James Christopher, Operator #5 Audiobook
#24 War-Masters from the Orient
by Emile C. Tepperman writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
A brawny coolie from the filthy waterfront of Hong Kong was Emperor of Asia and master of the vast reaches of Russia. Armed with mysterious new weapons which made the bravest man craven, he marched ruthlessly to conquer the world, and to win the proud daughter of the Muscovite nobility who scorned his amorous advances... Jimmy Christopher — Operator #5 of the United States Intelligence — had given America more than enough warning to prepare for the barbaric, invading yellow hosts. And when all seemed lost — when great cities were razed and countless thousands butchered — Operator #5 finally ignored restraining bureaucracy and pitted himself in a single-handed battle to wrest our nation from the Coolie Emperor’s bloody grasp!
Originally written by master pulpsmith Frederick C. Davis, the Operator #5 series was a clear forerunner of the spy and espionage genre, which exploded in the 1960s. The first Bond film, Dr. No, was released in 1962. Soon, America was surrounded by spies. The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Our Man Flint, and Nick Carter, Killmaster were just a few of the most prolific. Jimmy Christopher was on the job a generation before them all, blazing the espionage trail, and keeping America safe from fascism and other wicked isms.
James Christopher did not technically belong to the U. S. Secret Service. He was a top agent for an American unnamed Intelligence Service. It was in his blood. His father, John Christopher, retired from the same agency years before. Answerable only to his superior, Z-7, and carrying a letter from the President of the United States identifying him as Operator #5, Jimmy Christopher played for keeps. He carried a rapier sewn into his belt, and in a golden skull hanging from his watch-chain was a reservoir of poison to be taken in the event of capture.
War-Masters from the Orient is read with stirring intensity by Milton Bagby. Originally published in the March, 1936 issue of Operator #5 magazine.
Chapter 1: The Leopard Makes a Move
Chapter 2: Pride Before a Fall
Chapter 3: The Man Breaker
Chapter 4: The Finger of Doom
Chapter 5: Treason Trail
Chapter 6: Disaster at Sea!
Chapter 7: America Is Doomed!
Chapter 8: The Leopard’s First Blow
Chapter 9: Minute Men of 1936!
Chapter 10: Towers of Terror
Chapter 11: The Leopard Holds Court
Chapter 12: Raid on the Leopard’s Den
Chapter 13: Fate Calls the Coolie Emperor
Milton Bagby is a veteran radio announcer and voiceover specialist who first turned to audiobooks in 2010. Since then, Milton has worked on close to two hundred audiobook projects and is a 2017 Audie Awards winner, the audiobook industry's highest award. Drawing upon years of stage acting and the occasional bit part in films, Milton uses his experience to create characters that stand out in the ear of the listener.
“I am very much aware that a perfect stranger is going to invest many hours listening to me tell a story. I do my best to give the listener an experience in which the characters in that story come alive and sound real.”
When not behind a microphone, Milton is a writer. In addition to the well-received Rick Burkhart crime novels, Milton writes a line of 1950s style pulp stories, and is the author of dozens of magazine articles and two non-fiction books. Milton and his wife live in Nashville.