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Captain Hazzard: Custer's Ghost (Volume 5) Paperback – November 28, 2016
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The story begins on June 25, 1876, the day that Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out at Little Bighorn. There was a gathering of Native Americans like never seen before or since. A Sioux mother tells her son that Custer is his father. The woman and her son are sent away by Wind Song, known as a powerful witch. The boy has a destiny with fate…
Moving on into the 1930’s, the Sioux are now on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. Two hard drinking natives are struck down by what appears to be the gleaming ghost of Colonel Custer himself! Meanwhile, Captain Hazzard is testing a new rocket-pack and stopping bank robbers.
At Eastgate Collage, Azela O’Hare, the lovely Eurasian beauty who is in love with Captain Hazzard, helps a fellow student; Princess Dancing Moon of the Sioux tribe escape from would be kidnappers. Dancing Moon says she has been told to seek out Jim Anthony, since this adventurer has Native American Blood. Azela goes with her to Captain Hazzard, who will take them to Jim Anthony at his headquarters, the Waldorf Anthony Hotel.
At the Waldof Astoria, a bomb goes off just as Hazzard, Jake Cole, and the two ladies arrive. Jim Anthony and his grandfather Mephito come to investigate from the penthouse atop the hotel. The gangsters that tried to kidnap the Princess are trying to kill Jim Anthony. They are joined by three creatures out of nightmare, known to Native Americans as Skinwalkers…
This book is a credit to both Captain Hazzard and crew and Jim Anthony, Super Detective! The two heroes play off each other with dexterity that somehow makes both of them shine! Hazzard is a man of science, but willing to expand his horizons when faced by the supernatural. Jim Anthony is also a scientist, but he is in strong connection to his Comanche roots. His grandfather, old Mephito, is a shaman of his people and often has visions that warn Anthony of dangers.
The ghost of Custer and the Skinwalkers appear to be in cahoots with each other. The question is why. All of the silver and copper mines in the area have been abandoned when the ore gave out. What secrets are the bad guys hiding, and can Hazzard and Jim Anthony stop creatures that appear to be impossible?
Captain Ron serves up another delicious delicacy from Airship 27! Spicy and filled with plenty of pulp action; it will be a wonderful read for all who love the larger than life heroes of the old pulp magazines!
I give this book five stars plus!
Quoth the Raven…
This one features an old west theme as Custer’s ghost is apparently on the loose and a group of Skinwalkers has joined its ghostly cause. Along for the ride is Jim Anthony, the classic pulp hero dubbed ‘The Super Detective.” Fortier does a great job of balancing Hazzard and Anthony, giving each moments to shine. Hazzard gets a fantastic action sequence at one point wearing a Rocketeer-style jet pack, battling fighter planes. Anthony’s best sequence features him going toe-to-toe with the leader of the Skinwalkers.
There’s plenty of romance, too, as we’re introduced to the lovely Dancing Moon and see the return of Azlea O’Hara, who continues pining after Hazzard in humorous fashion.
The cover by Pat Carbajal is fantastic and Rob Davis is back again to depict the heroes in a series of interior pieces.