Emperor of Doom by Theodore Roscoe

This book, a reprinting by Adventure House, features twelve stories of great adventure by Theodore Roscoe.  Roscoe was a very prolific pulp author famous for his Foreign Legion tall tales narrated by Legionnaire Thibaut Corday.  Of the twelve short stories contained there are three that feature the French Foreign Legion: Blood and Ice (Action Stories, August 1932), Foley of the Foreign Legion (Wide World Adventures, July 1929) and Soldier of the Legion (Adventure Trails, March 1929).  The other stories are various tales of smuggling, lost treasures and explorers in exotic locations.  Blood and Ice was a little too tongue-in-cheek for me while the other two were of a higher standard in the way of plot and (if I can get away with saying this) authenticity.  I really liked some of the other stories as well–perfect for something to read 30 minutes before bedtime.  This can be purchased from Amazon as well but there is lots more interesting stuff at the Adventure House website.

 

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About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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