The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril

by Paul Malmont
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Chinatown Death Cloud Peril 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There are very few examples of modern pulp writing, but this fits the bill. I really enjoyed the historical literary characters thrust into the story in an attempt to solve this mystery. The story flowed well and I was captivated with the intrigue and action.
KWR57 More than 1 year ago
Paul Malmont knows. This story takes place in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. The characters are the authors of The Shadow, Doc Savage and the legends of the era. Throw in the founder of Scientolgy, a Pulp writer in his own right and enjoy the ride... this is historical fiction with the emphasis on fiction. Just real good fun. Great characters and story telling at it's finest. Malmont brings 1920's NY to vivid life. Definitely rates as one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in awhile.
falstaff1962 More than 1 year ago
Let's be clear from the outset. This isn't a novel full of emotion and deep meaning. It is at once an original story and an homage to the two hero's of the book- Lester Dent and William Gibson. Or as they are more widely known- Paul Robeson and Maxwell Grant, the creators of Doc Savage and The Shadow. These two guys (and a slew of other pulp writers from the 30's) find themselves smack in the middle of a tale worthy of their adventure stories. Cheerfully tongue-in-cheek, funny, harrowing, and so full of pulp that you want to find stories from all these guys to compare them to this tale. Some parts could be a bit tighter. One of the joys of the pulp adventures was their brevity. But that is a minor quibble. Here's another person hoping for a sequel!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does what people who like these stories expect. It intrigues and entertains! By the way, who buys any kind of story which they don't like? Only a college student... Must be a sophomore, heh heh. I guess there wasn't enough explosions and hip posturing for the youngin'. This author has done his research and has created a rich texture that will be enjoyed and recognized by the MANY fans of pulp out there. A very worthy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril delivers exactly what the title advertises. Escapism, thrills, and a glimpse into a world you wished was ours. It is pulp. Another review said that you'd probably like it if you liked stories like that. That is the whole point, and is spelled out before the story begins. This book targets an audience the publishing industry largely ignores. Thanks Paul. More please.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a lackluster book that did not 'enthrall' me as the other reviewer claims he experienced. There were some crazy events in the book that kept me reading the whole way through. Yet I just felt that the cast of characters could have been better. Overall it was an ok book but don't bother buy it unless you like these kind of stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exceptional book by first time novelist Paul Malmont is escapism at its very best. Author Malmont puts his own spin on the literary genre of placing historical figures in a fictious setting (a la 'The Dante Club' and 'The Poe Shadow')by embedding an assortment of 1930s pulp ficton writers into a rip roaring pulp fiction story line. Central characters, Walter Gibson (creator of 'The Shadow')and Lester Dent ('Doc Savage')are surrounded by a supporting cast of characters that reads like a 'who's who' of early 20th Century American dime novel scribes. This group includes Robert Heinlein, Louis L'Amour, Chester Himes, H.P. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard. This eclectic menagerie of personalities come together in a fast paced tale of sinister doings, seat of your pants peril, heroic endeavors, and just plain fun. As I read through this vastly entertaining book I could almost hear the story played out as a 1930s radio serial. I was so enthralled by this enjoyable story, that when finished, I was left hoping for a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for books that take place in the depression era, and I also enjoy books that take real life figures and incorporate them into a fictional story. So this book interested me with those elements to start. I enjoyed the story and the writing was good as well. There was nothing exceptional about it but I read it in 3 days and overall enjoyed the experience.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1937, best-selling pulp writers, William 'The Shadow' Gibson and Lester 'Doc Savage' Dent work on real mysteries in an egotistical effort to be crowned the best action-adventurer writer in the world. Gibson, hearing whispers that pulp peer H.P. Lovecraft was murdered at the Providence, Rhode Island waterfront, is in town making inquiries. At the same time Dent investigates an impossible homicide in New York's Chinatown. P However, the two authors find their separate cases merge as they get caught in the middle of a tong war and battle pirates. That might frighten off most writers, but not the Shadow of Doc Savage as their inspections spin further out of control with war in China chemical weapons as part of the arsenal. At the rate Gibson and Dent are going they might miss spinning the next installment of the Shadow and Doc Savage, but then again collaboration in writing might prove novel. P Impossible absolutely yet no one will care as Paul Malmont pays homage to the great pulp fiction writers (others appear too) of the 1930s and 1940s. The zany story line is fast-paced and quite entertaining hooking readers from start to finish even as the audience anticipates who will show up next. THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL is great escape fun as pulp fiction is supposed to be. P Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect, and with this being Malmont's first novel - I was not expecting great things. But in end I was blown away by the writing and characters. This was a tremendous read. Lots of fun.