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"Hostage to Death follows Legionnaire Bill Reilly, challenged by a renegade Berber chieftain to rescue a kidnapped American named Kay MacArthur, possibly from a fate worse than death, even though he knows that he may be plunging headlong into a deadly trap. Also present in the story preview Yukon Madness." —Mid West Book Review
"Bugles sound, and rifles crack amid the world of the French Foreign Legion. In 1920s Morocco, the Spanish and the French are in an uneasy alliance against the Berbers and the Rifs. Explorer and adventurer Hubbard wrote this grand adventure, which dramatizes the story’s danger, treachery, and romance with vivid detail of North Africa. It’s all fare for the sound-rich drama of audio theater. Campy and colorful, this audio program takes listeners back to 1950s Hollywood movies, with bold men, exotic locales, high action, and adventure. The cast pulls out the stops with accents for the motley Legionnaires , the feisty American girl, and the bold Lieutenant Reilly. Share with the family or inspire a youngster to write an adventure tale. Good fun!" —AudioFile Magazine
he beginning words of "Hostage to Death" set the tone and pace for this suspenseful and action-packed story: "The severed hand lay upon the scarred desk, its fingers lifted and curled, as though raising its palm in mute supplication. Drained of blood, the severed tendons and arteries stood out at the wrist- hollow white tubes. The man who had cut off the hand had done it neatly, as though he had been carving a fowl, instead of human flesh." In response, Legionnaire Bill Reilly gasps: "Good God." Reilly's orders are to guard a railroad station where Spanish supplies and troops are transported, but the severed hand now changes his plans. To complicate matters, along with the hand is the message from a renegade Berber who challenges the Legion to rescue captured American woman, Kay MacArthur. Twists and turns ensue in this story laden with intrigue, suspense, and death at every turn, which makes the reader implore: Is Reilly walking into a trap?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2010
In addition to the beautiful paperback editions of L. Ron Hubbard's Stories from the Golden Age, interested readers will also enjoy the audio books. Each audio book features a multicast performance with music and sound effects reminiscent of radio's golden age. "Hostage to Death" is a stunner in its own right, but the audio book highlights yet another level of Hubbard's narrative skills. Starring the voice talent of Kelly Ward, familiar to movie fans from "Grease," and "The Big Red One," Ward also directed this audio book version of "Hostage to Death." Additional voice talent is provided by R. F. Daley, Charles Fathy, Christina Huntington, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor and Josh R. Thompson.
With Hubbard's action-packed pacing, "Hostage to Death" takes off like a bullet and the suspense never lets up. The voice acting is top-notch - indeed, this high quality is evident on ALL of Hubbard's Stories from the Golden Age audio books thanks to the attention-to-detail and loving care provided by Galaxy Press.
This is the way audio books should be produced. Adventure stories have never sounded so good. Congratulations to all of the people responsible for producing this outstanding series of audio books.
And if you're not into audio books simplty pick up the paperback. These are classic American pulp stories at their best!
Posted April 6, 2010
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