The Trail of the Red Diamonds (Large Print 16pt)

The Trail of the Red Diamonds (Large Print 16pt)

by L. Ron Hubbard
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The Trail of the Red Diamonds (Large Print 16pt) by L. Ron Hubbard

A pulse - pounding adventure that would put Indiana Jones on edge. Most copies of The Travels of Marco Polo leave out a great deal and are difficult to decipher. Yet when one original manuscript lands in the hands of Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, he's able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long - dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn. An offering to the gods to light the leader's way to heaven, the glittering stones are worth several million dollars, as they are diamonds. Recently recovered from a bout of malaria and two bullet holes collected in war - ravaged Gran Chaco, Lieutenant Daly sets out on his treasure travels, ignoring warnings from friends and doctors. He follows Marco Polo's words straight into a dark maze of betrayal, espionage and death - with more riding on each precious line of text than he ever imagined. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY ''HURRICANE'S WAR. ''...a very strong Indiana Jones feel to it, even though it predates Indy by nearly five exciting story that keeps readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best.'' Booklist

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ISBN-13: 9781459655508
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

L. Ron Hubbard (1911 ¿ 1986), often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. Hubbard established his career as a writer with science fiction and fantasy novels, including the novel Battlefield Earth, which was adapted into a feature film in 2000. Starting in the 1950s, Hubbard created a system called Dianetics, which is a wide-ranging set of doctrines and practices that became the foundation of the religious movement Scientology.

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The Trail of the Red Diamonds (Large Print 16pt) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No wonder he gave up writing to start a religion. Dude was a BAD writer!
DrDavidPowers More than 1 year ago
I've been devouring the impressive list of released titles from the L. Ron Hubbard collection of short stories and novellas put out by Galaxy Press. They've all been good. I haven't come across a bad one yet, but I did recently read one that is my new favorite. It's titled The Trail of the Red Diamonds but also includes the story Hurricane's Roar. To sum it up as succinctly as possible and merge both modern and ancient, fiction and non-fiction, I'd say it's a cross between Marco Polo and Uncharted. You should know all about Marco Polo from high school history lessons, but if you need to refresh with a modern retelling, check out the new series by that title on Netflix. As for Uncharted, it's a video game franchise and comic book that retells the classic story of a good man who doesn't always do the right thing to get ahead, kind of a gentleman thief. In other words, if Indiana Jones kept or sold artifacts instead of giving them to museums, you'd have Nathan Drake. The title story of this edition gives us a hero not unlike Nathan Drake, but also expands the original history of Marco Polo by pushing forward on a myth associated with it. It's a wonderful read as we travel through portions of Asia with the accuracy of L. Ron Hubbard's real life experience evident in the scenery and customs. Another interesting element of these tales is that there is no stereotypical damsel in them. Most of the stories from this time have a woman in distress that needs rescue by a strong man. Not these two. I'm not saying women aren't in them, but these women are a little different. If you're a fan of adventure stories, historical drama, or stories set in the Far East, this one is a perfect choice from the Galaxy Press catalog.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Fast-Paced, Colorful Characters, And Exciting Stories.” This volume actually contains two stories by L. Ron Hubbard: THE TRAIL OF THE RED DIAMONDS, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, January 1935, under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, the main character of the story. And THE HURRICANE’S ROAR, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, April 1939. In the first story, Jonathan Daly translates passages from Marco Polo’s manuscript while laid up in a hospital in San Francisco; coming across several mentions of Kublai Khan’s final burial site, and the treasure buried with him, Daly’s interest is peaked when he learns the treasure consists of rare, valuable red diamonds. Leaving the hospital, he contacts a friend in China, Jim Lange with coded details, requesting camels and soldiers for their trip to the burial site. Naturally, there is much adventure before arriving at their destination, as well as intrigue and death. You might call THE HURRICANE’S ROAR a costumed hero story, or pulp hero, if you will. Although the author doesn’t say in this story, Jim Dahlgren, an American who lives and works in China selling planes, is also the flying hero known as Wind-Gone-Mad (name for hurricanes, so he’s essentially The Hurricane). Wind-Gone-Mad flies a scarlet plane with a dragon design. His goggles are like a domino mask, and the helmet is also painted like a dragon. In this story two warring bandit leaders are causing a lot of problems near the Khinghan Mountains where Amalgamated Aeronautical Company wants to build a runway, and near a mine worked by an American named Bill McCall. Someone is planning on marketing their own deal if The Hurricane can’t stop the fighting and broker a deal benefiting everybody. These novelettes were a lot of fun. The writing is fast-paced, and the characters colorful, and the stories are exciting. Highly recommended to lovers of adventure fiction.
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As you can tell from the cover, this is is a story (a couple, actually) from the pulp magazines, which showcased action stories with little intellectual content. The two stories (and excerpt of a novel) within are perfect examples. There's no reflection, no consideration, on the part of the characters, so nothing to distract you from just going along for the ride—unless the undertones of racism bother you (the English and American heroes being far more capable than the Chinese they deal with). I'd skip the foreword (which mentions other pulp writers, such as Lovecraft, Burroughs, Hammett, etc.—yet ranks Hubbard as "the most enduring" and "among the most legendary"), which adds nothing worth noting except the blind adulation for Hubbard—which certainly is not due to him for the quality of his writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I write anything, let me say I like the crisp, clean way L. Ron Hubbard writes pulp fiction. This is a short read about greed and murder. An added bonus - "Hurricane's Roar" is a second short story included. If you like the genre, you'll enjoy this.
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woody1 More than 1 year ago
"The Trail to the Red Diamonds" was first published in "Thrilling Adventure" in January, 1935 under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, the main character in this adventure story. Using a pseudonym is not unique since L. Ron Hubbard employed fifteen different pen names in addition to his own name in his many pulp titles. This fictional tale begins during Lt. Daly's recuperation from bullet wounds in a Gran Chaco hospital, He discovers an original manuscript of Marco Polo's travels: "I had come across an original manuscript of Marco Polo's. The man that lent it to me did not know its value," states Lt. Daly. Halfway through the manuscript, he reads a paragraph about a chest of red stones which glittered "like the sun through red-stained quartz." At first, he believes they are rubies but then he figures out they could only be diamonds...rare red diamonds. As Daly reads Marco Polo's words, he realizes the chest of red diamonds had been buried with Kublai Khan, the Emperor of China to lighten his way to heaven and to serve as offerings to the gods. Intrigued with an insatiable desire for the bounty, Daly wastes no time and sets off to find the buried treasure ignoring warnings from his doctors and friends. Little known to him, he has challengers- the Chinese army and disloyal renegades that complicate his journey for riches in this dark tale of betrayal, espionage, double crosses, and death. Also included in this volume is "Hurricane's Roar," a tale about a sinister and clever Mongolian warrior- Wind-Gone-Mad.