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Black Towers to Danger (Stories from the Golden Age)by L. Ron Hubbard
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Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it’s about to turn positively filthy. But Murphy’s as big and tough as his home state of Texas—a man in the mold of a young John Wayne—and he’s more than a match for everything the oil-rich land of Venezuela can throw at him. Everything, that is, except for one woman . . .
Her name is Marcia Stewart. She’s fiery, she’s brave, and she’s beautiful . . . and she’d like nothing better than to see Bill Murphy dead. Her oilman father’s been killed, and Marcia tags Murphy as the murderer.
Murphy’s guilty of a lot of things, but murder’s not one of them. He’s drilling down for the truth, and now it’s his land, his love for Marcia—and his life—that are on the line. With so much at stake, he’ll go to any length to come out on top of the Black Towers to Danger.
When Black Towers to Danger was first published in 1936, the editor wrote: “L. Ron Hubbard, as you know, is a pilot, a writer and an engineer. The one thing he doesn’t work at is engineering. He was in China at 15 and has covered a lot of territory since then. If he’s on a flying field—or anywhere else—you can’t miss him—he’s a tall, slender chap with very fair skin and bright red hair. Something picturesque about him as there should be about a flyer.” And not only was he a man with a commanding presence, so too did he have command over his material, researching the entire oil drilling process for this story.
"Roars to life" —Publishers Weekly
In the steamy jungles of Venezuela, oil driller Murphy finds himself the unwitting victim of a vicious plot to steal his land. Murder and double-dealing unfold when Murphy discovers that the woman he loves is in on the scheme, and he’s forced to go head to head with an oil company that won’t tolerate competition.
Out in the steamy jungles of Venezuela, oil driller Bill Murphy has just 30 days left to bring in his well or turn over his government claim to a company that doesn't like competition. Bill's not only running out of money and time, he's been accused and jailed for murdering another oilman, the father of the girl he loves who now only seeks revenge.
Locked away in a cell with a killer who will do anything for drugs, Bill stares at a trial date set months away and knows his girlfriend has hired men to take over his camp. Things don't look too good for Bill behind bars. "Jam-packed with vibrant plot elements.”—Library Journal
About the Author
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 325 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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