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Spy Killer, A White Russian Secret Agent Who can Trust No One, Faces Deadly Betrayal by L. Ron Hubbard [Format Kindle]

L. Ron Hubbard

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In this fast-paced short novel of espionage and intrigue from pulp master Hubbard, Kurt Reid, bucko mate of the tanker Rangoon, jumps ship to avoid a murder rap. His goal is the city of Shanghai because behind it lay all of China and a fair chance for escape. Instantly, Reid is drawn into a plot involving a beautiful Russian spy, Varinka, and the sinister Gen. Lin Wang and his executioners known as the Death Squad. The equally beautiful Anne Carsten complicates the romantic equation. While not as polished or prolific as Max King of the Pulps Brand, the future founder of Scientology carved a solid career as a contributor to the popular magazines of his day. This action yarn first saw print in the April 1936 issue of Five-Novels Monthly—the bright primary colors of that original cover, reproduced here, add nicely to the timeless pulp appeal. (Sept.)
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American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a hard case—a man who hits first and asks questions later. As scrappy and rough around the edges as Jimmy Cagney, it’s no wonder that when the ship’s captain turns up dead, it’s Reid who takes the rap.
Falsely accused and under the gun, Reid jumps ship and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get caught in a web of intrigue, betrayal, and murder. In a world where nothing is what it seems and everything is for sale, he’s soon out of his depth, drawn into a spy game in which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.
Will Reid live up to his reputation as the Spy Killer? He’ll have to learn the rules fast, because with players like the sexy White Russian secret agent, Varinka Savischna, in the hunt, the game is about to turn as seductive as it is sinister.
As a young man, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China three times, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence.  In a land where communists, nationalists, war lords and foreign adventurers schemed for control, Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region—a knowledge that informs stories like Spy Killer.

 “Vividly written, super-fast-paced.”
—Ellery Queen

New York Times Best Selling Author

L. Ron Hubbard Fiction Book

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 704 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1459614046
  • Editeur : Galaxy Press; Édition : 1 (8 septembre 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001M2FTBK
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spy Killer 28 août 2009
Par Christian Nielsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a fan of modern day murder mysteries and thrillers, I have become accustomed to the writings of James Patterson, Clive Cussler, Agatha Christie, and Stephen King. Imagine my surprise after reading a most unpredictable, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat pulp fiction account by no other than L. Ron Hubbard of "Dianetics" fame! The author delivers in this fine example of American Pulp Fiction, where there are twists and turns at every corner, and nothing is what it seems. The hero, Kurt Reid, takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of an adventure, where he confronts danger, sinister forces, beautiful women, and even death. His journey is complicated by enemies from everywhere, and the beautiful but dangerous Varinka, a Russian vamp with questionable cohorts, and a secret agenda of her own. I recommend this book as a must read for anyone who longs for the suspense of a true spy thriller, where the plot twists several times, and the ending is anything but predictable.
13 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great audio book! 6 avril 2010
Par T.P.M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Spy Killer" is a classic L. Ron Hubbard story from 1936. Published prior to the wave of espionage novels inspired by Eric Ambler's "A Coffin for Dimitrios" in 1939, Hubbard had anticipated the espionage genre's popularity with this startling tale. "Spy Killer" is a well-written thriller, and readers will encounter the mysterious Russian woman Varinka Savischna. Hubbard's blazing talent is evident in beautiful lines like this: "The steam which rose from her cup of tea was not less illusive than the quality of her eyes." The audio book is outstanding. Each audio book features a multicast performance with music and sound effects reminiscent of radio's golden age. Starring the voice talent of Lori Jablons and featuring R. F. Daley, Shane Johnson, Jim Meskimen, and Tait Ruppert, "Spy Killer" is the perfect audio adventure when your driving long distance.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Filled with action and suspense 8 avril 2010
Par Craig Clarke - Publié sur Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard is probably best known as the founder of Scientology and creator of Dianetics. These days, his name is largely connected with the antics of the some of the more "outspoken" members of the religion, overshadowing the fact that the man really knew how to tell an entertaining story. All 150 of the stories Hubbard wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1930s and '40s are being rereleased in paperback and audio under the evocative title Stories from the Golden Age.

The recordings I've tried so far are just terrific. They are a professionally produced combination of traditional narrated audiobooks (with narration deftly handled by R.F. Daley) and old-time radio, with skilled actors playing the characters (often multiple roles) and genre-specific music and sound effects rounding out the experience.

When bucko mate Kurt Reid escapes the ship Rangoon (with help, it turns out), he has two choices: go into hiding as a fugitive of the Chinese government, or assist Russian beauty Varinka Sevischna in her project against Chinese intelligence. Since hiding in unlikely, and Kurt is always "spoiling for a fight," he accepts her offer -- and soon finds himself in over his head, hot least of which when Varinka's friend (and Kurt's ex-fiancée) Anne Carsten resurfaces with an equally enticing offer.

Soon the two women disappear, however, and Reid is faced with Chinese warlord Lin Wang, who offers freedom from pursuit. In a delicious ironic twist, in order to avoid punishment for the murder he did not commit (and the reason he was a prisoner in the first place), Reid must murder someone else, namely a Japanese spy named Takeki ("the courageous"). But when Reid gets there, he recognizes Takeki and has to make a difficult choice.

Author L. Ron Hubbard fills Spy Killer with action and suspense in a land where death waits as a consequence for nearly every decision -- especially inaction. But he also offers up a love story (however implausible) that adds an extra layer to events to this wonderful example of the "yellow peril" genre.

Lin Wang is a great villain -- deformed physically and mentally -- and Tait Ruppert plays him with gusto. Likewise, Lori Jablons is terrific in her dual role of Varinka and Anne, underscoring the fact that the two women embody separate halves of Reid's ideal.

Anyone who pays attention to things like dialogue that makes no sense unless something unspoken is true, will figure out the big twist early on. (Those who solve TV mysteries by assuming that the guest star with the least amount of air time must be the murderer, will also have an advantage.) Despite this flaw (if it is one), and its slight overlength for the breadth of its story, Spy Killer is still a pretty good adventure tale of Oriental espionage, provided you don't mind overlooking implausibilities and suspending a certain amount of disbelief. But, then, many pulp fiction enthusiasts merely consider that all part of the experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spy vs. Spy 26 octobre 2013
Par Anne Wingate - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Spy Killer (Stories from the Golden Age)

Spy Killer by L. Ron Hubbard

This is one of the longest books (Kindles, CDs, paperbooks) in the Golden Age series. It is unique in that it has two women who are tough enough to attack the factories belonging to Lin Wang, who is Chinese with a distinct leaning toward the Japanese side of the war. An American named Kirk tries to keep the women--a White Russian, which means a Russian who is not Communist--safe, while the women, Varinka and Anne, try to keep him safe.

This would make an extremely good adventure movie, because it is full of guns, martial arts, and other means of "getting" people, and even the women are extremely familiar with martial arts and firearms.

I cannot write a lengthy review of this book because there are too many places where any explanation of what is going on would create a spoiler. The end of the book is a major spoiler and cannot possibly be discussed until it is reached. So all I can say at this point is that this is an outstanding adventure/suspense story written toward the end of the pulp era. As in the rest of his pulps, Hubbard avoids using words we do not want our children to use.

This book was given to me by the distributor, with the agreement that I would write an honest review. I always write honest reviews, partly because when I completed my Ph.D. I vowed that I would never again finish reading a book I didn't like. So I am not saying that all books are good; I am just saying that if I don't like the book I won't finish reading it.

I very much liked this book. I think you would like it too, particularly if you are male and young, say 14 to 18. That does not mean that girls and older people wouldn't like it. I am 70 and female, the mother of four and a former police sergeant.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great fun read 18 août 2011
Par JPCEDS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I picked this up as well as the other free L. Ron Hubbard ebooks and have gotten hooked. These are really fun reads. They are very well written and contain a surprising amount of detail and twists. If you are looking for something light and entertaining you cannot go wrong.
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