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West from Singapore

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He's a two-fisted American adventurer and veteran of a hundred waterfront brawls.  He's "Ponga Jim" Mayo, and he minds his own business and leaves international intrigue to others.  But, as master of his own tramp freighter, trouble seeks him out as he navigates the treacherous East Indian seas from Borneo to Singapore.  Never one to back away from danger, Jim straps on hi ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Benjamin Thomas
Louis L’Amour is, of course, well known as a writer of western fiction but he actually got his start writing pulp-style tales of adventure. In 1939, “Thrilling Adventures” magazine bought “East of Gorontalo” the first short story in this collection. The story features a down on his luck merchant captain named Jim Mayo fighting, with the help of a stylish British Intelligence officer, to make a living during the opening salvos of the war in the Pacific. L’Amour decided to write more stories featu ...more
Rogue-van (the Bookman)
Skipper "Ponga Jim" Mayo is fighting for a dollar from Borneo to Singapore. He's got a tough crew and the weapons he needs to face his enemies. These sequential short stories have the appeal of a novel. Rugged Ponga Jim should appeal to any action-adventure fan.
Kenneth Flusche
Oct 08, 2016 Kenneth Flusche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
older short stories fromMr. L'Amour
Juan Maestas
Another fun collection of stories about the East Indies (now Indonesia) written in the pulp cliffhanger style. The characters are certainly more diverse and rounded than Nightime over the Solomons... but still with the (now) dated sensibilities of gender, culture, and race. Still, research is plainly evident- though many of the situations were inspired, there tended to be a stock plot across many of the stories. You could always count on Ponga Jim Mayo getting whacked unconscious only to wake up ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've found that I just don't care much for L'Amour's non-western stories. This is a collection of some of his early adventure tales set mostly in areas like Singapore and all featuring the character Pongo Jim Mayo. For one, I just don't really care for the character much at all. And the stories I've read of him really haven't engaged me much at all. I love a lot of L'Amour's westerns, but these pieces are not my cup of tea.
A very different genre of stories than j usually associate with this author and over all it's a very mediocre collection - except for the last story when we finally get some decent plot and more action than just a fist fight.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 04, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of several adventure stories set in various locations in the world. Some deal with World War II.
I love Louis L'Amour as an author but I just couldn't get into this book very well. Every story seemed to be nothing more than a protracted fight scene...
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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