Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SUDDEN , BY OLIVER STRANGE --- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


 

English novel readers of this world in the 20th century can be
classified as two—the ones who have read Sudden western cowboy books and the ones who have not.

Oliver Strange produced one of the best Western series ever when he created the character 'Sudden'. 

In all, 15 books were written, 10 by Oliver Strange ( Sudden - Outlawed,  Sudden, The Marshal of Lawless,  Sudden plays a hand, Sudden - Goldseeker,  Sudden makes war,  Sudden rides again, Sudden takes the trail,  The Range Robbers,  The Law o'the Lariat)--

--   and 5 by Frederick H. Christian ( Sudden strikes back,  Sudden - Troubleshooter,  Sudden at bay,  Sudden - Apache fighter,  Sudden - dead or alive ).

Our school library had all the 15 Sudden series books.

I started off with the first in the series “ The range robbers” written by Oliver Strange in 1930 and soon raced to book no 10 , “Sudden plays a hand”  written in 1950 just before he died.  Once I started reading I could not stop.

The 11th book  “Sudden strikes back” , made me wonder— am I
reading the same author? For it just did not hold the magic of the previous 10.  


The sharp one liners, laconic wit, conversation and description did not captivate and had the false jarrin' ring of a duplicate . It was a huge disappointment.  

It was my class mate who told me that books 11 to 15 are written by another man Frederick H Christian—16 years after Oliver Strange’s last book.


The books are centred around a gunfighter James Green in the American wild west,  who is in search of two men who cheated his foster father. Jim the young man promises his dying father that he will find the two and take sweet revenge.  

These 10 classic books are unparalleled in western fiction.


Oliver Strange was an Engishman who had never seen the wild west-- yet he had imagination, I must say.


James Green earned his nickname by his lightning fast gun draw and his accuracy in a deadly gunfight. 

He wore two guns tied low , and they were no ornaments. He rode a swift horse as black as night, his only companion.  Wherever he went his reputation preceded him.  

Sudden was a name which makes even strong men flinch when his eyes met theirs ... a lonely man with a dangerous mission.  

He had his own signature , cleaning dusty wild towns off varmints and sidewinder scum,  checking out gold drives,  punishing crooked town marshals and landowners , fighting range wars for peace lovin' ranchers and doing with ease, impossible cattle drives.


Sudden was cool, cocky, sober, chivalrous, considerate, brave, strong —and shot from his hips with amazing accuracy. 




There were a lot of crazy gun slingers after him, just to prove that they could be as quick, or they were in the same league.

He was ze gunfighter's gunfighter. 


There can never be another Sudden.


Nor, can there ever be an Oliver Strange with such unique flair for writing Western novels.


PS:  I never though Sudden type of shooting was possible , till i saw a programme on Discovery Channel.  A middle aged obese yank with a beer belly , dressed up like a cowboy-- pasted every target with a hole in the dead centre. They thew coins in the air and he pasted them too! ( slow motion cameras whirring ) -- and the best part was, he was modest about the whole dang thing!! 


CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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43 comments:

  1. Good Day Captain . I have all the titles , except Marshal Of Lawless , painstakingly bought from book shops all over the country.

    Do you have an extra copy ?

    Still glad to see that others have also enjoyed reading about James Green.

    Its been 30 years since i read the first one.

    I do agree that in the western genre Oliver Strange is unique.

    Krishna

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  2. Captain, All the books by Oliver Strange are available on this site - http://www.filestube.com/edafa882856c6ae503e9,g/OSS.html

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  3. It's been lovely finding your blog post on the Sudden novels. I found the first one Law O' the Lariat in my dad's old bookcase and fell in love with the entire series. The books are out of print but I found just one or two in an old old library. I love all of the original author's stories. He's a truly special novelist. Just discovered a link to the other novels online :) I'm so happy to find another enthusiast! Thanks for posting.

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  4. Read online here.

    https://sites.google.com/site/suddenseries/

    Happy reading!

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  5. hi,

    thanks to skimmer and maktaduai.

    you gave me a treasure trove

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  6. Is it possible to download books by Frederick H Christian?

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    1. I am now 62 years old but used to read SUDDEN Books by Strange when was in the school. I enjoy it even now but these books had gone out of print and even old books cost Rs.500- 1000 per book in old books shops.
      But, now the entire set of the original 10 SUDDEN books by Oliver Strange is available for less than Rs.3,000/- on flipkart.com.
      So my friends who used to enjoy the exploits of Jim Green alias SUDDEN, can possess the complete set of books !! Happy re-reading !

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  7. hi skiimer,

    check out what maktaduai said

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  8. Unfortunately books by Frederick H. Christian not available. Only those by Oliver Strange.

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  9. hi skimmer,

    you will not miss frederick h christian's books--believe me.

    it is better to remember your childhood hero SUDDEN , the way oliver strange placed in your mind's eye.

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  10. looking for all the 15 titles,
    walia

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  11. a zillion thanks maktaduai for that priceless link and to you too captain, coz without ur blog this Aladin's cave link of Oliver Strange books would have remained unknown to me. Have been trying to get some of those books for years ever since i read the first Sudden and became an instant fan...in my 8th grade. Thanks gentlemen, again!!!

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  12. hi,

    so another OLIVER STRANGE fan club member!

    this is the meaning of leaving a legacy.

    an unknown brit , to the current generation-- yet so many grateful fans.

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  13. Hi
    As one of the partners of Piccadilly Publishing, I thought you SUDDEN fans out there might appreciate the good news that all FIVE Sudden books by Frederick H Christian will be published as eBooks starting with Sudden Strikes Back in September 2012. You can check out our website www.piccadillypublshing.org or visit our page on Amazon (for Kindle) or Smashwords (for other platforms).
    Regards
    Mike
    www.mikestotter.com

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  14. hi mike,

    thanks.

    but true fans will be happy only if OLIVER STRANGE legacy is kept alive.

    original is original.

    punch into google search BILLY ZANE KILLED THE MAN WHO CANNOT DIE- VADAKAYIL.

    capt ajit vadakayil
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    1. Captn. I do agree and we are in talks in getting OS's SUDDEN books back for all you fans out there.
      Mike

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    2. hi ms,

      let the new generation know what they are missing.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  15. Great Books. Great Hero.

    I have all 15 and whenever i find the title in flea market i buy them, again.

    Sudden!, wasn't he something. I started on western novels after reading my first, which was by louis l'amour. It was Reilly's Luck. It was a lucky choice I believe that it was my first western novel, and when i found Oliver Strange, I think I have reached the summit for this genre.
    Long live Jim Green

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  16. where can i buy them. im in bangalore. can anyone advise..here in my number 9663955111

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    1. Nigel, the 3 Frederick H Christian SUDDEN books are available from Amazon India. Hope you find them okay, if not just ping me an email and I will send you the direct links.

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  17. Bumped into the blog of the Captain. Incidentally also a militay officer in the Kenyan Army and have been a fan of Sudden since my teenagae years.
    Your Blog sir, is exceptional!

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    1. hi zack,

      see - the author oliver strange plucked a chord in all his readers -- whether he is white or black or brown or yellow..

      is this not wonderful?

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  18. I am so excited to find your blog, Capt Ajit! i am so sad to say I had the entire set, as a big fan from my school days. Unfortunately borrowed and gone forever now. I am trying to build my collection of the Sudden series again.

    Maktaduai has listed 10 books but only 5 of them are available - I am very grateful though. :-)

    The other link for filestube is a sponsored link that goes to ebay.

    It is such a pleasure to see your photo of all the books. :-) Forgive me for coveting them! :D

    Pleasure to be here, Sir. Would appreciate any leads in getting the collection.

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    1. hi vidya,

      check out one of the previous comments made a readers--

      i was able to download FREE some of these books.

      the literary world is divided into two --

      people who have read SUDDEN and people who have not.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  19. Hello folks,
    It's amazing to see that there are so many fans of Sudden. I had read the first book in my teens. It was an old battered copy but the covers had a very distinct holster in artwork. I was glued to the book till I finished it and later learnt that all Westerns are not as good as sudden series. I have looked up the rest of the books in the series in many old bookshops, but found only one or two. But I have been a big fan of that flurry of bullets and hardboiled lines. Hats off, Mister Strange.

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  20. And yes, I forgot to thank you for the wonderful image that lines up all the titles. That stirred up fond memories seeing that unmistakable holster on each of those covers.
    I will be very thankful if you could scan/photo each of those 10 covers and send it across. My mail-id is saneaniket.p@gmail.com.
    Cheers, keep reading !!

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  21. as you said, captain!
    the world is divided into those who have read and loved teh exploits of jim green... and those who have not!

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    1. hi cv,

      indeed!

      after so many years oliver strange still has his die-hard fans.

      i wish the younger generation reads these books.

      i wish they dont make stupid mivies out of his books.

      punch into google search-

      BILLY ZANE KILLED THE MAN WHO CANNOT DIE VADAKAYIL

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  22. Hello everyone, my name is David Whitehead. I write westerns under the name Ben Bridges, and together with my long-time friend Mike Stotter, we run Piccadilly Publishing, which issues ebook editions of the SUDDEN books by Frederick H. Christian and also the ANGEL westerns by the same author. I'm so pleased to see how popular SUDDEN is, all these years on. Please keep up the good work, Capt Vadakayil, and keep reading westerns in general! They are a wonderful form of escapist literature!

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    1. hi bb-

      we love OLIVER STRANGE and not frederick h christian.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  23. Greetings Captain.
    Leif Oldhart here. I'd never known about the Sudden books until reading your blog. I read and greatly enjoyed all ten books at the link provided by maktaduai. Oliver Strange had a way with words. His descriptions of the western countryside help create the effect of almost being there and you don't need a movie with books like these.

    I also enjoyed all 20 of Louis L' Amour's "Sackett" series, located at the same site. These are also excellent and except for the first couple, are Westerns.

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  24. Capt. Ajit Vadakayil Thanks for sharing SUDDEN;

    I have been a huge fan since my childhood and it is great to know that there are so many other admirers of this wild west hero! Lovely to see the image of your entire collection. Thanks once again. :-)

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  25. Im 17 .. You could say the new generation.. I heard of sudden from my uncle who was big fan and ever since i read the first sudden book law of lariat..i was hooked.. Read the law of the lariat 3 times and also sudden strikes back.. Just waiting read the rest of the booksbooksof maktaduai..you are awesome mann..cheers..

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  26. I was introduced to Sudden in 1964 by a friend from Chandigarh. Even back then he was such crazy fan,that his bike - like Sudden's horse - was black like the night, and had SUDDEN painted vertically on the rear mud-guard. I am sure residents of Chandigarh of that vintage would remember him riding his steed, his head in the clouds, imaging he was chasing rustlers in the wild west. He was such a die-hard that his nick-name in Pilani was Texan - Vipiin Sehgal.

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  27. Hi, I am 56, a Commander in the Navy, and a die-hard Sudden fan. Passed this legacy on to my son. The new generation ought to read this series- there is so much to enjoy & learn !!
    Sanjay Thatte

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  28. Hi Guys.....The Sudden series by Oliver Strange was reprinted last year in India. I acquired the whole set of 10 books for around Rs. 2500/- They are openly available now.

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  29. Dear Friends its great to see somany Sudden Fans. Thanh you all ... JN murthy

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  30. Yo capn - thanks for writing about sudden. It is certainly the most amazing portrayals of the wild west ever. The lovely description of the unending landscape - the rivers valleys gorges , the thrilling suspense in every page , the horses, cattle rustlers - and yes those absolutely unbeatable wit and un liners of Jim Green - priceless.

    But one aspect i think you should also point out is - his compassion towards fellow beings.
    IMHO what makes JG great is not his quicksilver reflexes - but the fact he would never - never ever lift a gun unless he absolutely had to. And he had the same compassion for animals too - he' hate to injure - even a huss or any cattle while shootin.

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  31. Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    September 18, 2015 at 12:59 PM
    S Roy
    September 18, 2015 at 10:27 AM
    In Interstellar when Cooper was communicating with his daughter Murphy, he mentioned the connection as 'love' but is there a better word to describe that connection - is it conscience, emotional connect - is there any Sanskrit word for it.

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    September 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM
    hi sr,

    i just imagined-if this question was put to RAJEEV MASAND the guy on AIB bakchod -- what he would SQUEAK.

    and imagining how this man would DIVE OFF THE DEEP END , squeaking pathetic nonsense all the while, i had the heartiest laugh since several days..

    the movie INTERSTELLAR has NOT been understood by anyone on this planet ( including the maker ) for you need to know Vedanta and Quantum physics to comment on the movie as a whole.

    THIS MOVIE HAS AN EVIL AGENDA.-- IT TRIES TO PROVE THAT THERE IS NO CREATOR GOD -- BUT FOR SOME "THEY " TYPE BENEVOLENT ENTITY.

    Thorne’s old friend Stephen Hawking, has been warning that the long-term survival of our species depends on us developing interstellar travel.

    So we must grow GM crops, we must stop burning coal , we must stop cremations --for in this movie there was only GM Corn as food .

    MAD MAN Stephen Hawkin's loaded astro physics has placed this movie in the realm of STUPID -- and has NO scientific base -- where they try to integrate newton's classical physics along with Einsteins theories- by bleeding gravity through dimensions.

    While the Endurance team is away, Prof Brand will continue to work on an advanced equation that, if solved, will allow humans to harness fifth-dimensional physics – specifically gravity.

    The equations on the black board are textbook general relativity equations-- pathetic !

    Both Newton and Einstein have stolen everything from India.

    Interstellar uses Einsteins RELATIVITY, GRAVITY LENSING, TIME DILATION, SPACE TIME CURVATURE , SINGULARITY , SPIRAL YUGA TIME , WORM HOLE PROVIDED BY OM, BUTTERFLY EFFECT BY SOLITON WAVE OF COCONUT SMASH , BLACK HOLE OF KALI, VARAHA AVATAR SAVING GENETIC BLUEPRINT CODE BEFORE PRALAYA , AAKASHIK RECORDS -- all lifted from Vedanta.

    Quantum Physics is embedded in Hinduism.

    The 10-year-old daughter, Murphy believes their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate with her by dropping books off a shelf in her room. THEY are sending an unknown form of intelligence sending them coded messages by means of gravitational anomaly altering the dust on the floor in a binary pattern .

    In Hinduism we read of SIGNS from our dead ancestors when we do REM sleep. That is why we do Pitr Paksha.

    Equipped with conscious robot ( only conscious computer can tell jokes and understand subtle humor ) TARS's data on the singularity, Cooper communicates Murph across the dimensional barrier from inside a fifth dimension tesseract through gravitational waves ( bleeding Newtons asshole ) , making him the "ghost" from her childhood ( bleeding Einsteins asshole ) .

    With this information, Murph is able to complete Brand's equation, allowing Earth's population to be evacuated el pronto—OOPS ! I must NOT get so cynical !.

    Now how does Cooper Praaji reach this Tesseract or Phesseract or whatever ? Pray? Prithee ?—


    CONTINUED TO 2-

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    1. CONTINUED FROM 1-

      -- a place beyond the event horizon of a black hole, where our man can view time as though it were a spatial dimension ( sic !).

      The conscious robot goes down a black hole to send back HAJAAAR “quantum data”

      They encounter a planet near a black hole, and decide to go around it to avoid the “time shift zone” --AIYOO AIYOO !

      NASA has been driven ‘underground’ as a secret organization --it also doubles up as a future humankind’s space-traveling ark. -- first generation of embryos are already with them – each subsequent generation helping to raise a new set of embryos (as well as reproduce naturally) PLAN A , if you pleaJJe..

      Translating that coded data gives Murph all the information she needs to drastically advance humanity’s understanding of space and time – as well as complete Plan A – CHOONA LAGAAKE !.

      But hey, they have PLAN B too. So that is why Cooper Praji sacrifices himself to reduce weight on the Endurance, thus ensuring Amelia can make it to Edmonds’ planet and kick ze goal of Plan B .

      But hey, THEY help cooper -- instead of dying alone in space, Cooper is pulled inside The Tesseract - the gravitational singularity that is maintaining the wormhole – created by the aforementioned THEY .

      Hey, I am beginning to fall in LOBE nay love with THEY. Where is my CHARKHA .

      INTERSTELLAR MEIN CHARKHA GHUMAAAKE PLAN B SAPHAL HUA-- SACHCHI MEIN !

      Kosher NASA scientists spAke that THEY ” are an advanced extraterrestrial race who have unlocked the mysteries of dimensional manipulation - and, for some NOT SO FAALTHU reason, decided to aid mankind in escaping our doomed planet. GOD BILKUL HAI HI NAHI !

      THEY are loathe to communicate directly with us humans – coz they are fifth-dimensional, having transcended our three-dimensional ways of understanding the universe.

      However THEY acquiesce to lay out a series of rudimentary library dust ripples – nay - breadcrumbs (binary messages) and advanced technology ( down the rabbit-nay- the wormhole) for humans to follow – in order to save ourselves from annihilation.

      THEY will sambhavami Yuge Yuge ( TEE HEE !)

      Cooper and Murph are saviors of humanity,chosen by THEY - the fifth-dimensional humans – who can observe past, present, and future of AAKASHA – custom-build The Tesseract for Cooper, so that he can communicate with his daughter in the past and relay the data that funny TARS (the quadrilateral shaped robot) had collected inside the singularity.

      SEARCH FOR SRI YANTRA BINDU IN SINGULARITY TOO --LANGOT PHAADKE- NAY—RUMAAAL JHODKE )

      Of HAJAAAAR importance is --the fifth-dimensional communication through gravity (made visible by three-dimensional objects back on Earth) enables Cooper to gently PEEPTA BHARPOORN , manipulate the hands on Murph’s watch – transferring the data that funny TARS acquired with morse coded watch ticks.

      Gravity bleeds via Newton’s asshole through to other dimensions in time and space to Einsteins asshole , allowing Cooper to spell out a message (“S-T-A-Y”) by pushing them mangy books off of Murph’s shelf – or communicate map coordinates to the past version of himself by spreading them dust across the floor (in binary language).

      If only this IDIOT knew the meaning of consciousness field.

      So so so—thief Newton’s Laws, what we perceive as a finite calculation could actually have infinite implications and fit into the plans of thief Einstein –kosher vineger mein daaalke.

      THEY kaun hai bhaiiya ? Aliens hai kya ? AKKAL KA DUSHMA YUVRAAJ ko poochna padenga ! Escape velocity bi pooch lenge !

      Hum honge kaamyaab !

      Capt ajit vadakayil..
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  32. Saw this video....

    He is damn quick. Cant see what is happening with naked eye.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rvhFHLfDY

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    1. HE IS THE SAME GUY I TALKED ABOUT--

      CHECK OUT THE MODERN SUDDEN

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rvhFHLfDY

      THIS IS NOT CHEATING OR MAGIC--THIS IS REAL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZD-A3utGlI

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  33. today the GOOGLE DOODLE is of Louisa May Alcott

    I remember my sisters at the age of 11/ 10 read her books LITTLE WOMEN and GOOD WIVES --we had it in our home library -- and they would go GA GA over her books

    Generations of readers have cherished gentle Marmee, the steadfast fictional mother who holds her family of four girls. Four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, are part of a poor but loving family.

    An all-American tale of virtue and true love, Little Women is the nineteenth-century coming-of-age story of the four March sisters.

    A true classic, following the lives of these four spirited sisters.

    With their father off to war they have only their mother left to encourage them to be the best version of themselves at all times. As they go through love and loss they truly do learn to become 'little women'.

    when i asked "should i read it " they cried-- "it is for girls"

    TODAY THIS MARVELLOUS BOOK "LITTLE WOMEN " COME WITH A WARNING FROM BIG BROTHER --

    "Parents need to know that this novel, published in 1868, contains outdated gender roles and many religious references."

    PATHETIC !

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