A blind obsession. A driving ambition. A relentless,
unrestrained, single-minded pursuit of a shiny metal. These are the symptoms of
a condition known as gold fever, and, like Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra
Madre, American mining engineer Captain Humbert Reynolds has got it bad.
Possible side effects include: temporary insanity, a propensity for violence,
The search for gold has taken Reynolds from the ruins of
the Yucatan to the mountains of Ecuador to the wilderness of northern Canada.
Now, his search for a yellow brick bonanza has brought him halfway around the
world, to the Gobi desert.
But the lure of the precious metal is about to lead
Reynolds into a Golden Hell, as he plunges into an inferno—a mountain of
horrors run by an unspeakably evil gang. And if he doesn’t find a way out, a
path to redemption, he may find that instead of snatching the ultimate prize he
will have to pay the ultimate price.
includes the adventure, Pearl Pirate, a story of betrayal and deceit in which
an American captain loses his ship to a money-lender, and the only way to get
it back is to outfight and outfox a ruthless pirate and bring home a fortune in
“Pulp Adventure At Its Best”
GOLDEN HELL originally
published in the September 1936 issue of
THRILLING ADVENTURE: This book actually contains two novelettes, the title
story and PEARL PIRATE. In GOLDEN HELL, mining engineer Humbert Reynolds hears of gold in the Gobi. With his
guide, Yang T’ang and a guard of soldiers, he heads into the Gobi with gold
fever, and literally encounters Hell. Captured by a Mongol tribe they are taken
to a Monk hideaway in the mountains where the monks are forging gold deep
within the belly of a mountain, and molten metal flows like a burning pool in
hell. There, he and his men are chained like slaves to dig the gold in the
stifling heat of hell.
As wild as GOLDEN HELL is, PEARL PIRATE (May 1935 THRILLING
ADVENTURES) was a fight from beginning to end. There are three forces against
each other. The big American, Smoke Engel, wants his boat, the Witch, out of
hock with the evil Chinaman, Chan Tso-lan. Meanwhile, Joe Herrero, the Pearl
Pirate, steals black pearls from Chan. The Chinaman offers Smoke ten thousand
dollars and his boat, if he will bring back the pearls. From there it’s nothing
but a fierce battle between Smoke, Herrero, and their men, until the final
accounting with the Chinaman, who has plans on cheating everyone in the deal.
The sharks and barracuda have a feast in this bloody novelette, but it was all
action. Highly recommended.
Author of GUNS OF THE BLACK GHOST
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