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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Ghost


Creator: Charles Sherrod, Jr.
Doctor Gordon Vincent
Tonya Jenni Maxwell
Alice Chen
Phyllis Schultz (Reporter)
Rachel Wells (Prosecutor)
Commissioner Greene
Judd Fields (Police Chief)
Sgt. Jim Peters
Charly Daniels
Big Danny Kane (Mob Boss)
The Hangman
The Priest

Doctor Gordon Vincent is now in his early 60s. Tonya Maxwell, who is his maid and associate, cares for Vincent. She is aware of his dual personality, as doctor and avenger.
The Ghost is wrapped in a dark cloak, swirling around him, almost like it was alive. There is a pair of oval white lights where his eyes should be, and a large fedora is placed on top of his head, and a slick mask covers his face.
Alice Chen begins as a detective, but takes over as police chief when Judd Fields is killed. She has a son, and the boy mentions his dad once, but we never see him or hear any more about him. Chen is The Ghost’s contact in the police department.
Phyllis Schultz is a reporter, and we expect big things from her, but she disappears from the story line mysteriously (as if the author forgot her).
Charly (sometimes spelled Charley) was once the love interest of Doctor Vincent, but we know nothing about her.
Commissioner Greene and Rachel Wells make one appearance and are gone, with not as much attention as was given to Phyllis Schultz.
Some of the villains were interesting. The Hangman, The Priest, and Big Danny Kane, but none last long.
There are six novelettes published in one book.
“The Ghost Returns” (2015)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Doc Sidhe


Creator: Aaron Allston
Doctor Desmond MeqqRee
Jean-Pierre Lamignac
Alastair Kornback
Noriko Nomura
Harris Greene
Gabriele Donohue
Ixyail del Valle (Ish)
Zeb Watson
Eight-Finger Tom (safecracker)
Joseph (unfinished clay man)
Angus Powrie (Blackletter’s lieutenant)
The Golden Man/Changeling (Blackletter’s son?)
Duncan Blackletter (Mastermind of first novel)
Lt. Gaul Athelatane (Fair world guard – police official)

Our world is the Grim World, the alternate world is the Fair world (where once our fairy tales came from); in this Fair world magic still exist, as do non-humans. Doctor Desmond MeqqRee runs the Sidhe Foundations, and his friends call him Doc. He designs building and bridges, and fights crime with his aides. He is the Fair world’s Doc Savage; in this case he’s Doc Sidhe (pronounced Doc She).
         Doc is tall, broad shouldered, lean, and moves with the grace of a dancer. He wore loose-fitting dark slacks tucked into high leather boots, and bundled into a waist-length yellow leather coat over a white shirt. His shoulder-length hair is pure white. He has pointed ears. He is, of course, the universe’s greatest champion of justice and thwarter of evildoers.
         Ixyail del Valle: Ish is Doc’s lover. She’s small and panther-ish, with South American looks.
Harris Greene is a kick boxer, trained in tae kwon do. The night he loses his latest fight his manager drops him, then his girlfriend Gaby Donohue dumps him. He gets drunk and goes to make up with her, when he sees men abducting her. He follows and attacks the men giving Gaby time to escape, and then he finds himself in an alternate world.
Zeb Watson is black, an expert in martial arts, and trainer for kick boxers. He joins Doc Sidhe’s aides in the second story.
Gaby Donohue is gifted, and Duncan Blackletter wants to study her. He needs to take her to the Fair world to do that. But then Harris Greene and his new friend, Doc shows up to rescue her again, and she ends up in the Fair world where strangely she feels at home.
Jean-Pierre Lamignac is an elf prince turned mercenary, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
Noriko Nomura is a master of martial arts, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
Doctor Alastair Kornbock, though elderly, is a surgical wizard and world-class marksman, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
There had been other aides, but they perished in previous battles. Some had died at the hands of Joseph, the unfinished clay man. But now Joseph works with Doc Sidhe to right wrongs.
Two novels have been published.
“Doc Sidhe” (1995), BAEN Books
“Sidhe-Devil” (2001) BAEN Books


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Captain Anthony Adventure


Creator: Tom Johnson
The Adventurers
Cap Adventure
Harrison “Slim” Mosby (Shakespearean actor)
Samuel “Sam” Clements Tolliver (Chemist)
Terrance “Terry” Carter Moberry (Physicist)
Carl “Tip” Phillip Tipton (Paleontologist)
Roger Egan Gordon “Reg” (Physician)
Dora & Kelly (Twin sisters, acrobats and trapeze performers)
Comatose Rogers (Canadian land owner)
Beatrice Rogers Comatose Roger’s daughter)
John Clemens (Canadian mine contractor)
Tommy Two Heads (Crazy Indian guide)
Claude (Foreman of the Roger’s mines)
Timber LaGrange (huge lumber jack)
Sasquatch (?)

         Captain Anthony Adventure is a giant in height and weighs 270 pounds, but unless he was seen next to someone it was difficult to judge his height and weight, for he was a perfect specimen of manhood. His physic was not bulky, but highly toned and shaped.
         Harrison “Slim” Mosby was slender and wispy, and most probably the best Shakespearean actor the Great White Way had ever produced. He swung an ominous black sword cane as if bent on murder.
         Samuel “Sam” Clements Tolliver was five foot tall and weighed 260 pounds, but moved lightly on his feet like a trained boxer. He was a chemist of great note.
         Carl “Tip” Phillip Tipton is a world-renowned paleontologist, whose greatest joy in life is breaking panels out of oak doors with his massive fists.
         Roger Egan Gordon, better known as “Reg” to his friends, is a world famous physician.
         Terrance “Terry” Carter Moberry is a physicist by trade.
Dora & Kelly are twin sisters, and famous acrobats and aerialists on the high wire and trapeze. And like all the Adventurers, they are always ready to travel the world in search of adventure and excitement.
         There has only been one novelette so far.

“Terror In The North Country” (NTD) 2011 anthology.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Scarlet Shroud


Creator: Chris & William Carney
Alexander Hold
Miles Hawkins
Takeshi Haradi
Hannah Salem
Lawrence Farley
Detective Lester Cheevers
Detective Mick Alphonse
Mrs. Baine
Lao Sun Shu-Hui

Alexander Holt is the Assistant D.A. He was certainly attractive. There was almost a predatory quality to him, a tall, slim figure, and a sense that a tiger lived beneath the dark tailored suit. His dark hair with the stray lock hanging across his strong forehead, the angular features and chiseled cheekbones, the strong chin and straight nose. Beneath the dark suit you could tell he was well built and muscular, with great strength in his shoulders and arms.
Holt rushed out of a side room, sliding a pair of .45 automatics into a fancy, two-gun shoulder holster. He’s switched out of the tux into a dark gray suit and long black coat. At his hip was slung another gun, an odd-looking art deco affair reminiscent of a Saturday Matinee serial. Next, he donned a wide-brimmed black hat. Sewn to the inside band was a red leather mask that completely concealed his face. Only his steely gray eyes remained visible. The Scarlet Shroud was ready for battle.
Takeshi Haradi is Holt’s houseman and chauffeur. A tall, whisper-thin Japanese anticipated Holt’s emergence from the club, the cop close to his heels. Dressed in a crisp gray uniform, the chauffeur opened the back door of Holt’s sleek Duesenberg as soon as his boss came out of the building. And … in the center of the warehouse, Takeshi had also changed into dark clothing and was climbing into the autogyro. The propeller blades began to whirl as he switched on the quietly humming engine.
Miles Hawkins didn’t cut an impressive figure. The hair beneath his cap was receding, and his rumpled tweed jacket hid a doughnut of flab growing around his belly. The bitter, vinegary smell of the chemicals he’d been working with clung to his clothes. The overall impression he left was brown: brown mustache, brown pants, and brown eyes. He looked like any of the haunted, unemployed laborers wandering Manhattan’s streets, but hidden beneath his broad forehead was a keen, brilliant mind. He was responsible for many of the gadgets The Scarlet Shroud used in his battle with the underworld.
Hannah Salem is a reporter of the New York Observer. The plucky, golden-haired reporter wore a stunning blue silk gown that hugged her luscious curves, and her hairdo must have taken hours. She doesn’t know the identity of The Scarlet Shroud, but often helps with important information she digs up in the newspaper files.
Hidden deep in the gloom of New York’s underworld Lao Sun Shu-Hui ruled Chinatown with an iron talon. As the sinister, spectral lord of drugs, gambling, smuggling and murder in the area, he was feared by the mobsters of Little Italy. The police had never been able to trace him, and the Italian and Irish gangs steered well clear of his fiefdom. Even other tongs like the Hip Sings and On Leong feared him. He operated in a world all his on, lurking in the deepest bowels of the mysterious enclave of Chinatown. The Scarlet Shroud has penetrated his hideouts several times when after information. If it is to the Chinaman’s favor, the information will be given, if not, then The Scarlet Shroud must escape the den and try another day.
Lawrence Farley is the D.A., and Holt’s boss.
Detective Lester Cheevers and Detective Mick Alphonse are the police officials usually on the cases that The Scarlet Shroud is also working.
Mrs. Bains is Holt’s maid, but only works a few days a week.
There have been four short stories and a novel published in the series so far. A shame, this one could become a good series if it continues.
“Dark Night of The Leaper”  (WCB 2007) Lost Sanctum $3.
“The Adventures of The Scarlet Shroud” (WCB 2010) Contains four short stories:
“Dark Night of The Leaper”
Bitter Night of The Dynamo”
“Day of The Vengeful Viper”
“An Evening of Reflection”
“Dagon’s Disciples”  (WCB 2011)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Simon Fogner


Creator: John Paul Cater
Characters - Villain
Simon Fogner
Matt Cross
Mica Briscoe
Captain Broward
Agent Linda Combs
Lt. Poole
Agent Doug Strong
Dr. Weiner
Delores Darcia
Agent Lashaun Gibbs

Simon Fogner:  He was the spitting image of a thinner Anthony Hopkins, and was a Nobel Laureate, nuclear physicist. He flinched and felt the nausea rip from his gut, forcing an uncontrollable ejection of yellow mucous to spew from his lips. The dosimeter clipped to his coat shrieked with ear-splitting volume, signaling a lethal accumulation of radiation. The absence of the protective coat exposed his arms, revealing large red-blistered splotches he once associated with severe sunburns, and flesh peeling off in delicate but profuse ribbons of pink skin. He knew his condition was not related to the Sun, but massive dosses of radiation. He rubbed his thinning arms, bursting the blisters to loosen more flesh and then, grimacing at the pain, pulled the tabs until they separated into long tendrils, membrane by translucent membrane. As each ribbon broke free from his inflamed skin, he licked the tab and, reached up, squeezing it between his thumb and forefinger, and added it to the ragtag collection of dead skin strips dangling from the overhead rafter.
            Dressed in a black hoodie sweatshirt pulled over his face, dark sunglasses, and a long black cane for support, he was the Grim Reaper. A weird laugh trailed behind him.
            Fogner had once been a respected nuclear scientist, but when advocating world warming, and receiving a lot of dirty money for his work, he miscalculated by one degree, and when that was discovered he became a laughing stock in the scientific community. Now he planned on getting back at the world by detonating two atomic bombs off the coast of California, eliminating L.A. in the process.
            Matt Cross and Mica Briscoe are ex Navy divers brought in to search for the bombs.
            Taskforce Adam: A team of agents and investigators are gathered to head the investigation. They are: Agent Linda Combs,, Lt. Poole, Agent Doug Stone, Dr. Weiner, Delores Garcia, and Agent Lashaun Gibbs.
            Captain Broward is the Navy Commander of the Trident Tine, responsible for finding the bombs.
            Mica Briscoe and Matt Ctoss are recurring characters in several novels by the author, but Simon Fogner’s only appearance was in one novel.

PI Day Doomsday by John P. Cater (2016) Independent Publishing Platform