Trail of the Red Diamonds

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Most copies of The Travels of Marco Polo leave out a great deal and are difficult to decipher. Yet when one original manuscript lands in the hands of Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, he's able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn. An offering to the gods to light the leader's way to heaven, the glittering stones are worth several million dollars, as they are diamonds.

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Overview

Most copies of The Travels of Marco Polo leave out a great deal and are difficult to decipher. Yet when one original manuscript lands in the hands of Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, he's able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn. An offering to the gods to light the leader's way to heaven, the glittering stones are worth several million dollars, as they are diamonds.

Recently recovered from a bout of malaria and two bullet holes collected in war-ravaged Gran Chaco, Lieutenant Daly sets out on his treasure travels, ignoring warnings from friends and doctors. He follows Marco Polo's words straight into a dark maze of betrayal, espionage and death—with more riding on each precious line of text than he ever imagined.

ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "HURRICANE'S WAR"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hubbard fans will welcome this golden age reprint volume, whose rollicking title tale first appeared in Thrilling Adventures magazine in 1935. While recovering from wounds received in South America's Gran Chaco War, Lt. John Daly learns of "the red diamonds of Kublai Khan" from reading "an original manuscript" of Marco Polo's Travels. Determined to find the diamonds, Daly embarks on a journey with best friend Jim Lange that will lead them from Peking, China, to the remote burial temple of Kublai Khan and straight into heart-thumping danger. The book's second tale, "Hurricane's Roar," about a devilishly clever Mongolian warrior named Wind-Gone-Mad, is less fun but still full of colorful pulp action. (Oct.)
Midwest Book Review
On the Writers of the Future and The Stories from the Golden Age--Four of their new audio book titles, brilliantly showcasing Hubbard's storytelling talents, are "Cattle King For A Day" (9781592123650, $9.95) which was originally published in the March 1937 issue of "All Western Magazine", also includes the backup short 'Come And Get It' a; "All Frontiers Are Jealous" (9781592123384, $9.95), originally published in the June 1937 issue of "Five-Novels Monthly" and is an action/adventure yarn about establishing the Anglo-Egyptian Railroad while rescuing a fair young maiden from evil whites and dangerous native tribesmen; "The Trail Of The Red Diamonds" (9781592123261, $9.95) originally published in the January 1935 issue of "Thrilling Adventures" and which (along with the backup short story 'Hurricane's Roar" is set in China); and "Hurtling Wings" (9781592123032, $9.95) offering an aviation oriented action/adventure in an era of 'wooden planes and iron men'. Each of these of these outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience
Barryone.com
One of the highlights of the end of Summer is the receipt of the new WOTF volume. This year’s collection is another vast array of topics and styles. My favorites are as varied as the topics. There is something here for everyone and there is plenty here to give you extremely good value for your hard earned buck. Start out your harvest season with this cornucopia of great reading.
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Cattle King for a Day: "Jim Meskiman, Michael Yurchak & R. F. Daley. This audio-book could easily be made into a film by Leonard DeCaprio. Really lends itself. The rich text sounds authentic and brings the listener into the old west and the lawlessness of environs. Amazing how L. Ron could see with his typewriter the quality of all that was wild and tough to stomach. The voices enacted the audio play and perhaps denote Gregory Peck as judge impression. Kind of surprised by colorful language. But if not from L. Ron then it’s just real talk for cowboys. All in all a nice distraction for a long drive (about two hours running time) or for those who need a book read to ‘em."
From the Publisher

"...full-cast audio, beautifully rendered with cinema-quality music and sound enhancements. This exciting style of production can really bring an audiobook to life, and makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action. L. Ron Hubbard does adventure stories as well as anyone I have read. Don’t miss these three thrilling tales." —Audiobook Heaven

 "Sound effects dramatize the action and danger as a full cast brings the characters to life.  The full cast captures the excitement.” Audiofile

"Offers further evidence of Hubbard's pulp-action mastery." Ellery Queen

"The title story in this trio of Hubbard's pulp fiction (all of them published in 1936) has a very strong Indiana Jones feel to it, even though it predates Indy by nearly five decades....an exciting story, told at a brisk clip, with characters and dialogue that keep readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best." —Booklist

“Hubbard’s trio offer vintage action, adventure, and romance….These full-cast productions quickly become addictive. Their brevity also makes for perfect commuter fare. Anyone who enjoys hard-boiled pulp writing or old-time radio will be rewarded.”—Library Journal

"...stories have the action, violence, and derring-do that made pulp fiction the escapist entertainment of its day.”—Publishers Weekly

“As with any well written story these stories will sweep you away and take you to these lands and leave you on the edge of your seat the whole way. This is especially true if you give the audiobooks a listen.”—Gil Wilson, Gil-T Pleasures Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123315
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 124
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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 August 17, 2012

    No wonder he gave up writing to start a religion. Dude was a BAD

    No wonder he gave up writing to start a religion. Dude was a BAD writer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    "The Trail to the Red Diamonds" was first published i

    "The Trail to the Red Diamonds" was first published in "Thrilling Adventure" in January, 1935 under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, the main character in this adventure story. Using a pseudonym is not unique since L. Ron Hubbard employed fifteen different pen names in addition to his own name in his many pulp titles. This fictional tale begins during Lt. Daly's recuperation from bullet wounds in a Gran Chaco hospital, He discovers an original manuscript of Marco Polo's travels: "I had come across an original manuscript of Marco Polo's. The man that lent it to me did not know its value," states Lt. Daly. Halfway through the manuscript, he reads a paragraph about a chest of red stones which glittered "like the sun through red-stained quartz." At first, he believes they are rubies but then he figures out they could only be diamonds...rare red diamonds.

    As Daly reads Marco Polo's words, he realizes the chest of red diamonds had been buried with Kublai Khan, the Emperor of China to lighten his way to heaven and to serve as offerings to the gods. Intrigued with an insatiable desire for the bounty, Daly wastes no time and sets off to find the buried treasure ignoring warnings from his doctors and friends. Little known to him, he has challengers- the Chinese army and disloyal renegades that complicate his journey for riches in this dark tale of betrayal, espionage, double crosses, and death.

    Also included in this volume is "Hurricane's Roar," a tale about a sinister and clever Mongolian warrior- Wind-Gone-Mad.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Exactly what it says it is.

    As you can tell from the cover, this is is a story (a couple, actually) from the pulp magazines, which showcased action stories with little intellectual content. The two stories (and excerpt of a novel) within are perfect examples. There's no reflection, no consideration, on the part of the characters, so nothing to distract you from just going along for the ride—unless the undertones of racism bother you (the English and American heroes being far more capable than the Chinese they deal with).
    I'd skip the foreword (which mentions other pulp writers, such as Lovecraft, Burroughs, Hammett, etc.—yet ranks Hubbard as "the most enduring" and "among the most legendary"), which adds nothing worth noting except the blind adulation for Hubbard—which certainly is not due to him for the quality of his writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

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    Before I write anything, let me say I like the crisp, clean way L. Ron Hubbard writes pulp fiction. This is a short read about greed and murder. An added bonus - "Hurricane's Roar" is a second short story included. If you like the genre, you'll enjoy this.

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