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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Inky Odds

Bat Conroy—cut him and he’d bleed ink, he’s a born newspaperman.  Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid—the greatest American journalists of the 20th century all made their names as war correspondents, but none of them would have beat out Bat Conroy to a good story.
Which makes it that much more mystifying—and aggravating—when an unknown writer, filing under the byline Perry Lane, scoops Bat on every story that comes along.  Bat’s always been the go-to reporter covering the Japanese invasion of China . . . until this Perry Lane person came along to steal his thunder and maybe even his job.
Now, the biggest story of the war is about to hit the fan, and Bat’s going to get to the source first if it kills him.  But the most shocking news of all is the true identity of the elusive Perry Lane.  

Inky Odds (Adventure)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592122868
Price $9.95
107 Pages

“Adventure At Its Best.”

With the Japanese and Chinese battling at many fronts in China, war correspondent, Bat Conroy of WORLD PRESS is suddenly being beat to the big stories by a mysterious reporter named Perry Lane from International Service. Added to his problems, the beautiful, and rich, Gwen Fairington is looking for her missing husband, Bill Fairington. He’s been located in the besieged area of Fu-Chiang, doctoring locals for cholera. Bat must get Gwen and her aunt to the missing man, even if he has to crash through Chinese and Japanese armies, and try to beat Perry Lane to the biggest story yet.

Adventure at its best, and I didn’t want the story to end. L. Ron Hubbard was a master storyteller. Originally published in the June 1940 issue of FIVE-NOVELS Monthly, this is one of his many stories set in China during the Japanese Invasion, and featured some of his best yarns. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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