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Phantom Patrol by L. Ron Hubbard -  The Ultimate Drug Bust on the Deep Blue Sea (Military & War Short Stories Collection) by [Hubbard, L. Ron]
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"This new entry in the Stories from the Golden Age series, an engaging WWII tale of a U.S. Coast Guard patrol, is complete with musical snippets, sound effects (fistfight thuds and groans, booming explosions, gunfire, and more)…. Proctor’s performance of a plucky character who rises to the occasion (“Don’t worry Johnny; we’ll do this!”) is especially enjoyable, as her tones suggest a multilayered character beneath the stereotype. The rest of the cast members, all male, do credible macho-guy performances, with enthusiasm spilling over to gusto. Full speed ahead!" — Booklist

"Hubbard was a popular writer of the pulp fiction era, and this short novel, first published in the January 1935 issue of Five Novels magazine, shows why: it features nonstop action and a hero to root for….Though much of the writing is generic, the story moves briskly and maximizes the scenes of gunplay and hand-to-hand combat. Hubbard knew how to fulfill reader expectations for this sort of tale." —Publishers Weekly

"Before writing the best-selling book that made him known to the world, Hubbard was a prolific writer of pulp fiction, including detective stories, westerns, sf/fantasy, and adventure....After an action-packed opening on stormy seas, this has everything you'd expect, from false accusations to daring escapes to a pretty gal who knows how to take care of herself." —Booklist

About the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.



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  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592123279
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ESSOOW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Gil Wilson on January 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"The Phantom Patrol"
by L. Ron Hubbard
Multi-cast performance
Produced by Galaxy Audio

Once again it's time to dive into the stories from the golden age with a sea adventure from L. Ron Hubbard. This time around the motto is "Semper Paratus" (Always Ready), that's right we've got a Coast Guard adventure. With this story Hubbard has thrown in some rescues, pirates, drug runners and of course a dame for the hero to fall in love with.

As is usual with the Galaxy Audio productions, you will be swept away on this sea adventure, through the superb voice acting, sound effects and music. All these combine to create an audio version of a pulp fiction piece, an audio pulp, or better yet a leap back to the radio shows from days of old. Good times to be had.

This story was originally published in "Five-Novels Monthly," January 1935, and tells the story of Chief Petty Officer Johnny Trescott and how he attempts a rescue, gets captured by drug runners/pirates, escapes and tries to save face.

While out chasing down a notorious drug runner in the Gulf of Mexico, Trescott's patrol boat gets a distress call from a downed plane that is sinking. The passengers on the private plane will lose their lives if Johnny doesn't act fast. Breaking off his chase he has the boat search for the plane. Just as he gets the plane's passengers and crew onboard and headed for safety, the drug runner ship is seen closing in, having heard the same distress call. Johnny cannot get his boat powered up to full run before the criminals board. With a bit of a fight Johnny, his crew and the rescuees are captured and taken prisoner to a small island off the coast of New Orleans. The drug runners take the stolen Coast Guard boat and use it to raid other ships in the Gulf.
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His Mission Earth series is one of the funniest, cleverest, subtley (is that a word??) brilliant things I ever read. And it drives me crazy when people "blame" him for Scientology. By his own admission he created it as a joke--much like the clothing animals group did in the 60's--to see how many stupid people would fall for it. All that aside, The Phantom Patrol is a pulp series that may appeal to nostalgia buffs who like cornball stories with lots of "golly" and "swell". I can only take it in small doses but no doubt they were very popular with young male readers, in their time.
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This book by L. Ron Hubbard (yes, THAT L. Ron Hubbard) represents the Golden Age of pulp fiction. The US was beginning to turn the corner during the Great Depression and storm clouds were rising over Europe. Piracy on the High Seas and in the Gulf of Mexico was rife and the Coast Guard fought to protect our shores and perform sea rescues. Into this arena steps Hubbard's hero, as only a pulp fiction hero can be: handsome, brave, and always fighting the good fight.

It may be difficult to live in an age before GPSs and instant computer access to everything; but these issues never existed in the Golden Age and we never miss them during our "willing suspension of disbelief."

Return with me now to those days of yore as we follow this tale of a hero and heroine as they fight pirates and and misguided senior officers.

A masterful story told by a master story teller.

Warren
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I would have never thought of L. Ron Hubbard as anything except the creator or Scientology. Now that I know he wrote Pulp Fiction and wrote it well, I am trying to read them all.
His stories are well done and a lot of fun to read.

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This is my first experience of pulp fiction of the 30's. I recall, as a child going to Saturday afternoon at the movies and seeing serialized versions of these types of stories and now I'm glad i read this one. I've read some of L. Ron Hubbard's science fiction in the past and was happy to read this genre.
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It is fun to read some of the old pulp fiction stories. Lots of adventure.
I was a little surprised when i first saw the L. Ron Hubbard name, what with his later writing.
Not at all what AI expected. If looking for a quick reading adventure yarn, give Hubbard's pulps a try.
A nice addition to the books is the built in glossary that comes up while reading the story. Click on the highlighted word for a definition to fit the context, then hit back and return to the story, with the just-looked-at word at the beginning of the page, at least on the original KF.
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When I first received these books through the post I was so excited, seeing the excellent graphics on the covers took me back to my childhood and the memories of running up to the newsagent on a Saturday to read the latest edition of the Victor and the Commando.

The eye catching covers made me want to read them immediately and see if the written word reflected the graphics and I wasn't disappointed as they were full of excitement and adventure as well as having original artwork through the book.

Both books contained five short stories which were written in simple text with excellent descriptions of the characters and scenes allowing you to envisage yourself being there. Each story carries a moral for the reader to use which ever way he sees fit.

Because these stories reminded me of my youth, where after reading similar stories my friend and I would re enact the adventures in our gardens, I just wish there was a lot more of these type of publications which would speak to the kids of today and inspire their imagination instead of playing the games on a computer.

The books will appeal to readers of all ages, transporting the older generation back to their youth and enable them to share their past with the younger ones of today and would make an excellent bed time story for any inspiring young adventurer.

Seeing this book cover and the amount of time and sheer effort, as well as a lot of care, that it has taken to produce them makes me believe and hope that the written book will survive forever.
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