Hard Case Crime have done wonders in bringing back something of the glory days of the pulp era with their great paperbacks that are roaring out of bookshops everywhere. And now they've decided to return us to the days of the pulp adventure novel.
The Gabriel Hunt website is now active and the first books are imminent
The Tainted Archive cornered editor, Charles Ardai.
TA: Who is Gabriel Hunt?
CA: A world traveler, a modern-day explorer, a finder of lost artifacts and seeker of secrets, Gabriel Hunt is the oldest child of best-selling authors Ambrose and Cordelia Hunt, who disappeared at sea in the year 2000 while on a speaking tour of the Mediterranean. Together with his younger brother, Michael, Gabriel is responsible for the affairs of the $100 million Hunt Foundation their parents left behind, although Michael (always the more resp
onsible sibling) handles all the administration while Gabriel goes off and makes headlines with his breathtakingly risky exploits. The Hunt brothers also have a sister, Lucy, who ran away from home at 17 and has been living off the grid ever since; we find out more about what she's been up to as the series progresses.
Gabriel is a throwback to an earlier era. He doesn't like computers or cell phones or modern technology (though he'll use a cell phone when he absolutely has to); he wears an old Bulova A-11 wristwatch dating back to WWII and carries a Zippo lighter and generally prefers the old ways of doing things. Six feet tall, ropy rather than muscular, Gabriel's a fine specimen of a man -- not a superhero by any stretch of the imagination, but a remarkably capable fellow, clever and resourceful and with enough stamina and skill to get past many an obstacle that would stymie a lesser man.
TA: So is this a return to the likes of Doc Savage and The Shadow?
CA: Yes. That would be my fondest hope. Less THE SHADOW (he was more a crimefighter than an adventurer), but very much in the spirit of DOC SAVAGE, or the works of H. Rider Haggard, or their modern stepchild, Indiana Jones. It's pure popcorn adventure, pure adrenaline, pure fun. The goal is to leave you quivering with excitement and delight, much the way I felt when, at age 11, I stepped out of a theater showing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and could barely walk straight, I was so excited.
Each book in the series will be published as, "BY GABRIEL HUNT" but there are a number of well known author's behind each title. This first is the series is by the prolific James Reasoner and The Archive is eager for this.