Monday, 17 September 2012

Review - The Chee-Chalker

The Chee-Chalker
By L. Ron Hubbard
Director: Jim Meskimen
Starring: Tamra Meskimen; Bob Casco, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Tait Ruppert, and Josh R. Thompson
Studio: Galaxy Press
ISBN-13: 978-1592121748
Running Time: Aprox. 2 hours 

Pulp fiction magazines were extremely poplar during the 1930s and 1940s covering any genre you can think of. There was no internet and cable television to occupy your free time with, so people read pulps and cheap novels for entertainment, not to mention listening to radio serials. Author L. Ron Hubbard wrote hundreds of short stories in about every genre during these years. Now Galaxy Press is bringing out these great stories through their new audiobooks line called Stories from the Golden Age.

Galaxy Press was nice enough to send me a free copy of The Chee-Chalker that first appeared in the July/August 1947 issue of Five-Novels Magazine.

The story starts out with FBI Agent Bill Norton and his assistant, Chick, being sent to the remote location of Ketchikan, Alaska as he is hunting down his ex-boss, who had disappeared. Norton boss's disappearance might be related to a heroin smuggling ring that is operating near a fishing fleet. As Norton continues to investigate, he runs across several corpses. Supposedly, they all died by accidental drowning, but Norton knows that they were murdered.

This exciting tale has an incredible voice cast and amazing sound effects. "The Chee-Chalker" is what the locals call Norton as it means "newcomer". The audiobook runs just under two hours and it has twists and turns around every corner. The main plot is a murder mystery, but there is a little romance thrown in involving Norton and a local heiress. Out of the several L. Ron Hubbard audiobooks that I have reviewed, The Chee-Chalker is my favorite.

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