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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Red Dragon

 The Red Dragon (Adventure/Mystery)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592123285
Price $9.95
123 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Great China Adventure From A Master Story Teller.”

Betty Sheldon is in Peking looking for a guide to take her into Manchuria, where a Black Box is hidden, supposedly worth more than a million dollars. She is almost captured by a white man working for the Japanese. It seems the Chinese and Japanese both want the treasure, and willing to kill for it. But the mysterious Red Dragon steps in to rescue the girl, and then offers to lead her into Manchuria for the Black Box. The Red Dragon is actually an ex-American marine, who has been stranded in China, and wanted by authorizes of both nations, the Chinese and Japanese. Their journey is filled with danger, gun battles, and near death escapades, and in the final action, they are surrounded by troops of Japanese soldiers coming in for the kill. How will the Red Dragon get them out of such a predicament?

This short novel was originally published in the February 1935 issue of FIVE NOVELS magazine. There were no sequels with The Red Dragon, or the character could have been a recurring hero. Although he doesn’t wear a mask, he wears twin holsters tied down with matching .45s, and is ambidextrous. The action with this ex marine turned adventurer is fun and non-stop action. A great adventure yarn from a master storyteller, and highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Publisher of ECHOES Magazine

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