Each volume in the Gabriel Hunt adventure series, all purportedly written by protagonist Hunt, has a different real-life author. Doing the honors this time is Christa Faust (Money Shot, 2008). Fresh from recovering a necklace for a museum, adventurer extraordinaire Hunt wants to take some time and relax. When he gets home, however, a gorgeous woman is waiting for him and pleads for his help in rescuing her father, who disappeared on an expedition in Antarctica. With a team of people he can trust, Hunt leads a rescue effort in the coldest place on Earth. This series is intended as a kind of homage to the pulp-adventure novels of the early twentieth century, and Hunt makes the perfect over-the-top hero, combining the sexiness and savoir faire of James Bond with the derring-do of Indiana Jones. Nonstop action, combined with the flamboyant style typical of the early pulps (think Doc Savage) make this super-quick read perfect for beach or travel. Familiarity with the previous installments is not necessary, but they will be sought out after finishing this one. --Jeff Ayers
About the Author
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Although credited to dashing adventurer Gabriel Hunt, this installment in the series was actually written by Gabriel Hunt’s creator, Edgar Award winner Charles Ardai. He has edited numerous anthologies, including Great Tales of Crime, Detection and Kingpins: Tales From Inside the Mob, The Return of the Black Widowers, High Adventures, Great Tales of Madness and the Macabre, Futurecrime, and New England Crime Chowder. His stories have been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best Mystery Stories of the Year the Year's Best Horror Stories, Death Do Us Part, and Manhattan Noir. Ardai also founded and edits the acclaimed pulp crime fiction series Hard Case Crime.