As a lieutenant in the US Marine Corps—as handsome and cocky as Richard Gere—Michael Stuart was once considered an officer and a gentleman. But that’s all changed. Now he’s seen as a renegade, a traitor and a thief.
Stuart is a man without a country . . . and perhaps without a prayer. Why? Because in a daring plot to foil the Japanese puppet regime in China, he set out to reinstate the country’s true emperor. Known now as The Red Dragon, Stuart is a soldier of fortune in war-torn Manchuria—and a man of honor in a world of treachery.
Stuart’s latest adventure takes him from Peking to the Great Wall and beyond. He’s in a race against time and against the Japanese super-spy known as the Hell-Cat, both of them in hot pursuit of an elusive black chest. For Stuart, the ultimate prize is one filled with mystery, power, and treasure—not only in the chest itself, but in the love of the beautiful woman who has sent him on this mission. . . .
It was on Hubbard’s second journey to East Asia that he met British Secret Service agent, Major Ian MacBean, who introduced him to “The Great Game,” the geopolitical tug-of-war between China, Japan, and Britain. Hubbard also learned of the trade in stolen Chinese treasures, and was exposed to the secret criminal society known as The Red Dragon—inspiring this story of the same name. He has captured a singular time in this storied land.
“Hubbard delivers a tidy finale that shows why he was one of the most popular genre writers of his generation.” – Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Galaxy Press, LLC|
|Series:||Action Adventure Short Stories Collection|
|Edition description:||First Edition, Reissue|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Lexile:||790L (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
This is a trilling adventure along the line of an Indian Jones adventure set deep in China. There are non-stop twists and turns as the Michael Stuart takes on an unexpected quest and finds himself charged with the care of a beautiful woman and a mysterious treasure. Get ready for a very fun ride through an exotic locale. I highly recommend this adventure—it is a must in the collection.
“Great China Adventure From A Master Story Teller.” Betty Sheldon is in Peking looking for a guide to take her into Manchuria, where a Black Box is hidden, supposedly worth more than a million dollars. She is almost captured by a white man working for the Japanese. It seems the Chinese and Japanese both want the treasure, and willing to kill for it. But the mysterious Red Dragon steps in to rescue the girl, and then offers to lead her into Manchuria for the Black Box. The Red Dragon is actually an ex-American marine, who has been stranded in China, and wanted by authorizes of both nations, the Chinese and Japanese. Their journey is filled with danger, gun battles, and near death escapades, and in the final action, they are surrounded by troops of Japanese soldiers coming in for the kill. How will the Red Dragon get them out of such a predicament? This short novel was originally published in the February 1935 issue of FIVE NOVELS magazine. There were no sequels with The Red Dragon, or the character could have been a recurring hero. Although he doesn’t wear a mask, he wears twin holsters tied down with matching .45s, and is ambidextrous. The action with this ex marine turned adventurer is fun and non-stop action. A great adventure yarn from a master storyteller, and highly recommended.
In between my longer reads, I like being able to toss in a little something else to mix it up. Something short and attention grabbing that breaks me away from my usual read before starting another. Which is why I like the pulp fiction stories by L. Ron Hubbard. The Red Dragon was a great, short read with a hint of mystery, action, and of course a little love. I love that the characters are never fully defined so the tall, dark, and handsome Red Dragon reminds me sort of like Zorro… or Robin Hood. He’s kind of the “steal from the rich to give to the poor” kind. Ms. Sheldon was no lady either. She stepped right into the action without any hesitation that a typical woman may have in that era. I really enjoyed this one. It was a fun read that I couldn’t put down. If you are looking to mix up your reading list a little bit, this is definitely one I would recommend checking out – it’s short, fun, action packed with a bit of love (but not enough to be gushy) with a bit of handsome cowboy tossed in it!
Cassandra's Review of The Red Dragon, by L. Ron Hubbard- this book was Originally published in 1935. I thought I would have problems following it because of possible slang translations of ages ago. I am new to the "Golden Age" of pulp magazine fiction, a term I only first read about on the back cover of the book. I am glad I did because it is the best way to describe it So thanks to Midwest Book Review for coining it. I will be on the look out for more great works from L.Ron Hubbard and I hope to be entertained and happy with the amount of time spent on reading them. So far I have not been let down by the style or writing of these books. I will now mention that I hope you win and good luck but even if you do not, please go to the links and buy a copy or two for yourself and a friend and everyone will enjoy them especially boys and the action and plots are probably going to get them wanting to read more. Cassandra95011