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- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: iPulpFiction.com (July 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M9IS0IK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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“The Silencer Strikes”: Booker Essex is now the hero known as the Silencer. His guns are truly silent, not even a cough telling when they fire. The young black man believes justice must be swift and sure.
After taking out a menace at the Fuzzy Feather Gentlemen’s Club, he is menaced by crime lord Peter “Laughter” Graziano, “The Laughing Man” and his crony Loomis Kassel. They intend to see him dead at any cost.
This new hero has a lot of potential, with his silenced guns, his fancy car shop hideout, and his desire to see justice meted out to the guilty. I give this story four out of five stars.
“Victory’s Angel”: Andronicus Edwards is a hard working orderly at Willow Manor Extended Care Facility. At a time when many black men his age were gangbanging and selling drug, Ange, as he is call, shows a real dedication to the older people he cares for.
While delivering groceries to an elderly woman named Valeriee Dunninger , Ange walks into something that will change his world forever. Mrs. Dunninger has a secret of her own. Now almost one hundred years old, she used to be the super heroine called Victory’s angel. When she is attacked by an old rival, she passes her power on to Ange, who now become hero Kid Vee.
The passing down of power to a new generation makes for excellent reading, and there is more to a patient at Willow Manor than anyone knows. Mr. Phillips gains his first five out of five stars for this story!
‘The Thrill is Gone”: Louis Trent should be dead. In fact, the young black man has been dead—and damned! He has been resurrected to work for a Heavenly agency known as the Office of Decadent Affairs.
Now imbued with angelic power, Trent works assignments to put the fear of God into crooks; failing that, he is authorized to put a bullet through their brains. But there is something weird about this latest assignment…
Having a damned person resurrected to work for Heaven isn’t a new idea, but Gary Phillips manages to make his own unique brushstrokes in his “variation on a theme” masterpiece! Definitely worth five stars out of five!
“Hotel of Death”: Kid Vee returns in this tale involving a rundown inn called the Seafarer Hotel. There is always more to the story than meets the eye while devouring one of Gary Phillips’ gourmet stories and this one is no exception.
Kid Vee knows another senior citizen hero once known as the Flame. He asks the Kid to track down his granddaughter, Joanna. This puts Kid Vee in the sights of Dr. Satanis, The Flame’s old enemy, her henchwoman Becky B, and a drug brainwashed Joanna, who now calls herself Blue Lightning, having inherited part of her grandfather’s power.
In this story, Phillips begins to put more polish on the already shining character of Kid Vee. I applaud his efforts, and grant five out of five stars!
“The Kwanza Initiative”: We are introduced to a new hero, American Black. He is a member of the Medusa Council, along with Dr. Grayface (shades of the Avenger), intangible heroine Blonde Ghost and the Chairman of Medusa Council, disembodied head “Spud One”.
Although this group seems to be loosely based on Justice, Inc. the unique stamp of Gary Phillips writing sends the group in a totally different direction.
With all the action and betrayal, I give this one four out of five stars, only because I found the tale slightly confusing. I suspect American Black will be back as a hero on his own!
“An Insignificant Death”: This story has two heroes, Ghost Wolf, Peter Bohanon; and Onyx Adams, afro wearing PI. The Russians are moving vast amounts of yellow cake through Ankassa in Africa where the Ghost Wolf acts as a protector and somewhat mythical hero. Onyx Adams is working there as well, searching for the murderer of a prostitute who goes by the name of Emerald Jones.
She tells Grey Wolf that many native people in Africa are chaffing under the mechanizations of foreign governments. She states the Russians are backing liberation movements. She asks why he hasn’t done more for the Africa he lives to protect.
When they join forces to fight the Russian they are attacked by a robot while in the Lamplighter Bar. Then they meet an old man in a wheelchair and his granddaughter who are apparently behind enriching yellow cake (Uranium Oxide) into material for making bombs.
The identity of the man in the wheelchair is a masterful reveal. Mr. Phillips is beginning to shine as a true pulp artist, and this story is worth a full five out of five stars!
“And What Shall We Call You?”: The current owner of the Exter, a seven story resident building is trying hard to evict the remaining renters. When all else fails, he is more than willing to use violence.
Enter building inspector Roarke, who fights for the tenants. This brings him into contact with the real force behind the evictions, a woman named Dr. Knightgloss, By the end of the adventure, Roarke, who lost his wife due to fraudulent building practices, is solidly entrenched against injustice as The Reclaimer.
To be honest, I enjoyed this story the least. I’ll still give it three out of five stars.
“Death at the Cloverlands”: The Silencer returns in this tale of Native Americans, aided by both black and white allies attempt to reclaim what is theirs. When Dez Branchford, head of the Ironworkers and Boilermakers for Democratic Reform is gunned down at the protest, Red Panther leader Sam Desanto seeks out Booker Essex, the Silencer.
Booker and Sam fought together in Vietnam. Now Sam asks for help in the battle against the corrupt Sean Cleary.
I do have one ding. I feel that there is a trifle much sex in this story for my taste in pulp.
However, Mr. Phillips further develops the persona of The Silencer with this story, which I give three out of five stars.
“Dr. Breedlove’s Valentine”: American Black returns in this story. Doctor Ernestine Breedlove plans to dump her specialized Love Gas on New Orleans. Perry Decaine plans to stop her. Yet he becomes a victim of her nerfarious love gas himself. Still he manages to defeat the nasty nymphomaniac and haul her off to jail.
I can only give this one three stars, the sexual overtones are too much for such a short story.
“The Bells of Doom”: Mr. Phillips brings together his heroes American Black, Kid Vee, Onyx Adams, and Roarke the Reclaimer, with a bit of aid from the elderly Terror Flame. They battle against Professor Bludhaven and his bells of doom.
I find this story a neat wrap-up for the volume which is difficult to do when starring so many heroes at once, and I’ll give it five out of five stars.
Taken as a whole, the book is a refreshing look at Black Pulp Heroes, and as a whole, I’ll grant it four out of five stars. Gary Phillips, I predict great things for you ahead! Encore! Encore!
Quoth the Raven…
An Illustration or two would considerably enhance the book as well as introduce burgeoning artists.
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