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Boldly go to times where no one has gone before. While transporting a contraband Russian time machine and developmental weaponry, Private Everett Dumphee finds himself cast into new settings when the device suddenly activates. What follows are fantastic high-tech experiences that might be called the ultimate off-road adventure. For the determined Dumphee - narrowly escaping with his life and three beautiful women - it is not necessarily a matter of will he make his destination, but when. These four vivid characters trek through this fun and fast-moving journey like there's no tomorrow. Wherever that may be. "A wild, high-tech ride through time. Read it to have a rollicking good time." -Brian Herbert, co-author "Dune: House Attreides"
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It has been said that somewhere in the world you have an exact double. This rocket-ride of a novel ignites with the sudden cry of "Ai! Pedrito!", as Naval Lieutenant Tom Smith discovers that his exact look-alike is thenotorious South American revolutionary and spy, Pedrito Miraflores. Inspired bya real incident in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, "Ai! Pedrito!" is a fun-to-read, compelling novel of what can sometimes happen when intelligencegoes wrong. - Mystery Scene A rollicking and unpredictable adventure through the world of spies and double agents, lovers and enemies (often one and same). It has been said that somewhere in the world you have an exact double. This rocket-ride of a novel ignites with the sudden cry of "Ai! Pedrito!", as Naval Lieutenant Tom Smith discovers that his exact look-alike is the notorious South American revolutionary and spy, Pedrito Miraflores. Inspired by a real incident in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, "Ai! Pedrito!" is a fun-to-read, compelling novel of what can sometimes happen when intelligence goes wrong. "All the fast pacing of James Bond and the adventure of Indiana Jones." -Mystery Scene
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Once it's it got you, it won't let you go. Fast, fiery, and nonstop fun, from the crash and roar of a demolition derby to the dark doings of the wicked Miss Pinch. In these continuing misadventures of aliens on Earth, Soltan Gris tells his sad tale of attempts to thwart his sworn enemy, Jettero Heller, who is on mission to salvage Earth. But Gris has to contend with a belly dancer who's spending him into bankruptcy, a mad PR man out to make Heller a legend, an unhinged Mafia hired gun sent to hit the Director of the CIA, and the sadistic Pinch with some ruinous recipes of her own. Throw in a perverse nurse, an intergalactic drug ring, a crazed cellologist, and the arrival of Heller's Voltarian girlfriend, and you have the ingredients for intrigue, satire, and romance that you won't be able to put down. Volume 4 of the biggest Science Fiction dekology ever written -- Mission Earth. "...action-packed, intricately plotted... a cross between Flash Gordon and 007." -Buffalo News
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Spring has come to White Bear Landing-and so has the law, in the firm hands of Royal Mounted policeman and pilot Bob Dixon. Dixon’s as gruff, tough and good-looking as Russell Crowe, and in this outpost halfway between the arctic mines and civilization, he’s known for taking the law to extremes. More than once Dixon has meted out his own brand of rough justice with hard fists and hot lead, but now the tables have turned. The past has come back to haunt him, he’s been set up as a murder suspect, and a rogue’s gallery of enemies are lining up to settle old scores . . . Out on the icy tundra, on the edge of the world, revenge can be cold-and brutal. Dixon’s only hope is to let the trust of a good friend and the love of a good woman lead the way to true justice and redemption-on Arctic Wings. Hubbard never wrote a word, conceived a character, or described a setting without first finding out all he could about the people and places that drove his stories. He wrote: "I began to search for research on the theory that if I could get a glimmering of anything lying beyond a certain horizon, I could go deep enough to find an excellent story. I read exhaustively. I wanted information and nothing else." His exhaustive research-and search for the excellent story-comes through brilliantly in Arctic Wings.
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El marinero Americano Kurt Reid es un tipo impetuoso: tan duro y enérgico como Benicio del Toro. Falsamente acusado de asesinato, Reid cambia de barco en Shangai… y desembarca en una telaraña de intrigas, traiciones y asesinatos. Atraído a un letal juego de espías, tendrá que aprender rápido las reglas, porque con jugadores como la sexy agente rusa Varinka Savischna el juego es tan seductor como siniestro.
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Mucho antes de que el capitán Jack Sparrow provocara un infierno con Piratas del Caribe, Tom Bristol navegó a los infiernos y regresó bajo bandera negra. Ha estado a las órdenes del látigo del cruel capitán. Ha sido acusado de asesinato. Y lo han abandonado para que muera en una isla desierta. Pero su suerte está a punto de cambiar. Junto con una mujer intrépida y una astuta tripulación, iza una bandera pirata propia, dispuesto a hacer el amor y la guerra en los mares.
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Han Solo of Star Wars could learn a thing or two from Firsten Guide, the tough, wise-cracking rebel leader who’s light years ahead of his time-and about to lead his crew into a battle that’s Beyond All Weapons. Because the force is most assuredly with Firsten. He and his fellow colonizers of Mars have faced a brutal crackdown engineered by Earth’s tyrannical government. But the resourceful Firsten has developed an extraordinary new fuel that enables him and his hardy band to escape into space-and time. Escape, however, is not enough. Firsten wants revenge. But the universe is full of unexpected twists and turns. Just as Prometheus flew too close to the sun, Firsten will soon discover that when you break the laws of physics, you can get burned. Hubbard was a pioneer in his use and development of Einstein’s theories of space and time as a plot point in his fiction. In Beyond All Weapons, he explains: "As mass approaches the speed of light . . . it approaches infinity. And, as mass approaches infinity, time approaches zero. It was only nine days back from Alpha. But in those nine days, six thousand years have passed by Earth." It stands as one of the earliest-and most succinct-descriptions of the theory. Also includes the science fiction adventures Strain, the story of a space war’s brutality and one man’s struggle to keep a secret under the pain of torture, and The Invaders, in which the distant crystal mines are under attack until a technician crystallizes a unique strategy to undermine the attackers. "A thrilling space adventure . . . the terror and excitement builds through to the end." -Publishers Weekly
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Drugs. Sex. Murder. Taxes. Welcome to planet Earth. They’re here. They’ve arrived. And they’re all eyes. The Voltarian scouting party—illegal aliens extraordinaire—on a top-secret expedition led by one Jettero Heller, Royal Officer of the Fleet. His mission: rescue the planet from pollution—and make it safe for the upcoming invasion. His problem: the planet may not want to be saved—and the invasion may just be a trick. One way or another, Heller is about to undertake a journey of discovery—and it’s a real trip. From a Middle Eastern mecca of drugs—the key to a scheme to bring down the Voltarian government—to the mean streets of New York, he’s finding out what makes this world go round. Between the Mafia wars and the brothel whores, between the ruthless IRS agents and the crazy cab drivers, between the muggings and the weapons of mass destruction, this is one learning curve that’s about to turn into a roller-coaster ride. And before it’s over, all Heller will break loose . . . in the name of BLACK GENESIS. “Ironic, exciting, romantic and hilarious.” —ORSON SCOTT CARD
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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: \u201cL. 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.\u201d 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
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Unlock your inner Sherlock with this bloodcurdling tale. Naval Lieutenant Steve Craig has been falsely accused of having murdered his father, a ship captain in the merchant marine. Given less than forty-eight hours to find the real killer and clear his name, Craig embarks on a trail to secure a set of keys that will unlock the secrets hidden inside ancient Chinese treasure chests. Pursued by the police on one hand and a devious, unknown assailant on the other, Craig must thread his way through a maze of smugglers, thugs and treacherous underworld bosses. In a hair-raising race against time, he uncovers one vital clue after another until he comes face to face with death itself. "Loads of fun." -Ellery Queen
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An historical adventure that sweeps across the rugged Nortwest. It's 1806 and the United States is pushing westward. One white man raised by Indians—Yellow Hair—undertakes a treacherous adventure across the uncharted wilderness. Experience a panoramic journey across the pages of American history in this thrilling story of a proud, courageous man pushed to the limits of endurance. . . and of a country on the threshold of a bloody conflict that will change it forever. "Mr. Hubbard has reversed a time-honored formula and has given a thriller to which, at the end of every chapter or so, another paleface bites the dust... [has] an enthusiasm, even a freshness and sparkle, decidedly rare in this type of romance." —New York Times
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Lars Marlin signs on as captain of an oceangoing yacht where his arch-nemesis, Paco Corvino (a man who considers murder a pastime) is aboard. Lars discovers Paco working as the chief steward, but suspects he is up to no good and their voyage aboard the crowded vessel will likely prove to be a final bloody showdown at sea.
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Action filled intergalactic espionage. Alien assassin Soltan Gris will stop at nothing to destroy Fleet Officer Jettero Heller and sabotage his mission to save Earth from drowning in its own environmental problems, while, at the same time, he's forced to play husband to two wives and keep up with a teenage nymphomaniac. To add to his troubles, Heller has unearthed the long-lost son of Delbert John Rockecenter on a pig farm! A rip-roaring motorboat chase tops off this sixth action-filled installment of intergalactic espionage. "...fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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When Lynn Taylor's kid brother, Lee, gets framed for stage robbery, cattle rustling and murder, the boy swears his innocence and instead accuses McCloud, head of the vigilante committee responsible for removing the town's former sheriff. To save Lee from hanging the following night, Lynn hatches a wild plan to rob the next stagecoach with the help of the ex-sheriff—hoping it will raise doubts about Lee's guilt if the crimes continue. But Lynn gets more than he bargained for when he's snared by McCloud's men, and the time to the hanging gallops rapidly his way. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES "RIDE 'EM COWBOY" AND "THE BOSS OF THE LAZY B"
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Adventurer Phil Sheridan boldly and shrewdly enlists the help of native headhunters to drive out a predatory local regime and put an end to a reign of tyranny in the southern seas of Indonesia.
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In the Arizona territory, every mountain hides a fortune—and every man fends for himself. Tim Beckdolt is as American as the frontier itself, as rangy and self-reliant as a young Jimmy Stewart. But after spending eight treacherous months digging $175,000 in gold out of Desperation Peak—all he has left is desperation. Two sadistic strangers have taken his gold, and now they want to take his life. He’s on the run—the target of a Devil’s Manhunt. In a time and a place where the only law is the law of survival, Beckdolt will have to live by his wits…or die by the bullet. In 1932, Hubbard led a mining crew on a six-month West Indies Mineralogical Expedition in Puerto Rico—the first complete survey of the island since it had become an American territory. It was an experience that informs this title with remarkable realism. Also includes two additional Western tales: Johnny, the Town Tamer, the story of a local swindler who meets his match, and Stranger in Town, in which a drifter confronts a corrupt sheriff…and his own dark past. “A thrilling novel of greed, violence, survival and perseverance, Devil's Manhunt perfectly embodies the unbridled excitement of pulp fiction.” —Midwest Book Review
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Vibrating with action and excitement. The New York Mafia is under aerial assault. The United States is about to declare war. The world's oil supply is rumored to be radioactive. And a mountain of ice is plunging from outer space directly toward Earth! The insane Chief of the Central Information Apparatus has seized control of the Confederacy and the fate of Earth and Voltar sway in the balance as all hell breaks loose in the fastest non-stop volume yet. Volume 7 of the biggest Science Fiction dekology ever written -- Mission Earth. "Remember how you felt the first time you saw Star Wars? This book will do it to you again." -Orson Scott Card
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Fanner Marston está a punto de descubrir la clave para conseguir el control absoluto del universo. El único problema es que está loco de atar: un enloquecido Anthony Quinn con muchos humos. Impulsado por la avaricia y el ansia de poder, lo único que le preocupa es llegar a la antigua ciudad de Parva y encontrar el gran secreto del poder absoluto. Pero está escrito en los muros de Parva… y no creerán lo que dice.
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Discover intrigue. Brent Calloway is hired by an insurance firm to board a cargo vessel undercover and ensure it makes its way to San Diego in one piece. Once the voyage is underway, Calloway finds fraud, a pattern of organized scuttlings and the true fate of another vessel captained by an old friend. But when Calloway’s true identity is revealed, he must fight for his life; and the real danger begins. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "GROUNDED"
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A novel of compelling suspense. Professor James Lowry didn' believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn't remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet university town of Atworthy is changing - slightly at first, then faster and more frighteningly each time he tries to remember. Lowry is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him while it whispers a warning from the shadows: If you find your hat you'll find your four hours. If you find your four hours then you will die... "A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror... one of the really, really good ones." -Stephen King
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