Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard

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Why I Read It: I really enjoyed Hubbard’s To The Stars and wanted to explore some of his other tales.

Where I Got It: From Audiobook SYNC Summer 2012 session.

Who I Recommend This To: If you enjoy Dick Tracy type pulp fiction, with zombies, then check this out.

Narrators: Jennifer Aspen, R.F. Daley, Lori Jablons, John Mariano, Jim Meskimen and Matt Scott.

Publisher: Galaxy Press (2010)

Length: 2 hours 6 minutes

Ridiculous, yet entertaining. That pretty much sums up this audiobook experience. Detective Terry Lane has a tough job and dead men walking around making more dead men is simply a pain in the ass. But Lane rises to the challenge with some typical pulp fiction right hooks and gun play. Some nefarious evil person is somehow controlling dead men and sending them to attack prominent folk. Pesky kind of thing to be happening to a community, zombies. Most folks just aren’t ready for such a thing.

Lucky for me as the reader, this novella followed pretty basic hard and fast rules about pulp fiction detective zombie novels. While I got some side entertainment from this tale while folding laundry and making dinner, overall I enjoyed L. Ron Hubbard‘s science fiction works much more. Action and damsels in distress drove this story forward.

The audio cast on this book was entertaining. For action-driven plots, I enjoy multiple narrators with sound effects. This production was quite good, reminding me of the old-time radio broadcasts.

What I Liked: The audio production; the unapologetic use of action and action alone to move the tale forward.

What I Disliked: The ladies had limited roles; limited character development.

As part of Stainless Steel Droppings’ R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event, I am going to count this book as Zombie horror. This event is still going strong until the end of October, so feel free to hop over there and join the fun.

4 thoughts on “Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard”

    1. Yeah. When I see Hubbard, I think scifi, like Battlefield Earth, or Scientology. I wouldn’t have associated him with pulp-fiction type stories. It was a fun read.

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