Synopses & Reviews
As a lieutenant in the US Marine Corps—as handsome and cocky as Richard Gere—Michael Stuart was once considered an officer and a gentleman. But that’s all changed. Now he’s seen as a renegade, a traitor and a thief.
Stuart is a man without a country . . . and perhaps without a prayer. Why? Because in a daring plot to foil the Japanese puppet regime in China, he set out to reinstate the country’s true emperor. Known now as The Red Dragon, Stuart is a soldier of fortune in war-torn Manchuria—and a man of honor in a world of treachery.
Stuart’s latest adventure takes him from Peking to the Great Wall and beyond. He’s in a race against time and against the Japanese super-spy known as the Hell-Cat, both of them in hot pursuit of an elusive black chest. For Stuart, the ultimate prize is one filled with mystery, power, and treasure—not only in the chest itself, but in the love of the beautiful woman who has sent him on this mission. . . .
It was on Hubbard’s second journey to East Asia that he met British Secret Service agent, Major Ian MacBean, who introduced him to “The Great Game,” the geopolitical tug-of-war between China, Japan, and Britain. Hubbard also learned of the trade in stolen Chinese treasures, and was exposed to the secret criminal society known as The Red Dragon—inspiring this story of the same name. He has captured a singular time in this storied land.
“Hubbard delivers a tidy finale that shows why he was one of the most popular genre writers of his generation.” – Publishers Weekly
"...with colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales..." —
"Primo pulp fiction." —
"Multicast performances, sound effects, musical enhancements and flawless production..."
—The Midwest Book Review
Bullets fly, intrigues abound, and the Great Wall of China serves as a picturesque backdrop for this pulp adventure first published in the February 1935 issue of the magazine Five Novels. Feisty Betty Sheldon, who's determined to recover the mysterious "Black Chest" that her archeologist father was killed for digging up, teams with American soldier-of-fortune Mike Stuart, known throughout China as "the Red Dragon," for a pell-mell expedition to war-torn Manchuria. Despised by his enemies as "a white thief in a yellow land," Mike has a price on his head from the invading Japanese army, and is also in the gun sights of George Blakely, a conniving treasure hunter in cahoots with the Japanese who will stoop to kidnapping, and even murder, to get his hands on the Black Chest. Hubbard (The Devil with Wings) delivers a tidy finale that shows why he was one of the most popular genre writers of his generation. — Publishers Weekly
Soldier of fortune Michael Stuart is now wanted more dead than alive after a failed scheme to kidnap the last emperor of China. On the run from the government, he takes on a job to hunt down a mysterious black chest full of priceless treasure—but it may be far more trouble than its worth, as Michael’s journey attracts danger that has him walking the thin line between life and death.
Triumphant Tales of heroes , honor and impossible odds. Flame-haired Michael Stuart's career as an officer in the US Marine Corps abruptly ended after a failed attempt to return the Chinese Imperial Dynasty to power in 1930s Asia. Abandoned by his country, he's unable to find safe passage out of China by land or sea.
Now Stuart, also known as the "The Red Dragon," has a new occupation; he intervenes in matters for the good of the people. Despite the danger, Stuart agrees to help a beautiful young woman search for a mysterious black chest which her father hid in Manchuria before his murder. Their quest takes them from Peking north to the Great Wall of China and beyond. With enemies coming at him from every corner, Stuart finds he's playing a most deadly game of hide-and-seek. "...with colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales..." — Ellery Queen
About the Author
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 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.