Hostage to Death [NOOK Book]

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Running off to join the French Foreign Legion used to be every boy’s dream of action and adventure.  But for Lieutenant Bill Reilly—half Irish, half American, and like Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, a Westerner at war in the desert—the dream has turned into a nightmare.  And it all begins with the gruesome delivery of a severed hand. . . .

The dead, gnarled fingers hold a message from the Berber chief Abd el-Ulad. He ...
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Hostage to Death

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Overview


Running off to join the French Foreign Legion used to be every boy’s dream of action and adventure.  But for Lieutenant Bill Reilly—half Irish, half American, and like Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, a Westerner at war in the desert—the dream has turned into a nightmare.  And it all begins with the gruesome delivery of a severed hand. . . .

The dead, gnarled fingers hold a message from the Berber chief Abd el-Ulad. He challenges the courage of the Legion soldiers and says he holds an American woman captive—who, if Reilly doesn’t come to her rescue, is next up for dismemberment. Reilly abandons his post guarding the trains and goes after her.

But it’s all a trick.  In his absence, the railroad falls victim to a terrorist attack.  But who set the trap and engineered the sabotage?  Reilly is caught in a triangle of treachery as the French, Spanish and native Berbers vie for control.  His fate—as well as that of the American woman—rests on his ability to escape a spider’s web of double- and triple-crosses and uncover the truth in a desert of deception.

Hubbard’s knowledge of the Berber raiders as well as of the Arab culture was comprehensive. As a young man he traveled extensively, following and studying numerous nomadic cultures and tribes.  Combining those insights with his experience operating everything from machine guns to field telephones in the Montana National Guard and Marine Corps Reserves, Hubbard brought unique authenticity to his tales of the Foreign Legion. His stories were so exceptional, he was sought after by the premier writers’ magazines of the time to write how-to articles—two of which appeared the same month that Hostage to Death was published.

* An International Book Awards Finalists
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Aging gunfighters, fancy flyers, noble officers, and rowdy rebels can all be found in Galaxy Press's latest four entries in its "Stories of the Golden Age" series, also available in trade paperback. Despite the titles' distinct differences, all are rife with action and adventure and laced with melodramatic overtones. All except Hostage to Death include additional stories besides the title feature. While each delivers its own slice of genre fiction dredged up from the pulp magazine in which it was published, together they represent an impressive and stylistically similar whole. From the musical introduction to the final credits, these full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old-time radio, Westerns, genre fiction, action and adventure, and full-cast performances. [More info at www.goldenagestories.com.—Ed.]—Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA
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"Aging gunfighters, fancy flyers, noble officers, and rowdy rebels can all be found in Galaxy Press’s latest four entries in its ‘Stories from the Golden Age’ series, also available in trade paperback. Despite the titles’ district differences, all are rife with action and adventure and laced with melodramatic overtones. All except Hostage to Death include additional stories besides the title feature. While each delivers its own slice of genre fiction dredged up from the pulp magazine in which it was published, together they represent an impressive and stylistically similar whole. From the musical introduction to the final credits, these full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old-time radio, Westerns, genre fiction, action and adventure, and full-cast performances." —Library Journal

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125722
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • File size: 882 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

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    he beginning words of "Hostage to Death" set the tone

    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?

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    A an action packed adventure!

    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!

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    Posted April 6, 2010

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