stories in this collection are united by battle: mythic on the
fantasy frontier (with shades of my old favorite Michael Moorcock);
almost steampunk with mismatched airplanes in a dystopian future;
historical in the civil war; and fought with legend and chivalry in
the heyday of royal England—plus the one at the end that’s
unplaceable and gripping and odd. The characters are a pleasing blend
of depth and surface detail,
actions sketching in past or future or both with no unnecessary soul-searching. Events are bigger than the people involved, and people matter more—each tale wholly different and enjoyably satisfying.
...Each story ends with a truly fascinating description of where it came from. Henry Brown’s research is almost as interesting as his telling. He certainly knows history, legends, and the evolution of ideas. And he knows stories.
Some of these characters leave the reader eagerly asking for more, particularly after learning that the author meant them that way. Perhaps Virtual Pulp #2 will be released soon to satisfy curiosity, or perhaps there'll be a series of tales of the Honor Triad, Rebble Rauser or the very mysterious Zombies. - Sheila Deeth
A great debut and a fun anthology of old-fashioned Pulp adventure stories with a military bent. Henry Brown has a great love for action-adventure and serves up a varied and interesting collection of stories...
The author clearly loves historical fiction and has done his research. Nicely plotted, the variety of the stories is a great plus. You don't get the same story with different characters over and over again. Also, the author provides little notes on each story- A real personable touch.