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I am a pulp fanatic, and a lover of OTR (Old Time Radio), the Green Lama is one of those classic characters that few younger people have ever heard of today. I even though that his character had slipped into the public domain, but was informed otherwise by our fine narrator. The Lama comes in the vein of The Shadow, The Spider, Doc Savage, etc.
I have to admit, when I learned of this book I couldn't wait to get it. The aniticipation was great, and this could have been disasterous, as any kind of a buildup leads to a large let down if the product is even slightly below what you are expecting. I'll be honest, for me, the defining moment came when I heard Addams say the Lama's catch phrase, "OM MANI PADME HUM". That is like seeing Supermaqn fly, or hearing the Shadow's mocking laugh. Needless to say, he nailed it.
SO, let me talk first about Jiraiya Addams. His voice provides a moody atmosphere, just like those OTR shows. He plays each character as if he were an ensemble cast, and he sets the tone and pace for the book effortlessly. Best of all, he conveys the tranquility of the Lama, even while he is embroiled in a life threatening situation.
Garcia really knows the character, and clearly loves him and thie era that he is from. It feels as if he had been one of those kids of yesterday sitting in front of his radio listening to the Lama or the Shadow. The story starts off with a gruesome mystery and then jets along at a great pace. Betty Dale is reminescent of Lois Lane, and tails Dumont doggedly trying to ascertain if she is correct about him being the Green Lama. Once Garcia ets everyone where he wants them he blows the lid off the story and sends the listener into an excitment filled clown car ride (you never know what is going to pop out).
I really can't wait to get the rest of the series. Thank you Mr. Garcia and Mr. Addams! What a fine job. I am eager to hear more of these exciting yarns.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I was given a copy of this audiobook by the Narrator in exchange for an honest review.
So, how does an enlightened Buddhist vigilante battle the unnameable legions of cosmic horror? This modern continuation of a rather obscure hero from the 1940s attempts to answer this question when a mysterious ghost ship crashes into Liberty Island.
The story combines early superhero tropes of East-Meets-West, crime story, and surprisingly. Lovecraftian Horror. Fans of Lovecraft will either be delighted or appalled to find so many familiar references to the Mythos.
I found the story and characters mildly amusing. The protagonist seems to be more of a capable hero than a clever one; make of that what you will. I really liked the married couple that became part of the adventure. They had a charming chemistry.
Jiraiya Addams does a solid job of narrating. His characterizations and voices are well-performed. He has a good voice for this kind of thing.
If you like Dr. Strange, Green Arrow, The Scarlet Pimpernel, or Zorro, I recommend you give this series a try.
Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Lance Garcia? Why or why not?
No. It isn't bad. It's just not my cup of tea.
Which character – as performed by Jiraiya Addams – was your favorite?
The reformed gangster.
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