Trouble on His Wings

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Flying into action, daredevil photojournalist Johnny Brice is always looking for trouble . . . and more often than not, finding it. But he doesn’t know what real trouble is until he rescues the beautiful woman he calls Jinx from a sinking ship. Like Bogie and Bacall, they’re made for each other—even if they are a dangerous mix.

Get the picture? Well, Johnny always does. The problem is, with Jinx now in the picture, all his photo-scoops are going down the drain—losing his film ...

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Overview


Flying into action, daredevil photojournalist Johnny Brice is always looking for trouble . . . and more often than not, finding it. But he doesn’t know what real trouble is until he rescues the beautiful woman he calls Jinx from a sinking ship. Like Bogie and Bacall, they’re made for each other—even if they are a dangerous mix.

Get the picture? Well, Johnny always does. The problem is, with Jinx now in the picture, all his photo-scoops are going down the drain—losing his film to water, fire or war. And it all comes to a head on assignment in China, when the Japanese shoot his plane down and take Jinx and Johnny prisoner.

Their lives at risk, it’s time for Johnny to get the real story about the lady. Is she really a jinx . . . or something even more sinister? In an adventure full of surprising discoveries, getting at the truth leads to the most shocking twist of all.

L. Ron Hubbard had first-hand experience of flying high with Trouble on His Wings. As a young aviator, he loved to tempt danger. One journalist wrote: “The flaming-haired pilot hit the city like a tornado a few years ago. . . . He just dared the ground to come up and hit him.” The knowledge and insight he gained during those flights is clearly evident in his aerial adventure stories.

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Publishers Weekly - Audio
Hubbard’s pulp novel charts the adventures of hotheaded and heroic Johnny Brice; his dame, Jinx; and his buddy Irish. After Brice—on assignment covering a burning ship at sea for the newsreels—pulls Jinx out of the water, the trio begins gallivanting around the world (from Idaho to Asia) constantly getting in and out of trouble. Performed with great verve in the style of a classic radio play, this full cast recording incorporates realistic sound effects and mood music. While each cast member turns in a stellar performance—especially Jennifer Aspen as the troubled and spunky Jinx—the narration of R.F. Daley steals the show. He reads in a tone that is both excited and vaguely amused—a perfect combination given the pure pulpiness of Hubbard’s text. Listeners in search of an audiobook that’s both fun and fast-paced will be delighted. A Galaxy paperback. (Mar.)
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"The prolific Hubbard was a staple in pulp magazines of the 1930s-50s. He churned stories out in every genre—detective, Westerns, adventure, sf—he did it all. His tales were simple: loaded with tough men, beautiful babes, and tons of action. Trouble (1939) finds top reporter/cameraman Johnny Brice’s life going to hell after meeting Jinx, a girl who’s bad luck from head to foot. VERDICT Hubbard is always a quick, fun read. Fans of pulp writing will eat these up. Note that audio versions are available. The audios feature full-casts and great sound effects. Listen to one and you’ll be hooked." —Publishers Weekly

"In this short novel, originally published in 1939, a globe-trotting journalist (he shoots film for one of the movie studios’ newsreels) gets mixed up with a beautiful woman who brings him bad luck at every turn.  When he’s with her, his films get ruined, his planes crash or get shot out of the sky, he loses his job, or he gets taken prisoner by the Japanese. And yet, despite all this, love blossoms. This is one of Hubbard’s more breathless, audacious adventure tales. It begins with hero Johnny Brice parachuting out of a plane and into the ocean to get picked up by a passing ship—and moves from one specatacular, life-threatening episode to the next. Hubbard propels us through the story, never letting it slow down long enough for us to ponder the sheer improbability of it. It’s a movie serial between two covers, a rollicking adventure that promises big thrills and delivers them. A must for fans of campy, Indiana Jones–style adventures." —David Pitt, Booklist

"Hubbard’s pulp novel charts the adventures of hotheaded and heroic Johnny Brice; his dame, Jinx; and his buddy Irish. After Brice—on assignment covering a burning ship at sea for the newsreels—pulls Jinx out of the water, the trio begins gallivanting around the world (from Idaho to Asia) constantly getting in and out of trouble. Performed with great verve in the style of a classic radio play, this full cast recording incorporates realistic sound effects and mood music. While each cast member turns in a stellar performance—especially Jennifer Aspen as the troubled and spunky Jinx—the narration of R.F. Daley steals the show. He reads in a tone that is both excited and vaguely amused—a perfect combination given the pure pulpiness of Hubbard’s text. Listeners in search of an audiobook that’s both fun and fast-paced will be delighted." —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal - Audio
Hubbard wasn't only remarkably prolific, he also was versed in multiple genres. This latest trio in the "Stories from the Golden Age" series is a genre extravaganza of Westerns, mysteries, and a rousing adventure outing—each with a dab of romance. Death Waits finds long, lean Texan Lynn Taylor fighting the clock to save his innocent brother from the hangman by revealing the real culprit behind a string of robberies. The program also includes "Ride 'em Cowboy," a straight-up rodeo romance; and the standout "Boss of the Lazy B." "Boss" has a surprising twist: when Susan Price's little brother is kidnapped by Spick Murphy—after she saves the villain from hanging—Susan asks for help from Big Bill Bailey, whom she earlier spurned in favor of Spick. Instead of exhibiting "shucks, ma'am" cowboy stoicism, Bailey gives the foolish girl a tongue lashing that is worse than if he bullwhipped her. It's wonderfully refreshing! Of course, Bailey saves the kid and kills the baddie.Mouthpiece is a revenge story featuring the law-abiding son of a gangster who swears to get the men who murdered his father. This set also includes "Flame City," in which police detective Tom Delaney must stop arsonists and save his fire chief father's job; "Calling Squad Cars," where crooks fool the cops by broadcasting their own false calls to patrol cars; and "The Grease Spot," starring wrecker Bill Millen who must outwit gangsters desperately needing a getaway vehicle after their car crashes.Saving the best for last, Trouble on His Wings finds ace newsreel cameraman Johnny Brice suddenly behind the eight ball after a mystery woman enters his life. His consistent good luck turns very bad whenever the girl—nicknamed Jinx—is around, but he kinda likes her anyway. VERDICT Whether your taste runs to riding tall in the saddle, high-flying adventure, or crime-busting on the mean streets, Hubbard delivers the goods.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Action junkies are most likely to embrace this latest reprint of one of Hubbard's numerous pulp novellas, but even they may find the simplicity of plot and language, and some improbabilities a negative. Johnny Brice, a daredevil photojournalist from World News, is enjoying a brief moment of downtime when his assistant alerts him to a sensational breaking story. The Kalolo, the "biggest round-the-world ship," has caught fire, claiming twenty lives. The survivors were picked up by another ship, and Brice's boss contacted them by radio to buy their footage of the disaster; but to recover the film in time for their deadline, Brice must parachute from a biplane to the rescue vessel. The assignment gets geometrically more complicated when an attractive woman hitches a ride back to land on his airplane, so that a mysterious "they" won't get her, starting a partnership that takes the pair around the world. There isn't any character depth to speak of, but those in search of a quick thrill-packed read that makes few demands will find it here. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123087
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/21/2012
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: First Edition, Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 411,887
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 5.90 (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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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    Classic Adventure

    When it comes to a hard-working ‘picture-chaser’ for the newsreels, there’s none no better than Johnny Brice, even if he is a bit hotheaded. Johnny loves getting in the middle of the story to get the best coverage. All is going well for him until the day he saves the beautiful golden-haired girl from the ocean during a ship disaster. Bringing nothing but bad luck, Johnny calls her ‘Jinx.’ No matter where he goes for a story, he can’t seem to get a good shot. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to get rid of ‘Jinx’ either. The talented multicast, featuring Jennifer Aspen, gives the characters their own distinct voices. With the addition of music and special effects, the listeners are placed in the middle of the action. Others performing include: Bob Casco, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, and Matt Scott. Moving at a fast pace, the story grabs listeners attention and hold it until the end transporting them to a different place and time. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Revisiting the golden age of pulp writing. Johnny Brice is a t

    Revisiting the golden age of pulp writing.

    Johnny Brice is a top pilot/newsreel journalist.Along with his partner,Irish,They will fly towards danger at a momemt's notice with camera in hand.But when a beautiful and mysterious woman enters their lives, their luck goes sour.Dubbing her Jinx,Johnny and Irish finds themselves in trouble time and time again.Can they manage to turn solve the mystery surrounding her and turn their luck back around?

    The pulp magazines reached their heyday in the 1930's and 1940's.It was a much differnt time.The main forms of entertainment for the common person was the movies(which was also an outlet for news),the radio(which featured programs like TV nowadays), and reading.Pulp magazines were published as cheaply as possible.They used wood pulp paper(the cheapest available and hence the name,also the main reason so many have not survived)and they paid their authors as little as possible(usually around a penny a word).So authors put out as many stories as they could.This was the point in history when more stories were being published then any other time(think about the recent boom of e-published stories).At this time most people still saw the world as a big mysterious place where Africa and the Orient were almost like a differnt world.(Not like today where anyone can read about anywhere or anywhen at any time by simply clicking a few times on your mouse.)So adventure stories were in giant demand.So naturally with so much material being put out, there were bound to be some true gems mixed into the mix.Of course there is also a lot of stories that are gratefully sliding into obscurity.This series of books is designed to keep some of these stories from disappearing.L.Ron Hubbard was one of the most prolific of the pulp writers.This series will reprint some of the best ot the Hubbard stories.This story was fast and fun but not truly outstanding.

    The book starts with a nice forward by Kevin J. Anderson.There is a preview of another story,The Battling Pilot.Finally there is a mini-biography of L.Ron Hubbard himself.Hubbard lead a life of adventure which he used to breathe an air of truth into his adventure stories.

    This is a must read for fans of L.Ron Hubbard.Also fans of pulp magazines should enjoy this book.It would also make a nice introduction to pulp writing for anybody who is interested but not had a chance to see any of the stories before.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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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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