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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Protectors


Creator: Zackary Blue (R.L. Stine)
Matt O’Neal
Micky Malano
John Wendell Waterford
Riana Riggs
Lu Golden

Five students receive airline tickets and special requests to come to Washington D.C., supposedly to receive Presidential Citations. However, when they arrive, they are secretly taken to a mysterious group headquarters called CONTROL, and told they are needed for a special mission; to help a Russian gymnast defect to America. The students are five very talented young people:
Matt O’Neal is a mechanical and electrical engineer genius.
Micky Malano, is a young girl who is an actress and disguise expert.
John Wendell Waterford IV, whose parents are connected to high society.
Riana Riggs, a 16-year-old black girl who has a photographic memory.
Lu Golden, Vietnamese and brown belt in karate.
Before they were brought to D.C. they had never met, now they have become good friends, and eventually feel like a team. This is definitely a young adult spy novel, with no sex or language, but it was cute. Everything seems to go wrong, and there is a nice twist at the end. I was a bit surprised when the author included a strange pain in Matt O’Neal’s side, which seemed to bother him suddenly at the wrong minute, a la Secret Agent X. If you’re looking for hard, fast gun battles and killings, this series isn’t for you. But it was a fun read, and a light-hearted spy novel with teenagers as our team of heroes.
In the second novel someone is stealing the plans of a secret airplane at an Air Base next to a youth military academy. Using the academy as a cover, CENTRAL sends The Protectors there as cadets. They uncover two CONQUEST agents, but they are also after the secret plans. So who is the hidden spy, and who is buying the information? The spy is uncovered, but we never learn the answer to the last question. And this is the final issue of The Protectors. The series is juvenile. There are no killings, no sex, and no language – which was a nice touch for a spy series. Lu, the brown belt in karate does have a fight with one of the CONQUEST agents, and Mickey uses disguises for her and Riana, and J.W. has fun being snobbish. Perhaps Matt has the best scene when he’s left alone in a jet on his first time in a cockpit.
In this last novel, the Air Force Base is easily accessible to anyone, with no real security, and there’s even a secret elevator built in a hanger for the team’s use. A tear in the fence is never reported or repaired. And there is absolutely no security around the secret plane. A sergeant flies a jet, and is an instructor for the cadets in the cockpit. Plus, I had a little trouble with ignition keys in a military jeep but the novel was written in 1987, and I got out in 1979, so maybe they had ignition keys by then; in my time, there was merely a switch on the dashboard of military jeeps. R.L. Stine has written many, many children and young adult books, and this was a fun series. And I’m sure parents would rather their children read this than Nick Carter – Killmaster, or The Executioner, The Enforcer, etc. Scholastic, Inc. was the paperback publisher, and the packaging was also top notch.
         Only two novels were ever published, both from Scholastic Books, in paperback.
The Protectors #1: “The Petrova Twist”

The Protectors #2: “The Jet Fighter Trap”

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Centipede (Villain)


Creator: Tom Johnson
The Centipede (Villain)
Muggsy Scarlatti (Mob Lieutenant)
Sammy Paulson
Jack “Butch” O’Leary
Benson Roberts
Claude Burks
Kirk Stanley
Curtis Van Leif

The Centipede: He was covered from head to toe in a yellowish-green robe, designed like the old Manchurian emperors of old. A matching hood covered the man’s head, hiding the features of his face in a dark green mask; only his eyes were visible, and they flashed like fire as they burned into Scarlatti 's very soul. A strange, many-legged shape was sewn into the design of his robe.
"I'm like the venomous centipede," the hooded man said. "You, my dear Scarlatti. Forget who is running this organization, and I'll feed you to my little pet."
When Billy’s mother is shot down on the street outside a bank, the young boy is also wounded, and lies near death in the hospital. His uncle, big, tough Jack O’Leary sits in his room fearing the worse. But daring bank robbery and vicious murder of innocent bystanders brings someone else on the trail of a mastermind behind the vicious mob lieutenant, Muggsy Scarlatti. That Big Shot is only known as The Centipede.
The Centipede only appeared in one story, the debut short novel featuring The Masked Avenger, CRIME’S LAST STAND. He was Sammy Paulson, a business associate of a rich industrialist. The story made three appearances.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Super Incorporated


Creator: Brian Barr
Brian Surgeon (Antagonist)
Principle Mind (Antagonist)
The Saints of Death (Villains)
Mont E. Cartoon (Villain)
Master Gepetto (Villain)
The Stoic (Crusader)
 The Shekinah (Crusader)
Ghost Lady (Crusader)
Horrid Hag (Crusader)
The Gambler (Crusader)

Brian Barr’s Psychological Revenge: A Super Incorporated Novel
         Hello. My name is Brian Barr and I’m an American author of novels, short stories, and comic books.
Recently, J. Ellington Ashton Press published my second book, Psychological Revenge: A Super Inc. Novel. This short pulp novel revolves around two antagonists, Brain Surgeon and Principle Mind, who must be stopped by Super Incorporated, a crime fighting team assembled and owned by the government.
         Super Incorporated exist in a future, centuries down the line, where vigilantism has been outlawed, and all crusaders must be licensed by the government. Crusaders can only work for government-owned agencies. Super Incorporated is the most renowned and respected crusader team in Capital City of Sector E3 (a world-state that consists of the Americas, Europe, and parts of the Middle East). Their team consists of five members: The Stoic, The Shekinah, Ghost Lady, Horrid Hag, and The Gambler. Together, Super Inc. fights against supercriminals, criminals deemed too troublesome or powerful for law enforcement and the military to handle. In order to fight crime, Super Inc. must get authorization from the government, and going beyond their jurisdiction would result in heavy penalties and consequences.
         In this first novel, Super Inc. goes against Brain Surgeon, a psychotic extraterrestrial who feeds on mental energy, and Principle Mind, a misanthropic telekinetic and electrokinetic who hates humanity. An intense rivalry brews between these villains, and Super Inc. must stop the both of them before their feud destroys Capital City. Other villains get tangled in the rivaling supercriminals’ affairs, from the violent crime syndicate known as The Saints of Death, to the paranoid-schizophrenic cartoonist Mont E. Cartoon and the mad robotist Master Gepetto.
         Along with being introduced to these characters in the Super Inc. universe, Psychological Revenge also familiarizes readers with the world these characters exist in. From the corporate regulations imposed by the government that Super Incorporated has to followed, to the complexities of Capital City, an advanced megacity that stretches from what was once Maine to the Floridian peninsula, the novel portrays a world that has changed drastically from the one we know now. The results of a failed one-world government, which has produced five independently-ran but connected world-states, allows readers to understand Super Inc.’s environment. It’s a complex environment, strange and far-removed from nature with mass urbanization, class divide, and immense crime. It’s a world where heroism and action is heavily limited, where crusaders can only do the right thing if approved by the forces who rule them… or else.
         Thank you for reading this essay. Please check out Psychological Revenge!
         One novel has been released, but more are in the works.

Psychological Revenge: A Super Inc. Novel (J. Ellington Ashton Press)
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Hood

The Hood

Creator: Wayne Greenbaugh
Thanet Blake (P.I.)
Capt. Sebastian Holt (Police)
Dr. Gannon (Medic)
Jake Slippery (Shyster Lawyer)
Aphrodite Morgano (ex-girlfriend)
Starla Smith (current girlfriend)
Isis Jones (weird woman)

Who is the hooded person the city knows as The Hood? All that’s known is the vigilante appeared after the death of a policeman rumored to be on the take. The Hood wears all black, including a hood. Blue eyes are all that’s visible. 6-foot, slim build, moves with feline grace, uses martial arts to take out four men at once.
Captain Sebastian Holt, the head detective, wants the vigilante brought to justice, and hires private detective Thanet Blake to use his underworld connections to discover The Hood’s identity.
Rumpatt is an old friend of Blake’s. A Vietnam veteran, he married Lotus before the war ended and they were separated. He’s trying to bring her over now. A bit weird, he dresses like Flash Gordon, and watches Saturday Matinee serials.
Isis Jones lives in the apartment next to Blake’s office, and owns the building. She has a shooting range in her room where she target practices with two .38 revolvers on targets attached to hay bails. She goes out at all hours of the night.
Starla Smith is Blake’s current flame, but they break up in this story.
Aphrodite Morgano was Blake’s girlfriend two decades previous when he was 18 and she was 24. Now she may be back.
Although Thanet Blake has been in many stories to-date, there has only been one story featuring The Hood (or Hooded Person).

“The Hooded Person” (2016) Devine Destinies