cover image Devil's Manhunt

Devil's Manhunt

L. Ron Hubbard, read by full cast. Galaxy Press, unabridged, two CDs, 2 hrs., $9

Tim Beckdolt becomes prey for a sadistic hunter, Bonnet, and his towering sidekick, Sven, who have stolen Beckdolt's hard-earned gold. They are armed with guns, while Beckdolt only has a knife and no food in the desert. But besides survival, Beckdolt wants his enemies to face the ultimate punishment. In addition to this feature title, the collection also includes two additional stories: "Johnny the Town Tamer" and "Stranger in Town," each of which spin an ironic and action-packed tale of what happens when justice in one of its many forms comes to town. These stories have all the hallmarks of westerns, though feel a bit superficial. The overall sound is well produced with a full cast, sound effects, and musical score. However, the actors overperform their already caricatured characters so that, at times, it feels more parody than serious storytelling. A Galaxy hardcover. (Apr.)