Pulp Fictions "The Falcon Killer" By Fred DuckworthOriginally published in 1939 this story takes place in the Orient where "The Falcon Killer, (TzunKai)," is really Bill Gaylord, Chinas war ace fighter pilot.Born to American parents but being raised in Peking, Gaylord finds himself in a foster homewhen both his parents lose their life during a violent Boxer uprising. He suffers a second majorblow when his foster family is slaughtered during wartime. Such tragedy at a tender age wasenough to harden his soul and give him nerves of steel. This gives him the edge he needs totake on the enemy Japanese war planes, of which he intends to blast as many as he can out ofthe skies.He soon finds himself embroiled in events that send him in search of a Japanese spy whosetreachery could spell disaster, a disaster so huge that if he does not find and defeat this man, anentire ancient Chinese kingdom could be lost to the land of the rising sun.This is one of the many pulp fiction stories L. Ron Hubbard wrote from the late 1920s to the1950s. What I love about this book and many of the other stories he has written, is that hebrings a sense of realism to his characters, story line, and exotic locals that depict the era ofthat time. His extensive travels around the globe have served him well as a writer. Here is aquote from him that I think is so true:"In writing an adventure story a writer has to know that he is adventuring for a lot of peoplewho cannot. The writer has to take them here and there about the globe and show themexcitement and love and realism. As long as that writer is living the part of an adventurer whenhe is hammering the keys, he is succeeding with his story. Adventuring is astate of mind. If you adventure through life, you have a good chance to bea success on paper. Adventure doesnt mean globe-trotting, exactly, and itdoesnt mean great deeds. Adventuring is like art. You have to live it tomake it real."That, I think, sums it up very well. In this story, "The Falcon Killer," theaerial battles are spectacular and the intrigue and narrow escapes keepyou guessing. Gaylord has another ace up his sleeve, a tattoo of a halfdragon, which has a meaning only the Chinese know. It is the twist youdid not see coming!Whether you are a pulp fiction fan or just beginning your adventure with these books, I thinkyou will not be disappointed. These stories written seventy, eighty to ninety years ago give youa unique perspective of the flavor of that time. Many great writers came from the pulp fictionera such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Lester Dent, H.P. Love craft and L. RonHubbard to name a few. Enjoy your adventures reading through the wonderful stories from theGolden Age of Pulp Fiction!