Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Adventures of Dodge Dalton in the Shadow of Falcon's Wings - Sean Ellis

A while back I was privileged to read the manuscript of Sean Ellis's new novel, THE ADVENTURES OF DODGE DALTON IN THE SHADOW OF FALCON'S WINGS.  Yes, that's a long title, but when you read the book you'll understand why it fits.  It's an excellent pulpish adventure yarn.  Here's what Amazon has to say about it:

IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF ADVENTURE... Dodge Dalton's stories about the adventures of Captain Zane Falcon have made both the author, and his iconic protagonist, famous. Maybe a little too famous.

When a diabolical villain, wielding a fantastic power unearthed in the ruins of a forgotten civilization, kidnaps the president, he has only one demand...a fight with America's greatest hero. There's just one problem: Falcon doesn't exist.

Or does he?

In order to save America, Dodge must embark on a journey to the ends of the earth to find Captain Falcon, and along the way will discover the hero within himself.

"Falcon's Wings is high flying adventure at its best. Cleverly conceived, original, and multi-layered, the action literally jumps off the page and takes the reader through unexpected twists and turns," says Rob MacGregor, author of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Amazon: The Ghost Tribe.

I really enjoyed this book.  It's available for the Kindle and also in trade paperback.  Check it out if you enjoy pulp yarns and cliffhanger adventure serials.


Charles Gramlich said...

That sounds right down my alley. I love that title.

Richard R. said...

I went for it immediately, but it seems the trade edition you mentioned is a hardcover edition, at $18. Yikes. This is just the kind of book that OUGHT to be in mass market paperback at half that price. Damn.

James Reasoner said...

I was thinking that the print edition was a trade paperback, but I see that you're right. Maybe there'll be a paperback edition sometime in the future.

Richard R. said...

I sure do hope so. This looks like a lot of fun.

Sean Ellis said...

If I may Richard...when my publisher proposed doing the book as a hardcover, I couldn't say no. Trade cloth is kind of the holy grail for me, even from a small independent press. And let's face it, ebooks are now what the pulp mags were in the 30's and mass market paperbacks in the rest of the 20th century. Nowadays, a mass market paperback is almost as expensive as a trade paperback, and from the perspective of the small press, it's almost too expensive to be cost effective. That being said, I think there will might be a paperback release in the distant future, probably tied in with the release of Dodge Dalton #2.

Richard R. said...

Okay, Sean, points taken, though I hope you're wrong about e-books being akin to paperbacks throughout the last half of the 20th Century. I really like mass market paperbacks, for all the reasons of size, convenience, ease of handling and price that they originally conceived for.

But, you sold yourself a book. I have ordered the hardcover. And I'm glad to read that there will be a #2.