Like others in the megapack series I have had, this collection appears to have been directly taken from various public domain ebooks without any further editing. This means that while some stories are very well presented with few or no errors, others can be very badly marred by typos and even missing clumps of text. None of them are impossible to read, however. The content listing in the product description is accurate, but the stories don't come in that order. Here's my listing, with a quick description of each story (without, I hope, too many spoilers). Most of them, it should be said, heavily feature bloodshed and fighting, women being abused (both physically and sexually), mistreatment of endangered animal species, and ethnic minorities shown in very non-PC terms: if those offend or upset you, best steer clear.
1: Son of the White Wolf, by Robert E Howard. A classic pulp by the writer better known for Conan the Barbarian, set in the Arab-Turkish battle zone in World War I.
2: Every Man a King, by E Hoffman Price. A longish piece about Timur the Lame and the Golden Horde.
3: Pearl Hunger, by Albert Richard Wetjen. A story of violence and vengeance in the South Seas.
4: The Black Adder, by Dorothy Quick. Nothing to do with a certain comedy, this is a romance of a harem girl and her secret lover, and a bandit known as The Black Adder.
5: A Meal for the Devil, by K Christopher Barr. Tale of a Chinese sailor and his superstitious fears.
6: Jack Grey, Second Mate, by William Hope Hodgson. Hodgson is better known for his horror stories these days, but this is a straight tale of a mutiny at sea.
7: Said Afzel's Elephant, by Harold Lamb. An adventure set in wildest Afghanistan.
8: Adventure's Heart, by Albert Derrington. Another South Seas jaunt, this time a romance of a castaway.
9: Another Pawn of Fate, by F St Mars. This is one of the most unusual stories, concerning a jaguar.
10: Mystery on Dead Man's Reef, by George Armin Shaftel. South Seas again, and the doings of fortune hunters.
11: Hag Gold, by James Francis Dwyer. A North African setting this time, gold hunting, and a fabulous map.
12: Maori Justice, by Bob du Soe. Another story of vengeance and fortune hunting crooks, this time in Australasia.
13: Javelin of Death, by Captain A E Dingle. Quarrels among a whaling crew lead to deadly danger.
14: The Screaming Skull, by Allen Dunn. Piratical tale of hidden treasure.
15: Six Shells Left, by Allan R Bosworth. A maritime story of WWI, concerning U Boats, Q Boats, and the party trick of a fake medium.
16: Gods of Bastol, by H P Holt. Yet more South Seas romance, with extra added cannibals.
17: The Mindoon Maneater, by C M Cross. A tale of a desperate tiger hunt in Burma.
18: The Spirit of France, by S B H Hurst. A young dancing girl of French blood is caught up in religious turmoil in Burma.
19: The Box of the Ivory Dragon, by James L Aton. An American drifter in Shanghai gets involved with Secret Service operations.
20: Checkered Flag, by Cliff Farrell. A hunt for vengeance on the motor racing circuit, for a change.
21: The Fighting Fool, by Perley Poore Sheehan. A westerner's bizarre plan to build an empire in Tibet leads to some very unusual events.
22: Ghost Lanterns, by Alan B LeMay. Interestingly atmospheric tale of mysterious vanishings among the crew of a becalmed ship.
23: Stories of the Legion - Choc, by H de Vere Stacpoole. Story of a Foreign legionnaire and his dog.
24: The Whispering Corpse, by Richard B Sale. Extremely bloody and violent tale of mob racketeers.
25: The Monkey God, by Jacland Marmur. A murder mystery in darkest Africa (and incidentally, one of the worst for typos).
on 16 December 2015
As other reviewers have said , these stories are somtimes racist and sexist - but sometimes it is the natives and women who stand out as positive characters. In most stories there is an assumption of chivalry towards women and so, it is usually the "bad guys" who mistreat women (and the natives.) The "hero" may kill in self-defence, but not murder.
However, the stories are very well written, scenes are set with an economy of language such that you are immediately immersed in a real world. This is in marked contrast to much recent Kindle publishing.
If you want excitement and adventure this is the book.