"Sky Birds Dare!" by L. Ron Hubbard multicast performance produced by Galaxy Audio to be released November, 2011 Approx 2 hours
Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps"), also collectively known as pulp fiction, refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. The typical pulp magazine was seven inches wide by ten inches high, half an inch thick, and 128 pages long. Pulps were printed on cheap paper with ragged, untrimmed edges. The name pulp comes from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. Magazines printed on better paper were called "glossies" or "slicks." They were most often priced at ten cents per magazine, while competing slicks were 25 cents apiece. Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century.
Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are best remembered for their lurid and exploitative stories and sensational cover art. L. Ron Hubbard published many short stories and novellas during this period in these pulps. Galaxy Press has been reprinting these stories and have created their own pulps (these have better paper quality) featuring stories from the many genres in which Hubbard wrote. I have to admit my favorites are from the Science-Fiction and Fantasy genres, but recently I've been exploring some of the other genres. I've been amazed at what other genres I began liking; such as Westerns. I never thought I'd be a fan of westerns, but Hubbard wrote some fun stories in that genre. My favorites, other than sci-fi/fantasy, seem to come from the Air and Sea Adventures, maybe that has to do with my Navy background.
What also makes these stories fun is that I've chosen to listen to these books. I love audio books and when I first tried out one of these stories from Galaxy Audio, I was amazed. First of all they sound like old radio dramas, like back in the day the stories were originally published, and the talent behind these productions is phenomenal. Starting with the actors, these stories take on a new life with superb voice actors performing them. The actors even give the characters a larger than life feel which is true to the Hubbard stories.
The next aspect of these stories in audiobook is the sound effects and music. Between chapters and stories Galaxy Audio segues with original music that blends perfect with in the genre. The sound effects are perfect and at the same time subtle enough to not be overbearing. They sweep you up into the story and don't allow you to let go until the end.
This story, "Sky Birds Dare!," was originally published in Five-Novels Monthly September, 1936. and tells the story of a glider pilot, trying to demonstrate the value of gliders and gliding techniques in war. Not only does he have to convince the Navy of their value but he has to survive a competitor's ruthless attempts to destroy him.
Ace glider pilot Breeze Callaghan is an definitely an Ace when it comes to gliders, although he has never flown a powered aircraft. There are two ways Breeze believes they can be used to aid the war effort: they'll keep a plane aloft when engines cut out, and gliders will be able to enter enemy airspace silently--a perfect way to spy undetected. Breeze loves the feel of the glider in flight, because a powered craft is always beating the air into submission, a glider uses what nature gives to move through space.
Callahan's ruthless competitor, Badger O'Dowell, has other ideas. Badger's determined to get the Navy to buy his training ships instead. So every chance he gets He sabotages Breeze's demonstrations. These sabotages not only wreck the gliders but endanger Breeze's life.
After several run-ins with O'Dowell, Breeze finally just decides to set a flight record, after saving himself from one sabotage by using heat updrafts to stay aloft. He decides to use a storm and the landscape to fly down the Appalachian Mountains. The storm becomes too much for him and the plane following and soon Breeze has to use his skills to save lives.
This book will keep you on the edge as Breeze manages to save himself through all the flights.
I honestly wasn't sure if I would enjoy this one, but quickly changed my minds within minutes. This story pulls you in almost immediately, and really keeps you rooting for the 'good guy', even through his ups and downs.
Breeze Callaghan is a very smart man that tries to convince the Navy the value of gliders and gliding techniques for the war. They can be used to aid the war by keeping a plane up in the air when engines cut out, and to spy on enemies undetected, as gliders can enter silently.
But Breeze and his mentor Pop Donegon, are sabotaged time and time again by their rival, Badger O'Dowell. Badger has his own conventional motorized training planes he wants the Navy to use, so he will do anything to remove the competition, even if it means death. Every demonstration Breeze gives the military, Badger sabotages it, damaging each glider used.
After getting tired, and quite frustrated with Badger, Breeze decides to put it all to rest by attempting to prove his gliders are the best. Unfortunately, it also ends up putting his life in danger once more, along with a few others.
This is definitely a good guy versus bad guy story, that really shows not only children, but us all, that good always conquers evil in the end. With having such good morals and values played throughout, I couldn't recommend Sky Birds Dare! enough. L Ron Hubbard has done it again, as this pulp fiction story is one whole family will enjoy.
Hubbard was a major player in the pulp fiction world in the 1930's and 1940's. From westerns and suspense to adventures on land and sea, he was one of the most prolific, popular, and entertaining writers of the pulp period. "Sky Birds Dare," originally published in Five Novels in September, 1936, chronicles the story of Breeze Callahan, crackerjack glider pilot, who tries to demonstrate the value of gliders and gliding techniques in the war effort behind enemy lines. In this daring tale, Breeze attempts to convince the Navy of the glider's value; but also, has to weather his competitor, Badger O'Dowell's attempts to sabotage his efforts.
I believe this narrative reaches its zenith because of Hubbard's extensive real-life experience as a glider pilot with George Washington University "Buzzards" in the 1930's. He infuses that experience into this pulp to capture the thrill and rush of silent flight interwoven with romance and the intrigue of sabotage and betrayal. Like Icarus, Hubbard's hero, Breeze climbs steadily in the dangerous and troubling sky roads fearlessly unaware of the looming consequences.
This full-cast audio production of "Sky Birds Dare!" features main narrator Mark Silverman, along with the voice talents of R F Daley, Tait Ruppert, Michael Yurchak, and Molly Yurchak. This gang is up to Galaxy Audio's usual high standards, adding just the right amounts of drama and satire to their roles. In addition to the excellent cast named above, "Sky Birds Dare!" features Galaxy Audio's superb music and sound enhancements. It seems like more and more publishers are doing this kind of cinematic audio production, but I don't think anyone does it as well as Galaxy. The voices, music, and sound effects hit you seemingly from every direction, putting you right in the middle of the action. The passage I quoted above is a perfect example of this. All through the scene we hear Breeze grunting and straining at the controls, the light framework of the glider rattling, rain spattering the cockpit, wind howling, lightning crashing; adrenaline junkies beware. If you've never experienced this kind of audio production, you're in for a real treat.