Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Tales of the Red Panda: T... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Seattlegoodwill
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: May have some shelf-wear due to normal use but item is clean and all pages are intact.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master Paperback – December 7, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$9.99
$6.85 $1.00

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$9.99 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master
  • +
  • Tales of the Red Panda: The Android Assassins
  • +
  • Tales of the Red Panda: Pyramid of Peril (Volume 4)
Total price: $29.97
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gregg Taylor is a writer, director and actor who turned his small theatre company away from the world of empty chairs and greasepaint and into the wide world of the internet. Setting a course for the part of the map labeled "Here Be Dragons", Taylor and the small but hardy band of adventurers that make up the Decoder Ring Theatre ensemble turned to the new medium of podcasting to bring the world a second golden age of radio-style adventure and mystery. A million downloads later, the pulp heroics of The Red Panda Adventures and the noir stylings of Black Jack Justice have fans all over the globe, and Taylor created the Tales of the Red Panda pulp novel series with the same notion as the radio shows... that this was an actual creation from the 1930s, of which this is a single two-fisted issue.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 80%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.


New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439252289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439252284
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Mr. Taylor is one of those incredibly irritating talents that crop up from time to time to make the rest of us look bad. he's gifted. he's prolific and he has that smidgen of pirate in his soul that always marks a visionary. I felt like i was being welcomed home to my favorite old stomping grounds when I discovered his AMAZING "radio" series and I feel precisely the same way now that he's working in prose.

If you have even a passing interest in old-school heroics, smatterings of screwball comedy and two-fisted action/adventure peopled with crazed villains, mad scientists and malevolent mystics bent on global conquest, you will be doing yourself a massive disservice passing up Mr. Taylor's works.

FIve stars. because they won't let me give six.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of Decoder Ring Theatre's podcasts for some time now, I've avidly followed both the Red Panda and Black Jack Justice through all their many seasons. I am delighted that Gregg Taylor has branched out into other media and these novels are everything I could have expected. If you are already a fan of the podcasts, one thing that will strike you is that the writing is a pitch perfect representation of the style of the audio stories, and you will easily find your own imagination supplying the familiar voices of the cast as you read.

I was especially delighted with this particular story, as it supplies some back story on the journey of young August Fenwick to become the Red Panda we know and love. Fans of the series will know how sparing Gregg Taylor typically is about releasing background on this particular hero. After all, the Red Panda is called a "mystery man" for a reason, and mysteries are meant to be savored as they slowly unfold. It took, I believe, four seasons of the podcasts before we even learned the name of the Red Panda's secret identity. Indeed, Taylor would often play it coy, sometimes dancing around that basic piece of info in a teasing way. So if it took that long to learn a name, an actual glimpse of Fenwick's developmental years is a rare treat indeed. (It gives me hope we may yet hear the story of how the Red Panda first became so averse to having other "mystery men" operating in his beloved Toronto.)

My only gripe with these books is a technical one specific to the Kindle editions: for some reason, the default font size is very tiny on my screen. Luckily the devices lets me change the default font size, as I might otherwise have happily given myself eye strain devouring these gems.

Podcasts, books, comics. Whatever medium you choose, Mr. Taylor, by all means, keep 'em coming!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You would think that a man so vehemently allergic to origin stories might have trouble writing one, but you would be most wrong in the case of one Gregg Taylor. Taylor skillfully weaves together a fantastic adventure with long untold backstory, and the end result is The Mind Master, a superb addition to the Red Panda Universe.

The Mind Master is the second in the Tales of the Red Panda series of novels, which are, in turn, based on the wonderful audiodrama series The Red Panda Adventures. Both tell of the exploits of the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel, a pair of superheroes fighting to keep Toronto safe in the dark times of the Great Depression, and both are written with a great love and appreciation of both the audiodrama and the pulp genres. The Mind Master carries on the tradition with a strong plot, snappy dialog, and some of the best romantic banter this side of Metropolisville. It builds and improves on its predecessor, The Crime Cabal, with a far creepier villain and an even better finale.

Finally: most stories in the Red Panda Universe focus equally on our two superheroes, and if one is ever given the spotlight over the other, it's usually Kit. The Mind Master is a bit of a rarity, in that it is truly a "Red Panda" story; it's about his past, his problems, his rival. This is to its credit, I feel; the Red Panda, beloved though he may be, has always been almost as mysterious to listeners as he is to the bad guys. Now, 5 years after we've met him, it feels immensely satisfying to get to know more about him as a person, rather than just a hero.

The only bad part of the book? Getting to the end. The wait 'til the next one's going to be long indeed.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another great read from a great podcast! The old time radio show gets fleshed out in print! Nice back story for The Red Panda, and the voices come through, and you can hear them loud and clear!!! If you haven't listened to the podcast...DO IT!!!!!! Decoder Ring Theater!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book, along with the others in the series (The Crime Cabal, and The Android Assassin's) are exceptionally well written and hold your attention from page one. Greg Taylor, who also writes and produces the Decoder Ring Theatre podcast, featuring the Red Panda episodes as well as Black Jack Justice, is in my opinion an extremely talented and under rated author.

He manages to capture the essence of the old pulp novels and radio drama's of the 30's and 40's in a way that no one else can. He pays homage to the old time characters (the Shadow etc.) while still managing to be fresh and very entertaining, and not just a blatant copy of past stories and characters.

I highly recommend the Mind Master, as well as the aforementioned The Crime Cabal and The Android Assassin's to anyone interested in cliffhanger mysteries from a past era, which are proving just as relevant and exciting today. I just purchased the latest in the Red Panda Series, The Pyramid of Evil, and even though I've only finished several chapters, it's proving to be another great read, and is well worth a purchase at twice the price.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?