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Commando Assault

Author: R. Charlett Publisher: Horwitz Publications Published: 1965 Book No: 1 A few months ago, I reviewed an action adventure novel called Commando Raid, written by R. Charlett, featuring rugged soldier, Captain ‘Pearly’ Gates. It was published by Horwitz Publications which was an Australian Publisher that put out a whole swag of pulp novels by […]

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The Fight

Author: Norman Mailer Publisher (Great Britain): Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd First Published: 1976 The Rumble in the Jungle, the fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, which took place in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974 (originally scheduled for September 25) is now looked upon as one of the great fights of the Twentieth Century. And […]

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Rocky – Novelisation

Author: Julia Sorel Based on a Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone Publisher: Ballantine Books Published: 1976 When I was a kid I used to love movie tie-in books (I still do). Until I was fifteen, home video didn’t exist, and films took at least six years to appear of commercial television. So if you really liked […]

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The Power of One

Author: Bruce Courtenay Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd Published: 1989 I have a dreadful, dreadful confession to make. Until The Power of One, I had never read a Bryce Courtenay novel. Why this is so unusual, and so embarrassing is that everybody who had recommended Courtenay to me, were woman. I even had Courtenay books given […]

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Box: The Face of Boxing

Portraits: Holger Keifel Text: Thomas Hauser Publisher: Hatchette Published: 2010 Box: The Face of Boxing is a collection of black and white photographic portraits taken by Holger Keifel, and I must say they are an amazing collection of photos. Even if you don’t like boxing, and are interested in portraiture, this is a great book […]

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Fightcard: Hard Road

Author: Kevin Michaels writing as Jack Tunney Published: April 2012 Hard Road is the fifth book in the Fight Card series – and Kevin Michaels is the man behind the Jack Tunney pseudonym for this adventure. The hero is a fighter named Roberto Varga, and he’s a pretty decent bloke, he just hasn’t had the […]

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Nick Carter: Death Orbit

Author: David Hagberg Publisher: Charter Books Published: 1986 Book No: 217 Only a certain type of person would pick up a novel called Nick Carter: Death Orbit, and I happen to be one of those people. And if you’re like me, you would expect certain things from that novel – chiefly, no matter how contrived, […]

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Counterpunch

Author: Wayne D. Dundee Published: March 2012 The first rule of Fightcard – you do not mess with Danny ‘The Duke’ Dugronski! Dugronski is the hard punching hero of Counterpunch, the forth book in the Fightcard series created by Mel Odom and Paul Bishop. The man behind the pen name, Jack Tunney, for this entry […]

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Commando Raid

Author: R. Charlett Publisher: Horwitz Publications Published: 1965 Book No:. 3 Commando Raid is a slice of lurid Aussie pulp from Horwitz Publications, who were one of Australia’s leading producers of trashy thrill-a-minute stories. Sadly the likes of Horwitz no longer exist, and Australian genre fiction – although there is a surging groundswell, which I […]

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Pokerface

Author: Peter Corris Publisher: Penguin Books Published: 1985 Based on scripts for the ABC TV drama Pokerface by Peter Corris and Bill Garner Recently I have looked at a few Cliff Hardy adventures; firstly the film, The Empty Beach, the book The Black Prince, and the radio drama, The Greenwich Apartments. All of these were […]

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