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on March 02, 2012 :
For those of you who have always wanted to experience the excitement of being a child in the 1930s sitting in the local movie theater on a Saturday afternoon watching Flash Gordon or one of the other serials of the time, now you have your chance.
Pro Se Publication’s The New Adventures of Richard Knight is a collection of six adrenaline rush stories featuring the pulp hero who hasn’t appeared in print since 1942. Along with sidekick Larry Doyle, Knight fights evil which appears in many forms, while reminding us of the conflict at the time with the Nazi regime. The creators of these stories are well-known to readers everywhere: Josh Reynolds, Barry Reese, Terry Alexander, I.A. Watson, Frank Schildiner, and Adam Lance Garcia.
Knight is back in all his glory, flying the planes and shooting the guns every secret agent longs to have. It’s still the early 1940s in the dialogue when men were men and women were, well—dangerous.
Each of the six stories draws the reader in from the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the end. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
I can’t legitimately review the story “The Hostage Academy” since I wrote it. But I can commend the other works in this anthology. It tells stories of the airman detective Richard Knight, a character created by Donald Keyhoe - he of the flying saucer books fame – in the 1930s as a globtrotting G-man troubleshooter. Although not as well known as some of Keyhoe’s other creations, Knight had a long if intermittent publishing history and offered a distinctive blend of weird adventure and international intrigue. He was somewhere between James Bond, John Steel, and Fox Mulder.
This first collection of new stories manages to showcase all the aspects of the character and his cast. The volume stands alone for new readers. It’s a good introduction for those new to the character and a happy reprise for those who are already fans of the original works. I hear a sequel is already being planned.
This book is the first in Pro Se’s new Pulp Obscura brand, a line of books offering new adventures of mostly-forgotten pulp characters from the 40s and before, usually in synch with Altus Press’ re-release of the original works. It is telling that Knight was the character chosen to flagship this imprint. He is a great example of why such old series need to be remembered and revived.
So buy the book because its got a whole bunch of stories by talented people (and me). Buy it because it reintroduces a great adventurer into the realm of strange fiction. Buy it because one day it’ll be collectable as the first Pulp Obscura volume. Buy it because the cover art is beautiful. Buy it because at the e-price you can’t really go wrong – but beware because you’ll probably want a print copy for your bookshelf thereafter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)