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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dr. Vigilante


Creator: Alberto Hazan
Dr. Robert McKenzie
Dr. Donohue: Tall, broad-shouldered, and handsome
Dr. Sanchez
Dr. Simone
Dr. Raj Singh
Dr. Valentine
Dr. Cheng
Sharon Reede
Michelle Rivera, RN
Detective Macy
Detective Landers

Doctor by day. Vigilante by night. Robert lives a double life in New York City. He spends his days treating patients at the St. Jude's Hospital ER and his nights going after the psychopaths who wrong them: the child molesters, wife beaters, and rapists. But when the fiery, beautiful new social worker discovers his secret identity and their love affair takes off, Robert is forced to face some hard questions: Do the ends justify the means? After years of hunting down psychopaths, is Robert turning into one himself? An action thriller with strong, distinct characters, filled with suspense and surprise, Dr. Vigilante is also a love story unfolding amid the turmoil and drama of a busy ER.
Robert McKenzie, 43, is built like an All-American linebacker with the agility of an Olympic gymnast: He carries ten thousand worth of miniaturized spy equipment; dressed in long-sleeved elastane top and his favorite pair of dark polyester pants. Takes him 8 seconds to karate whip two hoodlums.
His apartment closet: He pressed a hidden button and there was a low hum. The opposite wall slid open, revealing a hidden storage compartment.  He pulled open a drawer and took out one of seven neatly folded black outfits. They looked like thin wetsuits, but the material was much more durable, capable of protecting him from most knife blades and small caliber bullets. Over these he slipped on a pair of Diesel jeans and his favorite cotton tan sweatshirt. In another compartment was revealed  a polished steel safe. An 8-number combination and the safe clicked open. Inside was his arsenal: handguns, shotguns, knives, syringes, and all sorts of explosives. His preferred weapons are a SIG Sauer 9mm P226 and HK 45, and Glock 17, as well as a small shotgun that fits in a scabbard on his back.
Newspaper headlines call him the Psychopath Hunter, the Manhattan Vigilante, and Avenger.
A lone wolf, he rides a Ducati motorcycle, sometimes reaching speeds over 120 mph.
            Guillermo Martinez : Central America’s fiercest  freedom fighter taught him street fighting and modern warfare when Robert served as a doctor in his country.
Sharon Reede, 28, ER Social Worker: Recently arrived from Indiana, she has long blond hair, large brown eyes, and a small frame. Her feisty attitude and “no quit” spirit captured Robert’s heart, and they soon become lovers.
Detective Macy and Detective Landers are the police investigating the Manhattan Vigilante, and they also suspect Robert as the city’s Avenger. At the end, Detective Landers catches him about to set fire to two neo-Nazis. Holding a gun on him, the detective gives him two choices: Do the deed and die, or leave them for the police and he’ll give him 24 hours to disappear from the city before an arrest warrant is issued.
There are four novels in this interesting series. In the last two novels we have a villain enter the stories called The Owl.
Dr. Vigilante #1 (VB Publishing) 2013
Dr. Vigilante #2 (VB Publishing) 2016

Dr. Vigilante #3 (VB Publishing) 2016

Monday, July 2, 2018

Captain Hawklin


Creator: Charles F. Millhouse
Covers: Multiple, most notably Sandy Plunkett, Damián Avilés
Main characters:
Captain Steven Hawklin
Hardy Miller
Oscar “Oz” Lyman
Recurring characters:
Professor Lucas Gray
Desa Wintergreen
Zane Carrington
Juno Li

Steven Hawklin was born in 1893 and grew up in the shadow of his father, Thomas who was a man of the sea and built ships for the United States government. Steven and his father didn’t see things eye to eye and when Steven was twenty he left to follow his passion – being an aviator. Thomas felt there was no future in aviation and told Steven he was following a fool’s dream.
Soon after, the Great War in Europe began, and Steven wanted to be a part of it. When America entered the war, he flew combat missions alongside other pioneers such as Eddie Rickenbacker and David Peterson, quickly achieving the rank of Captain.
While stationed in Europe, Steven met Hardy Miller who worked as a mechanic on the combat planes and the two quickly became friends. Soon after the war, Steven and Hardy set out seeking adventure and fortune across the world traveling to many exotic places. When they arrived in Egypt to work on an archaeological dig with Professor Lucas Gray, they met Oz Lyman.
         After his global escapades, Steven returned to his home, Crown City, California where he put his newfound wealth to work for him, creating Hawklin Aviation, and building the worlds largest flight school where he began training his Crusaders, combat pilots to fly in the nation’s only privately funded air force. With the support of President Roosevelt, Steven built a fleet of Silver Avengers, warplanes to patrol America’s western shores.
The 1930’s were a turbulent time, with the great depression and the world approaching a second world war, Steven found himself up against many adversaries out for world domination, or personal gain at the misfortune of others. With his two trusted friends, Hardy and Oz, Steven faced those challenges head on preparing themselves for the evils looming on the horizon.
There are ten books planned in the series, five of them already written.
Captain Hawklin and the Skyhook Pirates (December 2012)
Captain Hawklin and the Underwater Menace (September 2014)
Captain Hawklin and the Subterranean Empire (August 2015)
Captain Hawklin and the Secrets of Monster Island (May 2017)

Captain Hawklin and the Jade Dragon (February 2018)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Super Savant


Creator: Richard Bard
Jake Bronson (Savant)
Francesca Fellini
Mario Fellini
Luciana Battista (Leader)
Carlo (second in command)
‘Papa’ Martinez
Cal Springman (Pilot)
Kenny (Co-pilot)
Azim (Mujahedin warrior)

Jake Bronson: Six foot 2 inches, muscular, and 35 years old. He had been an Air Force pilot until cancer had destroyed his career. Now expecting to die, he was at the VA for an MRI when an earthquake rattled the machine. Coming out of the machine he discovers newfound abilities - telepathy, telekinesis, greater speed and strength. He now has an exceptional memory and can solve deep math equations instantly.
Lacey: She spun in a classic model turn. Her long blonde hair caressed her bare shoulders with a silky shimmer. A dainty, jeweled gecko clung to the curve of one ear, setting off her sparkling blue eyes. A thin, silver snake coiled around her wrist and up her forearm; its tiny emerald eyes stared adoringly up at her. Her scoop-back, silk cocktail dress flowed over her curves like black oil, leaving little to the imagination. A part time actress, part time waitress, she is also an expert in tai-kwon-do.
Marshall: Girls seem to flock to his dark features, but he never knew how to deal with women. He is a genius with computers, but clueless when it comes to the opposite sex. He wore a white button-down shirt, khaki Dockers, and his trademark multicolored PRO-Kids high-tops. He’s smart, with hacker ability.
Tony: He has wide shoulders; he’s married, tough, and an ex-Special Forces (Green Beret) sergeant. He now works SWAT with LAPD.
         There have been seven novels in the series so far.
Brainrush (3rd edition) May 2016 (IPP)
Enemy of My Enemy (3rd edition) May 2016 (IPP)
Beyond Judgment (2nd edition) May 2016 (IPP)
Brain Child (2nd Edition) Dec 2014 (IPP)
Smoke & Mirrors (2nd edition) Jan 2015 (IPP)
No Refuge (1st edition) Aug 2017 (IPP)

Against All Odds (1st edition) Sep 2017 (IPP)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Crimson Devil


Creator: Brent E. Erwin
Writers: Mike Hall, Bob Elinskas, and Michael Wharton
Interior Art: D. S. Ellis
Cover: Chris Martinez
Clayton Duncan Blair (The Crimson Devil)
Lila Montgomery (American Star)
Fear (as himself)
Dr. Moon
Davey Jones (Prince of Mu)

Dr. Moon kidnapped Clayton Blair when he was just a child and was teaching him mystic arts and evil ways when Fear rescued him. Fear became Clayton’s mentor and helped him become a mystery man.
The Crimson Devil: Clad all in red, his uniform is cut vaguely like that of a limousine driver’s, with a bold yellow symbol emblazoned on his chest. The ensemble was rounded off with flare-cuff gloves, lace-up boots, and topped with a wide-brimmed hat decorated with tiny horns on the hatband.
Lila Montgomery is The American Star, a super heroine and actress in Saturday Matinee action serials. She was a lovely young figure, blonde hair and blue eyes; she wore a red miniskirt and unitard with a blue cape. Her appearance masked the evil-smashing machine that dwelled within her slim body.
Fear wore a typical business suit, a mask and cape. There is an air about him that commands attention. Little is discovered about him in the one story he appears in.
Four stories were published in one short story collection, then the characters disappeared, but it could have been an interesting series. More comic book superheroes than pulp, yet the collection was supposed to represent the pulps.
Atomic Age Treasury of Pulp Fiction (Ape Books) 2004
Bronze Dragon by Mike Hall
The Vengeful Ghost by Mike Hall
The Only Thing We Have by Bob Elinskas

The Waking Deep by Michael Wharton