Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Headhunters by L. Ron Hubbard

The Headhunters
by L. Ron Hubbard
Multi-cast performance
Produced by Galaxy Audio
Approx. 2 hours.

Once again I dive into a Story from the Golden Age, some mid 20th century pulp fiction penned by L. Ron Hubbard. This time I take a far flung adventure to the Solomon Islands following adventurer Tom Christian and what leads to his path for revenge and gold. Tom's path is overgrown with headhunters whose specialty of shrinking heads is sought after by an professor from the United States and two assistants, one of which happens to be the beautiful, Christine Forsythe. Yep, it's an L. Ron Hubbard adventure and there's always a beautiful dame involved.

Originally published in August of 1936, the story opens with Tom Christian confronting Punjo Charlie who murdered Tom's partner attempting to gather gold worth half a million dollars, Tom Christian sets off to the jungles of the Solomon Islands to retrace his partner's footsteps and finish the job. But Tom's gold fever makes him unaware that the notorious thief Punjo Charlie has laid a trap to snare the young man and collect the treasure himself. Just when Tom is about to become the second victim of Punjo Charlie, Tom's native sidekick, Hihi saves the day. Punjo Charlie, though, slips away.

Christian's problems soon triple when a trio of Americans, one of whom is the aforementioned Christine Forsythe, are taken hostage by Punjo Charlie. Christian now must rescue the ill-fated party before their heads are shrunken by the headhunters and before Charlie can get the gold.

What follows is an all-out war which pits Christian, his first mate Hihi and their contingent of coast men against a horde of bloodthirsty headhunters, all under the control of the man who killed his partner. So be prepared to be constantly on the edge of your seat as arrows and spears fly and gunshots ricochet off the trees in the deep jungle of the Solomon islands.

Once again this book is available from Galaxy Press as a sort of modern Pulp Fiction or as a 2 hour cd audio pulp from Galaxy Audio. The cast are also again supremely talented in bringing this tale to life with fun accents and voicework. The sound effects and music make this tale alive with a rich ambiance that will spoil your audio book experience forever. You will never again wish to hear a book unless it is performed by the multi-talented production of Galaxy Audio.

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