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As a twenty-year Army veteran, I served on the Korean DMZ under fire, as well as Vietnam. I have always been a voracious reader of many genres, and review books for numerous publishers. The main goal of PULP DEN is not only to showcase my books, but also to promote other writers and their books. I review Mystery, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure – and most everything Pulp. I do not read, review, or promote erotica, alternative lifestyle books, horror, vampire, zombies, or werewolves. Warning, if your idea of good writing is an over use of profanity, you will not get a good rating from me. Please keep that in mind. As a pulp magazine collector, I have complete runs of the major character pulps, and have read them all. I have been in pulp fandom since 1970, though a fan much longer. I publish my reviews on this Blog, Amazon, and in a print magazine I also write for. If anyone would be interested in reviewing any of my books, most can be found on Amazon – see the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. And contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Guide

The Guide

Is your fly fishing guide willing to die for you? Stony lives for fly fishing in the wilderness. It literally saved his life. After Stony massacred an entire village in Vietnam, addiction and PTSD almost killed him. Alaska, fly-fishing, and a woman and her wolves brought him back from the brink. He made a vow to her on her deathbed to always help people, and to never kill another man. Now he has a new lover, and is finally clean. So when he takes a seemingly ideal client deep into the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park, he never dreams that his most sacred vow will be tested to the breaking point. He will have to save his client from a serial killer, a murderer so devious he has managed to become a respected doctor-and his client's partner. It's taken Stony thirty years to disentangle himself from psychological hell. Now, hampered by all the dangers high altitude wilderness can throw at him, Stony must risk sinking into mental hell forever by killing an evil doctor-or risk losing not only his client, but his new soul mate.

The Guide (Murder Mystery/Adventure)
By Milt Mays
Published by Author
ISBN #978-0991329717
Price $14.95
373 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Told In Rich And Descriptive Language.”

Dr. Jake Roberts is running from life and his partner. Thinking that he is dying from a cancer caused by Dr. Roman Johnson, who has been killing other patients through cancer injection treatment, Jake doesn’t want to put his family through the horror of his death. Hiring an unsuspecting guide to take him deep into the Rocky Mountains to fish during the late Fall, he hopes to die while camped in the wilderness. However, his partner, Dr. Johnson wants to make sure he dies, and hires an unscrupulous guide to follow them, planning everyone’s death in the back country.

Jake’s guide is Stony, an ex Vietnam veteran, trying to forget the ravages of war and live a sane and peaceful life doing what he loves. He knows the Rocky Mountains and the best fishing spots, and loves to be with nature and the elements. Guiding is his passion, and he has vowed to protect his clients from injury or death. Now with a killer after them, he’s afraid he might revert back to his Vietnam days and kill again, something he promised the woman he loved that he would never do again.

This was a fascinating story set in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains during the chill of approaching winter and snow, with the threat of wolves, grizzly and black bears migrating to new hunting grounds. Add to the natural hazards, there’s a poacher and killer tracking Jake, and Stony doing his best to keep his client alive. The author lives in Colorado, and relies on his background as a doctor and his experience with treating veterans of many wars, including those that fought in Vietnam. He also has a love for fly-fishing. Highly recommended for lovers of great adventure steeped in danger and murder.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Kindle Books Part Three

CRIME’S DARK STREETS: $0.99. Dark streets that lead to ebony alleys in the city’s immigrant district culminate in a spider’s web of fear when emissaries of evil abduct homeless children. When The Masked Avenger promises protection to the city’s unwanted children, can he keep that promise? Follow our paladin as he embarks on his second dangerous mission!


CRIME’S DEATH PLAGUE: $0.99. The trail begins in a Chicago orphanage, but when a boy is kidnapped, it takes The Masked Avenger to New York City where he must uncover the identity of a German scientist and stop him from releasing a deadly virus and killing everyone in New York. Can one man, even such as The Masked Avenger, succeed when America looks to be doomed?


THE DEATH TOWER: $0.99. What was a German agent after in America? During Secret Agent X's recovery at the Montgomery Mansion after the battle with Zerna's drug gang in 1937, Betty Dale falls
into a trap while following a suspect and is captured by a German Spy. Her
whereabouts are unknown, and indeed, it's not known if she's even alive. Agent hasn't fully recovered from his previous battle with the underworld, yet it's imperative for him to locate and rescue the
girl. For she is more precious to him than anything in the world. Should
 Betty be harmed, he will exact vengeance on those responsible!



HUNTER’S MOON: $1.99. The Moon Man in his best adventure since Frederick C. Davis. With the police closing in on Angel's hideaway, the
 danger for the Moon Man is escalating for Great City's Robin Hood. To
compound matters, tragedy strikes close to home. This time, he won’t be
 able to provide help to someone close to him. Sergeant Steve Thatcher, seeing the people struggling to survive, dons the mysterious garments of the Robin Hood thief to relieve the filthy rich of their ill-gotten gains
to be distributed among the poor by ex boxer Ned Dargan. When they come up against an illegal weapons manufacturer masquerading as a toy company, his fiancé is taken prisoner by criminals and he must not only remove them of their money, but put a stop to their weapons sale overseas.


SEVEN MEN OF GREED: $0.99. When the Man In Purple uncovers an evil plot of massive greed, his team of rogues plan to remove their ill-gotten gain from their vaults, one criminal at a time, but he soon discovers that these seven men of crime are as vicious as any mad dog, and a wrong move on his part could easily end his young adventurous career. Follow the Three Rogues as they pit their brains and skills against the evil genius behind The Hooded Circle of 7.


THE SILENCE OF DEATH: $1.99. Colonel Jeremiah Custer's Wild West Show comes across murder in a small Texas town. A mystifying murder mystery ensnares the famous criminologist and sharpshooter when his
team encounters a young boy accused of mayhem. The lad cannot deny the
charges for he can neither hear nor speak. The scientific brain of the
greatest man hunter is put to task as he attempts to unravel this new crime! The ex intelligence officer puts his scientific brain to work to
prove that the deaf mute boy is not the killer. Follow Colonel Custer and
his aides as they unravel this deep mystery, and bring to justice this evil
murderer.


THESE ALIEN SKIES: $2.99. UFOs have been an enigma to people for centuries, but in the 20th Century they made their presence felt worldwide. MSgt Edwards experienced them first hand in the Air Force, when lights in the sky took control of a nuclear missile complex in North Dakota. After retiring, he joined AIM - Alien Intelligence Monitors, and now investigates sightings; is it possible an alien from outer space guides him with a message for Earth?



THE SUICIDE THAT WASN’T: $0.99. By Ginger Johnson.  A local small press publisher, who was also a collector of old Pulp Magazines, was reported to have committed suicide, but Joe and his partner, Amy are on the case. Following some clues at the scene led them to think that it had been murder instead.

My Kindle Books Part Two

WORLD’S OF TOMORROW: $3.99. In the far future, the worlds of tomorrow will bring many dangers to the travelers of the star ways. Space Rangers like Captain Steve Danger will be hard pressed to protect those settlers on distant planets. Even the Ghosts, the secret police, will have trouble discovering the mysterious galactic thief known as the Forever Man. Here are five exciting tales of our future problems on worlds of tomorrow.


BAD MOON RISING: $2.99. The short novel of a Recon Team and the dangers they faced in Vietnam. These men weren’t heroes, they were only men who wanted to survive and go home. This is a collection of short episodes facing the fictional combat team led by SSgt Martin at the height of the war. Some things you may not have known about the Vietnam War.


THE BLACK SHADOW: $0.99. Chu Chul, the evil Chinese mastermind, thought to be long dead is back to win the throne of China. But first he vows to kill his mortal enemy, Dorus Noel. After Chu Chul robs a Korean temple of valuable treasures to finance his army, a mysterious assassin appears in New York’s Chinatown to assist Noel in his battle with the evil Chinaman. Could The Black Shadow be Dorus Noel’s new houseboy? Go with Noel and Kim Young Ju, as they search for the mastermind’s opium den while the black cloak of The Black Shadow watches over the dark streets of Chinatown.


THE COWBOY FROM TEXAS: $0.99. By Ginger Johnson. He lives alone, like a hermit. What is this cowboy hiding from? Is he hiding from a past that he doesn’t want to catch up with him? Is he hiding from the law? Is he hiding from his family? What could make a man hide from life like this? What kind of past could make a man live a life of isolation?


DOUBLE DANGER TALES #64: $1.99. Compere was not able to get Peggy away from the door leading to the stairwell, and knew danger lay in that direction. He increased his deadly fire, but became a non-moving target himself. A bullet from a gangster’s gun clipped the little gas container on his belt, and suddenly two skull-faced apparitions appeared, one on each wrist of his hands. With a slight movement of his wrists, the gas-filled balloons flew from his outstretched arms with a loud hiss, each flying in opposite directions. The appearance of the banshees was so sudden, gangsters turned their fire on the escaping balloons, and Compere accounted for four more hoodlums as their guns were diverted from him. Unfortunately, his luck was running out. He heard a light sound from behind, a short sigh from Peggy, and then felt the cold hard steel of a gun barrel digging into his spine. A vicious voice grunted from behind, "Drop your cannons, friend, or this girl gets a bullet in the head!"


DOUBLE DANGER TALES #65: $0.99. Two of the greatest Greek heroes were Hercules and Atalanta, and both have survived in their own identities, as well as being the patterns for many other heroes of print, song, and screen. But no hero has ever achieved the strength of the mighty Hercules. Nor has any arrow ever flown as swift and true as one shot from the bow of Atalanta! Monsters from the land, sea, and moon face our heroes in these exciting pulp adventures! In this double action adventure, Atalanta seeks out The Golden Lion, and Hercules battles The Moon Goddess. If you like strong heroes, beautiful heroines, and fast action, then go no further, this adventure is for you!


THE EYES OF SATAN: $1.99. From war-torn Europe comes a mastermind with plans to unite all the mobs under his leadership, but while he is making future plans, a small-time thief murders his young bride, calling for vengeance first. That vengeance results in the death of three people; the small time thief, a respected jewel dealer, and a city cop. Those murders bring in the underworld’s dreaded nemesis, The Phantom Detective. But when the lovely Muriel Havens, daughter of the Phantom’s only contact, Frank Havens, is kidnapped, can even the master detective run down the killer before death strikes again?


THE SOUL STEALERS: $2.99. Angels have walked among mankind since the dawn of civilization. Although we may not recognize them, or even see their presence, they are always with us. Perhaps they whisper advice in our dreams, or guide our governments without their knowledge, angels are moving us towards a higher good. Some even protect us in our final day, when violent death reaches out for our very soul - these are the Soul Sealers!


CRIME’S LAST STAND: $0.99. In this debut adventure of the masked hero, will evil win out? Blood covers the streets as gangsters kill indiscriminately. As a little boy lies helpless in the hospital, a new paladin takes up arms to bring the killers to justice. Can even the great Masked Avenger survive the final battle with the city's underworld when crime makes its last stand?

My Kindle Books Part One

NEW PULP HEROES: $3.99. Tom & Ginger Johnson compile 71 essays on new pulp characters, plus 3 essays on villains, and data on research books, listings of new and original pulp heroes, and fanzines. Also included are new pulp fiction stories: “The Mind Master” by Tom, and “The Origin of Mr. Minus” by Ginger. This will also be sold in paperback through FADING SHADOWS. This is very likely the first of several books that will detail the history of new pulp heroes, and their creators. For fans of old pulp and new, this is a must have for all researchers and those looking for specific pulp characters.


THE BLACK BAT’S WAR: $1.99. In the trenches of war-torn Germany, soldiers were dying from the medicines received for wounds. The Army generals blamed America for the bad drugs, yet nothing could be done until the source of the deadly medicine was uncovered and replaced with good drugs. While investigators are stymied, The Black Bat and his team of crime fighters take up the challenge in New York, uncovering a giant plot by a master criminal. But would they be in time to save brave young soldiers dying of their wounds in a far off No-Man’s Land?


CITY OF PHANTOMS: $0.99. When An Old Case Resurfaces, The World's Greatest Detective Is Pulled Back Into A New Battle With A Deadly Enemy, While Ex-Fighting District Attorney Tony Quinn's Lovely Secretary, Carol Baldwin Is Kidnapped By A Vicious Mob, Hoping To Force The Prosecution To Drop Its Case Against Their Boss. Two Champions Of Justice Meet In A Race Against Time!


LOST LAND OF JUR: $2.99. The third novel in the Jur series. Bush pilot, Jack Richards, steps through the time portal seeking adventure, taking him back a hundred and fifty million years to the Jurassic period encounters terrible dinosaurs, horrific beasts, and wild savages. After rescuing Mai Ling, another time traveler, she is captured and carried off to an ancient city. Jack must trail the savages and rescue the girl since he knows he has fallen in love with. Their quest is filled with many dangers as they search for the fabled domed city of the First Ones. If they can survive, the domed city offers a way home for Mai Ling, even though Jack Richards does not wish to leave Jur.


QUEEN OF JUR: $2.99. In this 4th novel in the Jur series, while lost in a prehistoric land that time forgot, a twentieth century couple must survive the dangers of savage beasts and dinosaurs. Jack Richards, captured by the flying birdmen, is a prisoner of She-la, the self-proclaimed queen of this unknown land. Far to the east, a strange rescue party consisting of wild men and half apes, led by the beautiful French girl, marches through wild, uncharted jungle searching for the lost city where Jack is held. Action and adventure at its best.


TREASURE OF JUR: $2.99. The 5th novel in the popular Jur saga. Nazi Germany has found a time portal giving them access to the treasures of a prehistoric land. But even with superior weapons, Hitler’s supermen may not win through to the ultimate prize. Jungle excitement and thrills await the reader in this current tale of greed and murder in a savage pre-dawn world.


DRUMS OF JUR: $2.99. The 6th novel in the Jur series. Jurak, the son of Aaron Jameson and Odette Aimee St. Claire, born on Jur, returns to his birthplace seeking adventure – and love. When the Queen of Kal-dar is kidnapped it brings an ape clan and wild men together to mount a rescue. Dinosaurs, danger, and thrills in the savage land of prehistoric Jur. Don’t miss this final tale in the series.


THE MIND MASTER: $0.99. New York has a new hero. In a contemporary setting, thieves knock over an art gallery, stealing famous and valuable paintings, and at the same time hit a museum displaying a necklace once belonging to Queen Bathsheba given to her by King Solomon, its value beyond price. From the chaos rises a new hero, The Mind Master!


GUNS OF THE BLACK GHOST: $3.99. This is my tribute to Walter Gibson and The Shadow. Set in contemporary times, Jimmy Malone dons a black hood and cape sending fear into the hearts of evildoers, as he battles the underworld in the tradition of a modern day Shadow or Spider. Burning eyes, a mocking laugh, and blazing automatics announce his entrance into an affray. Gangsters cringe when they come up against the guns of the Black Ghost!