The Killer” a taste of his own bloody medicine.  The only problem is . . . Dusty himself is wanted for murder.

Can Ann and Dusty 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. 
 
“Action-packed . . . standout . . . hard-core graphic.” —Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

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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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592123551
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/21/2012
Series:
Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description:
First Edition, New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)

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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Hell's Legionnaire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I received a set of L. Ron Hubbard audiobooks to review. This was one of them. The audiobook portion was very well-done and was more like a radio drama of old and less like a traditional audiobook. I did not care for the actual book though.