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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466358343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466358348
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 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: #2,553,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Reese is known primarily for his pulp adventure novels and short stories but he has also done work for Marvel Comics and West End Games. A Library Director in Georgia, Reese is married to artist Cari Reese and together they have one son.

In 2003 Reese began work for Marvel Comics on volume five of their Marvel Encyclopedia series. Following this, Reese worked on both the ongoing The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series and on D6 Space: Fires of Amatsumara Worldbook for West End Games. Amongst the issues of the Handbook that Reese worked on were Marvel Legacy: 1960s, Marvel Legacy: 1970s, Spider-Man 2006, Teams 2006, A-Z volumes 1-7 and Horror 2006. Reese also contributed to the New Avengers: Most Wanted and Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone books.

Reese then contributed to USER'S Most Wanted, a villains supplement for the Godsend Agenda game belonging to Khepera Publishing. USER'S Most Wanted was published in May 2007.

Since 2006, Reese has primarily written in the pulp adventure genre. His bestselling series featuring The Rook has seen four volumes released so far with a fifth scheduled for 2010. He has also written books featuring the classic jungle hero Ki-Gor, the pirate heroine Guan-Yin and delved into the slasher/horror genre with his novel RABBIT HEART. Veteran author Ron Fortier has declared that The Rook is one of the best new pulp series currently being published.

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Overall, all these stories are great.
Michael R. Brown
It is very reminiscent of classic Pulp Stories like 'Doc Savage' or 'The Avenger'.
Dominatr37
These characters all grow and change as you read the storys.
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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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I enjoyed getting to know Lazarus Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team. Barry Reese has created an interesting universe and it's well worth reading. I also read The Rook volume one and enjoyed it. If you enjoy The Avenger pulp stories you'll love Lazarus Gray!
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Lazarus Gray is a character in the tradition of Doc Savage and the Avenger, a paragon with a somewhat darker past.
The style is reminiscent of the classics, but the author updates many of the standard tropes of the genre, making this a fun read but also a lesson in how clichés were made to be subverted.
Fast and fun.
And it's the first in a series!
Highly recommended.
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By Desmond Davies on January 29, 2014
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Overall enjoyed the book. If I have a complaint it would be the repetition of the characters details and history from story to story. The stories are fun and fast paced. Looking forward to volume 2
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I have read several Doc Savage and The Shadow novels from the 30s and 40s and I loved them. I was a little hesitant about the New Pulp, but Barry Reese has nailed it. I enjoyed The Adventures of Lazarus Gray even more than the original pulps that I have read.
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So last week I got my first E-Book for my new Kendle. It was the Adventures of Lazarus Gray. I have long loved the Phanton, Doc Savage and of course the Shadoow, and all pulp are weighed against these giants. That said I loved it. Started reading it today and just finished the whole thing. Its stories are fresh and definatly part of the Pulp setting. That nebulous period between the great Depresion and WWII. The Characters were all wonderful, the Gad Guys were wonderfuly Bad. These characters all grow and change as you read the storys. So I couldent put it down, and I want more now that im done.
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