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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,243,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have looked for novels that harken back to the pulp era, or for me the '70's when I first discovered pulp novels as pocket book reissues. Mr. Reese is a welcome find for me. The stories are well written action stories that don't take forever to get to the point. Some of my problems with modern men's fiction is that the books often clock in at over 500 pages. That is a major committment! I digress. If you like quick paced, action stories. I recommend Lazarus Gray. It's the second book I've found that actually got me to read with a kindle. As my family would probably tell you, that's endorsement enough!
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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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I found this new pulp hero by the great Barry Reese to be a welcome addition to my pulp fiction collection. Lazarus Gray and Assistance, Unlimited is very obviously inspired by The Avenger and Justice, Inc. but there are enough differences to make the new character stand firmly on his own feet. Look for many tantalizing small clues as to homage to older pulps, some I found delightfully clever. The headquarters, for example, is on Robeson Lane. A character has the name Walter J. Newton (Walter as in Walter B Gibson, Shadow author)(J. Newton as in Josh Newton of the Avenger crew!) Great show Barry! We look forward to more and your upcoming Gravedigger character

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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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