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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Chinese Visitor

Anna Zordan #1: “The Chinese Visitor” by James Eastwood. Anna has a gypsy spirit. She is a girl who loves excitement, danger, and adventure. She’s accidentally on the scene of an assassination in a cemetery, of all places, when a visiting Chinese diplomat is murdered. As the police notice her, she is grabbed, but fights back, and ends up in jail. It isn’t long before a rich suitor bails her out; however, it’s done on orders from a high official in British espionage, who has been following the girl’s trail since her mother and father (British agents) were murdered.  Once released, she finds a killer in her apartment, and in a struggle she kills him. Contacting Serratt, a British official, she thinks she’s heading for jail, but instead is recruited into British intelligence. Now she has a chance to do even more about her parents’ death.

The beginning was very similar to the movie, POINT OF NO RETURN (a remake of NIKITA, which I’ve never seen), in many respects: from the murder, to her jail time, and Serratt’s bringing her into the agency. Even to the music, except in PONR it was Nina Simone, in TCV, Anna prefers classic music. There is also a similar kissing scene between Anna and Serratt, as between Nina (Bridgett Fonda’s codename) and Bob (her government sponsor). But after the story truly gets going, all similarities cease.

There is enough action to keep the story interesting, though the author spends too much time with the enemy agents, and we don’t see enough of Anna Zordan. They do travel to different locations, and the final action takes places in a mountain hideout almost impossible to reach. There are three stories in the series, so maybe we see more of Anna in the next two stories. This first entry in the series is well worth reading, just for its similarities to POINT OF NO RETURN. A Fun Read.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Cold War Heroes & Three Go Back

COLD WAR HEROES & THREE GO BACK by Tom Johnson: Just off Contract and looking for a publisher, preferably a European publisher for COLD WAR HEROES that can place the book in French and German translation and release in Europe. COLD WAR HEROES is a military satire set in France during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War. THREE GO BACK is a YA SF novel about three teenage girls who accidentally go back in time, visiting the different epochs of our world’s evolutionary history. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

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December 18, 2015
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75% discount on 24 Doc Savage double novel reprints from Nostalgia Ventures.
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75% discount on 8 DVD sets of Classic TV shows from Nostalgia Ventures.
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75% discount on 21 The Shadow double novel reprints from Nostalgia Ventures.
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Known for breaking new ground in radio and entertainment, Dragnet was truly a pioneering program in many ways. This was most evident in the actual stories told in each episode, some sentimental, some brutal, all as realistic as show star and creator Jack Webb could make them. Strong stories and great characterizations make up every show featured in Dragnet, Volume 11.
The story featured in each episode is, as noted in the famous opening narration, “…true.” Although many shows focused on lesser crimes, Dragnet did not shy away from violence or topics thought forbidden. This program was in every sense a true police procedural and dealt with crimes of all sorts. Dragnet was one of the first radio shows to deal with crimes involving sexual motivations, true psychological issues, drug use among juveniles, and even the murder of children. Never gratuitous in its portrayal, Dragnet dealt with all crimes the same way that Jack Webb delivered Joe Friday’s lines - honestly and starkly.
The realistic interplay of characters on Dragnet captures a listener’s attention, giving fans that almost fly on the wall feeling as they listen to Friday and his partner investigate and interrogate. Enjoy episodes featuring honest, realistic stories and great performances on Dragnet, Volume 11.
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Before creating cinematic masterpieces like "Citizen Kane", "The Magnificent Ambersons", and "Touch of Evil", wunderkind Orson Welles had already established himself on stage, performing with the legendary Katharine Cornell in productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Candida" in 1934. He then teamed up with producer John Houseman in 1935 to form a stormy and intense three-year partnership collectively known as the Mercury Theatre that, according to radio historian John Dunning, "created some of the most startling and talked-about theater New York had seen in decades." 

Producer Houseman was chiefly responsible for paring down the "fat Victorian monsters" that served as the material for much of the series' plays (he would later hire a young writer named Howard Koch to take over the scripting chores), and conductor Bernard Herrmann provided the excellent scoring for the various productions, there was very little doubt that the show was an Orson Welles production. That is to say, the wonder that was Welles accepted a good deal of the credit as director, writer, and star. Listening to broadcasts of the show, even today one can't help but be a little awed by many of the productions, with even the lesser shows always having a little something distinctive to recommend them. One would also be remiss, however, if it wasn't pointed out that Welles' repertory cast -- Martin Gabel, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Everett Sloane, Alice Frost, and Agnes Moorehead, to name only but a few -- deserve every bit of the credit for the fine acting that permeates each and every installment.

Radio Archives is pleased and proud to introduce this impressive collection: ten immortal broadcasts of "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" as originally heard between July and November of 1938. All of the programs have been transferred directly from the highest quality first generation master recordings and painstakingly restored for the best possible audio quality, making these the finest sounding versions of these broadcasts ever made available to the public.
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"Aw, Reeelax, Archie. Reeelax...."

When we look back at American family life in the late 1930s, many of us view it not through the eyes of reality but, instead, thru the rose colored glasses of popular culture. If you were young yourself at that time, you have a more realistic memory of those years - but, if you're a baby boomer and beyond, you're more likely to imagine a typical American home, circa 1940, as being in Carvel where a teenager named Andy Hardy lives: clean, pleasant, prosperous, and where every challenge, crisis, or misadventure is resolved in time for a happy ending - complete with the occasional musical number.

In its first incarnation, The Adventures of Archie Andrews was a daily fifteen-minute radio series, aired over the Blue Network. Ratings were respectable and, after a brief move to a half-hour weekly slot, the five-a-week format returned on Mutual in 1944. But the series really hit its stride in June of 1945, when a largely new cast was introduced and it premiered over NBC in a Saturday morning slot that it would happily occupy for eight years. For the majority of the Saturday morning run, Archie was played by Bob Hastings, a talented young actor who had already made his reputation playing juveniles on dramatic programs. Woman-hating food-loving Jughead was played by Harlan Stone, perky Betty was played by Rosemary Rice, and the honey-voiced Veronica was played by Gloria Mann. If you were looking for subtlety or teenaged angst, you were never going to find it on The Adventures of Archie Andrews; in typical sit-com fashion, the plots usually revolved around some simple misunderstanding that quickly turned into bedlam. Aimed straight at a pre-teen audience, the programs were designed to be nothing more than loud, goofy, and fun - and, from the reactions of the studio audience that attended each live broadcast, the show was clearly adored by its listeners.

The Adventures of Archie Andrews, a seven-hour collection from RadioArchives.com, offers fourteen original NBC broadcasts taken from the original network master recordings and fully restored for sparkling audio fidelity. If you've enjoyed our other comedy collections - and especially if Archie and his pals were a big part of your youth - this is a collection you simply won't want to miss.
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by Paul Chadwick writing as Brant House
Read by Milton Bagby
Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbellies of the Underworld—and destroy it from within. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle…..
With boiling lead that stilled men’s tongues and bombs that mangled human bodies, the hooded hordes threatened America. Their power was spreading from State to State like a hideous blight. Their spies were everywhere—and against this dread secret society went the Man of a Thousand Faces, into a danger that even he did not foresee.
The enigma of enigmas, Secret Agent “X” has been deputized by a high government official to battle the darkest, most diabolical enemies of America before they sink their poisonous fangs into the nation’s healthy core. Faceless and unsung, “X” infiltrates these threats in a bewildering array of disguises.
The exploits of Secret Agent "X" originally appeared in the magazine of that same name under the pen name of Brant House. "X" was the creation of author Paul Chadwick.
For Secret Agent “X”, it was decreed that he would pit himself against villains who were maestros of unbridled horror. Melodrama was the rule of the day. But the unknown “X” plunged into maelstroms of raw bloodlust undreamed of by The Shadow and Doc Savage. His foes were truly depraved. Terrorists. Torturers. Kidnappers. Stranglers. Arsonists. These were the types of tabloid master criminals our nameless hero hunted.
Follow the Man of a Thousand Faces as he confronts the menace of The Hooded Hordes, ripped from the pages of Secret Agent “X” magazine, October 1934 and read with chilling intensity by Milton Bagby.
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by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
Out of the blue it struck––that dread, mysterious force, dealing death, destruction and misery to millions. America found herself stripped of her strongest defenses as battleships, huge guns, skyscrapers, factories and transportation systems crumbled to dust before the voracious flame. No one could tell where it came from; where it would next strike; no one was safe from its hot, devouring maw. An entire nation stood crippled, paralyzed by panic as Operator #5, alone, fought to save America from the red ruin loosed upon it.

From out of the pages of Operator #5 magazine steps a dramatic hero who pits himself against threats to national security from all origins. Whether it’s a subversive internal threat, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.

They called him Operator #5—undercover agent, man of many identities, patriotic protector of America’s sacred shores. Working for the U. S. Intelligence Service, his job is to root out subversive elements and stand as the first line of defense against foreign invasions from all quarters. Aided by street-smart Tim Donovan and newspaperwoman Diane Elliott, Jimmy Christopher was the James Bond of the 1930s!

James Christopher did not technically belong to the U. S. Secret Service. He was a top agent for an America’s unnamed counter espionage agency. It was in his blood. His father, John Christopher, retired from the same agency years before. Answerable only to his superior, Z-7, and carrying a letter from the President of the United States identifying him as Operator #5, Jimmy Christopher played for keeps. He carried a rapier sewn into his belt, and in a golden skull hanging from his watch-chain was a reservoir of deadly poison to be taken in the event of capture.

The Melting Death was originally published in the July, 1934 issue of Operator #5 magazine. Read with tightly-wound tension by Milton Bagby.
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Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
A desperate plea for help plunges Doc Savage into a maelstrom of horror aboard the Hong Kong-bound liner Mandarin, where the depraved minions of the phantom predator, Quon, hold sway. As innocent passengers succumb to the insidious Jade Fever, and ghostly talons pursue Doc’s beautiful cousin, Patricia, the mighty Man of Bronze races to solve a riddle that defies reason.
For deep in the spider-haunted ruins of faraway Cambodia broods a twisted, armless gargoyle with a cold face of jade—The Jade Ogre—whose power to project his deadly, disembodied arms to any place on earth makes him the most dangerous foe Doc Savage has ever confronted! Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
An ultra-secret State Department mission code-named Moonwinx propels Doc Savage from the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the icy black waters of the Arctic sea, and deep into the frozen heart of Cold War Russia in a daring Flight into Fear.
Targeted for assassination by the Kremlin and fated for a confrontation with a nemesis more violent and vicious than any he has faced before, the Man of Bronze must evade a faceless executioner known only as The Red Widow.
What is Project Moonwinx? Will Doc Savage survive to put this all-important plan into motion? Or will The Red Widow sink her poisonous fangs into his throat? Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When a vivacious blonde convinces Monk Mayfair to skip an important sea voyage to London, and instead run off to her Louisiana plantation, Ham Brooks is very suspicious.
After Doc Savage enters the picture, things start popping. As in fists and guns. Finding themselves on a steamship bound for the Caribbean, Doc, Ham, and a reluctant Monk become embroiled in wartime intrigue surrounding the question of who is desperately trying to keep them off the Northern Star, and why?
From New York City to the Bahama Banks, Doc Savage and his mighty men follow the trail, making new allies along the way, until they plunge into a hurricane of horror only some will survive…. Softcover $24.95
The pulps' greatest superhero returns in two action-packed thrillers by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, after Johnny Littlejohn disappears in Cairo, Doc Savage journeys to the Land of the Sphinx to discover the strange secret behind "The Pharoah's Ghost." Then, the Man of Bronze is accused of murder when "The Man Who was Scared" is killed in Doc's own offices! PLUS a Bill Barnes novelette by Charles S. Verral, a never-published article by Lester Dent and a classic illustrated story from the Golden Age of Comics. This instant collector's item showcases both classic color covers by Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban with historical commentary by Will Murray, author of sixteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Shadow crisscrosses the country battling thieving black marketeers in two wartime thrillers by Walter B. Gibson. First, The enigmatic "King of the Black Market" endangers the future of our nation at the time of its greatest peril. Then, coast-to-coast car hijackings sabotage the war effort until The Shadow shuts down the subversive "Crime Caravan." Bonus: an Orson Welles Shadow classic from the Golden Age of Radio! This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Spider
The Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider AudiobooksThe Spider eBooks
The Spider, Volume 7
Published by Sanctum Books
The pulp's most murderous crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in two violent 1935 thrillers by Norvell Page. Recovering from life-threatening injuries, Richard Wentworth confronts the lightning-wielding Lion Man from Mars to end mass slaughter and save his beloved city from "The Flame Master." Then, with Nita held hostage and Commissioner Kirkpatrick enslaved by a criminal mastermind, The Spider wages his lone war against the acid-spraying "Overlord of the Damned." This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

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