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Publisher's Note:

The long-awaited return of the Green Hornet & Kato and their rolling arsenal the Black Beauty, back again with all-new stories! Moonstone is proud to present The Green Hornet: Still at Large, the third anthology featuring all-new, original crime fiction tales of the man who hunts the biggest of all game, public enemies that even the FBI can't reach! It's the mid 1960's, the political climate is shaky, there's civil unrest, freedom and equality issues erupt everywhere from film to music to out in the streets. On police records, the Green Hornet is a wanted criminal, a master manipulator, a crime boss who has his fingers in every pie. In reality, The Green Hornet is actually Britt Reid, owner-publisher of the Daily Sentinel. Alongside him rides his partner Kato, who is not only a martial artist of unsurpassed prowess, but a skilled driver, and educated engineer as well. Their goal is to destroy crime from within by posing as criminals themselves…

The Green Hornet Still at Large

by Joe Gentile, Win Scott Eckert, Matthew Baugh

Overall Book Review:

Set in the 1960s, these stories of good versus evil have no shortage of action.  This book is a compilation of 17 stories by 17 authors.  All of the stories are well-written, bringing this classic hero to life.  The Green Hornet has no magical or special powers.  He’s just a mere mortal trying to save his city.  Masquerading as a gangster in order to infiltrate the bad guys, he collects information vital to the police and city attorneys.  At first, it’s hard to tell whose side the Hornet and Kato are on but as the stories flow by, it becomes obvious whose side they are on.  His sidekick, Kato, is the Green Hornet’s partner and protector.  His moves are truly impressive. 

Although it’s written by 17 authors, the stories flow together and the vital details remain the same.  All of the authors have done an impressive job bringing their tales to life in the theater of the mind.  Animated characters energize these action-packed pages.  A few of the characters are main stays in each story and the authors do a good job making them good role models with positive life lessons.  There is even a charming surprise ending.  

Due to the violence and profanity used liberally throughout this book, this would probably be best suited for adult readers.  There is another compilation of the Green hornet stories by the title of The Green Hornet Chronicles; however, it is not necessary to read it before reading The Green Hornet Still at Large.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamation; 45 mild obscenities; 4 religious profanities; 14 derogatory names; 5 scatological words. 

Violence/Gore:  Young woman kidnapped; 4 men attack 2 men, martial arts used; knock-out gas used many times throughout book; explosion of several vehicles throughout book killing several adults, mostly no blood or gore but in at least 1 story there is mention of some gory details; guns fired a ton of times at people, some missed, some people killed, usually no gory details described; endless number of fights between men, some knocked out, some blood, not usually gory; explosion of a boat killing several adults; man hurt in explosion, broken bones, minimal blood; out-of-mind man punches police officer; man tied up and threatened with bomb; man died of throat cancer; multiple people (usually men) knocked out by punches/kicks/martial arts; man grabbed by throat, threatened/hit in face until unconscious; man shot in side by shotgun, blood & wounds mentioned; man severely beat up by prison gang; man put to death by electric chair (capital punishment); man scared to death and has heart attack; woman so scared she fainted; vehicle accident, man severely injured; man strangled by another man; man accidentally shoots 2 of his associates; story of trail of bodies from gangster; police man trapped, shot at, killed; young boy abducted and bullied in order to join gang; multiple men held at gun point and abducted, some gassed, most survived; battle between several men, 2 shot but not killed, no blood; woman fires electric gun at man, starts fires; woman dies in fire; woman photographer bullied by man and elbowed in face; man shot but survived; gangsters shoot up a gambling joint, nobody hurt, destruction of property; high speed police chase with bullets flying; forceful crowd control by police; multiple bombs set in public places, many people, adults & children hurt and killed, limbs blown off, no blood mentioned; terrorist threatens to kill more children and adults unless demands are met; terrorist says all Vietnam vets are baby killers; mention of Viet Nam protests; a young man is pick-pocketing, stealing wallets and purses; story of terrorist man previously killing his parents purposefully for his revolutionary cause; terrorist kills himself purposefully with a bomb while trying to kill another man at same time; man breaks woman’s finger on purpose; thugs attack man & his son, bumps and bruises, 1 man shot, knock-out gas used; woman shot in arm, knocked-out and blood mentioned; man uses mind control on people.

Sex/Nudity:  Conversation about 2 men NOT sleeping together; mention of sexual slavery & prostitution during WWII; woman sold to a house of prostitution; mention of a woman filling out a dress, non-sexual. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Martial arts (Kung Fu), guns, bombs (explodes & unexploded), the Vietnam war, cancer, unemployment, assassins, afterlife mythologies, gangs, prison gangs, weapons suppliers, forged I.D.s, human trafficking, sexual slavery, prostitution, human brutality, capital punishment, zombies, wraiths, Voodoo lore, narcotics, death of policeman, discrimination against women, hatred of father, terrorists, revolution and killing for “the” cause, prison, parent in prison.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Knock-out gas used several times to knock people out, no permanent harm; man poisoned but recovered; young woman killed by poison; heroine shipment; boy drugged but dropped off at hospital to recover; young woman smokes marijuana; young man uses multiple types of drugs; underage young people use drugs & alcohol at a club.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)