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Two Legendary Heroes Come Together to Defeat THE VRIL AGENDA Upon completing his training with the Warmasters of Shamballah, Dillon journeys back to America to begin the next phase of his training under tutelage of one of the greatest adventurers of all time, Jim Anthony - The Super Detective. But no sooner do they meet then one of Anthony's most dangerous villains resurfa Two Legendary Heroes Come Together to Defeat THE VRIL AGENDA Upon completing his training with the Warmasters of Shamballah, Dillon journeys back to America to begin the next phase of his training under tutelage of one of the greatest adventurers of all time, Jim Anthony - The Super Detective. But no sooner do they meet then one of Anthony's most dangerous villains resurface from his past to once again threaten mankind, the superhuman Sun Koh - Prince of Atlantis. Now the old warrior and his young student, aided by Anthony's loyal family and allies, will take on this new threat, pitting their lives against powerful adversaries. From New York to Berlin and then on to a hidden civilization at the bottom of the world, the Super Detective and his two-fisted protege must stop the fiendish Sun Koh before he can unlock the ages old secret of the Vril power. Writers Josh Reynold and Derrick Ferguson have whipped up a frenetically paced tale that never lets up for a second, masterfully delivering old fashioned pulp action in what is sure to become a New Pulp Classic! AN AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION / PULP WORK PRESS EVENT!"


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Two Legendary Heroes Come Together to Defeat THE VRIL AGENDA Upon completing his training with the Warmasters of Shamballah, Dillon journeys back to America to begin the next phase of his training under tutelage of one of the greatest adventurers of all time, Jim Anthony - The Super Detective. But no sooner do they meet then one of Anthony's most dangerous villains resurfa Two Legendary Heroes Come Together to Defeat THE VRIL AGENDA Upon completing his training with the Warmasters of Shamballah, Dillon journeys back to America to begin the next phase of his training under tutelage of one of the greatest adventurers of all time, Jim Anthony - The Super Detective. But no sooner do they meet then one of Anthony's most dangerous villains resurface from his past to once again threaten mankind, the superhuman Sun Koh - Prince of Atlantis. Now the old warrior and his young student, aided by Anthony's loyal family and allies, will take on this new threat, pitting their lives against powerful adversaries. From New York to Berlin and then on to a hidden civilization at the bottom of the world, the Super Detective and his two-fisted protege must stop the fiendish Sun Koh before he can unlock the ages old secret of the Vril power. Writers Josh Reynold and Derrick Ferguson have whipped up a frenetically paced tale that never lets up for a second, masterfully delivering old fashioned pulp action in what is sure to become a New Pulp Classic! AN AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION / PULP WORK PRESS EVENT!"

27 review for The Vril Agenda

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Garrett

    "The pedestrian traffic choking Fifth Avenue seemed even more hectic and bustling than usual to the tall young man who navigated his way through the horde of people who seemed hyper aware of their surroundings and oblivious of them at the same time. But that was New Yorkers for you. It was a strange set of survival skills the denizens of that great metropolis developed, one that the young man appreciated and found both fascinating and amusing. It had only been two years since he had been making "The pedestrian traffic choking Fifth Avenue seemed even more hectic and bustling than usual to the tall young man who navigated his way through the horde of people who seemed hyper aware of their surroundings and oblivious of them at the same time. But that was New Yorkers for you. It was a strange set of survival skills the denizens of that great metropolis developed, one that the young man appreciated and found both fascinating and amusing. It had only been two years since he had been making his way in a world both alien and familiar to him. He found it simultaneously frightening and exhilarating." And with this one paragraph, we are introduced to the beginning of an odyssey that will shape the destiny of a man who many have come to know simply as Dillon. THE VRIL AGENDA, written by acclaimed writers, Joshua Reynolds and Derrick Ferguson, with interior artwork by legendary artist, Rob Davis, cover art by the accomplished painter, Adam Shaw, and published by the fine folks at Airship 27 Productions, under the skillful leadership of Ron Fortier, is a true tour de force for any lover of Classic Pulp and New Pulp. At present, THE VRIL AGENDA is my favorite New Pulp novel and story. Period. And the outstanding writting done by Reynolds and Ferguson is the reason why. Reynolds and Ferguson masterfully tell a story that have ramifications that will be felt within the New Pulp genre for many years to come. THE VRIL AGENDA is as much a coming of age/trial by fire tale, as it is a literal passing of the torch from the original characters of Classic Pulp to the vibrant characters of New Pulp. It's paying homage to the past, and setting the stage for what is to come for the future. As a reader who love legacies, this book was a must read. I had to get it. And as a person who loves subtle crossovers between characters and genres, due to my interests in the writings of Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family, and later, Wold Newton Universe, that Farmer and his fellow writers and contemporaries later coined, THE VRIL AGENDA was right up my alley. Hell, it was to the point that I needed a notepad and pen to write them all down. The last time I had done that was in my early to mid-20's when I was reading Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN graphic novel series, and Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's PLANETARY comic book series. Those were good times, and THE VRIL AGENDA brought the fun of "literary archeology" back in full force. The main plot of THE VRIL AGENDA is that Dillon, two years after leaving the fabled realm of Shamballah, makes his way to the New York City branch of the legendary Baltimore Club chronicled by Jules Verne in FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON and AROUND THE MOON, to find the foremost hunter of men, Jim Anthony, the Super-Detective of the old SPICY PULP magazines, in order to become Anthony's apprentice. Dillon eventually succeeds in meeting Anthony, and convincing Anthony to take him on as his student. From this point forward, it's pure mayhem as both Dillon and Jim Anthony are hunted by the minions of one of Anthony's old adversaries, the German Doc Savage pastiche, and the Prince and Heir of Atlantis, Sun Koh. Sun Koh and his forces intend to retrieve an artifact that Anthony has intentionally hidden for a very long time. An artifact that has it's origin during the first meeting between the two Doc Savage pastiches in the late 1930's that has the ability to change the nature of life itself on Earth. The action is non-stop as the race against time begins between the forces allied with Dillon and Jim Anthony, and those under the dominion on Sun Koh. And both sides are playing for keeps. Word of caution: This will not be the same Dillon many of us, who are fans of the novels, have come to know. The Dillon we see in THE VRIL AGENDA is rough around the edges. He has not smoothed out yet. He is a fierce warrior, and his survival instincts are razor sharp. But the social niceties that we have seen in the previous novels will be barely there. THE VRIL AGENDA is, for all intents and purposes, DILLON BEGINS. It is in this book that the global journies of Dillon truly begins. And boy did he choose one hell of an introductory odyssey to undertake. Lesser men would shrink from such responsibilities. But that's exactly why they are not Dillon. The man has a fortitude and endurance level that would put several demigods to shame. And with the aid of Jim Anthony, and his associates, Dillon is on his way to becoming the force of nature that we see in DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN. And it is the near father/son relationship between Jim Anthony and Dillon that cemented the value of this book for me. For a man who was orphaned in one of the most terrible ways possible, it was great to see Dillon train under a man who took an almost paternal interest in Dillon's development. And Anthony's exposure to Dillon reawakened the fire that had been put out many years ago. Jim Anthony of old might not have come back, however, the elder Jim Anthony that we see is no pushover. Throughout the story, Jim Anthony is the one doing the pushing. And he pushes hard. And the battles in this book are apocalyptic in scope. Especially, when it pertains to the no holds barred confrontation between Dillon, and one of Sun Koh's top lieutenants, the impressively gigantic Sturmvogel. I will say this much, you have to read it to believe. That fight wasn't a battle, it was all-out war. And I loved it! THE VRIL AGENDA has everything to make it a bona fide classic. And how it ends might shock you. Especially, if you are a fan of Philip José Farmer. And yet, the ending is very poetic if you are aware of the personal history of the principal characters. So should you purchase THE VRIL AGENDA? What do you think? Stop asking, and get it! Now! For fans of the Dillon novels, this is a must own. This is the first part of DILLON: YEAR ONE. For fans of everything Pulp, why the hell would you not want this book as part of your collection? Get THE VRIL AGENDA! And enjoy an adventure unlike anything you've experienced! You won't be disappointed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Loridans

    Super-Pulp Hero Team Up! Two writers.... Josh Reynolds and Derrick Ferguson. Two heroes... One a classic Pulp Hero, considered by some to be a Doc Savage wannabe, but SO MUCH MORE and a contemporary hero, with a bit of Grim and gritty new-style, yet old school nobility and ethics. Two Eras..... One modern day and one, at the dawn of WWII. The beginning of one heroes career and the twilight (Or is it) of another hero. With lots of Wold Newton type references, placing it firmly in a world most of the g Super-Pulp Hero Team Up! Two writers.... Josh Reynolds and Derrick Ferguson. Two heroes... One a classic Pulp Hero, considered by some to be a Doc Savage wannabe, but SO MUCH MORE and a contemporary hero, with a bit of Grim and gritty new-style, yet old school nobility and ethics. Two Eras..... One modern day and one, at the dawn of WWII. The beginning of one heroes career and the twilight (Or is it) of another hero. With lots of Wold Newton type references, placing it firmly in a world most of the great fictional adventures you love, happened (Or WILL happen) just around the corner. Even the villains are actual characters straight out the old pulps (And not necessarily one published in the USA) The action is fantastic and there is one fight scene in particular where I seemed to be feeling every hit, kick and stab that the hero felt. Dillon is Derrick Ferguson's Baby, and I always look forward to his adventures, just as Josh Reynolds took hold of Jim Anthony and made him shine brighter than the recent stories Doc Savage. This book, along with "Honey West & T.H.E. Cat: A Girl and Her Cat" by Win Scott Eckert and Matthew Baugh are my top two novels of the year. In both cases, Two authors teaming up to write a heroic team-up. This is a GREAT year to be a Philip Jose Farmer Wold Newton Universe fan!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emb021

    [This review appeared on my blog at ThePulp.net and Amazon] Dillon is a New Pulp hero created by Derrick Ferguson. Dillon is an adventurer with unique skills and abilities, and a mysterious past. And he’s black. Ferguson is one of several authors who are trying to make New Pulp more diverse. “The Vril Agenda” was published by Airship 27. The story is set shortly after Dillon returned from Shamballah and is working to prepare himself and he seeks out the classic pulp hero Jim Anthony to be one of hi [This review appeared on my blog at ThePulp.net and Amazon] Dillon is a New Pulp hero created by Derrick Ferguson. Dillon is an adventurer with unique skills and abilities, and a mysterious past. And he’s black. Ferguson is one of several authors who are trying to make New Pulp more diverse. “The Vril Agenda” was published by Airship 27. The story is set shortly after Dillon returned from Shamballah and is working to prepare himself and he seeks out the classic pulp hero Jim Anthony to be one of his teachers. Thus this book is co-written by Joshua Reynolds who has been the main writer of new Jim Anthony works. In fact, to get the full story of some of the characters that appear here, I recommend people read Reynolds’ stories that have appeared in several “Tales of the Shadowmen” volumes (which I have previously covered). The Vril AgendaThe main villain of the work is the German pulp “hero”, Sun Koh and his associates, who have been revived by Art Sippo. I was a little disappointed that Art was not given some nod for the work he has done with Sun Koh and associates, especially as they used Ashanti Garuda and she is an original creation of Sippo’s. And I felt their characterization of Jay Mayen off from what Sippo presents. There are some hints to other classic pulp heroes. Hopefully others will pick up on that. Part of the story is set with Dillon and Anthony in modern times, but we get a section (which I assume was probably written by Reynolds) telling of the meeting of Sun Koh and Jim Anthony in 1937. However, I had problems with this section as what it details is not in line with what we know from the original Anthony stories. Reynolds has Anthony as a WWI veteran (unlikely) and being married and semi-retired in 1937, while the original stories were set in the early 1940s and he’s only engaged and probably in his 30s. Another mistake was making the Pueblo another home of Anthony when it was shown in the second Anthony novel to be a resort he setup, not a home. Despite those issues, it’s a great story that gives us a view of an earlier Dillon and an elderly pulp original still in action.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Michael

    Derrick Ferguson's character Dillon is an absolute favorite of mine. Taking inspiration from both old pulp characters, and from more modern action heroes that at one time ruled the cinema, Derrick has come up with a highly unique hero. It also helps that the man can write his butt off. He knows when to fill in the blanks, when to tease you with a cool concept, and when to remain silent on a particular subject. In essence, he knows how to build a detailed world for his characters to exist in... a Derrick Ferguson's character Dillon is an absolute favorite of mine. Taking inspiration from both old pulp characters, and from more modern action heroes that at one time ruled the cinema, Derrick has come up with a highly unique hero. It also helps that the man can write his butt off. He knows when to fill in the blanks, when to tease you with a cool concept, and when to remain silent on a particular subject. In essence, he knows how to build a detailed world for his characters to exist in... and his highly enjoyable and visual writing style always brings you back for more. Dillon is a character who always has the knowledge and skills to carry him through, no matter what mission he happens to be on. But where did he gain this type of training? There has been a number of mysteries surrounding Dillon, especially regarding his younger years, which I've been hoping Derrick would eventually get around to filling in... and then one day I happened to check Amazon, and found out that The Vril Agenda had been released! Co-authored with Joshua Reynolds, this release tells a tale of Dillon's early days, and of one of his mentors. It's my first experience with the character of Jim Anthony: Super Detective, and I have to say that Joshua writes the character in an extremely effective and entertaining manner. An older pulp character that shares some similarities with Doc Savage, Jim Anthony is revamped in fine form by Joshua. A master of all things martial, an inventor, and a renowned murderist, Jim is living in semi-retirement now, despite keeping his hand in the game. Just the type of man a younger Dillon would want to be trained by... and that's exactly what takes place in this 238 page adventure, published by Airship 27 Productions/Pulp Work Press. It's been two years since Dillon left the fabled land of Shamballah, and returned to our reality. He has traveled across the world, and finally arrived at his destination. Which is the New York chapter of the Baltimore Gun Club, where he hopes to encounter Jim Anthony, and convince the Super Detective to train him. Dillon's family has enemies, enemies that slaughtered his mother and father... and Dillon wants to pay them back in kind. His seven years of training under The Warmasters of Liguria has partially prepared him, but he knows that he needs to learn much more, in order to survive his quest. Dillon lays out his story to Jim Anthony, who (much to Dillon's disappointment) does not immediately agree to train him, but does agree to think on the matter, as he gets to know the young man better. Unfortunately Jim also has a number of enemies that are still active, and after a number of violent assaults on the two men, they are left wondering who exactly is trying to kill them. The adventure that follows will be an examination of both men's past, will drive them apart and pull them back together, and in the end they will stand united, facing an evil that plans to reshape the very fabric of reality... In my opinion, The Vril Agenda is a perfect example of New Pulp done right. In fact, it's just a really great story, regardless of genre. An excellent team up between a modern hero, and a hero from the past, that takes place across the years. The writing from both authors is absolutely top-notch, the characters compelling, the story action-packed. The story flows along seamlessly, and once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down. The time and thought that go into fleshing out both men's history is greatly appreciated. Derrick and Joshua give you enough to satisfy, but hold back enough to preserve the aura of mystery surrounding the two characters. Dillon and Jim Anthony are consummate heroes; willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good, even themselves. The villains aren't one dimensional in any way, they are given their own motivations, which (in their own mind) justifies their actions. They think of themselves as heroes, who are working towards a better reality that will benefit humanity. This makes the villains themselves much more interesting. The settings are imaginative, and well rendered. Basically, this is an outstanding release. I'm not sure what more I can say, other than go out and grab a copy, and get reading! You won't be disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    While overall this was a great book, I did struggle with some things. First, this was really two stories, with one story serving as a flashback during the main story. This wasn't the best way to join two great heroes like Jim Anthony and Dillon. Second, the research on Jim Anthony was poor. Jim Anthony stories began in 1940, yet the authors have Jim Anthony "retiring" before WWII began? Not good. Third, I hate seeing Sun Koh portrayed as a villain. Just because he was originally created as Nazi While overall this was a great book, I did struggle with some things. First, this was really two stories, with one story serving as a flashback during the main story. This wasn't the best way to join two great heroes like Jim Anthony and Dillon. Second, the research on Jim Anthony was poor. Jim Anthony stories began in 1940, yet the authors have Jim Anthony "retiring" before WWII began? Not good. Third, I hate seeing Sun Koh portrayed as a villain. Just because he was originally created as Nazi propaganda doesn't mean he needs to be the bad guy. Other than that, it was nice to see Dillon, Jim Anthony, and Sun Koh together in a novel. The action was great, the plot was well-crafted, and seeing all the characters and crossovers was wonderful. My qualms notwithstanding, this is an excellent addition to any pulp or New Pulp library!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Druss

    My favourite Dillon book. Not come across Jim Anthony before but will be reading more of that character. Excellently written, great plot and fantastic action. Up till the early hours, unputdownable!

  7. 4 out of 5

    D.K.

    Really enjoyed this novel. I've always been a fan of Dillon's adventures and now I've become a fan of the character Jim Anthony as well thanks to this story. Really enjoyed this novel. I've always been a fan of Dillon's adventures and now I've become a fan of the character Jim Anthony as well thanks to this story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Ferguson

  9. 4 out of 5

    D. E.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul McNamee

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dale

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Bojaciuk

  14. 5 out of 5

    Russ Jr.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jimbo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fierce

  18. 4 out of 5

    Austin Bunton

  19. 5 out of 5

    D

  20. 4 out of 5

    Crazyarms777

  21. 4 out of 5

    Will Emmons

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sorineduard99

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sorin Eduard

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morana Zimić

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alfhar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Art Sippo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Buddhahacker Crawford

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