Carolyn Boyles

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  • The New Adventures of Richard Knight 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.
  • Tales of the Vagabond Bards on March 02, 2012

    Ah, to leave the stresses of the modern industrial, computerized world and live a life of relaxation as a bard, wandering the lands bartering song for food and drink. But life is never that simple. Nancy A. Hansen has woven three page-turning tales which will make you stay awake long past your bedtime wanting to read just one more page. In a universe which strongly resembles the 1300s-1400s period, the lands are ruled by the newly-formed and powerful Yeamic Church, whose followers worship the Sun God Helios. The Vagabond Bards are personae non grata in these lands, as their mission is to restore all that is true and right. They are barely tolerated and often persecuted. Living one step away from the law of the Church, these courageous individuals risk their lives to help others. Hansen has crafted three very different stories, which will keep the reader enthralled and left with a feeling of contentment. A great read!