Earl Norman

The Earl Norman books are becoming extremely rare, and publishers don’t seem to be interested in reprinting the series. The only way some of us may ever have all the stories is for collectors to scan and type the stories into PDF to swap with other collectors. I have already completed PDFs of HANG ME IN HONG KONG and KILL ME IN ROPPONGI. I am working on KILL ME IN YOKOSUKA. If other collectors would do the same for some of the other books, we could eventually have PDFs of all ten books. Why not help? I can be contacted at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Hong Kong Incident

Mark Hood: #3 “Hong Kong Incident” by James Dark (James E. MacDonnell). Karate spy Mark Hood is in Hong Kong, supposedly for a Grand Prix race, but it’s merely a cover to assist a Chinese scientist to defect. As a hurricane bears down on Hong Kong, the enemy is also after the defector, and the story runs nonstop from the first page.

There is really no plot, and no super villain – except maybe the hurricane. The defector is killed immediately, before telling Hood some terrible secret, and there is a bar incident and prostitutes, then a battle ship chasing a submarine. The whole story takes place in a 24-hour period. No sex this time around, and very little to do with karate, except to wonder what his master would do in certain situations. This was an easy read and fast-paced at 60,000 words, but not very exciting.

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