I don’t listen to audiobooks all that often, but periodically I’ll take over the car selection. I had another opportunity to do that with 2 more books from L. Ron Hubbard and The Golden Age Stories (read my last review from them).
Man-Killers of the Air
By L. Ron Hubbard
About the Book: On the eve of entering an international air race to win much-needed prize money, Smoke and Patty face the usual and the impossible. The race involves a dangerous, grueling flight down Central America, over the Andes and across the Brazilian jungle—that’s typical. The real challenge is that a publicity-hungry newspaper mogul is trying to sabotage Smoke’s plane, the “Super-Comet,” and make sure that this race is his last. Plus, the beautiful woman he loves resents his supposed infatuation with height and speed. Now Smoke must somehow win her over, against lethal odds piled high in the turbulent sky
By L. Ron Hubbard
My Thoughts: Of the two, I enjoyed this book much more. It was faster paced, and seemed to come together better. Action after action, waiting to see who the girl really was. I was actually a little sad when this one ended. Don’t let the cover of this one fool you though. Although there is a bit of a love story, it stays clean, and doesn’t delve into that genre more than a passing thought of “pretty girl”.
About the Author
“What is generally missed,” Mr. Hubbard once remarked, “is that my writing financed research.” And although more broadly known for what finally came from that research, his novels and stories will never be forgotten. Having published a full 15 million words between 1929 and 1941, the name L. Ron Hubbard had been virtually synonymous with popular fiction through the 1930s—or as friend and fellow author Frederik Pohl had proclaimed, “The instant Ron’s stories appeared on the newsstands, they became part of every fan’s cultural heritage.” And given the volume of his work through these years—more than two hundred stories and novels spanning all popular genres: mystery, Western, adventure, fantasy, science fiction and even romance—that cultural heritage was indeed rich.