Thursday, March 26, 2020

GHOSTS OF EMPIRE


GHOST OF EMPIRE
By George Mann
Titan Books
272 pages

George Mann is a New Pulp writer currently producing three terrific series; the Newbury & Hobbs books, new Sherlock Holmes fantasies and his steampunk vigilante adventures of the Ghost of which this is the fourth. It is also the best. Within its pages Mann has crammed enough action and adventure, colorful heroes and mysterious villains to fill a half dozen books.

New York playboy Gabriel Cross, alias the Ghost, his girl friend Ginny Gray and their friends, Detective Felix Donovan and his wife Flora are in London on a much needed vacation. When they are confronted by a gravely wounded British Secret Service agent of Cross’ acquaintance, their plans for a restful sojourn evaporate immediately. In seeking help for his friend, the weary crime-fighter is pulled into an eerie conspiracy unleashed by Russian spies capable of deadly arcane magic. It soon becomes evident that the enemy agents are planning the destruction of London. They are commanded by a powerful, undying wizard from out of Russia’s bloody past.

Mann pits Cross and his friends against this horde of murderous magicians in one battle after another at breakneck speed. Then when thing look their worst for the Ghost and company, a very unique new ally arrives on the scene leading to a truly powerful and climatic confrontation with the Master Villain. Friends, this is truly pulp fiction at its best!