Saturday, November 6, 2010

THE AVENGERS COVER CAVALCADE!

THE AVENGERS COVER CAVALCADE!

OVER AT HIS BEAR ALLEY BLOG, STEVE HOLLAND TREATS US TO RUN DOWN OF THE AVENGERS PAPERBACK COVERS . . .

The show continues to be celebrated in books and with the release of restored DVDs and it seems likely to continue in the near future as the 50th anniversary of the shows debut is almost upon us: the first episode was first broadcast on 7 January 1961 and already 50th anniversary spin-offs (such as Marcus Hearn's The Avengers: A Celebration) are already hitting the bookstore shelves. Here, we'll have to contend ourselves with a celebration of the 48th anniversary of the release of the first Avengers spin-off novel.

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FANTASY CORNER: VEGAS KNIGHTS!

FANTASY CORNER: VEGAS KNIGHTS!

MATT FORBECK

VERY COOL COVER

Ocean's 11 meets Harry Potter . . .

It's a kind of magic . . . When two college freshmen decide to spend Spring Break using their magic to fleece the gambling tables of Las Vegas, little do they imagine that Vegas harbors some magical secrets of its own... And of course what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - alive or dead.

COMING IN APRIL 2011

COCKTAIL NATION #149 ~ BEATNIK PARTY IN THE PENTHOUSE!

COCKTAIL NATION #149 ~ BEATNIK PARTY IN THE PENTHOUSE!

This week on the show we don our black skivies, tight jeans, and Beret as we live the Beatific life and talk to the host of a Beatnik webpage and podcast about beat music and beat culture. We’ll also find out about the best in lounge awards from loungeratti in New York, and hear news of a tiki bar in Vancouver. Plus, in our segment Ask Koop, Koop will be tackling mail fraud along with our usual look at the world of swank.

PLAYLIST:

Janet Seidel ~ Moonglow
Martini Heaven ~ Tango Zingo
Les Baxter ~ I Dig
Antonio Carlos Jobim ~ Surfboard
Pink Martini ~ And Then Your Gone
Clouseaux ~ Walking from Juarez
Chaino ~ Zombie Bamboos
Sally Street ~ AlphaMale
Martini Kings ~ Nothin But Time
Buddy Morrow ~ Night Train
Spy Fi ~ Wave
Shagxotica ~ Blue Scooter
jackie Gleason ~ I Can't Get Started
The Three Suns ~ Twilight Time
Mancini ~ Cha Cha Cha for Gia

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FANTASY CORNER: HOUNDED!

FANTASY CORNER: HOUNDED!

KEVIN HERENE

Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid – the last of his kind –has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now.

But while these years have been good to him – Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined – The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.

HOUNDED is set in the modern world, but one where Greek, Christian, and Norse gods, myths, and magic are alive. HOUNDED primarily features the many Celtic gods and introduces a number of unforgettable characters – the talking Irish Wolfhound Oberon; Atticus’s Icelandic vampire lawyer who has his own blood feud with the god of thunder, Thor; a coven of Polish witches who escaped Nazi Germany, among others – and steamrolls readers down a path that leads to a most memorable battle scene.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN!

FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN!

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS FRENCH GRAPHIC NOVEL IS ALL ABOUT, BUT THE COVER SURE IS COOL.  PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES . . .

HERE'S THE GOOGLE TRANSLATION OF THE FRENCH TAG . . .

This first installment of the Flight of the Raven is one of the best scripts that I had the chance to read up to here!

In June 1944, Jeanne, a resistant communize denounced, and Francis, a little thief, meet in prison. From that moment, these two characters, the characters are so different, no longer will leave: they escape from prison, through Paris, taking refuge on a boat ...

This scenario, although not very original, is beautifully constructed. It leaves the mystery surrounding the identity of the informer and is especially conducted throughout, with a particularly fine sense of humor!

Finally, this album is a delight for the eyes with sumptuous drawings and reconstructions of occupied Paris.

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PULP NOW: THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE INC. FILES

PULP NOW: THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE INC. FILES

COMING IN MARCH 2011 FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!

From the flames of tragedy, a hero rises! In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human. Life was bliss for millionaire adventurer Richard Henry Benson until the fateful day crime and greed took away his wife and daughter and turned him into something more than human. Driven by loss, compelled by grief, The Avenger is a chilled impersonal force of justice, more machine than man, dedicated to the destruction of evildoers everywhere.

This collection features new prose stories of The Avenger by such luminaries as Will Murray, Robin W. Bailey, Matthew Baugh, Joe Gentile, Paul Kupperberg, Howard Hopkins, Mark Ellis, Ron Fortier, and David Michelinie.

SHERLOCK!

SHERLOCK!

I’M COMING LATE TO THE PARTY WITH THIS ONE, BUT I’VE FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH THE LATEST INCARNATION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VIA PBS’ MYSTERY SERIES, AND IT’S BLOODY BRILLIANT . . .

GOOD WRITING, GREAT PRODUCTION VALUES, TRUE TO THE SPIRIT OF THE ORIGINAL, YET CLEVERLY UPDATED TO THE WORLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY. IF YOU LOVE SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HAVEN’T SEEN THIS NEW SERIES, THEN MAKE THE EFFORT . . .

AS ALL OR NOTHING BLOG STATES :

This is the genius of the show. Sherlock doesn't just bring Holmes and Watson into the 21st Century, it makes 21st Century London more like the Victorian version. Instead of the cold and gleaming metropolis most current British movies and tv shows depict - this is a London with adventure, murder, and intrigue around every corner. A city with nooks and crannies and detritus piled on from centuries of use. Rough and tumble, this London contains everything and everyone: international bankers, talk show personalities, circus performers, art smugglers, amateur astronomers, graffiti artists, and, of course, murderers and master criminals.

PULP COVERS: WAR BIRDS!

THE CAT'S MEOW: "CAN I KEEP HER?"

PULP NOW! PULP PRIMER!

PULP NOW! PULP PRIMER!

Pulp historian Jess Nevins, author of Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, takes you deep into the weird history of the scifi pulps, 1900-1950. Get ready for amazing science and astounding adventure! This is the first in a series on the pulps.

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PULP NOW: THE VICE CZAR MURDERS

PULP NOW: THE VICE CZAR MURDERS

FRANKLIN CHARLES

ROCK HAD A NICE EYE FOR A WELL TURNED LEG, BUT HE ALSO HAD A SELECTIVE MIND, PREFERRING JUST ONE PAIR OF LEGS AT A TIME INSTEAD OF A WHOLE FOREST OF THEM.

Bill Rock went to the burlesque show, on a hunch that he could gather a little information his boss, the District Attorney, needed in his fight on the vice ring. The fourth girl from the left was a likely looking one to Bill. He made a date to see her, though going backstage led to a row with Mullins, the manager. Bill had to kock him out, which was going to be the start of plenty of trouble for this "D.A.'s dick."

Originally published in The Mystery Novel of the Month #38.

$9.95

NEW PULP AND MYSTERY PUBLISHER

MPR PUBLISHING / MYSTERY HOUSE

PULP NOW: THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT

PULP NOW: THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT

JOHN A. SAXON

SAM WELPTON, INVESTIGATOR AND ADJUSTER, INTER-OCEANIC INSURANCE CORPORATION, OR SO SAID HIS BUSINESS CARD. BUT IT WAS MURDER HE INVESTIGATED.

"Just a routine assignment," the Los Angeles office told Sam Welpton, insurance investigator and claims adjuster. But what they didn't tell him was that this job, which began as an accident claim investigation, would turn into a murder case - with Sam the most likely suspect.

$9.95

NEW PULP AND MYSTERY PUBLISHER

MPR PUBLISHING / MYSTERY HOUSE

PULP NOW: SPIES OF DESTINY

PULP NOW: SPIES OF DESTINY

JOHN GRANGE

FEATURING JIM ANTHONY - SUPER DETECTIVE

Son of a Comanche princess with powers of deduction greater than the average man.

SPIES OF DESTINY 

The Red Dragon roared and murder followed murder! It struck at foreign diplomats. It struck at Jim Anthony and the girl he loved. And it led him on a trail of danger and intrigue to the world's spy capitol - Lisbon!

ALSO INCLUDED

I.O.U. MURDER

The grief of the little old lady wasn't recorded on the police blotter, but it was a factor Jim Anthony took into account in the murder case. Maybe it meant more to him than the wiles of a beautiful, scheming widow.

Originally published in SUPER DETECTIVE issues dated October 1941 and December 1941.

$9.95

NEW PULP AND MYSTERY PUBLISHER

MPR PUBLISHING / MYSTERY HOUSE

PULP NOW: RUSSIAN PULP!

PULP NOW: RUSSIAN PULP!

ANTHONY OLCOTT

The "detektiv", Russia's version of the murder mystery, has conquered what in Soviet days loved to call itself "the most reading nation on earth." Most Russians don't read much Tolstoy, but they devour the lurid covers and cheap paper of the "detektiv"s by the millions.

Serials based on the works of two of the most popular authors (Andrei Kivinov and Aleksandra Marinina) have been hits of the last few TV seasons, their characters now a part of Russian everyday life. The ubiquity of the "detektiv" may puzzle Westerners, who may conclude that this is a post-Soviet import like McDonalds. Not so - Russia sprouted its own versions of "penny dreadfuls" as soon as peasants came off the land and learned to read.

The guardians of Russia's "high culture," however, were enraged by this pulpy popular genre and so contrived under the Soviets to supress it, making everyone read "improving" and "uplifting" literature instead. Russia's junk readers hung on, though, snatching up the few "detektiv"s that made their way through censorship, until, in the Gorbachev era, the genre blossomed as the perfect vehicle for social criticism – the "detektiv" talked about social problems in a way that was exciting enough that people wanted to read it.

When the Soviet Union finally collapsed, one of the few things left standing in the rubble was the "detektiv" – which now is sold on every street corner and read on every bus.

The first full-length study of the genre, "Russian Pulp" demonstrates that the "detektiv" is no knock-off. Summarizing and quoting extensively from scores of novels, this study shows that Russians understand law-breaking and crime, policemen, and criminals in ways wholly different from those of the West. After explaining why solving a crime is always a social function in Russia, "Russian Pulp" examines the staples of crime fiction – sex, theft, and murder – -to demonstrate that Russians see police officer and criminal, thief and victim, as part of a single continuum.

To the Russians, both chased and chaser are products of human imperfection, separated from one another only by the imperfect laws of human creation. What both criminal and policeman seek – but seldom find –
is the much rarer quality of justice.

"Russian Pulp" is intended for all students of Russia, from those making first acquaintance to those who have worked for years to understand this puzzling country and its people. Using the "detektiv" and its counterpart--the many mysteries and thrillers set in Russia but written by Westerners--as evidence, "Russian Pulp" demonstrates that Russians and Westerners view the basic issues of crime, guilt, justice, law, and redemption in such fundamentally different ways as to make each people incomprehensible to the other. At the same time, however, "Russian Pulp" also demonstrates that Westerners and Russians alike share a passion for literary gore, pulp fiction thrills, and the deep furtive pleasures of junk fiction.

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.44 WESTERN COVER CAVALCADE!

WESTERN PULPS: FRONTIER G-MAN!

WESTERN PULPS: FRONTIER G-MAN!

CHAD CULL

In the days following the Civil War, unrest and violence prevailed. Outlaws, Jayhawkers, Bushwhackers, and gunfighters wreaked havoc on a torn nation struggling to recover from its mortal wounds. Along with these threats, new and even more sinister dangers emerged as evil organizations appeared to take advantage of a nation in tears.


Ruthless men, hungry for power and wealth, concerned only with the satisfaction of their own greed prayed on the lowly, the poor, the disillusioned. Often these were men of power who sprang up from the ranks of military and government. The days of Reconstruction, Carpetbaggers and Military rule brought opportunities for these despots to plunder and pillage.


Coalitions of these men engaging the help of already terrorizing outlaws strengthened their stranglehold on the Citizenry. There was new wealth to grab in the west and powerful empires to build.


Wagon trains of settlers were preyed upon. Indian uprisings were stimulated and gunrunners supplied modern weapons to them. Farmers and ranchers were evicted from their lands. Unfair taxation and martial law ran rampant. Shootings, robberies and murder was the order of the day. Stage coach lines and freight wagons were held up and robbed.


Gold shipments, payrolls and U.S. Mails were hijacked. Currencies were counterfeited, banks were robbed and the nation’s economy was threatened . International relations with Mexico were threatened as smuggling of illegal contraband flourished. Gun runners provided guns to Mexican and French revolutionaries.


Into this melee of terror and crime were sent agents of the U.S. Government, commissioned to fight this crime and to protect citizens from all criminals, including those of the Government’s own ranks, the most heinous villains of all.

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MORE DANGEROUS THAN CROCS!

CROC ATTACK (WITH APOLOGIES TO BILL CRIDER)!

VINTAGE PULP CAVALCADE!

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER!

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER!

WE’RE CELEBRATING GUY FAWKES NIGHT WITH A PAGE FROM ALAN MOORE’S BRILLIANT V FOR VENDETTA.

ALTHOUGH MOORE DISAVOWED THE FILM MADE FROM HIS EPIC WORK, I THINK IT IS HIGHLY UNDERRATTED.

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT, THEN ADD IT TO YOUR NETFLICKS QUE – YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED . . .

FAUX COVERS ~ THE LYING GAME!

FAUX COVERS ~ THE LYING GAME!

CREATED BY ILLUSTRATOR ALY FELL . . .

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: WHITEOUT / BLACK CAMELOT!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: WHITEOUT / BLACK CAMELOT!

DUNCAN KYLE

The high adventure genre never goes out of reading style for me. Every time I get fifty pages into one of the current non-stop action thrillers dominating the bestseller lists, I can’t help but toss it aside, drag out my proverbial cardboard box of ancient, battered paperbacks, and indulge in the real thing: Desmond Bagley, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean – and Duncan Kyle . . .

I know, I’ve jumped on this same soapbox numerous times in the past. I’m a traditionalist/purist when it comes to high adventure, so sue me.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Duncan Kyle, Gavin Lyall, and Colin Forbes (and later Jack Higgins – and much later Clive Cussler) entered the genre and proved constant challengers to the high adventure crown worn by the holy trinity mentioned above.

Duncan Kyle was the pseudonym for John Franklin Broxholme. Born in Bradford, England, in 1930, Kyle served two years with British Army Intelligence, and earned his writing stripes as a reporter and magazine editor.

A bet to see if Kyle could write a novel faster than pulp king Edgar Wallace led to the publication of The War Queen, a historical about Queen Boadicea, under his own name. Kyle then turned his hand to thriller writing, using the inspiration of Alistair MacLean not only in his choice of a Scottish sounding pseudonym, but also in choosing to submit his first thriller, A Cage of Ice, to Collins – MacLean’s publisher

Under the Duncan Kyle name, a string of hugely successful high adventure thrillers followed. Like those who trod the genre before him, Kyle researched his settings – from the Arctic to the Jungles of Borneo – so carefully they became as much a part of his novels as his heroes and villains.

In writing a homage to Duncan Kyle, pop culture historian Steve Holland summed up what makes the high adventure writers of the past different than today’s thriller writers . . .

Like his fellow high adventure thriller writers, [Kyle] realized having your hero simply bump heads with a villain, however villainous, made for dull reading – instead, the thrills came from battling against nature, whether that was sub-zero icy wastelands or the scorching deserts of Australia. There are few writers capable of matching the tension of [Kyle’s] Flight Into Fear where the main protagonist is flying across the Atlantic and has to exit the plane to get to an external fuel tank.

As is standard in the high adventure genre, Kyle's books typically involve a tough, resourceful individual who unexpectedly becomes involved in danger and intrigue in an exotic setting. While usually stronger on plot and setting than on characterization, Kyle’s works are invariably well-crafted.

I’ve enjoyed most of Kyle’s novels, but there are two which standout as prime examples of the art of high adventure writing: Whiteout, an almost traditional locked room mystery on a grand scale reminiscent of the best of Alistair MacLean; and Black Camelot, a WWII thriller, which could easily have come from the pen of Jack Higgins.

WHITEOUT

Seven thousand feet up on the Greenland ice-cap, in the teeth of 'white-out' blizzards and howling Arctic gales, the American army Polar research station lies cut off beneath the snow.

Camp Hundred lay a hundred miles from nowhere in one of the coldest and most dangerous places on earth. And into this strange, hostile world high above the Arctic Circle, Harry Bowes has come to test the TK4 – the most advanced hovercraft ever built – and walks into a nightmare on ice.

Isolated, dependent on technology for survival, 300 hand-picked soldiers have been battling the freezing weather, the loneliness, and the fear. And now they were losing . . . as one by one they begin to die and ‘accidents’ begin to happen too often to be a coincidence.

Outside the camp, a lethal blizzard rages, but Bowes suspects a more deadly enemy waits within. And there is no escape . . . except in a chilling race for survival against the merciless Arctic and a cold, brutal killer setting snares.

BLACK CAMELOT

Set deep within the heart of Germany lies an Arthurian fortress – a secret Nazi stronghold where some of Germany's most powerful men sit in collusion around Himmler's Round Table . . . On the edge of defeat, the desperate men seek ways to avert the final collapse and to drive a wedge between the Allies.

Their ony weapon lies hidden in the secret archives of Black Camelot – lists of Britons who have supported the German war effort.


35-year-old Hauptsturmführer Franz Rasch, a much decorated Waffen SS commando captain, betrayed by his own side, goes on the run with the list of western traitors and Nazi sympathizers – unknowingly acting as a pawn in the last-ditch plot to turn the invading Allied nations against one another. The plan goes awry when the documents are used instead to blackmail English industrialists.

To prevent a split with the Russians, British Intelligence must destroy the original list hidden in Wewelsburg Castle in north Germany, the headquarters of Himmler's SS – modeled on King Arthur's Camelot.

And who better to lead a suicidal attack on an SS castle than a rogue SS commando?

Black Camelot, in particular, includes one of the best siege narratives since The Guns of Navarone, as Rasch and other embittered SS men infiltrate the monstrous castle at the same time that it is being destroyed on Himmler's orders. Fiction like Black Camelot makes history live.

These books are both terrific reads and great introductions to the high adventure genre or refreshers for those of us who long for a style of writing rarely found today.

DUNCAN KYLE NOVELS

A CAGE OF ICE
FLIGHT INTO FEAR
A RAFT OF SWORDS
TERROR’S CRADLE
IN DEEP/WHITEOUT
BLACK CAMELOT
GREEN RIVER HIGH
STALKING POINT
THE KING’S COMMISSAR
THE DANCING MEN
THE HONEY ANT
EXIT

SCI-FI CORNER: ENEMY WITHIN!

SCI-FI CORNER: ENEMY WITHIN!

MARCELLA BUNARD

An intergalactic cold war-and some heated passion- from an inventive new voice in futuristic romance.

After a stint in an alien prison, Captain Ari Rose wonders why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedition to finish a Ph.D. she doesn't want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. She wasn't built for it, either. But when pirates commandeer her father's ship, Ari once again becomes a prisoner.

As far as pirate leader Cullin is concerned, Ari's past imprisonment puts her dead center in Cullin's sights. If she hasn't been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then he's convinced she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. Cullin can't afford the desire she fires within him and he'll stop at nothing, including destroying her, to uncover the truth.

FANTASY CORNER: BITTERWOOD!

FANTASY CORNER: BITTERWOOD!

JAMES MAXEY

In the distant future—year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact—Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace.

When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind—the only way he can be certain of victory over Bitterwood.

To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphiel to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir. Maxey's world is stunningly imaginative, a landscape both familiar and alien, and packed with thoughtful treats for readers. Skillfully examining themes of faith, martyrdom and heroism, Maxey maintains an unflagging believability even while borrowing some of the most generic elements from science fiction and fantasy.

The dragons are wonderfully written, as is the tormented hero; it is almost a shame that the story is so self-contained, as many readers will pine for a whole series of Dragon Age titles.

HARDBOILED CORNER: MOONLIGHT MILE!

HARDBOILED CORNER: MOONLIGHT MILE!

DENNIS LEHANE

I’VE BEEN ANTICIPATING THIS TITLE FOR QUITE A WHILE. PICKED IT UP TO READ EARLIER TODAY . . .

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance—heralding the long-awaited return of private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair risked everything to find the young girl—only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.

Now Amanda is sixteen—and gone again. A stellar student, brilliant but aloof, she seemed destined to escape her upbringing. Yet Amanda's aunt is once more knocking on Patrick Kenzie's door, fearing the worst for the little girl who has blossomed into a striking, clever young woman—a woman who hasn't been seen in weeks.

Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife, a priceless, thousand-year-old cross, and a happily homicidal Russian gangster. It's a world in which motives and allegiances constantly shift and mistakes are fatal.

In their desperate fight to confront the past and find Amanda McCready, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or to do the right thing and still be wrong. As they face an evil that goes beyond broken families and broken dreams, they discover that the sins of yesterday don't always stay buried and the crimes of today could end their lives.

Y/A CORNER: THE RIVALRY!

Y/A CORNER: THE RIVALRY!

JOHN FEINSTEIN

Bestselling writer John Feinstein is back with another exciting sports-mystery, this one set behind the scenes at the storied Army-Navy football game.

Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are thrilled to be covering "America's Game." The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. But this year, the match-up is also filled with intrigue.

For weeks, Stevie and Susan Carol have been spending time at Annapolis and West Point, getting to know the players, and coaches. And the secret service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will, of course, be tighter than tight. As the game draws nearer Stevie and Susan Carol can tell that the agents are getting tenser.

But as usual when Stevie and Susan Carol cover a big event--nothing is quite as it seems, and the coaches aren't the only ones calling plays . . .

Y/A CORNER: HERO!

Y/A CORNER: HERO!

MIKE LUPICA

I’M A BIG FAN OF LUPICA’S ADULT AND Y/A SPORTS NOVELS. THIS IS A NEW DIRECTION FOR HIM, BUT I’M MORE THAN WILLING TO GIVE IT A TRY BASED ON PAST PERFORMANCES . . .

Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can text message himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night.

His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Zach. What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man--he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries.

And now it's Zach's turn to take on the fight. It's Zach's turn to become a hero.

RAT PACK CENTRAL: FRANK ~ THE VOICE!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: FRANK ~ THE VOICE!

JAMES KAPLAN

Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur­bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument.

We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius.

FAUX COVERS ~ SHE KILLED IN CUFFS!

FAUX COVERS ~ SHE KILLED IN CUFFS!

FROM THE ILLUSTRATIVE PEN OF ALY FELL . . .

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THE AVENGERS AND OTHER TOP 60'S T.V. THEMES!

THE AVENGERS AND OTHER TOP 60'S T.V. THEMES!

FAT CITY CIGAR LOUGE PROVIDES A MUST DOWNLOAD FOR TV SPY THEME ENTHUSIASTS . . .

Fun set with 60(!) themes from hit U.S. & U.K. TV shows of the '60s, all digitally remastered. A must for fansof lounge music, it includes numerous spy, detective & sci- fi themes, including 'The Avengers' (fans of the 1998 film starring Uma Thurman, Sean Connery & Ralph Fiennes need look no further for the original theme), 'Dr. Who', 'The Saint', 'The Fugitive', 'Perry Mason', 'Out Of This World', 'Peyton Place' & 'Thunderbirds'. The themes to the British shows are the original versions. Some of the others are rerecorded for this set. Purists might scoff, but, there is no other source for some the obscure British spy show themes. Extremely loungerific in most excellent quality recordings.

MASSIVE TRACKLIST:

1. The Avengers - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
2. A Man In A Suitcase - Ron Grainer & His Orchestra
3. Thunderbirds - The Barry Gray Orchestra
4. Dr. Who - Eric Winstone And His Orchestra
5. Old Ned - Ron Grainer
6. Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler? - Bud Flanagan
7. Captain Scarlet - The Barry Gray Orchestra
8. Theme From Z-Cars - Johnny Keating 
9. The Saint - Cyril Stapleton and The Eliminators
10. Department S - The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra
11. Joe 90 - The Barry Gray Orchestra
12. Crossroads Theme - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
13. Lucky Stars (Theme From 'Thank Your Lucky Stars') - Peter Knight & The Nightriders
14. Light Flight - Pentangle
15. Stingray - Gary Miller/Barry Gray Orchestra
16. High Wire - The Bob Leaper Orchestra
17. The Champions - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
18. Hancock's Tune - The Derek Scott Music
19. Forsyte Saga Theme - Cyril Stapleton
20. On The Ball - John Schroeder Orchestra
21. The Power Game - The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra
22. A Little Suite - The Les Reed Strings
23. Fireball - The Flee-Rekkers
24. Maigret Theme - The Eagles
25. Out Of This World - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
26. No Hiding Place - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
27. The Fugitive Theme - John Schroeder Orchestra
28. 'Who-Dun-It' - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
29. W. Somerset Maugham - The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra
30. Happy Joe - Ron Grainer

SECOND SET:

1. Scarlett - Peter Knight Orchestra
2. How Soon - Jackie Trent
3. The Willow Waltz - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
4. Mr. Rose - Roy Budd Listen Listen
5. The Doctors - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
6. Theme From Sam Benedict - Johnny Keating
7. Ben Casey - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
8. Sir Francis Drake - The Piccadilly Strings
9. Perry Mason - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
10. Our House - The Piccadilly Stings
11. Who Is Sylvia? - Charlie Drake
12. Latin Quarter - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
13. Ghost Squad - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
14. Echo Four-Two - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
15. Our Love Story - Sounds Orchestral
16. Theme From 'Naked City' - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
17. Sucu Sucu - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
18. Casablanca - Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen
19. Oliver Twist Theme - The Eagles
20. Carlos' Theme - Johnny Keating
21. The Spies Theme - Cyril Stapleton
22. The Deputy - Laurie Johnson Orchestra
23. Man Alive - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
24. Memories Of Summer - The Tony Hatch Orchestra
25. Lunar Walk - Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra
26. West End - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
27. Three Live Wires - Bob Wallis
28. Quick Before They Catch Us - Paddy, Klaus and Gibson
29. That's Me Over Here - Cyril Stapleton
30. Theme From 'Peyton Place' - Jack Dorsey Orchestra

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