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False Cargo

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Insurance investigator Brent Calloway may be too hard-boiled to crack a smile, but he’ll go to any length to crack a case. As tough, terse and tireless as insurance man Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity, Calloway’s about to go to extremes to see to it that one ship makes it safely from Hawaii to the mainland.

Going undercover and posing as ruthless killer Spike O’Brie
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Galaxy Press
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
False Cargo was first published in the May, 1935 issue of Five Novels magazine, the publication in which I believe the best of Hubbard's pulp adventure fiction appeared. It's a high-seas adventure with lots of action, romance, derring-do, and perils aplenty. This volume also includes a short piece called Grounded, which was Hubbard's second published piece of fiction. It appeared in his college literary magazine, The George Washington University Hatchet Monthly Literary Review. Told in the first ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Hubbard’s False Cargo is a collection of shorts from his 1930s/1940s pulp fiction period.

False Cargo is typical of such he-man stories, but there are enough plot twists to keep the reader interested. Hubbard is especially good at writing accuracy into his stories, such that the glossary at the back of the book really comes in handy.

Brent Calloway has been good at breaking up gangs and insurance scams but this one is different. He seems to have met his match in a bar, a fat drunk by the name of
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was a lot of fun.

It starts off with a very unusual introduction to the hero, which certainly gives you a feeling for the character.

He is tough, self-confident and very trusted.

He ends up taking over a cargo line under the false identity of the captain and kidnapping a beautiful girl, so you know he is going to get into TROUBLE.

As the story unfolds he realizes that there is a very dark plot that will mean his death if not thwarted.

It is a short quick FUN read. Brent Calloway is a HERO,
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginativ ...more
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