Out of fog-bound Washington, D.C., much as the dark London streets of Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu novels, comes a creature of consumate evil - Dr. Yen Sin. This sinister head of an international spy network known as the Invisible Empire is a master of the cunning art of diabolical death. Battling him and his fiendish devices, such as death rays and blow guns, is Michael Traile, who works with the cooperation of the federal government. Only three issues of this magazine were published.
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Will Murray's Pulp Classics line of audiobooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This book is a bit too heavy on the "Yellow Menace" storyline for me. Much as I love Pulp Novels of the 30's, this one relies too heavily on the Chinese stereotypes of that time to make it accessible to today's audience. The last story in the collection does go some to redeem a few of the stereotypes by making the lead Chinese character the hero, as opposed to the villains portrayed in the other 4 stories in the book.
What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?
The narration of the first story is so over the top it becomes a chore to listen to from time to time. Otherwise the narrators are very serviceable.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
It would be a serial on Saturday afternoon before a Universal horror movie, and, yeah, I'd see it.
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