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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Iron Duke

He’s a lady’s man, a man’s man—and a wanted man, on the run in 1930s Europe….
Meet Blacky Lee, ruggedly handsome with a quick wit and a roguish charm.  Think Clark Gable—with larceny in his heart and a price on his head.  A price put there by the German Gestapo.  But Blacky’s always got an angle, and this time it’s as audacious as they come.  He’ll hide in plain sight, impersonating the crowned head of a Balkan kingdom.  He’ll become The Iron Duke.
Can he pull it off?  Win the love of a country…and of a beautiful woman?  All Blacky has to do is risk everything—and, for once in his life, find a way to do the right thing.

The Iron Duke (Adventure)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592123193
Price $9.95
128 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Great Adventure Yarn.”

Blacky Lee and Stud Doyle are running from NAZIs. The pair are a couple weapons scam artists, trying to make money while selling worthless guns to the enemy. On the run, they just make it into the Balkens, where Blacky is mistook for Philip, the Archduke of Aldoria; deciding to ride and on the identity, he pretends to be the monarch, and Stud becomes his private physician, Dr. Pierre Cartier. But it isn’t long before his imposter is found out. His only hope is the Countess Zito who may have taken a liking to him.

Originally published in the July 1940 issue of FIVE NOVELS MONTHLY, this novelette is an exciting tale about the adventures of a pair of never-do-wells who jump out of the frying pan into the fire. This yarn was lots of fun, and highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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