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Amazon Nights: Classic Adventure Tales from the Pulps [Hardcover]

Arthur O. Friel , John Gregory Betancourt , Darrell Schweitzer

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Book Description

March 24 2005
When one thinks of the classic adventure-story authors of the pulp fiction era, H. Rider Haggard, Talbot Mundy, and Rafael Sabatini may come first to mind. But Arthur O. Friel's stellar contributions -- particularly his stories featuring Lourenco and Pedro, two workers on a rubber-tree plantation in the Amazon Jungle. Their adventures in the Amazon's mysterious back-country certainly deserve honorable mention. Here are tales of peril and last-minute rescue, brutal savages and men of honor, snake-worshipping armies and half-ape Lost Races-and many more! For in the shadows of the rain-forest, many evils lurk . . . human and otherwise! Features a new introduction by Darrell Schweitzer, eight short stories, and The Jararaca, a complete novel.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Pr (March 24 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809511991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809511990
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable jungle tales July 28 2014
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This is a very entertaining selection of surprisingly well-written (by pulp standards) jungle tales. No jungle superheroes here. Rather, each story is told from the point-of-view of two rubber-plantation workers focusing on the folly of some evil-doer(s) leading to their well-deserved punishment; this does result in a certain sameness one story to the next, but this is mitigated by the author's flowing writing style, keen descriptive abilities, and the absence of Hollywood jungle movie cliches (keeping in mind these are set in the jungles of South America, not Africa). I lack the expertise to say whether these tales actually ARE more realistic than others of their ilk, but they certainly SEEM to be (due, no doubt, to a combination of Friel's firsthand Amazon jungle experience, creative imagination, and writing talent). There are occasionally SOME exaggerated plot elements; this is, afterall, pulp fiction, but overall there is a subdued and subtle, understated tone to these tales which adds to their crediblity. To conclude, this is an enjoyable collection that I would recommend to discriminating fans of the genre.

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