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Spy Mysteries and Espionage From the Golden Age Stories By Fred Duckworth

  in Opinions | Published 2012-07-16 15:00:14 | 225 Reads | Unrated

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Espionage, a practice where by confidential information is obtained through spying, has been considered by many as the second oldest profession in the history of man It has been an intrinsic part of our human culture and employs clandestine, covert, illegal or unethical behavior but is viewed as sur vival for the groups or governments involved

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Espionage, a practice where by confidential information is obtained through spying, has been considered by many as the second oldest profession in the history of man. It has been an intrinsic part of our human culture and employs clandestine, covert, illegal or unethical behavior but is viewed as survival for the groups or governments involved.

The use of espionage dates back far into ancient history from the Hebrews, ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, China and Japan, all the way up to the twentieth century. The last hundred years is of particular interest due to the sophist
icated breakthroughs in technology. Spying became highly specialized in the modern world and for this reason blossoming and seasoned writers began weaving gripping and intricate plots with colorful characters, dangers lurking around every corner and exotic locales. Readers of these fiction novels could be completely spellbound, wrapped up in the story of unexpected twists and turns and shady characters. The genre of mystery and suspense was here to stay.
The Golden Age of pulp fiction contributed many great suspense filled stories including L. Ron Hubbard’s “Spy Killer,” which was published in 1936 in “Five-Novels Monthly magazine.” It is a story about Kurt Reid who is falsely accused of murder and grand larceny and flees to Shanghai. After rescuing a White Russian spy, he’s captured by the Chinese and forced into the cloak and dagger world of espionage and intrigue, where everything and everyone are not what they seem to be.
The mix of the dangerous but beautiful women, running from the Chinese in an effort to clear his name and being forced into killing a Japanese spy, is a recipe for some great reading. Hubbard seems to have a clear vision of how to weave the plots with twists and turns and really creates the flavor of the Asian culture and its people (both good and bad) that we can experience through his writing.

Reading the book itself is great but Golden Age Stories has also produced the “Spy Killer” audio book. Audio books have become popular in the last few years and are a great way to experience the full flavor of the story. The voice talents of Lori Jablons, R.F. Daley, Shane Johnson, Jim Meskimen and Tait Ruppert combined with music and cinema quality sound effects creates the experience of being there right in the heart of the action and gives you the full experience. The audio books are great for the commutes to work or making those long vacation drives more fun or just to enjoy at home.

Stories from the Golden Age is reprinting “Spy Killer” as one of the 153 of Hubbard’s stories in 80 volumes that have been reproduced in their original format, as both a paperback using original pulp artwork and inside illustrations and audio book collections.
These stories, some written almost eighty years ago, are part of the pulp fiction era where many great writers began their careers such as Agatha Christie, Edward Stratemeyer who wrote the “Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew mysteries”, Dashiell Hammett's, "The Maltese Falcon", Raymond Chandler's "Fair Well my Lovely" and of course L. Ron Hubbard’s “Spy Killer.” This and other stories have an entire new generation of people who can be introduced to the classic stories from the golden age. Enjoy!

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Fred Duckworth is an advocate of lifelong learning through audio books on cd collections. Galaxy Press Publishing, publisher of “The Golden Age Stories” and all genres of pulp fiction stories and novels, offers a convenient subscription service, so you never have to miss an issue. It’s a pulp fiction lover’s dream!