Saturday, October 17, 2015

Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard

Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard - Thoughts in ProgressIf you’re a fan of swashbuckling adventures and pirates on the high seas UNDER THE BLACK ENSIGN is the perfect story for you.

The audio version of the book by L. Ron Hubbard features a multicast performance that brings the story to life. There’s also music and sound effects to enhance the adventure. Narrators Marisol Nichols, R.E. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Thomas Silcott, and Michael Yurchak do an excellent job portraying the various characters.

First mate Tom Bristol finds himself press-ganged into service aboard the British HMS Terror. An accident soon has Tom facing 200 lashes but is saved at the last minute when a pirate ship overtakes them.

Tom decides his best hope is to join the pirates. Another bad misfortune has Tom marooned on an island when he’s accused of killing a mutinous pirate and harboring a woman on board. With the help of the woman, Tom devises a plan that returns him to the sea where he has plans for those who have wronged him.

Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard book cover - Thoughts in ProgressThis two-hour audio packs a lot of adventure and suspense in a short period of time. The pace is quick in this action-packed tale. Life on the high seas during the 1680s comes to life through the author’s vivid descriptions.

Readers of the book will find numerous black and white illustrations throughout depicting various scenes. A glossary is also included to help readers better understand the speech of the time.

In true pulp fiction style, UNDER THE BLACK ENSIGN will entertain and transform you to an era of yesteryear.

Under the Black Ensign: A Pirate Adventure of Loot, Love and War on the Open Seas by L. Ron Hubbard, Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection, Narrated by a multicast performance, Galaxy Audio, @2008, ISBN: 978-1592123339, Unabridged, 2 Discs, Run Time: 2 Hours

Also available in Paperback, Galaxy Press, @2008, ISBN: 978-1592123391, 121 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A print and audio copy of this book were sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do are you familiar with pulp fiction (not the movie)? Do you like to read books that transform you to another era just by their looks and/or sounds?

I want to share the following with you that appears on Amazon about this book. I found it interesting and hope you do too.

“In his early twenties, Hubbard led the two-and-a-half-month, five-thousand-mile Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition. He followed that with the West Indies Mineralogical Expedition near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in which he completed the island’s first mineralogical survey as an American territory. It was during these two journeys that Hubbard became an expert on the Caribbean’s colorful history—an expertise he drew on to write stories like Under the Black Ensign.”

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  1. Hi Mason - I've no idea about this book .. but I checked out Hubbard's writing credentials via Wiki ... he was certainly an interesting man. Swashbuckling books always fascinate .. cheers Hilary

  2. I've never had an audio book, since we have them not here, but I bet it's interesting and exciting

  3. I can't get over the man's religious credentials. Prejudiced of me, but true. And somehow pirates and swashbuckling tales don't sit comfortablly with Scientology in my head.

  4. I love audiobooks. I have an Audible membership. Not sure about L. Ron Hubbard after enduring Battlefield Earth at the theater back when it came out. I'm currently going through all of Ann Rule's books--she did a crime series that's all true crime stories. Just my type of thing!

  5. Thanks for sharing, Mason. It's easy to forget that Hubbard wrote fiction that wasn't always science fiction.

  6. Not an author for me, despite the switch in genre.

  7. I haven't seen this one. I haven't read Hubbard's fiction yet, but I believe I read Dianetics.


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