“Inky Odds” by L. Ron Hubbard

“Inky Odds”
by L. Ron Hubbard
Multi-cast performance
Produced by Galaxy Audio
Approx 2 hours.

I’m really having a lot of fun exploring in the orient with L. Ron Hubbard.  Okay what this means, in case you are new to the Stories from the Golden Age, is that one of the genres L. Ron Hubbard wrote in when he wrote for the pulp fiction magazines back in the early to mid 20th century was “Adventures in the Orient” and listening to the recently released audio books produced by Galaxy Audio I am having a blast and each story seems as though I’m transported through time and space to visit the lands and time of which Hubbard wrote these intriguing stories.

Actually out of all the genres I can’t pick which is my favorite.  There are Air adventures, Sea Adventures, Far Flung Adventures, Adventures in the Orient, Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Westerns.  Okay, really I can say that the Sci-fi and Fantasy are my faves but as for the others they all are fun to hear.  Especially with the outstanding production quality issued by Galaxy Audio.  Excellent voice actors, special effects and original music push these stories out to create a life of their own.

This adventure in the orient is called “Inky Odds” was originally published in June of 1940 and tells the tale of the best newspaper correspondent in China, Bat Conroy of World Press, and an ambitious new correspondent,  Perry Lane of International Service, who beats him to the “scoop,” cross paths in the war-ravaged country.   Actually the story is Bat’s story and trying to figure out who this Perry Lane is and how he’s scooping Bat on every story.  Now as a listener in the 21st century the mystery is not so much of a mystery.  But when putting the story in the perspective of the time it was written, they mystery remains a mystery to Bat Conroy until the very end.  This is another story that shows how L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction writing was a bit ahead of its time.

The biggest story of the war between Japan and China breaks out and Bat is not only there to report on it but he helps in the story.  A group of Americans are holed up in the Consulate in a Chinese city that is under siege by the Japanese army.  Among the Americans is a doctor whose wife has found her long lost husband and insists on going up river with Bat and a rescue team.   The rescue team is bring medical supplies to the Americans.  Bat gets a boat hired and has to write the story of the event and not let this Perry Lane scoop him.

Stowing away on the boat is a woman who each time she meets Bat she gives him a different name, and after the third time he goes with calling her all 3, Lois Dorothy Alice.  The whole boat trip is being reported via International Services’ Perry Lane.  Bat cannot figure out how this is happening.  The rescue boat is attacked by Japanese bombers as they head up the Yang Tze river to rescue the Americans.  Bat gets everyone off the boat but not before saving the medical supplies.   Bat convinces a Chinese army General to loan him an armored vehicle so he can deliver the supplies.

Bat drives to  the Consulate but is attacked before arriving and is knocked unconscious during the attack.  When he awakens he not only is being treated by one of the American doctors but he finds he’s not fired because the his stories have scooped International Services, but how, he’s been unconscious for 5 days.

With some great humor and adventure this story is yet another story from L. Ron Hubbard that will amaze you with the depth of information.  In fact with all the detail Hubbard throws into his stories you know, he had to have lived some aspect of the stories, and that’s what makes them so fun the hear as an audio book or read the printed page, the detail and depth.