The Black Sultan

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Meet Eddie Moran, a slightly disreputable American cooling his heels in French Morocco.  And don’t be surprised if the young Cary Grant comes to mind, because Eddie’s as smooth as they come, one step ahead of the game…and of the police.

Who’s after him?  Just about everybody.  What’s he done?  A bit of everything—smuggler, revolutionary, whatever crooked little scheme will pay for his next meal or next drink.  But ...

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Overview


Meet Eddie Moran, a slightly disreputable American cooling his heels in French Morocco.  And don’t be surprised if the young Cary Grant comes to mind, because Eddie’s as smooth as they come, one step ahead of the game…and of the police.

Who’s after him?  Just about everybody.  What’s he done?  A bit of everything—smuggler, revolutionary, whatever crooked little scheme will pay for his next meal or next drink.  But Eddie’s latest caper is one he may not be able to escape…even if he wants to.

Stumbling into a fight between a couple of Berber chieftains, Eddie lands in a prison run by The Black Sultan.  He may be a captive of the Sultan, but he’s captivated by a stunning young woman the Sultan means to add to his harem.  For her, Eddie might just go straight—if he can get them out of this hellhole alive.

When The Black Sultan was originally published, 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.… These things still exist, undimmed, losing no luster to the permeating Occidental flavor which reaches even the far corners of the earth today.” 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 kept his readers asking for more.

Also includes the adventure story, Escape for Three, in which a bold trio of French Legionnaires come to the rescue of their great leader—only to decide he may not be so great after all.

"The desert winds howl and the battles rage as the audio version of The Black Sultan transports you back to a storied era of blood and war in North Africa. “These voice actors are all capable of a wide range of characters…fresh and exciting.”  —Audiobook Heaven

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This short novella is a good example of Hubbard's effective storytelling, with its characteristic pulp formula-action, strong characters, suspense, snappy dialogue, and titillating romance. American Eddie Moran is hiding out in French Morocco in the 1920s, wanted by authorities for past indiscretions. After saving the life of Berber chieftain El Zidan in a bazaar shoot-out, he agrees to work for him, but runs straight into a trap set by the Black Sultan, a sworn enemy of El Zidan. Captured, Eddie is imprisoned in the Black City, where he meets a fellow captive, an English girl destined to join the Black Sultan's harem. Eddie, the quick-shooting bold adventurer, arranges a miraculous escape, only to find himself in the middle of a battle in the mountains between the French Foreign Legion and El Zidan's forces, with the Black Sultan's army closing in behind. But Eddie isn't bothered by the diminishing odds, coming up with an audacious plan to save everyone's bacon. The book also contains a short story, "Escape for Three," about three French Foreign Legionnaires on a suicide mission in Morocco, a surprising tale of battlefield comradeship.
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"...these programs burst to life." —Library Journal

"primo pulp fiction." —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123537
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/21/2013
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 142
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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    I received a set of L. Ron Hubbard audiobooks to review. This wa

    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.

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