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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Year of Shadows

After a plane crash in Northern Korea, Anton Chadeaux was paralyzed and left for dead. Found by monks from the hidden Wei Monastery, he was nursed back to health and learned to focus his mind with the ancient art of Sulsa Do. After five years he is reforged to be a master of the ancient art giving him abilities beyond the common man. He leaves those remote Korean mountains a new, better, stronger man, a man with a purpose; to help the helpless and be the last hope of the hopeless. Thus is born the granite man, the grey wolf of justice that the world comes to know as the archenemy of evil - Dr. Shadows! In five pulse pounding pulp style adventure set in the turbulent 1930s, Dr. Shadows faces off against murderers, ancient curses, Japanese spies, voodoo masters and a curvaceous killer out of his own past that just might be too much for even the granite man to survive!

Year of Shadows (New Pulp Fiction)
By Teel James Glenn
Pro Se Press
ISBN #978-1985201750
Price $15.00 (Paperback)
Price $3.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“New Pulp At Its Best”

This book contains five new stories featuring Dr. Shadows – The Granite Man: THE EYE OF DARKNESS; A PERSONAL DEMON; FORBIDDEN CITY BLUES; GRAVE MISTAKE; and ISLE MACABRE.
            The Eye of Darkness begins in Hong Kong in 1938. Anton Chadeaux is trailing a master criminal, and when one of the members of the Gordon Archeological Expedition is killed mysteriously, which follows the previous murders he is investigating, it alerts Dr. Shadows to the case. The members are leaving for San Francisco and Dr. Shadows is among them when the Empress of Japan debarks. He knows the killer is also on board, and he plans on solving the case en route.
            A Personal Demon brings Anton’s college sweetheart, Akemi Oyami back on the scene. She and her brother, yakuza boss, Ratsudo Oyami come to Slugger’s club just as Dr. Shadows receives a warning that someone wants him killed.
            Forbidden City Blues: Dr. Shadows, Slugger, and Ki Nam Hoon are in San Francisco to meet with Han “Hank” Ku Lee, who is helping local Chinese find their families back in China. But someone is working a scam to bilk more money from the Chinese trying to get their families to the U.S. Dr. Shadows interferes with hoodlums trying to stop a young Chinese girl from reaching the Granite Man.
            Grave Mistake: Prisoners escape from Sing Sing and happen to stop at a small country café where Anton is visiting with old friends from the Caribbean. The owner of the café is a voodoo priestess. They are taken hostage, with Dr. Shadows wounded, and placed in a locked room. But now the gang must fear the night and voodoo monsters.
            Isle Macabre: When zombies attack and kill people in La Plata, Missouri, a clue leads investigators to the Caribbean. The Secret Service asks Dr. Shadows to look into that angle for them, and he returns to stay with his Caribbean friends from the previous story, Grave Mistake, and finds more evil, including voodoo and European foreigners who wants the voodoo drug.
            These stories were a lot of fun, and the author created good plots, memorable characters, and fast action. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


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