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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Earl Norman Thrill Books

This is my favorite cover in the Earl Norman Thrill Books. This is #4 (ERLE Edition), “Kill Me In Shinjuku”. Published by Berkley in the US, Earl Norman (Norman Thompson) also published the series in Japan as ERLE editions. Thompson, himself a karate expert worked in Japan after WWII, and had connections to the military Stars & Stripes bookstores, and got his books placed on the racks all over the Far East. He was an actor and stuntman, played opposite John Wayne in The Barbarian And The Geisha. The nine books in the Burns Bannion series are a lot of fun. Berkley started the series in 1958 with “Kill Me In Tokyo”.

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