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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466358343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466358348
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fast and fun.
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And what's even more surprising is the fact that while each story can be viewed as a stand alone piece, there is a nice running thread which builds the tension.
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Barry manages to so effortlessly bring characters to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on October 19, 2011
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This is a collection of stories of a new neo-pulp character from writer Barry Reese. I have been reading his Rook series (he has other works as well, but those are the ones I've been reading). This character, Lazarus Gray, is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. He is also set in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se publisher Tommy Hancock), part of the "Sovereign City" project that will see collections of atleast 2 other characters from Pro Se).

Lazarus Gray is also set in the same 'universe' as Barry's Rook character, and we get an updated chronology of his "universe" in the back of the book that places both the Lazarus Gray stories (included the next 2 volumes) plus the Rook stories and a few others by Reese.

This volume is a collection of 7 Lazarus Gray stories. Three of them previously saw print in Pro Se's now defunct "Peculiar Adventures Magazine". And the last story has a team up with the Rook that originally appeared in the Rook v6.

Who is Lazarus Gray? Well, he'd like to know as well. We find out in the first story that he woke up on the shores of Sovereign City with no memory of who he is, and with a strange medallion with the name "Lazarus Gray". He started to work to help people, formed "Assistance Unlimited" with 3 associates he helped out. As noted, this is similar to the origin of The Avenger and his Justice, Inc, but also different. He will learn more about himself in the stories in this collection.

All the stories have a supernatural element to them, and this also ties into Gray's mysterious past. In a couple of stories, Reese adds in the golden age comic book villain The Claw to his "universe". Maybe this character will return. Overall, all these stories are great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark s. marcum on January 6, 2014
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If you like action and good old pulp stories you will enjoy this book, I thought books with characters like these were no longer being written glad I was wrong, lots of fun
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By Ron Fortier on February 17, 2012
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As much as most writers enjoy creating new series characters, eventually many of them, after writing the adventures of the same cast multiple times, start to feel the burden of familiarity. Add to the fact that each new volume often builds upon the fictional cast from allies to recurring villains so that eventually the poor writer is saddled with a huge ensemble that he or she feels compelled to include in each new story. These moments of repetitive angst seemed to be evident in Reese's last volume of his Rook series. For the uninitiated, the Rook is a masked vigilante created by Reese years ago as his entry into the new pulp community and was an instant success among fans; this reviewer included.

Still, by the sixth volume of that character's exploits, the sheen of newness had faded and the Rook stories started becoming more about the supporting cast rather than the central hero. Like Arthur Conan Doyle's ultimate dissatisfaction with his own creation, Sherlock Holmes, Reese somehow to be struggling to keep the Rook afloat. It was clearly time for him to move on to something new and with this collection, he has done just that in a most triumphant way.

Lazarus Gray is Reese's new hero and is an homage to the classic Avenger series, wherein we have our mysterious leading man aided and abetted by a team of loyal assitants; in this case a trio. Together they are known as Assistance Unlimited. Although Gray's creation was part of a shared world that included two other heroes, Reese clearly found his old muse with these new characters and has produced some of his best, most energetic and enjoyable fiction to date.
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Barry Reese is one of the leading figures in the New Pulp movement, and one would be hard-pressed to ask why, given his prolific output and consistently high quality of work. With The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Reese not only launches into the adventures of a brand-new creation, but he also sets the tone for Pro Se Press' Sovereign City. And it's a damn good start.

We're introduced to the titular hero as an amnesiac who washes up on the shores of Sovereign City. The only key he has to his identity is a medallion around his neck which bares the name Lazarus Gray on the back. Taking this as his name, Gray establishes himself as a force for good in the corrupt Sovereign City, opening up the offices of Assistance Unlimited. His aides include Morgan Watts, a former figure in Sovereign's underworld; Eun Jiwon, a Korean martial artist with a fiery temper; and Samantha Grace, a socialite with no shortage of fighting skills and intelligence. Together they take on a number of cases in Sovereign City, ranging from simple acts of crime but seeming more often than not to lean towards the supernatural and running afoul of figures from Gray's previous life as a member of the occult organization known as the Illuminati.

If you've read any number of Reese's work over the past several years, you already know what to expect of him--great characterization, tense action sequences, and entertaining stories. And as usual, Reese delivers. The threats Reese comes up with for Assistance Unlimited and the backstory behind Gray are easily the two most interesting aspects of this collection. My personal favorite choices of villains are Gray's recurring nemesis, Walther Lunt and the Claw.
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