Trail of the Red Diamonds

Trail of the Red Diamonds

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by L. Ron Hubbard, R. F. Daley, Shane Johnson, Crispian Belfrage

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An obscure original manuscript of Marco Polo’s travels . . . A tantalizing clue to the site of Kublai Khan’s fabled burial site . . . A chance to unearth the truth behind a long-lost treasure. It’s an opportunity that would make Indiana Jones drop everything but his whip and race off to China. But he’d be too late. Lieutenant Jonathan Daly


An obscure original manuscript of Marco Polo’s travels . . . A tantalizing clue to the site of Kublai Khan’s fabled burial site . . . A chance to unearth the truth behind a long-lost treasure. It’s an opportunity that would make Indiana Jones drop everything but his whip and race off to China. But he’d be too late. Lieutenant Jonathan Daly is way ahead of him.

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.

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
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.
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 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

Product Details

Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
Stories from the Golden Age
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 Years

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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The Trail of the Red Diamonds (Large Print 16pt) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No wonder he gave up writing to start a religion. Dude was a BAD writer!
DrDavidPowers More than 1 year ago
I've been devouring the impressive list of released titles from the L. Ron Hubbard collection of short stories and novellas put out by Galaxy Press. They've all been good. I haven't come across a bad one yet, but I did recently read one that is my new favorite. It's titled The Trail of the Red Diamonds but also includes the story Hurricane's Roar. To sum it up as succinctly as possible and merge both modern and ancient, fiction and non-fiction, I'd say it's a cross between Marco Polo and Uncharted. You should know all about Marco Polo from high school history lessons, but if you need to refresh with a modern retelling, check out the new series by that title on Netflix. As for Uncharted, it's a video game franchise and comic book that retells the classic story of a good man who doesn't always do the right thing to get ahead, kind of a gentleman thief. In other words, if Indiana Jones kept or sold artifacts instead of giving them to museums, you'd have Nathan Drake. The title story of this edition gives us a hero not unlike Nathan Drake, but also expands the original history of Marco Polo by pushing forward on a myth associated with it. It's a wonderful read as we travel through portions of Asia with the accuracy of L. Ron Hubbard's real life experience evident in the scenery and customs. Another interesting element of these tales is that there is no stereotypical damsel in them. Most of the stories from this time have a woman in distress that needs rescue by a strong man. Not these two. I'm not saying women aren't in them, but these women are a little different. If you're a fan of adventure stories, historical drama, or stories set in the Far East, this one is a perfect choice from the Galaxy Press catalog.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Fast-Paced, Colorful Characters, And Exciting Stories.” This volume actually contains two stories by L. Ron Hubbard: THE TRAIL OF THE RED DIAMONDS, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, January 1935, under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, the main character of the story. And THE HURRICANE’S ROAR, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, April 1939. In the first story, Jonathan Daly translates passages from Marco Polo’s manuscript while laid up in a hospital in San Francisco; coming across several mentions of Kublai Khan’s final burial site, and the treasure buried with him, Daly’s interest is peaked when he learns the treasure consists of rare, valuable red diamonds. Leaving the hospital, he contacts a friend in China, Jim Lange with coded details, requesting camels and soldiers for their trip to the burial site. Naturally, there is much adventure before arriving at their destination, as well as intrigue and death. You might call THE HURRICANE’S ROAR a costumed hero story, or pulp hero, if you will. Although the author doesn’t say in this story, Jim Dahlgren, an American who lives and works in China selling planes, is also the flying hero known as Wind-Gone-Mad (name for hurricanes, so he’s essentially The Hurricane). Wind-Gone-Mad flies a scarlet plane with a dragon design. His goggles are like a domino mask, and the helmet is also painted like a dragon. In this story two warring bandit leaders are causing a lot of problems near the Khinghan Mountains where Amalgamated Aeronautical Company wants to build a runway, and near a mine worked by an American named Bill McCall. Someone is planning on marketing their own deal if The Hurricane can’t stop the fighting and broker a deal benefiting everybody. These novelettes were a lot of fun. The writing is fast-paced, and the characters colorful, and the stories are exciting. Highly recommended to lovers of adventure fiction.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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woody1 More than 1 year ago
"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.