Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

laz3coverOver at Amazon, a new review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon has been posted! It was reviewed by SteamDave and this is what he had to say:

New Pulp – Classic Elements, Modern Sensibility – 5 stars

For the uninitiated, Lazarus Gray is the central character in Barry Reese’s series of pulp stories set in Sovereign City in the 1930s, and featuring crime-busting, evil-thwarting team, Assistance Unlimited. An obvious, heartfelt homage to such Lester Dent classics as Doc Savage and The Avenger, Lazarus Gray is a man of mystery and action – his past gone, he swears to bring justice to the city, and assistance to anyone in need. And so he does.

The Lazarus Gray stories feature all the classic pulp elements – the stalwart, omnicompetent hero, his varied team of quirky assistants, a choice of villains, thrilling locations, superscience, ancient mysteries, the supernatural…
In a proper new pulp twist, Mr Reese approaches his materials with a modern sensibility, sidestepping the trap of political correctness by providing us with a fresh, modern, intelligent take on “delicate” issues such as gender, race, politics.
This is pulp like in the days of old, but without the outdated and unpleasant biases of our grandfathers.

The third book picks up where the earlier entry in the series (Die Glocke) left off, and shows us that the universe in which the characters move is still evolving – there’s big changes in the air, there’s lots of stuff happening, old enemies are back in the game, new enemies are in, too. The author’s willingness to let his characters grow, change and mutate is another element of fun and interest in the series. There is a dynamic quality, in Sovereign City and its denizens, that keeps the reader’s attention up.

This is new pulp as it’s meant to be, and to me, the Lazarus Gray stories are an almost perfect template of how it’s done – they are complex, tightly-plotted, hard-hitting, fun.

The ebook edition of the third volume in the series – which goes by the title of Eidolon, but let’s not spoil the fun by revealing more – also includes a short, gorgeous comic and a selection of black and white illustrations. Not bad, for something like 3 euros.

Defects? There’s too little of it – the Lazarus Gray stories are a fast, fun read, and the new book’s over way too soon.

All in all, a highly entertaining, intelligent, stimulating read.

The whole series is highly recommended.

Thanks so much for the review! I’m really pleased that you enjoy my efforts to meld the best parts of the classic pulp era with the modern sensibilities and techniques we have available to us today. I enjoy seeing my characters grow and evolve and think that such things are part of what make a series so much fun to write (and read!). I think you’ll really enjoy what’s coming up in Volume Four — I’ve already written that book and it’s currently in production with George Sellas working on the cover. Look for it in early 2014!

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