Monday, 13 May 2013

Review - Spy Killer

Spy Killer
By L. Ron Hubbard
Director: Jim Meskimen
Voice Cast: R.F. Daley, Lori Jablons, Shane Johnson, Jim Meskimen, and Tait Ruppert
Studio: Galaxy Press
Pub. Date: September 8, 2008
ISBN: 978-1592121663
Running Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
Buy Link: Amazon


The classic short stories that filled the pulp fiction magazines from the 1930s and 1940s are hard to find these days. Galaxy Press has been releasing author L. Ron Hubbard's short stories from that time onto the Stories from the Golden Age audiobooks. I received a free copy of the Spy Killer in exchange for my honest review.

Spy Killer first appeared in the April 1936 issue of Five-Novels Monthly and tells the tale of an innocent man, Kurt Reid, being charged of murder and grand larceny!  He barely escapes off the ship Rangoon and flees to pre-Communist China and Shanghai.

By chance, Kurt meets the White Russian Varinka Savischna in a tea house and he manages to save the beauty from the Chinese intelligence services. Instead of going into hiding, Kurt agrees to help Varinka in her crusade against the Chinese intelligence, but of course trouble is never too far behind him as  he soon gets himself captured.

Before long, Kurt is caught up in blackmail and an assassination plot on a Japanese spy. To make matters even worse, Varinka's friend is his ex-fiancée, Anne Carsten.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this espionage thriller. Once again, Galaxy Press has done a wonderful job creating an intense audiobook with a great voice cast and amazing sound effects. I've always been a James Bond fan, so I naturally got hooked into this intriguing spy plot. Overall, I enjoyed listening to Spy Killer and I recommend it to others.

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