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THE SHADOWED CIRCLE # 2 Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘The Shadowed Circle #2’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

THE SHADOWED CIRCLE # 2Editor/Publisher Steve DonosoA Renaissance Press Publication62 pages Last year pulp enthusiasts were treated to the premier of this excellent new magazine devoted to arguably the great pulp hero of them all, The Shadow. The magazine was crammed packed with excellent, informative articles, and great artwork all

Trouble In The Brownstone Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Trouble In The Brownstone’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

TROUBLE IN THE BROWNSTONEA Nero Wolfe MysteryBy Robert GoldsboroughMysterious Press246 pgs. Every now and then we readers discover fictional characters and become totally enamored with them. Enough so that when their creators pass on, we hope other writers will take on those heroes and continue their adventures; most of which

Death Trip Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Dead Trip’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

DEATH TRIPBy P.J. Thorndyke pgs It is the summer of 1968 and a girl name Alice has fled her past life and moved to California. Fate decrees her arrival to coincide with a deadly train derailment that unleashes an experimental gas created by the war department to enhance violent emotions

Fancy Anders Goes To War Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Fancy Anders Goes To War’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

FANCY ANDERS GOES TO WARBy Max Allan CollinsIllustrated by Fay DaltonNeo Text118 pgs During World War Two, so many of America’s sons went off fighting a war, it fell on America’s daughters to keep the homefront afloat. Now for those mothers and wives living on farms and ranches, none of

Sahara Six Book Review By Ron Foriter

‘Sahara Six’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

SAHARA SIX(A Mace Bullard Patrol)By James HopwoodPro-Se Press126 pg Adventure tales of the French Foreign Legion were a staple of the classic pulp magazine titles. These were hardy stories of brave men who for whatever reasons were societies’ cast-offs and banded together under the French flag. It was a brotherhood

Cutthroat Dogs Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Cutthroat Dogs’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

CUTTHROAT DOGS(An Amos Walker Mystery)By Loren D. EstlemanA Forge Book196 pgs Loren D. Estleman has been writing stories about Detroit P.I. Amos Walker for a while now, as the inside list shows this new offering is nearing thirty published mysteries. Obviously, we’re late to the party, but when “Cutthroat Dogs”

The Titanic Murders Book Review By Ron Foriter

‘The Titanic Murders’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

THE TITANIC MURDERSBy Max Allan CollinsThomas & Mercer Books251 pgs Born in 1875, Jacques Futrelle was a journalist turned mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S.F.X . Van Dusen known at The Thinking Machine for his use of logic. While on a

Hollis P.I. Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Gary Phillips’ Hollis P.I.’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

GARY PHILLIPS’ HOLLIS P.I.Edited by Gary Phillips & Morgan McKayPro Se Press169 pgs From Pro Se Press comes this six-story collection featuring Los Angeles private eye, Nate Hollis. Created by veteran pulp writer Gary Phillips, Hollis is a street-savvy detective with the usual assortment of colorful supporting characters ala his

Camelot Forever - Lancelot's Redemption Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Camelot Forever – Lancelot’s Redemption’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

CAMELOT FOREVER – Lancelot’s RedemptionBy Robert W. Hickey & Bill NicholsPublished at Amazon333 Pgs Morgan LeFay is using her magic immortality to hunt down the descendants of King Arthur’s fabled knights in modern-day England. Her chief killer in charge of her devil hounds is none other than her son, Mordred.

Levon's Hunt Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Levon’s Hunt’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

LEVON’S HUNTBy Chuck DixonWold Pack Publishing304 pages “Levon’s Hunt” is the eighth entry in writer Chuck Dixon’s Levon Cade series. The stories revolve around a Marine Veteran living in rural Alabama with his daughters, one adopted. He’s a widower, having lost his wife to cancer. Like most returning combat veterans,

Sharpe's Assassin Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Sharpe’s Assassin’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

SHARPE’S ASSASSINBy Bernard CornwellHarper Books320 pages This is the 23rd entry in the Sharpe saga; a series of historical fiction adventures by British writer Bernard Cornwell centered on the character of Richard Sharpe. The inspiration for the books came from C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower novels about a Royal Navy officer’s

Dead Jack and The Old Gods Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Dead Jack and The Old Gods’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

DEAD JACK and The OLD GODSBy James AquiloneHomunculus House255 pgs Unlike the overwhelming majority of our colleagues in the pulp community, we have never been fans of writer H.P. Lovecraft. His elaborate myth of the Cthulu and the Old Gods always seemed too grandiose a concept to be effective as

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