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Two bullet holes and a bad case of malaria may not be enough to stop Daly, but a crew of criminals, a brood of British ...
Two bullet holes and a bad case of malaria may not be enough to stop Daly, but a crew of criminals, a brood of British agents, and the entire Chinese army are all in the game . . . and determined to keep him out of it. The stakes are too high, and the potential rewards too great, though, to let a little treachery, betrayal and human sacrifice stand in Daly’s way.
He’s hot on The Trail of the Red Diamonds—a cache of exceedingly rare gems that were meant to light the way to heaven as an offering to the gods. And only God knows if Daly will manage to dig up the diamonds . . . or end up buried with them.
It was on Hubbard’s second journey to East Asia that he met British Secret Service agent, Major Ian MacBean, who introduced him to a world of deception and conspiracy in the region. He also learned of the thriving—and dangerous—trade in stolen Chinese treasures. As if to underscore the authenticity of The Trail of the Red Diamonds—Hubbard published the story under the byline Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, the hero of the piece.
Also includes the rousing adventure Hurricane’s Roar, the story of an American pilot in Mongolia who whips up a storm of death-defying air battles . . . in the search for peace.
“Hubbard fans will welcome this golden age reprint volume, whose rollicking title first appeared in Thrilling Adventures magazine in 1935." —Publishers Weekly
"Enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review
"Great fun for nostalgia buffs, recommended for tweens and up.”—Library Journal,
Posted August 17, 2012
No wonder he gave up writing to start a religion. Dude was a BAD writer!
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Posted April 29, 2012
"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.
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Posted October 19, 2012
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.
Posted September 29, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2012
Posted October 25, 2012
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