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Before Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark were even a gleam in Spielberg’s eye, one intrepid pilot flew out of the sky in search of treasure . . . only to find a bit of hell on earth. Captain Gordon lives like he flies—by the seat of his pants, taking on any job and all comers.  Now he’s bound for the forbidding mountains along the shores of the Arabian Sea, transporting a team Before Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark were even a gleam in Spielberg’s eye, one intrepid pilot flew out of the sky in search of treasure . . . only to find a bit of hell on earth. Captain Gordon lives like he flies—by the seat of his pants, taking on any job and all comers.  Now he’s bound for the forbidding mountains along the shores of the Arabian Sea, transporting a team of anthropologists on the trail of Alexander the Great.  But ancient history is about to come to dangerous life with the discovery of a long-buried map—a map leading to high adventure, untold treasure, and cold-blooded murder. . . . Gordon’s headed deep into The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead—unearthing a secret that could bury him. Not only was Hubbard steeped in the history of the ancient world, he was also an avid adventurer—both in his own right and as a respected member of the famed Explorers Club.  As such, he brought a wealth of insight, experience and authenticity to all his tales of adventure.  Also includes two additional adventures: The Price of a Hat, in which the key to the Russian Czar’s life is hidden in a most unexpected place, and Starch and Stripes, the story of a U.S. Marine who sets a trap for a tropical warlord that reverberates all the way back to Washington. “An exciting story told at a brisk clip, with characters and dialogue that keep readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best.” —Booklist * An International Book Awards Winner


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Before Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark were even a gleam in Spielberg’s eye, one intrepid pilot flew out of the sky in search of treasure . . . only to find a bit of hell on earth. Captain Gordon lives like he flies—by the seat of his pants, taking on any job and all comers.  Now he’s bound for the forbidding mountains along the shores of the Arabian Sea, transporting a team Before Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark were even a gleam in Spielberg’s eye, one intrepid pilot flew out of the sky in search of treasure . . . only to find a bit of hell on earth. Captain Gordon lives like he flies—by the seat of his pants, taking on any job and all comers.  Now he’s bound for the forbidding mountains along the shores of the Arabian Sea, transporting a team of anthropologists on the trail of Alexander the Great.  But ancient history is about to come to dangerous life with the discovery of a long-buried map—a map leading to high adventure, untold treasure, and cold-blooded murder. . . . Gordon’s headed deep into The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead—unearthing a secret that could bury him. Not only was Hubbard steeped in the history of the ancient world, he was also an avid adventurer—both in his own right and as a respected member of the famed Explorers Club.  As such, he brought a wealth of insight, experience and authenticity to all his tales of adventure.  Also includes two additional adventures: The Price of a Hat, in which the key to the Russian Czar’s life is hidden in a most unexpected place, and Starch and Stripes, the story of a U.S. Marine who sets a trap for a tropical warlord that reverberates all the way back to Washington. “An exciting story told at a brisk clip, with characters and dialogue that keep readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best.” —Booklist * An International Book Awards Winner

30 review for Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead by L. Ron Hubbard - Tomb Raider of Alexander the Great's Lost Treasure (Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This book, which I won in a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway, is a collection of three short stories from the mid-'30's pulp magazines. "Price of a Hat" is set in the Russian revolution during the First World War and is an entertaining tale of espionage. "Starch and Stripes" is set on Haiti during the caco wars and, among other things, points out the frustrations and futility they've suffered there for generations. The titular story is probably the least worthwhile of the three, but has some scenes This book, which I won in a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway, is a collection of three short stories from the mid-'30's pulp magazines. "Price of a Hat" is set in the Russian revolution during the First World War and is an entertaining tale of espionage. "Starch and Stripes" is set on Haiti during the caco wars and, among other things, points out the frustrations and futility they've suffered there for generations. The titular story is probably the least worthwhile of the three, but has some scenes that seem almost to be straight from "Raiders of the Lost Arc," but was published before Ford or Lucas or Spielberg were born. The Galaxy editions of Hubbard's works are well-produced and attractive volumes with the original illustrations included, and I've found almost all of them to be fast, fun reads.

  2. 5 out of 5

    BadWhiteBoy89

    He goes to afgahnistan where he fights in the war. He has hot girlfriend that wants to have sex with him. He returns home and has to hunt down russian spys who killed his family.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    Galaxy Press is bringing out the complete pulp fiction of L. Ron Hubbard in 80 handsomely designed volumes of three or four stories each for about ten bucks a volume. A preface and an afterword mythologizing the life of Hubbard in bombastic prose should probably also be viewed as a work of fiction. If HRH did half the feats attributed to him in this introduction — and he didn’t — he would be a legitimate candidate for sainthood! Oh wait…Galaxy Press is owned by the Church of Scientology so that’ Galaxy Press is bringing out the complete pulp fiction of L. Ron Hubbard in 80 handsomely designed volumes of three or four stories each for about ten bucks a volume. A preface and an afterword mythologizing the life of Hubbard in bombastic prose should probably also be viewed as a work of fiction. If HRH did half the feats attributed to him in this introduction — and he didn’t — he would be a legitimate candidate for sainthood! Oh wait…Galaxy Press is owned by the Church of Scientology so that’s probably exactly what they are attempting to do![return] [return]Although his real life story is nothing like the swashbuckling hagiography portrayed here — in fact he seems to have been a narrow-minded racist when he was young and travelling with his parents through China and the Philippines — he did have a talent for storytelling and appears to have mined that talent across a wide spectrum of genres within what we now call pulp fiction. At a penny a word in the early days, the more you could write, under various pseudonyms and across genres, the more you could make.[return] [return]It is important to remember where these tales were published and for what audience. Every month throughout the 30’s and 40’s newsstands were papered with monthly magazines of adventure, fantasy, mystery, science fiction and romance. Hundreds of these rags vied for the attention of an audience looking for a good yarn to bring a little bit of exotic wonder into their lives. [return] [return]The stories included in Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead are good examples of that milieu.[return] [return]The title story is set in Baluchistan at the edge of the Iranian plateau in Pakistan. The story is a treasure hunt for the abandoned wealth of Alexander the Great as he retreated across the Makran desert with a doomed army of thousands. Our hero, Captain Charles Gordon, is a two-fisted man’s man who is the pilot on this expedition headed by a couple of British scientist-explorers. Also along for the ride is Kehlar, a Dehwar guide who Hubbard describes as “a strong brute, light fingered and greasy” — typical 30’s xenophobia. There is murder, treachery, dust storms, murder, more treachery, more murder, and so forth. Actually, if I slow down my 21st century brain and insert myself into the time it was written, it’s a pretty good half hour read. Just don’t set your sites too high.[return] [return]The second story, Price of a Hat, set during the fall of the Tsarist Empire and the beginnings of Soviet Russia is an interesting concept and not a half-bad read. Our hero is an American spy embedded in Siberia who, through a series of chance encounters has, for a moment at least, an opportunity to change the course of 20th century history. At 14 pages the story is practically over before it begins.[return] [return]The third story, Starch and Stripes is set in Cap-Haitien, Haiti in a USMC camp and features (of course) an American hero name Eddie Edwards, a rough at the edges marine captain who single-handedly takes on a sadistic bandit General when he should be polishing his boots and marching on the parade grounds. Again, a fun, quick read but nothing brilliant.[return] [return]In spite of having a Forward, a Glossary and an Afterword, there is no information about when these stories were written or where they were published. Stretching the series to eighty volumes just seems to be an exercise in greed. Handsome as they are, it would have been nicer to see the work in 12 or 15 volumes with a greater range of stories in each volume. That however may not serve the purposes of the Church.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven Brandt

    Here come three more gems from one of the 20th century’s most prolific writers. During the 1930’s and 40’s, L Ron Hubbard wrote hundreds of short stories that were published in various pulp fiction magazines of the day. Now, for the first time, those timeless classics are being published in an audio format. Galaxy Audio is producing more than 200 of Hubbard’s short stories in full-cast audio, beautifully rendered with cinema-quality music and sound enhancements. The latest installment in the ser Here come three more gems from one of the 20th century’s most prolific writers. During the 1930’s and 40’s, L Ron Hubbard wrote hundreds of short stories that were published in various pulp fiction magazines of the day. Now, for the first time, those timeless classics are being published in an audio format. Galaxy Audio is producing more than 200 of Hubbard’s short stories in full-cast audio, beautifully rendered with cinema-quality music and sound enhancements. The latest installment in the series goes on sale in August, and includes the following stories: Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead : Captain Gordon is hired to fly a group of anthropologists into a remote area of Pakistan. Trouble begins when the team finds an ancient map revealing the location of a buried tomb that has been hidden for 23 centuries. Built by Alexander the Great, the tomb contains a vast treasure, along with ten thousand of Alexander’s well-preserved Macedonian soldiers. Forgetting their scientific endeavors, the anthropologists soon fall prey to greed, each one willing to kill for the contents of the tomb. Captain Gordon will be lucky to make it out of the desert alive. Price of a Hat : During a war in Russia, an American soldier witnesses three Reds gunning down a Cossack. They seem particularly interested in the Cossack’s hat. The American gets the drop on the three, and decides to carry the hat back to base, thinking it may be of some importance. Over the next several days, many men on both sides of the war die over possession of the mysterious headwear. Will anyone be able to determine the significance of the hat before it is too late? Starch and Stripes : During a different war in a different time, L Ron Hubbard takes a satirical look at the way some military figures seem to place more importance on proper dress and procedure than on duty. When Captain Eddie ignores a visit by the top brass in order to carry out his mission, will he be praised or damned? This full-cast audio production is enhanced with cinema-quality music and sound effects, and features the voice talents of Josh R Thompson, R F Daley, Ralph Lister, Jim Meskimen, Joey Naber, Noelle North, Enn Reitel, Fred Tatasciore, and Michael Yurchak. This exciting style of production can really bring an audiobook to life, and makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action. L Ron Hubbard does adventure stories as well as anyone I have read. Don’t miss these three thrilling tales. Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom Johnson

    “Adventure Yarns By A Master Storyteller.” “Tomb of The Ten Thousand Dead” was published in the October 1936 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURE. Pilot Captain Gordon finds himself among crazed scientists when they discover the lost treasure of Alexander The Great. Alone in a cavern with the thousands of dead soldiers left to guard the treasure when Alexander couldn’t take it with him. All ready one man has been killed, and three more will kill to obtain the treasure. “Price of A Hat” was an interesting “Adventure Yarns By A Master Storyteller.” “Tomb of The Ten Thousand Dead” was published in the October 1936 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURE. Pilot Captain Gordon finds himself among crazed scientists when they discover the lost treasure of Alexander The Great. Alone in a cavern with the thousands of dead soldiers left to guard the treasure when Alexander couldn’t take it with him. All ready one man has been killed, and three more will kill to obtain the treasure. “Price of A Hat” was an interesting tale told by Stuart as a group set at a card table, the discarded cards tossed into a strange hat called a kubanka. Stuart had been assigned to spy on Russia in 1917, and in Siberia he witnesses the murder of a Mongol rider. He chases the killers off, and the Mongol tells him to carry the hat to the Czar, and then dies. Stuart loses the hat and regains it several times before having an intelligence operator examine the hat. Hidden in the seams is a coded message warning Czar Nicholas II and his family that they are to be murdered if they don’t flee to safety. The message was not delivered on time, and Czar Nicholas II and his family were murdered. “Starch & Stripes” is another yarn about marines training blacks in Africa to be soldiers. Gunnery Sergeant Eddie Edwards, wearing captain bars, is in charge of the local unit. He has set a trap for the local rebel leader, but before the trap can be sprung, Lt/Col Cramer arrives to order his men prepare for inspection. A top marine general and senators are coming for an inspection. Not having a clean uniform, Captain Edwards runs into town to have his clothes cleaned and pressed by a local black woman. Unfortunately, while in town he’s captured by the rebel leader. In an escape, he turns the tables and gets the rebel. They get to camp just in time for the inspection and the general is ready to bust him back to corporal until the senators take charge of the situation. The three stories were fun reads. I kind of liked “Price of A Hat” better than the other two, but each had their own merits. Hubbard was an excellent writer of adventure tales, as well as other genres during his pulp years. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stewart

    The kind folks at Galaxy Press have given me a few copies of their audiobooks over the years at semiannual ALA conferences. I promised one of their booth reps this summer that I'd post reviews of them on Goodreads to repay their generosity. "Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead" is one of L. Ron Hubbard's old pulp novels. It's a full-cast, two-disc audiobook with music and effects. The titles in the Stories from the Golden Age series vary widely in quality but the audio production is fantastic. The title The kind folks at Galaxy Press have given me a few copies of their audiobooks over the years at semiannual ALA conferences. I promised one of their booth reps this summer that I'd post reviews of them on Goodreads to repay their generosity. "Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead" is one of L. Ron Hubbard's old pulp novels. It's a full-cast, two-disc audiobook with music and effects. The titles in the Stories from the Golden Age series vary widely in quality but the audio production is fantastic. The title tale is a short one -- only a single-disc long -- and excellent. It's a tale of treachery and treasure in the desert. The subsequent story, "Price of a Hat," is a WWI-era story about a singularly unlucky Russian chapeau. It was also great fun. Then there was the third story, "Starch and Stripes," about Marines in a Haiti-like country in the Caribbean. It's also pretty terribly racist, including continually referring to a Caribbean woman as the "Queen of Spades." I realize that many early 20th century pulp novels were casually (and not-so-casually) racist, even great ones like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, but that doesn't mean they should be reissued with lavish production values. It may not be fair to hold those books to modern standards, but there you have it. Still, I recommend the double-disc set. It's 4 stars without the third story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K

    I am always looking for alternative ways for my students to connect with literature, so I often look into audio books. While some have been good, it wasn’t until I had a chance to listen to Tomb of Ten Thousand Dead that I heard some really great stories that my students (especially boys) could connect with. Just one of a series of CDs by Golden Age Stories, Tomb of Ten Thousand Dead is like a 1930′s Indiana Jones. When Captain Gordon, a respected pilot, is hired to bring some archaeologists to a I am always looking for alternative ways for my students to connect with literature, so I often look into audio books. While some have been good, it wasn’t until I had a chance to listen to Tomb of Ten Thousand Dead that I heard some really great stories that my students (especially boys) could connect with. Just one of a series of CDs by Golden Age Stories, Tomb of Ten Thousand Dead is like a 1930′s Indiana Jones. When Captain Gordon, a respected pilot, is hired to bring some archaeologists to a desert dig site, he has no idea how much trouble he is about to get into. The researchers intend to look for an ancient treasure site, one that has been hidden in the desert since the age of Alexander the Great. Gordon quickly discovers that the treasure will only cause trouble, and finds himself in a fight for his life in a tomb of 10,000 dead soldiers. With great sound effects, diverse voices (as opposed to one person trying to do different voices), and a thrilling plot, I loved the story (as well as Price of a Hat and Starch and Stripes, the two others that came in the CD set). The stories are each less than an hour, so they are a good length for some of my struggling students who have a hard time retaining information. Additionally, because these are all recorded versions of L. Ron Hubbard’s classic adventure stories, the entire Golden Age Stories collection is action-packed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Athena Nagel

    My review is based on the Multi-Cast Audio Book rather than the paperback. Over the years I have actually read quite a few L Ron Hubbard books. Now when most people think of L Ron Hubbard they immediately think of the Church of Scientology. I have never read anything about that - but L Ron Hubbards other writings were some of the earliest writings that captivated my interest. Over the years I read Dianetics (The Modern Science of Mental Health), Battlefield Earth and the Mission Earth Series (A D My review is based on the Multi-Cast Audio Book rather than the paperback. Over the years I have actually read quite a few L Ron Hubbard books. Now when most people think of L Ron Hubbard they immediately think of the Church of Scientology. I have never read anything about that - but L Ron Hubbards other writings were some of the earliest writings that captivated my interest. Over the years I read Dianetics (The Modern Science of Mental Health), Battlefield Earth and the Mission Earth Series (A Decology). That decology was a killer - I could hardly manage the anticipation while waiting for the next book in the series. He has so many other writings and in so many different genres. Then this opportunity came along. The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead is a short story but incredibly action packed. And when listening to it on a multicast audio track rather than a straight audio track it is very much like going to a movie theater but without the visual aspect. There are sounds (such as guns/screaming/noises) and each character has a different voice. The books are considered three-dimensional audio books. The acting cast breathes great new life into some timeless classics written by Hubbard. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead via the three-dimensional audio book format. I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Wow. The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead was fantastic. It was different from the other audio books by L. Ron Hubbard that I’ve listened to, in that it was a story told from the first person perspective. I thought that provided an interesting twist. The story was shorter than most, 52 minutes. I was able to listen to it in one sitting. Of course, being short meant that we got right to the action, as usual, and kept up an incredibly high pace the entire time. At one point when Gordon found himself Wow. The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead was fantastic. It was different from the other audio books by L. Ron Hubbard that I’ve listened to, in that it was a story told from the first person perspective. I thought that provided an interesting twist. The story was shorter than most, 52 minutes. I was able to listen to it in one sitting. Of course, being short meant that we got right to the action, as usual, and kept up an incredibly high pace the entire time. At one point when Gordon found himself in a tomb in complete dark, hearing strange noises around him, I found myself having a hard time breathing and trying not to panic. I kid you not…it was that intense and that well acted! There are two other stories featured on this audio cd as well: Price of a Hat and Starch and Stripes. I really enjoyed both of those stories also. Price of a Hat is a sad, well thought out story about the struggles had in Russia at the time Tsar Nicholas II and his family were killed. Starch and Stripes is one of those high-adventure stories that ends with you feeling highly satisfied and wanting to say, “yeah, in your face!” to the less likable characters. Both were fantastic, and about 30 minutes each.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Toro

    Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead is a collection of three short retro pulp fiction stories : "Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead", "Price of a Hat," and "Starch and Stripes." The stories are wonderful. Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead : Captain Gordon with his group of anthropologists finds an ancient map revealing the location of a buried tomb that has been built by Alexander the Great. Forgetting about their scientific endeavors, the anthropologists soon fall prey to greed, each one willing to kill for t Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead is a collection of three short retro pulp fiction stories : "Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead", "Price of a Hat," and "Starch and Stripes." The stories are wonderful. Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead : Captain Gordon with his group of anthropologists finds an ancient map revealing the location of a buried tomb that has been built by Alexander the Great. Forgetting about their scientific endeavors, the anthropologists soon fall prey to greed, each one willing to kill for the contents of the tomb. Price of a Hat : The action is in Russia. During a war, an American soldier witnesses three Reds gunning down a Cossack that was interested in the Cossack’s hat. The American gets the drop on the three, and decides to carry the hat back to base. Over the next several days, many men on both sides of the war die over possession of the mysterious headwear. Starch and Stripes In Haiti, Marine Captain Edwards is ordered to call off the trap to catch the local bandit and instead prepare his camp for an inspection by four Senators on the Ways and Means Committee.When Captain Eddie ignores the visit in order to carry out his mission, will he be praised or damned?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    Three solid adventure stories Multicast Performance with music and sound effects Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes. Published by Galaxy Press Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead is part of a large series of books and stories that are being re-published by Galaxy Press as part of their Golden Age Stories series. In reality, they are a collection of L. Ron Hubbard's early works that were published in magazines and as pulp fiction books. Hubbard was a prolific writer and he wrote a lot of action stories that Three solid adventure stories Multicast Performance with music and sound effects Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes. Published by Galaxy Press Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead is part of a large series of books and stories that are being re-published by Galaxy Press as part of their Golden Age Stories series. In reality, they are a collection of L. Ron Hubbard's early works that were published in magazines and as pulp fiction books. Hubbard was a prolific writer and he wrote a lot of action stories that translate quite well into the multicast performance audiobook format. This edition features 3 short stories. The first is Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead, the story of a team of freelance archaeologists that are searching for a lost treasure of Alexander the Great in what is now southern Pakistan. When a down on his luck pilot and a local guide find the map, well, who knows what they will find? Read more at: http://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Swederski

    I drive a pretty long way to work each day – some days spending over an hour in my car each way. So I enjoy listening to Audio Books. I was recently given the opportunity to listen to some Stories from the Golden Age. These Audio tapes are about 2 hours long and Galaxy Press has over 150 audiobook stories in their collection by L. Ron Hubbard. The nice thing about these audiobooks is that there is a lot of action in them and you can hear the different characters – with lots of sound effects. Ther I drive a pretty long way to work each day – some days spending over an hour in my car each way. So I enjoy listening to Audio Books. I was recently given the opportunity to listen to some Stories from the Golden Age. These Audio tapes are about 2 hours long and Galaxy Press has over 150 audiobook stories in their collection by L. Ron Hubbard. The nice thing about these audiobooks is that there is a lot of action in them and you can hear the different characters – with lots of sound effects. There is also a wide variety of book types including scifi, fantasy, western, mystery, adventure and more. I also listened to 2 other Audiobooks Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead – here an ancient map is found in an old pottery jar – and troubles brews from then on. You will want to find out what happens in this suspense filled Audiobook

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book contains three reprinted stories by 1930's-1940's pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The stories contain the elements popular to the genre; treachery, murder, greed, etc. The stories are short and for the most part seem to just get going when they come to an end. However one must keep in mind that the stories were originally written to be in magazines for the day, requiring the length to be fairly short. A good portion of the book is taken up by a forward, glossary and afterward. The This book contains three reprinted stories by 1930's-1940's pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The stories contain the elements popular to the genre; treachery, murder, greed, etc. The stories are short and for the most part seem to just get going when they come to an end. However one must keep in mind that the stories were originally written to be in magazines for the day, requiring the length to be fairly short. A good portion of the book is taken up by a forward, glossary and afterward. The space would of been much better suited for more of the author's stories. All in all it is an fairly entertaining quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erinn Sluka

    I was sent a story of my choosing and reviewed the L. Ron Hubbard Title: Tomb of the Ted Thousand Dead. To hear these stories on tape is amazing. It has it's own cast in a way. If you were to close your eyes, you'd think you were in front of a live production. The story takes you on an adventure through India with an Anthropologist who stumbles upon an ancient grave of Alexander the Great where it is discovered that thousands of his followers had perished in their journey of bringing great treas I was sent a story of my choosing and reviewed the L. Ron Hubbard Title: Tomb of the Ted Thousand Dead. To hear these stories on tape is amazing. It has it's own cast in a way. If you were to close your eyes, you'd think you were in front of a live production. The story takes you on an adventure through India with an Anthropologist who stumbles upon an ancient grave of Alexander the Great where it is discovered that thousands of his followers had perished in their journey of bringing great treasures. This treasure had been buried in a tomb and no one was to ever discover it until a map surfaces. Now it is the quest to find this destination and uncover some history.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lu Patterson

    This was the last book I read and it's different from the other because rather than be one long novel, it was a collection of 3 different stories that had one thing in common: death and how the person telling the story escaped it while others weren't so lucky. The first story gives the title to the whole book and it's about a pilot that found himself in the middle of nowhere with some very greedy and dishonest archeologists and that will do anything to find a very antique treasure.....anything! T This was the last book I read and it's different from the other because rather than be one long novel, it was a collection of 3 different stories that had one thing in common: death and how the person telling the story escaped it while others weren't so lucky. The first story gives the title to the whole book and it's about a pilot that found himself in the middle of nowhere with some very greedy and dishonest archeologists and that will do anything to find a very antique treasure.....anything! The story I mostly liked tho is "Price of a hat", a tale happened in old Russia that describe a peculiar way of communicating a message that unfortunately never arrives to the right destination.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    I won this book from Goodreads.com I love retro pulp fiction, so I was tickled to find out that I had won a copy of this book. Whether people agree or disagree with L. Ron Hubbard’s beliefs, there is no disputing that he was a prolific, accomplished author. Galaxy Press does an excellent job of presenting these works of pulp fiction in attractive volumes (I am even thinking of subscribing). I really enjoyed the adventurous, interesting Captain Gordon and look forward to reading more of these w I won this book from Goodreads.com I love retro pulp fiction, so I was tickled to find out that I had won a copy of this book. Whether people agree or disagree with L. Ron Hubbard’s beliefs, there is no disputing that he was a prolific, accomplished author. Galaxy Press does an excellent job of presenting these works of pulp fiction in attractive volumes (I am even thinking of subscribing). I really enjoyed the adventurous, interesting Captain Gordon and look forward to reading more of these works in the near future. Four stars all the way! I would recommend these to any lovers of retro pulp fiction. Very fun books indeed!

  17. 5 out of 5

    pdarnold

    Interesting adventure tales which I think were originally written (or meant to appear to be written) back during pulp fictions heyday. There are a total of 3 stories within this book. Very short tales. The last approximate quarter of book is about the life of the author (which I skimmed through). Bravery, mayhem, deceit, adventure, archaeological finds, military bravado, mischief, war, cossacks, and spies.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    I can't say enough about how enjoyable it was to read all three short stories in this wonderful book. To enjoy the feel and writing of past in pulp fiction, it just takes you back to a time of great reads that could just get you excited. I would recommend anyone read these L. Ron Hubbard stories and even pass them on to get a younger reader excited about reading. Thganks for the copy I won from Goodreads and look forward to reading more of these wonderful books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    I won this book through a GoodReads Giveaway. I was intrigued by this re-issue, especially because I've only heard of L. Ron Hubbard in context of Scientology. I wanted to see what he was like as a writer. Sadly (even though I enjoy science fiction tremendously), I could not get through these stories. Maybe there is a generation gap in play, and these did not survive the test of time. Or maybe this was just not my cup of tea. Either way, I was not impressed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clint Flatt

    I love these reprints of L.Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction short stories. This is the third book I have read. They are great fun action packed short stories to take you away from your stress. As soon as you start any of the stories you are on an roller coaster ride of adventure, suspense, romance and intrigue. They are very simple and cheesy stories but that is what makes them fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Niffer

    I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This is not high class literature. However it's good, solid adventure fun. I can fully understand how, in the days before TV sitcoms and youtube videos, this type of story was popular. It's quick and easy to read. It's full of adventure and fun. I very much enjoyed the break from reality when reading this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. These stories should have been longer. It seems like in all three the whole book was setup, and then the development and conclusion all in the last three pages. My husband wanted to know why I would even read a book by the founder of Scientology, since it dramatically opposes our views, but these teachings didn't seem evident in the work at all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this in a goodreads firstreads drawing. A fun collection of three adventure tales set in far flung parts of the world. Tomb robbing in the African desert, World War One subterfuge in Russia, and guerilla fighting in Haiti are the chosen stories, and they're all filled with action and suspense. A good collection of unusual stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Deming

    This is a very enjoyable story, well performed with great sound effects! Good classic adventure tale! Two other stories included as well with "Price of a Hat" and "Starch and Stripes."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Max

    A very exciting read! Quick and to the point, both the title story and the later "Price of a Hat" story provide good entertainment. Good to have for a train ride, bus ride, or a two-hour drive to Grandma's!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle L.

    I'm a big fan of adventure heroes so this book was right up my alley. I was quickly wrapped up in Captain Gordon's big adventure. I also liked that the book included a glossary. Its the nerd in me but I having the meaning of words not used in everyday contemporary language is helpful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle L.

    I'm a big fan of adventure heroes so this book was right up my alley. I was quickly wrapped up in Captain Gordon's big adventure. I also liked that the book included a glossary. Its the nerd in me but I having the meaning of words not used in everyday contemporary language is helpful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megon

    Very nice couple of short stories. This is actually the only thing I've ever read by L. Ron Hubbard, and I liked it enough to search out a few of his other books. These are old stories re-printed, but a very enjoyable read. I did receive this book for free from Goodreads First reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery Chatham

    I won this book in a giveaway on this site so I can't really complain about it but I was hoping there'd be a more satisfying ending to any of the stories in it. They were alright; it just seems like L. Ron Hubbard has a tough time finishing them up in a great way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    A strange yet enjoyable book!

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