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Fighting the Demons: The Lester Ellis Story

Author: Lester Ellis / Robert Drane Publisher: ABC Books Published: 2007 Fighting the Demons is a pretty sad book. Like many Australians, I remember when Lester Ellis became the IBF Lightweight Champion after defeating Korean, Hwan-Kil Yuh in 1985. It was televised in rural Australia, and was a major event. For Ellis, it was a […]

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Fight Card: Split Decision

Author: Eric Beetner Published: December 2010 Book No: 3 Recently I have written how much I enjoyed the first two books in the Fight Card series (Felony Fists by Paul Bishop and The Cutman by Mel Odom). However, in my reviews I suggested that a boxing story would always be predictable because they will always […]

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Let Sleeping Girls Lie

Author: James Mayo Publisher: Heinmann Published: 1965 Let Sleeping Girls Lie is the second book in the Charles Hood spy thriller series by James Mayo. Mayo is actually the pen name for Stephen Coulter, who allegedly (according to Donald McCormick in Who’s Who in Spy Fiction) provided much of the background information on the operation […]

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Smoker

Author: Mel Odom Smoker is a short story, only about forty-five pages, but it represents one of the great things about eBooks. In days of yore, its length it would have always made it cost prohibitive to print. Unless it popped up in an anthology, or in a magazine, this story would have gone unread, […]

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Fight Card: The Cutman

Author: Mel Odom Published: November 2011 Time for another entry in the hard punching Fight Card series – this time courtesy of Mel Odom writing as Jack Tunney. Mel may not be a household name, but if you are like me and troll through book shops, you have no doubt come across some of his […]

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Fight Card: Felony Fists

Author: Paul Bishop Published: November 2011 I am too young to remember the halcyon days of pulp fiction, but as a child growing up in the 1970s, there was always a lot of brutal entertainment on television. We would regularly watch ‘TV Ringside’ with Ron Casey, and on Sunday afternoon was ‘World Championship Wrestling’. I […]

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The Dolly Dolly Spy

Author: Adam Diment Publisher: Dutton Published: 1967 Author Adam Diment is somewhat of a mystery and an enigma. And at the bottom of this post, I’ll add links to some great websites, that have attempted to delve into mystery of Adam Diment (there is even some speculation that he was not even a real person, […]

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The Dead Man: Kill Them All

Author: Harry Shannon Publisher: 47 North Published: November 2011 Book No: 6 It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Dead Man adventure on this site. This is not because I have stopped reading them, but as many of you would be aware the Dead Man series has been picked up by Amazon and is […]

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Kiss the Boys & Make them Die

Author: James Yardley Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd. Published: 1970 Kiss the Boys & Make them Die is the first book in James Yardley’s two book Kiss Darling series. Kiss is not a spy but a super-sexy insurance investigator, but nonetheless she traipses around the world investigating criminal enterprises – so she is worthy of being […]

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Day of Mourning

Author: Stephen Mertz Publisher: Worldwide: Gold Eagle Based on characters created by Don Pendleton Published: February 1984 Book No: 62 Despite the cover image I have posted above, the Australian editions of Day of Morning (and Dead Man Running) did not feature the red foil stamping on the name Mack Bolan – and as such […]

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