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- Print Length: 95 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creative Guy Publishing (February 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EW0GHY
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- Lending: Enabled
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Gary Phillips (of 'The Jook' fame) kicks off procedings with a shaft-like story of a sharp shooting Booker Essex and his thirst for vengence. Accompanied by a friends sister who also works undercover as a stripper the pair take on an entire operation of gangsters to bring their own form of gun smoking justice. I hope we get a chance to read more of The Silencer in further installments. 'The Silencer Strikes' is pure pulp and a perfect way to introduce readers to this concept.
Combat of the military kind is catered for with Matthew C Funk's 'Tiger Team Bravo in: Bonds of Blood' and 'Battleground U.S.S.A: Texasgrad' by Christopher Blair with the latter taking aim at a futuristic America which has been invaded by commies, where churches are blow-up for the hell of it and the warm blooded American women taken as slaves for the Russians - naturally there is a brave kick-a$$ American solider accompanied by some native Indians who make a stand and kill everything that moves, destroying vast enemy numbers and single handely taking back a town - unrealistic and entirely enthralling stuff. 'Bonds of Blood' for it's part has all the makings of a modern day thriller with a bit of Predator-style commando team hardness thrown in for good measure. There will be blood, Funk makes no bones about it - and it's all good.
'The Albino Wino in: Longhair Death Farm' by Cameron Ashley and 'Chingon, The World's Deadliest Mexican in: Blood and Tacos' by Johnny Shaw are the highlights of the collection. This was my first exposure to Cameron Ashley and I'm sure hope to discover more. 'Longhair Death Farm' introduces the Albino Wino, a protagonist like no other, a permanently drunk and charismatic albino who is himself a weapon of mass destruction and man of many lovers. In this installment, he's captured by a cult who believe the bones of albino's prolong life and provide enlightenment. It takes no time for the Albino Wino and his sexy accomplice to turn the tide and raise hell at the cult grounds. While Johnny Shaw's creation Chingon is a deadly Mexican and fierce lover. No man or women stands a chance when pitted against Chingon. I particularly liked the way Chingon referred to himself in the third person, adding to the cheesy nature of these stories.
In amongst the newly rediscovered stories are reviews of pulps past - these are a terrific insight into what was available back in the day and highlights just how much the quality has changed in storytelling (for the better). Each of these is entertaining and a pulp history lesson within its own right.
All in all, this is a fantastic concept - I hope the second installment maintains the momentum generated by this excellent pulp commodity - 5 stars.
A brief overview:
- The Silencer Strikes: The Silencer is one bad mother-shut your mouth! A Vietnam vet who has a penchant for silenced weapons and a hatred for organized crime. Also likes banging his dead best friend's sister, natch.
- Longhair Death Farm: One of the many adventures of the Albino Wino and his albino alleycat, Chalky. Take David Carradine in Kung Fu and replace him with a drunken, trouble-finding albino bum, and then throw in cannibalism, hippies, AK-47s, and oral sex. No, I'm not even joking.
- Battleground U.S.S.A.: Texasgrad: The Ruskies have invaded, the Mexicans have become their patsies, and gosh darn it, but home-town beauty Sunny Summerfield has been taken captive by some nefarious Red! Time to deliver a little justice, Texas-style! Oh, and don't forget to sharpen your tomahawks, spirit-brothers!
- Bonds of Blood: When Tiger Team Bravo takes on an assignment, they see it through to the end, no matter how many eighteen wheelers they have to board by jumping from a low-flying Cessna whilst in the middle of a highway tunnel. Okay, so there's only one, but still, there's also 'splosions. And gold bullets. And a guy named Colonel Professor.
- Blood and Tacos: Introducing Chingon, the World's Deadliest Mexican. Just picture Danny Trejo wielding a bullwhip and some hand grenades and you won't be too far off the mark. I'd already seen Machete like, four times in the theater and I had to fire it up at home again after reading this story.
There's also three book reviews: one of a Penetrator novel, one of a series called Raker that I'd never heard of, and another about a terrorist killing man-machine called Ben Slayton, T-Man. All three are great reviews with lots of humorous insight into the world of post-modern pulp fiction, especially how these books were, all too often, incredibly racist, sexist, piles of trash that, let's face it, we devour like a fat man crashing a wedding banquet.
Men's Adventure fiction from the 60's through the 80's was already derivative, cheesy, often inappropriate fun. That a group of talented writers got together and produced something derivative, cheesy, and often inappropriate that's not only fun, but friggin' hilarious, is an achievement worthy of high praise. Each of the shorts in this compilation does yeoman's work of replicating the literary DNA of their respective Men's Adventure sub-genres, and I definitely want to see more from each of these respective "forgotten series".
So do yourself a favor and go buy Blood & Tacos #1 today. If you don't, Chingon is going to make you explode with a hand grenade. And the explosion will kill you.
The premise or, gag (pun intended) is that these stories are not new, but have been recently discovered by certain writers in various places like garage sales, attics, etc. and are just seeing the light of day in many years...
And, they don't stray from the premise throughout.
Excellent stories await you in this 1st (of Many, I Hope!) issue of pure pulp goodness...
Some stories are better than others, But ALL were of such high-caliber (another pun intended) writing, that its hard to pick a real favorite...
The price can't be beat - you couldn't get a "real" taco (sans blood) these days for what you pay for hours of reading pleasure (vs. a few bites of a crispy shelled treat...).
Try it yourself - you won't even need to add hot sauce!