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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Man-Killers of The Air

Take a touch of Charles Lindbergh, mix in a dash of Evel Knievel, throw in one man-killing cat—and you’ve got a recipe for a rip-roaring adventure featuring the high-flying, hard-living Smoke Burnham.
There’s not a dare Smoke won’t take, and there’s not a wager he won’t make.  Now he’s betting his life that he can fly his plane, Super Comet—with his pet cheetah Patty coming along for the ride—across the mountains and jungles of South America to a prize-winning payday.  
All he has to do is out-race the competition, out-maneuver a saboteur, and make out with his girl—who’s determined to bring him down to earth.  One thing you can count on—in the air, in a fight, or in his girlfriend’s arms—he’s a man who likes to turn up the heat.  Because where there’s Smoke, there’s fire.

Man-Killers of The Air (Aviation Adventure)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592122912
Price $9.95
107 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Transatlantic Race With Deadly Danger.”

Smoke Barnham was a daredevil pilot not afraid of anything. He flew the fastest planes over the worst terrain imaginable, and loved it. When millionaire Paul Harrison Girard sponsored a race over ocean and land, with a fifty thousand winner’s prize, it was all that Smoke could want. After all, he was broke, and Girard was repossessing all of Smoke’s holdings. If would have killed him for his rich girlfriend, Melanie King to discover his financial problems. Without a plane, he and his publicity manager, Alex Montague talk an airlines executing into selling them their experimental plane – on a note. If he didn’t win the race, he was going to be in deeper money problems than ever.

With Alex as co-pilot, and Patty, his pet cheetah, and Melanie along, they join the race, only to be sabotaged over the jungle by Girard’s contact in Brazil. But a piece of silk saves the day, and they are quickly back in the air.

This was originally published in the June 1935 issue of FIVE-NOVELS Magazine. I love Hubbard’s writing in the 30s and 40s, especially his adventure yarns. A great storyteller, Hubbard brings the reader along for the ride, and the story flows as only as master writer can make them. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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