Wind-Gone-Madby L. Ron Hubbard
Who is Wind-Gone-Mad? He is an ace pilot, a fearless fighter, and the ultimate defender of a war-torn China. But like the storied hero Batman, he is also an enigma, a man in disguise, his true identity shrouded in mystery. And, as with the Caped Crusader and the Joker, he faces one ruthless nemesis above all . . . a man known simply as “The
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Who is Wind-Gone-Mad? He is an ace pilot, a fearless fighter, and the ultimate defender of a war-torn China. But like the storied hero Batman, he is also an enigma, a man in disguise, his true identity shrouded in mystery. And, as with the Caped Crusader and the Joker, he faces one ruthless nemesis above all . . . a man known simply as “The Butcher.”
The epic battle has been set into motion by Jim Dahlgren—an American executive with the Amalgamated Aeronautical Company. He is determined to give China a fighting chance against The Butcher . . . and against the Western diplomats whose sole interest in the country is to profit from its internal strife. China’s only chance, Dahlgren realizes, is the legendary Wind-Gone-Mad. . . .
To The Butcher, China is a side of beef to carve up and serve at his pleasure. But when Wind-Gone-Mad flies into the action, it may well be The Butcher who ends up being dead meat. Ultimately, the only thing more thrilling than the mystery man’s fighting spirit is the true nature of his identity. . . .
As a young man, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China three times, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence. In a land where communists, nationalists, warlords and foreign adventurers schemed for control, Hubbard gained a unique insight into the treacherous and bloody battles for domination in the region. In addition, his personal experiences as a pilot gave his air stories a vivid sense of reality that no other writer could match. Combining this with his first-hand knowledge of China gave him the opportunity to create stories such as Wind-Gone-Mad, which left readers feeling like they had lived the adventures themselves.
Also includes the Asian adventures, Tah, the tragic story of a twelve-year-old boy betrayed by his father . . . and by his life; and Yellow Loot, in which the pursuit of a priceless stash of ancient amber leads to a heart-stopping chase on the Great Wall of China.
“Excellent.” —Midwest Book Review
"Hubbard was a first-rate pulp writer…He could go up against any of these giants [Hammett, Max Brand, J.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L’Amour]. And while most pulpsters worked in multiple genres, I don’t know of any who covered the full spectrum of pulp categories more ambitiously than Hubbard." —Locus Magazine
"Wind-Gone-Mad is an exciting saga set in the last days of pre-World War II China, where the stalwart Jim Dahlgren, representing the amalgamated Aeronautical Company, is one of the few who can stand against the ravenous warlord and would-be conqueror known as “The Butcher”. Also present are the stores Tah, Yellow Loot, and a preview of Golden Hell." —Midwest Book Review
"...rife with action and adventure." —Library Journal
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 library of "Stories from the Golden Age" published by Galaxy Press features 153 stories in a medley of genres: science fiction, romance, fantasy, western, horror, and mystery by L. Ron Hubbard. Originally, Hubbard wrote in the 1930's and 1940's, but since pulps were printed on cheap paper, many disintegrated into dust. Galaxy Press has re-printed many of these stories for today's readers to re-live adventures and re-visit characters of a by-gone era. In one of these tales, "Wind-Gone-Mad," the narrative takes place in China during the pre-World War II period. This story pits the protagonist, Jim Dahlgren who represents Amalgamated Aeronautical Company against a villain called "The Butcher" whose plan is to gain complete control of the nation. Dahlgren enlists the help of Wind-Gone-Mad who envisions a unified China that can "resist invasion from within and treason from without." Hubbard creates a raging battle between "The Butcher" and "Wind-Gone-Mad," which sets off a series of events that triggers a barrage of bombs bursting and aerial guns discharging which culminates in a surprise ending. Consider it a bonus because two other adventure stories are also included: "Tah" and "Yellow Loot."