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Friday, November 1, 2013

Audio Book Review: Battle for L.A. by CJ Henderson and Mark Sparacio

This is an action, comic story in audio.
Battle for LA
Author: CJ Henderson, Mark Sparacio
Narrator: Full Cast
Publisher: AudioComics 
Length approximately 42 minutes

Genre: Pulp Fiction, Dramatization
My Rating:4.0 of 5.0

In the early morning hours of February 25, 1945, US anti-aircraft shore artillery opened fire on an unidentified object in the skies above Los Angeles, California. Over the course of the next three hours, “swarms of planes” were reported as roaming the skies above the city of angels, though in the end the only actual damage was the result of traffic accidents, friendly fire from the attack, and in some cases, heart attacks caused by stress.

The public was later told that there the attack was a false alarm. Moonstone Books, however, has unearthed the government documents that show the real truth…and how some of the greatest heroes in pulp history fought back against the “event”…

Battle for LA is AudioComics’ second collaboration with Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., adapted from the illustrated novella by CJ Henderson and Mark Sparacio, and starring pulp heroes The Black Bat, Domino Lady, Secret Agent X, and The Phantom Detective, and classic comic character Airboy. America’s pulp and comic avengers pit their wits (and guns) against a menace from another world in a story actually inspired by true events!

This is a fun listen and perfect for readers who like comics and action. The pulp heroes date from the 1930s. I had heard of The Phantom Detective and Airboy but the others were new to me. The story is set in 1945 and shares the adventure of The Phantom Detective and Secret Agent X, with the help of the others, as they hunt down and battle a private mogul who is threatening to use an other worldly device. The heroes goal is to eliminate the terrifying, but mystifying, device that would wipe out the population.

The story is full of sharp, comic dialogue, fast paced action and fitting sound effects. I also enjoyed the underlying spy nature of the characters and the machinations in the time setting of 1945. I wouldn’t want a steady diet of this genre but it was fun for a quick listen!

Audio Notes: I enjoy the give and take of dramatization with numerous characters. There was background music and sound effects that at time were too loud and made me strain to follow the conversation. That would cause difficulties for those who have difficulty hearing dialogue, like my DH.

I received this comic audio from the Publisher through AudioBook Jukebox.

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