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|Hell & Gone by Henry Brown
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(Call it men's fiction, action-adventure, military thriller or even a war novel...but Hell and Gone is not about Iraq or Afghanistan.)
A PULP MAGAZINE LOADED WITH NEW ADVENTURE
From medieval Europe to Reconstruction; from a post-apocalyptic future to an alien world's Dark Ages, the drums pound in adrenaline-charged unison. Strap yourself in for a wild escape from the mundane, into adventures that transcend space and time.
Virtual Pulp # 1 brings you new pulp-flavored tales in different genres, combining intelligent storytelling with the imaginative adventure-lust of yesteryear.
...To me, (pulp fiction) suggests high adventure, epic battles trimmed down to the scale of a few good men (or women too), honor and tortuous ethics and noble souls—all of which I found in Henry Brown’s Virtual Pulp #1.
The stories in this collection are united by battle: mythic on the fantasy frontier (with shades of my old favorite Michael Moorcock); almost steampunk with mismatched airplanes in a dystopian future; historical in the civil war; and fought with legend and chivalry in the heyday of royal England—plus the one at the end that’s unplaceable and gripping and odd. The characters are a pleasing blend of depth and surface detail,
...Each story ends with a truly fascinating description of where it came from. Henry Brown’s research is almost as interesting as his telling. He certainly knows history, legends, and the evolution of ideas. And he knows stories.
Some of these characters leave the reader eagerly asking for more, particularly after learning that the author meant them that way. Perhaps Virtual Pulp #2 will be released soon to satisfy curiosity, or perhaps there'll be a series of tales of the Honor Triad, Rebble Rauser or the very mysterious Zombies. - Sheila Deeth
A great debut and a fun anthology of old-fashioned Pulp adventure stories with a military bent. Henry Brown has a great love for action-adventure and serves up a varied and interesting collection of stories...
The author clearly loves historical fiction and has done his research. Nicely plotted, the variety of the stories is a great plus. You don't get the same story with different characters over and over again. Also, the author provides little notes on each story- A real personable touch.
...Five solid and entertaining adventure tales in various subgenres and a couple author notes. very much worth your time to check out. - Lou Yuhasz, Byzantine Roads
I was hooked on the first story... The five stories, which make up a novel-length book, were first rate. The author does a marvelous job of re-creating the feel of the old pulp fiction magazines, with their stories of epic battles between good and evil, whimsical fantasy tales, and high adventure.
There are no throwaway or “filler” stories in the anthology. I enjoyed each story on its own merits, and I read the book straight through with few interruptions. The stories have such interesting storylines and characters that each of them could have been developed into a full-length novel, in my opinion. I especially enjoyed the author’s notes after each story that delved into the background of the story and how the author was inspired to write it.
The writing quality of Virtual Pulp was first rate, including the realistic dialogue.
All-in-all, Virtual Pulp is one of the best short story collections that I’ve read in a long time. I was so impressed with Virtual Pulp that I’ve already purchased another one of Mr. Brown’s books for my Kindle. - Jim Chambers, Guest Reviewer for Red Adept Reviews and Author of Recollections: A Baby Boomer’s Memories of the Fabulous Fifties
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