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Sky Devil, The (Stories From The Golden Age) (2013)

by L. Ron Hubbard(Favorite Author)
3.23 of 5 Votes: 4
Galaxy Press
review 1: This is the second "pulp" piece that I finished from L. Ron this week. After I finished the first I have had the urge to start really checking into his stuff. I will have to admit I did prefer the written word to the audio version for which this is but it was also enjoyable to hear this done as a performance as opposed to a straight reading. Vic Kennedy is the consummate action hero of the time. Part Indiana Jones, Part MacGyver and part Clark Gable. The great thing about these stories is that unlike the films of the time you are privy to the charters inner dialog so to hear the humanizing self doubt that goes along with acts of extreme courage is a lot of fun. L. Ron keeps his characters to a minimum and lets you know what you need to know to move a long the plot at hand ... morethere are no wasted words. The actors performance are pretty top notch here. There is defiantly some hamming it up, but that is how this stuff is written it is to be hammed up and the actors do a great job of it.
review 2: Galaxy Press has been releasing L. Ron Hubbard's short stories onto audiobooks, featuring a talented voice-cast and outstanding sound effects. All the short stories used come form the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s, a time when the newsstands were covered with pulp magazines containing great adventures from well-known authors to amateur writers.Coming out tomorrow is "The Sky Devil" by L. Ron Hubbard, which originally appeared in the September 1935 issue of Top-Notch. At a running time of over an hour, the story centers on the American pilot Vic Kennedy, who happens to find himself on the wrong side of the Greek war after he had personally brought in the rebel leader to the ancient city of Alexandria, but he now finds himself as an outsider. He has nowhere to go as the British won't let him stay, the French don't want him and the Greek wants him dead!Wounded and with his plane running low on fuel, Vic makes the decision to land in the Sahara oasis, heal his wound and get more fuel. At least that was his original plan until he crosses path with a beautiful captive princess. Her father (the King) is forcing her to marry an ugly man, whom she doesn't love. When she meets Vic, she mistakes him for a genie known as The Sky Devil. Vic will be praying for a real genie or a miracle if he is going to survive the Sahara and save the princess.There are two more stories on the two-disc audiobook, Buckley Plays A Hunch and Medals For Mahoney. In Bucky Plays A Hunch, a boat captain goes to the Marianas Islands to search for a missing exploratory team, only to find out that the team doesn't want to leave. In Medals For Mahoney, an American solider guarding a warehouse on the Kamling Island gets more than he bargained for when there is a standoff between a general manager and the a tribe of headhunters.After reviewing several audiobooks Stories From the Golden Age, The Sky Devil happens to be the longest, but it didn't actually feel like it was that long as all three adventure stories caught my interest from the very beginning and time flew by quickly. Though The Sky Devil isn't the best of L. Ron Hubbard's short stories, it is still entertaining. I only wish other short stories by the countless authors from the golden age would be reprinted or brought out as an audiobook for new generations of readers. less
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Love these!! Quick little pulp fiction stories from 80 years ago when times were simpler!!1
A different book than what I usually read but not disappointed. Received as an ARC.
I am also a person who won this book in the summertime and it never showed up.
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