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The Crimson Mask is a lesser known Pulp hero from the 40's who appeared magazines like High Adventure. He was a rare hero who was not so much of a vigilante, as he worked side by side with the police. This book contains 4 stories basedon tales from that wonderful era.
The stories are all good, some feel more pulpy than others, minor complaint in that one story is a little more "today" than than the others, but not everyone can create a 30' or 40's style atmosphere unless they have immersed themselves in it. One tale is very action packed, and another based more on the Mask's skill as a detective, which provides a good counter balance. I enjoyed each story, and it did feel like I had one of those old pulp magazines in my hand while I listened.
Speaking of Listening, can I just say that Roberto Scarlato does an impressive job here? He moves from one story to the next, and regardless of action or pacing, he has a natural rhythm that keeps pace perfectly with the speed of the story. Action? Wham, he is giving it to you like a punch in the kidney. Sleuthing? He adds an air of mystery like a fog machine full of meth. One story has a particularly full cast of characters, and he plays each of them inidvidually and perfectly on point. He adds so much to the story, and should be commended for his work!
This is a nice way to brinig back the mask, and introduce him to a new generation. Get it now.
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