RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal Month

From: M Blumenthal ( blumenidiot@21stcentury.net)
Date: 12 Aug 2002

Aside from Donald Hamiltons I have a few Gold Medals. I decided to see if Lionel White's writing was that bad. It is.


First Printing, April 1957 Copyright: 1957

# 663

 Front blurb: The Loaded bus sped into the night with a kiler in the driver's seat

Back Cover:

"Here is the latest from Lionel White, DEATH TAKES THE BUS - a tale of men whose tools are guns , whose wage wage is death. The plan was well made. The bus carrying Hardin to the death house was commandeered on schedule. Hardin, free of handcuffs, backed by his number one thug, forced the bus out into the desert toward the rendezvous with the black sedan. Then the plan exploded. The sand storm rose -- one of the worst in Southern California's history -- and the bus mired down helplessly. Hardin's gunman raped a girl. The bus driver was shot to death. And - most dangerous of all -- courage flamed in the shocked passengers. Weaponless, silent, but as one, they struck back against the men of violence -- and paid them off in their own brutal coin."

The back cover is a lot more exciing than the book and pretty inaccurate. The 124 page book takes the first 36 pages to just describe the characters.

We have given good beginnings. How about a bad first paragraph?

"It is true that you can take twelve human beings who may find themselves at the same place at the same time and will have a problem. Each will be thoroughly convinced that his particular problems should take precedence over the problems of others." Mark

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