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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

Friday, August 24, 2012

Queen of Jur

Coming soon to Kindle, Queen of Jur by Tom Johnson, the 4th novel in the popular Jur series.

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.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lost Land of Jur

Lost Land of Jur by Tom Johnson, the third novel in Tom’s popular Jur series will soon be released on Kindle.
Bush pilot, Jack Richards, seeking adventure, steps through the time portal, taking him back a hundred and fifty million years to the Jurassic period where he encounters terrible dinosaurs, horrific beasts, and wild savages.
After Jack rescues Mai Ling, another time traveler, she is recaptured and carried off to an ancient city. Jack must trail the savages and rescue the girl once more, since he now knows he has fallen in love with her.
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.

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”.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Silver Manticore

The Sting of The Silver Manticore (Heroic Fantasy)
By P.J. Lozito
Pro Se Press
ISBN #978-1475251081
304 Pages
Price $10.80
Rating 4-Stars

“He Haunts The Most Dangerous Prey!”

The Silver Manticore is a combination of The Green Hornet, The Shadow, The Coperhead, and maybe a few other heroes from pulp, radio, comic books, and serials.  In “The Sting of The Silver Manticore”, the author’s first novel, our hero is pitted against Hanoi Tsin and Siam Khan (Dr. Fu Manchu & Shiwan Khan). There is a lot of action, mixed with an equal amount of dialogue, and sometimes a bit of confusion. The author gives homage to just about every fictional character in literature, from Captain Nemo to Doc Savage and Secret Agent X, and many more.

Overall, this was an interesting work, and nicely written for a first novel. Although the homage to all the old characters was cute, the reader spends too much time trying to figure out who is supposed to be whom in this play – however, perhaps that was the intent of the author. Still, I would have preferred to see less homage to other characters, and the author’s own creativity with brand new characters.

There was some minor editing problems, but nothing serious, and the cover was quite beautiful. I expect to see the author settle down now that his first novel is out, and give us a truly stand up novel featuring this new pulp hero without all the clones.

Check this author out!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Three Go Back 5-Star Review

Three Go Back was so exciting that I couldn't put the book down. Tom Johnson’s novels are always great! In addition to the great story, I also like the information section that he put in the book, the one listing various creatures from the different time periods of the earth's history. He listed a lot of them. The readers will learn a lot from reading the book, along with other books that he has written. Congratulations on a great book!

Neal Robbins
Seymouria Paleontogy Group

Monday, August 6, 2012

Double Danger Tales #64

Featuring two pulp crime mysteries by Tom Johnson in a 4 x 7 paperback:
Murder Town and The Legend. 

Compere had not been able to get Peggy away from the door leading to the stairwell, and he knew that danger lay in that direction. He increased his deadly fire, but had become a non-moving target himself. A bullet from one of the gangster’s guns 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 were disconnected and 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 two escaping gas balloons, and Compere accounted for another four hoodlums as their guns had been diverted from him.

Unfortunately, his luck was running out. He heard a light sound from behind, a short sigh from Peggy, and then he felt the cold hard steel of the barrel of a revolver digging into his spine. A vicious voice grunted from behind, "Drop your cannons, friend, or this girl gets a bullet in the head!"

The series is being published in a limited run.
For the initial run, book and postage is $10.00.
Contact Fading Shadows at for ordering information. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Savage Land of Jur

Now Available on Kindle at $3.99. Coming soon to B&N Nook.
“Savage Land of Jur” by Tom Johnson, the sequel to “Jur: A Story of Pre Dawn Earth”, with a new cover by talented artist, Teresa Tunaley. Originally written in 1970, this has been newly edited, and tightened from the previous editions. Searching for the Ancient Ones, Aaron and Odette must face great dangers in this savage land. And when they do find the Ancient One, will they find a way home, or fall into even greater danger?
Now available from NTD and Amazon