The Iron Duke [NOOK Book]

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He’s a lady’s man, a man’s man—and a wanted man, on the run in 1930s Europe….

Meet Blacky Lee, ruggedly handsome with a quick wit and a roguish charm.  Think Clark Gable—with larceny in his heart and a price on his head.  A price put there by the German Gestapo.  But Blacky’s always got an angle, and this time it’s as audacious as they come.  He’ll hide ...
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The Iron Duke

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Overview


He’s a lady’s man, a man’s man—and a wanted man, on the run in 1930s Europe….

Meet Blacky Lee, ruggedly handsome with a quick wit and a roguish charm.  Think Clark Gable—with larceny in his heart and a price on his head.  A price put there by the German Gestapo.  But Blacky’s always got an angle, and this time it’s as audacious as they come.  He’ll hide in plain sight, impersonating the crowned head of a Balkan kingdom.  He’ll become The Iron Duke.

Can he pull it off?  Win the love of a country…and of a beautiful woman?  All Blacky has to do is risk everything—and, for once in his life, find a way to do the right thing.

Hubbard and Gable were fast friends and fellow adventurers.  While Hubbard was writing for Columbia Pictures in 1937, the studio often called upon him to doctor scripts for Gable—giving him a unique knowledge of the man and inspiration for characters like Blacky Lee.

“Colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales…excellent.” —Ellery Queen
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Publishers Weekly

The latest addition to the fantastic Stories from the Golden Age series of vintage L. Ron Hubbard pulp tales, this full-cast recording takes listeners to 1930s Europe. A man who is the spitting image of the Prince of Aldoria finds himself in over his head with Nazis and Communists. Read by a small cast, most notably Michal Yurchak, the story leaps off the page. Filled with realistic sound effects, comical and over-the-top characters and a classic film noir atmosphere, this inspired and well-polished entertainment will immerse listeners. A Galaxy paperback. (Dec.)

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The latest installment in the well-produced L. Ron Hubbard audio series transports listeners to 1930s Europe. Read by a variety of talented narrators, . . . the production is enhanced by realistic sound effects and an original score that create a remarkable theatrical atmosphere.
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“A master of adventure.” —Anne McCaffrey

“. . . the adventure ones are just so much fun, that you wish there were more things written like them.” —Kevin J. Anderson

 “The latest installment in the well-produced L. Ron Hubbard audio series transports listeners to 1930s Europe. Read by a variety of talented narrators, … the production is enhanced by realistic sound effects and an original score that create a remarkable theatrical atmosphere.” —AudioFile Magazine on The Iron Duke, winner of Earphones Award

“The latest addition to the fantastic Stories from the Golden Age series of vintage L. Ron Hubbard pulp tales, this full-cast recording takes listeners to 1930s Europe…. Filled with realistic sound effects, comical and over-the-top characters and a classic film noir atmosphere, this inspired and well-polished entertainment will immerse listeners."
—Publishers Weekly starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125784
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
  • File size: 771 KB

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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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Great Book

    I just love this author! He does such a good job of characterizing. This story is really great for the kids as it is so hard to find appropriate reading for them. It will keep them wanting to read. The plot has an interesting twist and the story is packed with adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I think I would have enjoyed this book better if I had read the

    I think I would have enjoyed this book better if I had read the book first! I had to restart it several times to get all the characters straight in my mind. I did enjoy the different voices and the actual taping was nice and clear so if I’d been more familiar with the story line, I could have imagined it better in my mind.



    The story was suspenseful and I love a book when you can’t figure out the ending. Book was witty and contained lots of good humor. Book has a little of everything, romance, thrill, mystery, adventure….should meet everyone’s approval.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    The ensemble cast brings the twist and turn tale of Blacky Lee a

    The ensemble cast brings the twist and turn tale of Blacky Lee and the kingdom of Aldoria to life. Humor, political intrigue, mystery, violence, and romance run rampant as Nazis, communists, and royalists fight over Blacky in this pre-World War 2 pulp fiction novel. The audio version could have used better sound editing. At times, the music between chapters was much louder that the chapter performance. In addition, the length of music between the second to last and the last chapter was long enough that it appeared that the book had finished.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    The "twists and turns" of Blacky Lee remind me of the

    The "twists and turns" of Blacky Lee remind me of the adventures of the mythological "trickster" figure. Like the trickster, Blacky displays traits of trickery and deceit. Working as an American arms merchant in Europe in the 1930's, Blacky is pursued by many governments including the Nazis. His trick-playing and deceit are well documented in the European community from his multiple sales of dud weapons over the years. Not by chance, Blacky flees to the kingdom of Aldoria in the Balkans.

    Many years before Blacky became aware that he was the exact double of Aldoria's Prince Phillip, so he learned to imitate the archduke's voice and mannerisms, and to be even more convincing, he even went so far as to memorize the royal family tree. This adventure begins with impersonation and then proceeds to blend intrigue, humor, and romance for a romping good adventure in the best tradition of pulp fiction.

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