A blind obsession. A driving ambition. A relentless, unrestrained, single-minded pursuit of a shiny metal. These are the symptoms of a condition known as gold fever, and, like Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American mining engineer Captain Humbert Reynolds has got it bad. Possible side effects include: temporary insanity, a propensity for violence, and death.
The search for gold has taken Reynolds from the ruins of the Yucatan to the mountains of Ecuador to the wilderness of northern Canada. Now, his search for a yellow brick bonanza has brought him halfway around the world, to the Gobi desert.
But the lure of the precious metal is about to lead Reynolds into a Golden Hell, as he plunges into an inferno—a mountain of horrors run by an unspeakably evil gang. And if he doesn’t find a way out, a path to redemption, he may find that instead of snatching the ultimate prize he will have to pay the ultimate price.
In 1927 Hubbard served aboard a schooner sailing across the South Pacific bound for the coast of China. Making his way inland, he ventured deep into forbidden Buddhist lamaseries, shopped at the Thieves Market, made camp with Mongolian bandits, and witnessed the trade in stolen Chinese treasures. Drawing on those experiences as well as his time as a gold prospector, Hubbard infuses Golden Hell with extraordinary historical authenticity.
Also includes the adventure, Pearl Pirate, a story of betrayal and deceit in which an American captain loses his ship to a money-lender, and the only way to get it back is to outfight and outfox a ruthless pirate and bring home a fortune in black pearls.
|Publisher:||Galaxy Press, LLC|
|Series:||Action Adventure Short Stories Collection|
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|Age Range:||14 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For this 1936 submission to "Thrilling Adventures" magazine, L. Ron Hubbard wisely chose a first person narrative to recount the adventures of Captain Humbert Reynolds. The authoritative first person voice is handled with Hubbard's uncanny skill. Here is a writer who can set the scene, introduce characters, and elevate the suspense level with but a few strokes of his typewriter. And as usual the pacing is relentless. From the first paragraph Humbert Reynolds makes it clear he went through hell. His tribulations nearly cost him his life and he will forever be a changed man because of his experiences. Gold fever propels Reynolds to the Gobi desert where he's captured by bandits and sentenced to a short life as a slave in the gold mines beneath the treacherous mountains. Gritty, brutal and unforgiving, Hubbard paints a portrait of a man driven by greed who learns all too quickly how merciless can be life. For Humbert Reynolds it will take all of his determination to survive a captivity in this golden hell. This edition also includes the short story "The Pearl Pirate" which should thrill fans of these classic hardboiled pulp stories. Highly recommended!
“Pulp Adventure At Its Best” GOLDEN HELL originally published in the September 1936 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURE: This book actually contains two novelettes, the title story and PEARL PIRATE. In GOLDEN HELL, mining engineer Humbert Reynolds hears of gold in the Gobi. With his guide, Yang T’ang and a guard of soldiers, he heads into the Gobi with gold fever, and literally encounters Hell. Captured by a Mongol tribe they are taken to a Monk hideaway in the mountains where the monks are forging gold deep within the belly of a mountain, and molten metal flows like a burning pool in hell. There, he and his men are chained like slaves to dig the gold in the stifling heat of hell. As wild as GOLDEN HELL is, PEARL PIRATE (May 1935 THRILLING ADVENTURES) was a fight from beginning to end. There are three forces against each other. The big American, Smoke Engel, wants his boat, the Witch, out of hock with the evil Chinaman, Chan Tso-lan. Meanwhile, Joe Herrero, the Pearl Pirate, steals black pearls from Chan. The Chinaman offers Smoke ten thousand dollars and his boat, if he will bring back the pearls. From there it’s nothing but a fierce battle between Smoke, Herrero, and their men, until the final accounting with the Chinaman, who has plans on cheating everyone in the deal. The sharks and barracuda have a feast in this bloody novelette, but it was all action. Highly recommended.