The Phantom Patrol: The Story of a Coast Guard Officer, a Drug Runner, and a Sea of Trouble

The Phantom Patrol: The Story of a Coast Guard Officer, a Drug Runner, and a Sea of Trouble

by L. Ron Hubbard
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The Phantom Patrol: The Story of a Coast Guard Officer, a Drug Runner, and a Sea of Trouble 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Thrilling Pulp Adventure.” Johnny Trescott is CPO of the Coast Guard Patrol boat CG 1004. Johnny is hoping to run down Georges Coquelin, captain of the notorious Phantom Patrol. Coquelin is transporting drugs to the US, and anything else he can get his hands on. When Trescott receives a radio alert about a plane in the water, he turns the boat towards the sinking plane. It’s carrying millionaire businessman James Ferguson, two pilots and a stewardess. They reach it barely in time to rescue the crew and Ferguson, but Coquelin and his pirate crew have sneaked up in the storm and all disappear for three months. Although CG 1004 is reported attacking and robbing ships and killing passengers, and the captain of the boat looks a lot like Trescott. The Coast Guard believes Trescott has turned crook, and is holding Ferguson for ransom. Meanwhile, Truscott and his crew, as well as the plane crew and Ferguson, are all prisoners of Coquelin on an island. It’s up to Truscott to escape somehow and bring help to capture the Coquelin and rescue the prisoners. This short novel was originally published in the January 1935 issue of FIVE NOVELS. As with all of Hubbard’s early pulp writing, there is plenty of action to go with a good plot and interesting characters. These old stories were some of his best writing during the heyday of the pulp magazines. Highly recommended.
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beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
When I first received these books through the post I was so excited, seeing the excellent graphics on the covers took me back to my childhood and the memories of running up to the newsagent on a Saturday to read the latest edition of the Victor and the Commando. The eye catching covers made me want to read them immediately and see if the written word reflected the graphics and I wasn't disappointed as they were full of excitement and adventure as well as having original artwork through the book. Both books contained five short stories which were written in simple text with excellent descriptions of the characters and scenes allowing you to envisage yourself being there.  Each story carries a moral for the reader to use which ever way he sees fit. Because these stories reminded me of my youth, where after reading similar stories my friend and I would re enact the adventures in our gardens, I just wish there was a lot more of these type of publications which would speak to the kids of today and inspire their imagination instead of playing the games on a computer. The books will appeal to readers of all ages, transporting the older generation back to their youth and enable them to share their past with the younger ones of today and would make an excellent bed time story for any inspiring young adventurer. Seeing this book cover and the amount of time and sheer effort, as well as a lot of care, that it has taken to produce them makes me believe and hope that the written book will survive forever.
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woody1 More than 1 year ago
This Coast Guard adventure, "The Phantom Patrol" was originally published in "Five Novels Monthly" in January, 1935. Johnny Trescott, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, is hot on the trail of dope runners in the Gulf of Mexico when he receives an SOS from a downed transport plane that has crashed and is sinking. Johnny's response to the signal of distress is "Damn!" Johnny has been chasing the dope runners all over the Gulf for two months. Just as Johnny rescues the passengers and crew from the plane and are headed for safety, the drug runner's boat comes alongside the Coast Guard boat and the lawless thugs board...a fight ensues and Johnny and group are taken prisoners on an island near New Orleans. Unbeknownst to Johnny, the drug runners are using Johnny's boat to raid ships all over the Gulf. Although Johnny manages to escape from the island to bring back help, he is apprehended and arrested for piracy. The reason: officials have surmised that Johnny is using his Coast Guard boat and is responsible for all the raids taking place. Now Johnny's life gets more complicated; he must escape jail, capture the drug runners and prove his innocence. Hubbard churns it up with drama, adventure, good guys/bad guys, and romance, (oh I almost forgot to mention that!) for an action packed salty sea saga. A good read!