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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Brannan's Run

Joe Brannan, owner and Captain of a dive boat working out of Thailand’s sin city Pattaya, is desperate to keep his business afloat, so when an old acquaintance comes to him with a tale of sunken riches he simply can’t resist taking a look. But nobody warned him he would risk losing everything, caught up in a maelstrom of twists and turns, malevolent villains, close calls and Cambodian pirates. And he certainly didn’t count on falling in love. “BRANNAN’S RUN- THE ULTIMATE BEACH READ.”

Brannan’s Run (Action/Adventure)
By Stephen Cord
Book Manga
174 Pages
Price $4.99
Rating 5-Stars


Joe Brannan, ex-pat now living in Thailand had served with 1st Battalion British Parachute Regiment, but now operates a dive boat in the sea around Pattaya, Thailand. When he learns about a sunken Khmer Rouge boat loaded with gems in Cambodia water, the promise of wealth is too good to pass up. But others want the treasure too, including Cambodian Navy/pirates and the Russians, and either is willing to kill for them.

Then throw in a beautiful rich Russian woman with long legs and flaming red hair, and Joe just might take the chance after all. This was an exciting action adventure in the mold of those paperback originals of the 1950s, when tough men operated around the Java Sea and Asian Ports, looking for that one strike to make it rich, if they don’t get killed in the process. Then throw in some Muay Thai martial arts for fun. Except for the mature language, this would have fit easily into those early ARGOSY and ADVENTURE pulp magazines of a bygone era. We could use more of this genre today, reminiscent of the past when bold adventure created living legends of action heroes and dangerous dames. It’s also fun returning to the streets of Bangkok and the mysterious East, where beautiful women and death wait hand in hand for an unwary stranger. Highly recommended for the action and adventure lovers everywhere.

Tom Johnson

Echoes Magazine

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