I had another review copy of a golden age adventure story by L. Ron Hubbard, “The Green God,” and was happy to tear into the story. I have been happy with the quality of the fiction as well as the presentation and I hope that Hubbard gets some of the recognition that he deserves since his writing talent tends to be forgotten in the light of Scientology.
The town of Tientsin in China is in total turmoil when the Green God, the city’s sacred idol, goes missing. Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence has been tracking down the Green God and finds himself in the middle of the town on the verge of riot. Now he must work his way through the city as well as the layers of intrigue that surround the idol in order to achieve his mission. The book also contains the story “Five Mex for a Million” in which an American Army captain who has been falsely accused of murder must unravel a plot of deception in China before it is too late and the country, and possibly the world, fall into war.
“The Green God” was Hubbard’s first published work and as such it is not as polished as some of his other works. Still, the story is entertaining in that pulp style and well worth being republished. I actually liked “Five Mex for a Million” more as a story as it is faster moving and more entertaining than “The Green God.” While “The Green God” is more of a tale of political and societal intrigue, “Five Mex for a Million” is a straightforward tale of adventure that just rolls right along from the beginning to the end. Both stories are well worth reading, if just a little dated, and will be enjoyed by fans of thrillers or adventure stories.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Galaxy Press for this review copy. “The Green God” is available now.