The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 9 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is a thrilling debut novel that casts the rivalry between two of pulp fiction's most revered writers into its own saga, which bursts from the pages with blood, cruelty, fear, mystery, vengeance, courageous heroes, evil villains, dames in distress, secret identities, disguises, global schemes, hideous deaths, beautiful psychics, superweapons, cliff-hanging escapes, and other outrageous pulp lies that are all completely true.

Return to 1937, when America is turning to the pulps for relief from the Depression, and meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind The Shadow, and his rival for the top-selling spot on the nation's newsstands, Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage. The murder of Gibson's friend H. P. Lovecraft -- victim of a mysterious death that literally makes the skin crawl -- is about to bring these two writers face to face with a peril sprung from the pulps.

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is at once a valentine to an old-fashioned genre as well as a modern, meta-literary examination of the classic hero pulp. From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to the seedy waterfronts of Providence, Rhode Island; from frozen seas and cursed islands to the dizzying and labyrinthine alleys and tunnels of lower Manhattan, Dent and Gibson, joined by the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard and a host of colorful characters, finally step out from behind the shadows of their creations to take part in a heroic journey far greater than any story they have imagined as they race to stop a madman destined to create a new empire born of, and based in, pure, gaseous evil.

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is a swashbuckling romantic tale of writers and writing, magic and love, marriage and fatherhood, and ambition and loss that weaves the true lives of its real-life characters into a fictional epic.
 

About Paul Malmont

See more books from this Author
Paul Malmont works in advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Please visit the author at www.paulmalmont.com. You can follow his blog postings at amazon.com or on Facebook.
 
Published June 1, 2006 by Simon & Schuster. 384 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A simple enough scheme, or so it seems, until Gibson and Dent, with their sidekicks Hubbard and Heinlein, stumble across the plot in the service of various writerly pursuits.

Jun 01 2006 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

Walter B. Gibson and Lester Dent, the creators of The Shadow and Doc Savage, team up for exotic adventure.

Mar 22 2009 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

You get to see a large part of this pulp world and meet many of the players that were giants in their field.

Mar 22 2009 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

Paul Malmont's debut novel The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is both a homage to the pulps and the men who wrote them, and a lightning-paced, intricate adventure novel in its own right.

Sep 10 2006 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

RT Book Reviews

Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e.

| Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

USA Today

they were the precursors of and the inspirations for such beloved characters as Superman and Indiana Jones.Now, debut novelist Paul Malmont, an admirer of this lost genre, has written The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril as a tribute to pulp fiction, but not all of it is made up.He incorporates into h...

| Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

SF Signal

Take a rivalry between Walter Gibson (author/creator of The Shadow and prolific pulp writer) and Lester Dent (author of most of the Doc Savage pulps, a prolific writer in his own right) and give them their own pulp adventure/mystery to solve.

Jun 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Walter Gibson, writing as Maxwell Grant, is the number one pulp fiction seller because of his character, The Shadow, who is also featured on an immensely popular radio show.

| Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

Reason Magazine

A fully delightful novel, simultaneously skilled and thrilling pulp adventure mixed with serious literary skill, meta-commentary on the nature and attraction of pulp fiction, and a full-on fan wallow in the pleasures of a bang-up narrative in which the corpse of H.P.

Jan 17 2007 | Read Full Review of The Chinatown Death Cloud Per...

Reader Rating for The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril
77%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 60 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×