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Trail of the Red Diamonds

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  10 reviews
An obscure original manuscript of Marco Polo’s travels . . . A tantalizing clue to the site of Kublai Khan’s fabled burial site . . . A chance to unearth the truth behind a long-lost treasure. It’s an opportunity that would make Indiana Jones drop everything but his whip and race off to China. But he’d be too late. Lieutenant Jonathan Daly is way ahead of him.

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Published September 15th 2010 by Galaxy Audio
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Bev
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Okay, so I have this feeling that I am no more a pulp mystery lover than I am a hard-boiled fan. I can read them. They may have some good bits. But there is no way that I would want a steady diet of such things.

The Trail of the Red Diamonds by L. Ron Hubbard is a reprint of two of Hubbard's pulp mysteries form the 1930s. The title story revolves around Lieutenant Daly's discovery of the mention a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn in an original
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Craig
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume collects two of Hubbard's novelettes, the title story (which was originally published as by Lt. John Daly, the name of the protagonist) from Thrilling Adventures magazine's January, 1935 issue, and Hurricane's Roar from the October, 1935, issue of Top-Notch magazine, where it appeared under the title Wind Gone Mad. Hubbard's best pulp work was at the novella length, roughly twice the length of the stories in this book, where he could better develop character and explain some of his ...more
Paul Black
This edition has two stories: "The Trail of the Red Diamonds" and "Hurricane's Roar". They were both novelette length. Lots of action, adventure, and two-fisted protagonists. Pretty reasonable stories. Perhaps because they were written almost 90 years ago, they seemed a little old-fashioned. I didn't engage with them as much as with "Buckskin Brigades".
Tom Johnson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Fast-Paced, Colorful Characters, And Exciting Stories.”

This volume actually contains two stories by L. Ron Hubbard: THE TRAIL OF THE RED DIAMONDS, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, January 1935, under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, the main character of the story. And THE HURRICANE’S ROAR, published in THRILLING ADVENTURES, April 1939.

In the first story, Jonathan Daly translates passages from Marco Polo’s manuscript while laid up in a hospital in San Francisco; coming across several
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Nick
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-adventure
The stories being reprinted in this series are pure escapist pulp fiction, with varying degrees of historical authenticity. These two take place around the 1930s in China and Mongolia, and while not great literature, they're fun to read.
The title story, Trail of the Red Diamonds, is a blend of Indiana Jones, spy novel and noir crime. Lost tombs, spectacular gems, layer on layer of betrayal...it's that kind of story.
I first encountered the second story, Hurricane's Roar, in the form of a staged
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Michael Sigler
Same criticisms as I had for the last LRH pulp reprint... His stories are fun to read, but super simplistic in prose.
LRH was not "without a doubt, one of the most prolific and influential writers of the twentieth century" as it says on the back of this pulp volume. Or, maybe he is in the eyes of his zanie cult members.
Anyhoo, fun stories but they definitely don't have the zing or substance of an ERB or Max Brand or even a Lester Dent story, the last of whom I am not a fan...
Abdulla
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was a good book, adventures all the way!
Maryam
Stopped reading it ...
Amalendu S
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Laryn
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read for about an hour. Popcorn stuff that isn't quite as good as a Hardy Boys book.
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Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 1950, Hubbard authored Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and established a series of organizations to promote Dianetics. In 1952, Hubbard lost the rights to Dianetics in bankruptcy proceedings, and he subsequently founded Scientology. Thereafter ...more