Meet Eddie Moran, a slightly disreputable American cooling his heels in French Morocco. And don’t be surprised if the young Cary Grant comes to mind, because Eddie’s as smooth as they come, one step ahead of the game…and of the police.
Who’s after him? Just about everybody. What’s he done? A bit of everything—smuggler, revolutionary, whatever crooked little scheme will pay for his next meal or next drink. But Eddie’s latest caper is one he may not be able to escape…even if he wants to.
Stumbling into a fight between a couple of Berber chieftains, Eddie lands in a prison run by The Black Sultan. He may be a captive of the Sultan, but he’s captivated by a stunning young woman the Sultan means to add to his harem. For her, Eddie might just go straight—if he can get them out of this hellhole alive.
When The Black Sultan was originally published, Hubbard said that writers too often “forget a great deal of the languorous quality which made the Arabian Nights so pleasing. Jewels, beautiful women, towering cities filled with mysterious shadows, sultans equally handy with robes of honor and the beheading sword.… These things still exist, undimmed, losing no luster to the permeating Occidental flavor which reaches even the far corners of the earth today.” Hubbard brings this unique insight to his stories of North Africa and the Legionnaires, investing them with an authenticity of time, place and character that kept his readers asking for more.
Also includes the adventure story, Escape for Three, in which a bold trio of French Legionnaires come to the rescue of their great leader—only to decide he may not be so great after all.
“Action, strong characters, suspense, snappy dialogue, and titillating romance.” —Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Galaxy Press, LLC|
|Series:||Stories from the Golden Age|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Lexile:||720L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||11 Years|
About the Author
As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There used to be time in the world when you could travel more. Just about anyone could travel just about anywhere and come home alive. Sure, there were always troubles from bandits and thieves, but there wasn't a sense of global insecurity like we have nowadays. Events make you feel like at any given moment you could leave home get blown up by a radical Muslim. I consider those good old days to be the golden age of modern exploration. That's the world you can find in most of L. Ron Hubbard's Galaxy Press tales and certainly in this one as well. The Black Sultan is the story of Eddie Moran, a disreputable American adventurer not that much unlike Nathan Drake from the Uncharted video game franchise. the story unfolds with guns blazing, Berbers riding, a damsel to be rescued, and French Foreign Legion troops to hide out from. It's a great tale and well worth your time. Also in this edition is a bonus short story involving a crew of Legionnaires out to rescue their commander. I'm a huge fan of L. Ron Hubbard's fiction works, so I was very pleased when Galaxy Press re-released a huge catalog of his early short stories and novellas. I've been reading or listening to them for years and just got in a whole new box of the audiobooks. Although they're available in both print and audio form, I usually opt for the audio versions. When I'm travelling to my next conference event where I'm speaking on zombies or mountain climbing or putting miles on the road on the way to my next climbing adventure I love to pass the time with a good book. Sometimes non-fiction audio puts me to sleep, but a good fiction book is an enjoyable way to pass the time. One thing I love about the Galaxy Press editions of Hubbard's books is that they're well done. You know how most audio versions of fiction books only feature one voice actor and no sound effects. That always bugs me a bit, especially when the person doing the voice is not the same gender as the character in the book. Well, these are just the opposite. Various actors do the voices. There's also sound effects and background music. They make you feel like you're sitting by a campfire listening to an old radio theatre broadcast. The stories also focus on adventure, romance, and suspense. Check out the catalog for yourself to see what you like best. I like the variety personally and will go from an adventure story to a detective tale or something else. I like the style of writing also. I was raised as a wee lad on books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Indiana Jones movies. If you like any of those, you'll surely enjoy these as well. Books like this stoke my own desire for adventure and excitement in life I would highly recommend the book as a great listen. If you have kids riding with you in the car, I would rate this one as okay for them as well. As an aside, I know that when some of you see L. Ron Hubbard's name, all you can think of is his religious influences. If that's a worry for you, rest assured that that is not an issue in these books. Hubbard was quite an adventurer throughout his life and these books were written well before that phase. Because of his adventurous lifestyle, you can feel a sense of authenticity in the stories that you don't get from a lot of writers. This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers.
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.