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Looking for some excitement, Winchester Remington Smith, barker for the .22-caliber rifle shooting gallery on the circus midway, decides to leave carnival life behind and join the Marines.

His quick feet and stealth make him the perfect Marine message runner, but Smith hates the silence between orders. But a message runner he’ll always be if First Sergeant Fifty-Fifty O’Bri
Audio CD, Unabridged Retail Edition, 2 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Galaxy Audio
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May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book collects three of Hubbard's military adventure pulp stories from Top-Notch magazine. Red Sand was published in the February, 1936 issue under the pseudonym of Kurt von Rachen, The Adventure of "X" appeared in the November, 1935 issue as by Ken Martin, and the title story was printed under his own name in the December, 1936 issue. Red Sand and "X" are stories about the French Foreign Legion in Morocco and Fifty-Fifty O'Brien is a Marines tale set in South America. Red Sand is my favorit ...more
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All three of these stories are military stories and all have to do with a hero beating the odds to follow orders, no matter how crazy they seem.

So is the story with Winchester Remington Smith, a man you would expect to be good with guns and he is, both in a carnival and in the forests of Nicaragua. Ron describes his C.O., Fifty-Fifty O’Brien as “Self-reliant, big-jawed, swashbuckling, with a killer’s eyes 0 pale, icy eyes that stared straight through you and out the other sid
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a name like Winchester Remington Smith I guess you better be able to handle a gun and Win is certainly capable in that area. After spending some working in a carnival shooting gallery, however, Win decides that his talents are going to waste. Craving some real action, Win joins the Marines and goes off to war. But things don’t go quite the way he would have liked. In the jungles of Central America, Win is assigned to be a runner, running messages back and forth. When Winchester runs afoul o ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The stories in this volume are military adventure stories, one about the U.S. marines and the other about the French Foreign Legion. All three share characters with more stubbornness than brains, and life-threatening situations pitting westernized military forces against local, native insurgents. As such, the stories may not age well, but for their 1930s setting they were pretty standard stuff, and other than one of the most peculiar slang terms I've ever encountered, not insulting to the native ...more
Pulp fiction master Hubbard tackled many genres in his novels and short stories of the 30s-50s. Here's it all military in 3 stories, the title story about the US Marines and two others about the French Foreign Legion. Sound effects and a multicast performance featuring bigger-than-life heroes, non-stop action, danger, and suspense. ...more
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The best story so far of L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction stories. I loved all 3 stories in this one. ...more
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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 enduring 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 scarcel

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