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Yeah, baby! Dr. Evil is back! (No relation to the Austin Powers Doctor Evil) His return spells crummy luck for Captain Action. CA is a solid rough and tumble guy who is up to any challenge. That belief is tested when he encounters oddly glowing men who keep trying to take him out. After he survives the assualts he is given the mission of discovering where they came from, and to aid him in this task he is teamed with a super sexy Russian defector, who just happens to harbor a few dark secrets and an agenda all her own. This is set during the Cold War, when the tensions between the US and Russia were at a breaking point.
This book is a pulp homage to characters like Doc Savage. This isn't meant to be considered as high literature, this book is pure escapist fun. It is rife with action, adventure, danger, and daring-do! It is chalk full of pulpy goodness, and I completely respect the hell out of Jim Beard for being able to pull something like this off. Seriously, he explains a lot of stuff, like why he wears a captain's hat and has a sidekick. He also does one heck of a job introducing you into CA's world, with spectacular explanations for who Cap works for, Advanced Command for Telluric Interdiction Observation and Nullification or A.C.T.I.O.N. for short. What I love is that Beard plays this completely straight. Yes, the character is based off of an action figure from the 60's but he still plays this like it was set in real life. That is why this story works oh so well. This has a feel like Indiana Jones meets the Eiger Sanction.
The narration is great, I think that Fred Wolinsky really captured the vibe of the story, and the era it was set in, and he played it perfectly. It was a wonderful performance, and I actually believe he ws the best man to read this book. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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What made the experience of listening to Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men the most enjoyable?
It was fun kind of like listing to a old time radio show but all at once
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sean the side kick
Which character – as performed by Fred Wolinsky – was your favorite?
Captain Action da da ta here he is to save the day
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