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Green Lama-Mystic Warrior, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 19, 2014
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The Green Lama is the Reverend Dr. Charles Pali, a Buddhist Lama who lives in NYC, Secretly, he is also Jethro Dumont, a millionaire who spent ten years in Tibet where he learned mystic arts beyond what most lamas learn. As a Buddhist, he walks his own path of enlightenment, using his powers to protect the innocent and bring down the criminals who prey on them.
This book contains four short works of fiction by various authors, each with their own unique take on The Green Lama.
The books begins with Kevin Noel Olson's story, Shiva Endangered. The Green Lama is in Tibet, where a platoon of Nazis lead by a fanatical mystic named Adolpho Kellen. Kellen is after the Jade Tablet and the means to create Soma, a potion that grants enhanced strength of body and mind. The Nazis wish to create super soldiers with the formula.
Meanwhile, The Green Lama is saving a Tibetan mother and son from the evil Kellen. With his companions, pilot Rick Masters and co-pilot Mike Twin Eagles; and his close friend Tsarong, the Green Lama reaches The Clouded Temple, high in the Himalayans. But Kellen finds them and kidnaps the woman and her son. He plans to use them to force the Green Lama to yield to his demands.
From a dogfight above the clouds to a confrontation on the snow, the battle for the Jade Tablet rages. The showdown pits mystic agaist mystic as The Green Lama and Adolpho Keller fight for the Jade Tablet and the secrets it contains.
Mr. Olsen has opened the series with a perfect five stars out of five. Good show!
Next comes Nick Ahlhelm's The Menace of the Black Ring. As our story begins, The Green Lama has forgotten who and what he is, somehow mystically reformatted to believe he is Mike Washington, a crippled line cook. He is vsited by Treasury Agent Perry Turner and Sun Tsarong, who claims to be the sister of the Lama's close friend, the monk Tsarong. They manage to jar The Green Lama to his senses.
He learns that an old foe, ex-monk Vong Den and his organization The Black Ring have came to New York seeking to destroy The Green Lama and all of his associates.
From old warehouses and back alleys to the den of giant Komodo Dragons, the Lama and his companions battle the evil Black Ring. The reveal here is so wonderful that I dare not even hint lest I spoil your reading. Suffice to say, Mr. Ahlhelm has created a perfect five stars out of five tale to make the pickiest Green Lama aficionado drool! Bravo!
Now we move on to W Peter Miller's The Studio Spectre. Jethro Dumont is called to Hollywood by film producer Herman K Herman. Apparently a ghost is haunting his production sound stage, a wraith that can only be seen on the film from the previous day's shooting. Now a young woman is dead, apparently killed by the spectre.
As Dr. Pali, Jethro calls in Jean Ferrell, a young actress close to his heart. They fly to Hollywood, where Jean takes a part in the movie. To solve this mystery will take The Green Lama from the studio set to a high speed car chase through the Hollywood hills. Mr. Miller's tale is fast paced and well written, another five stars out of five story with a twist ending that is perfection! Encore!
Last but not least, Robert Craig's The Case of the Hairless Ones sends us into more violence perpetrated by evil men. Visiting diplomats from the Republic of China are attacked by strange hooded figures who prove to be entirely and unnaturally hairless. A naked hairless woman shows up at Police Headquarters with the severed head of a man.
The Green Lama, again backed by Jean Ferrell does battle with these hooded goons. The Ambassador reveals that they are a feared band of bandits from China. It is a race to discover the true plans of these nefarious hooligans and their apparent leader Qin-La. But the Leader hides behind an elephant mask and calls himself Nalgiri. So exactly who is behind the plot?
It takes us from the busy streets of Chinatown to a labyrinth of underground tunnels; from Diplomatic Offices to the raw underbelly of crime before the case is wrapped up in a thundering climax! Mr. Craig has ended the book as Mr. Olsen started it out, with a perfect five stars out of five tale to astonish! Excelsior!
I trust you will enjoy this book as well as I. I highly recommend it.
Quoth the Raven...
The book features two of the tales from that first book by Peter Miller and Kevin Olson. Miller’s tale has GL in Hollywood working on a haunted film set, while Olson’s story brings us to his origin background in the mountains of Tibet. Having these back in print is a pure delight. Don’t care if I now have them twice.
Of course the delight here are the new adventures by Robert Craig and Nick Ahlhelm, both continuing the excellence I’ve come to expect from Airship 27. The interior art by Neil Foster is amazing as is that dynamite cover. All in all if you love classic pulp heroes done right, you need to grab this book.