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  • gilwilson 1:41 PM on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “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.

     
    • Tom McNulty 10:19 PM on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I read this one too and it’s a real gem. And you’re right, Gil, those Galaxy audio books are truly outstanding!

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  • gilwilson 9:10 PM on May 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Dog Blood” A Novel by David Moody Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books 

    Podcast (to listen to review of audio book click here)

    “Dog Blood” A Novel
    by David Moody
    Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books

    In this book David Moody has created a thrilling joyride through an apocalyptic world of zombies, but without an apocalypse or zombies.  This may need some further explanation, so bear with me.  First of all this novel, “Dog Blood” is the sequel to Moody’s previous novel, “Hater.”  In “Hater” the world changed.  Many people suddenly began killing other people, it was soon discovered that a percentage of the population was changing int what was being labeled as Haters.

    The Haters would kill for no reason using only their bare hands in most cases.  The book “Hater” followed Danny McCoyne as he tried everything he could to protect his family, but near the end of the book Danny, became a Hater.  The change in him was sudden as if a switch was thrown. Once he had changed he immediately felt the urge to destroy the Unchanged.  One of the Unchanged was his father-in-law.  When his wife witnessed this she knew he had become a Hater.  As she gathered the children to make their escape Danny looked into the eyes of his 5 year old daughter and knew she was like him, but by then he was incapacitated and could do nothing.   This left the novel “Hater” with either the most thrilling ending ever or a serious hint at a sequel.

    As it turns out David Moody has written this novel, “Dog Blood” and continues the story with such a a delivery that you get tired as if YOU are running around and trying to survive.  The story creates such a unique insight into the world of Haters and Unchanged, that not only do you read about the battles, the survival, the lack of governmental control but Mood writes in such a fashion you feel as if you are part of the story.

    In “Dog Blood,” Danny McCoyne continues the bloody kills to destroy the Unchanged but this time he is also looking for his five year-old daughter, Ellis.  Danny makes his way back to the city from which we was taken to where his wife and daughter could be hiding/surviving.  Danny was taken to a camp where the Haters where being mass slaughtered not unlike the German concentration camps of World War II.   After escaping Danny learns of the Haters, led by a former politician, grouping to form an army to destroy the Unchanged.  The biggest obstacle in this is that as a Hater organization is hard to come by because all killing is done by instinct, not unlike a zombie horde.  This is where the zombie aspect comes in, the Haters act as vicious as any zombie from any zombie movie or story, but they can think and they don’t eat their victims, well, not always.

    Moody also takes us through the lives of the Unchanged by jumping into the story of Mark Tillotsen as he helps the military to scout for food and survivors in the area.  Mark gets extra rations for this volunteer work, which he needs because he has recently taken in a family member and his wife is pregnant.

    Survival, hordes of violent attackers, and the possible end of the world, “Dog Blood” takes up where “Hater” left off and I will warn you the ending keeps you questioning.  I will warn you make sure you allow extra reading time when you approach the end of the book, the last few chapters are so exciting you CANNOT put the book down.  You won’t want to put the book down at all once you start.

     
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