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Golden Hell (Stories from the Golden Age)by L. Ron Hubbard
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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, and death.
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.
In 1927 Hubbard served aboard a schooner sailing across the South Pacific bound for the coast of China. Making his way inland, he ventured deep into forbidden Buddhist lamaseries, shopped at the Thieves Market, made camp with Mongolian bandits, and witnessed the trade in stolen Chinese treasures. Drawing on those experiences as well as his time as a gold prospector, Hubbard infuses Golden Hell with extraordinary historical authenticity.
Also 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 black pearls.
"Spurred by the chance of treasure, Capt. Humbert Reynolds sets out into the Gobi Desert to find gold only to encounter impossible obstacles, not the least of which are treacherous Mongolians and a cult living at the gold's epicenter. Like much pulp fiction, this story is big on action, manly men, and simplistic and often crude depictions of nonwhites (one Mongolian character is reported to have an Oxford accent and yet the actor fails to produce anything but an overtly stereotypical 'Asian' accent). This aside, the music, sound quality, and production are top-notch and the full cast and sound effects lend it nostalgic appeal. An additional story, 'Pearl Pirate,' is featured at the end, and though short, by comparison it is equally polished as the main production. A Galaxy Press paperback. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When he travels to Mongolia seeking gold, Captain Humbert Reynolds is captured and tortured by bandits. At their mercy and condemned to work deep within the bowels of a Mongolian mine, Reynolds must lead a daring against-all-odds escape or face certain death.
Like Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American mining engineer Captain Humbert Reynolds has got a bad case of gold fever. His search has brought him halfway around the world, to the Gobi desert, where he lands in a Golden Hell—a mountain of horrors run by an unspeakably evil gang. Now he may find that instead of snatching the ultimate prize he will have to pay the ultimate price.
“L. Ron Hubbard’s stories are always colorful, crashing adventures.”
A three-dimensional entertainment experience. An American mining engineer, Captain Humbert Reynolds, has gold fever—an elusive ailment that cloaks rational thought and drives men across endless plains and daunting mountain peaks to seek their quarry.
Ignoring all warnings and signs of treachery, Reynolds travels to the barren expanses of the Gobi Desert in search of the glittery gold. Captured by bandits and thrown to an enclave of Machiavellian monks nestled deep inside a cavernous mountain, Reynolds finds a scene that resembles the horrors of Dante's hell. And though he does find his much-desired gold, Reynolds also discovers that the price he has to pay for it just may lead to his doom. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "PEARL PIRATE"
"…the music, sound quality, and production are top-notch and the full cast and sound effects lend it nostalgic appeal."—Publishers Weekly
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