Posted by: erikmona | March 18, 2009

The Baroness 1: The Ecstasy Connection (1974)

The Baroness 1: The Ecstasy Connection (1974)

Lyle Kenyon Engel strikes again! This time instead of ripping off Conan and John Carter of Mars, he’s mixing James Bond with Modesty Blaise to bring us THE BARONESS!

From the back of the book:

“The Baroness packs in her sleek, voluptuous body the lethal power of a tigress. To the world, she’d known as Baroness Penelope St. John-Orsini, model, millionairess, and international playgirl. But to a crack team of superspies she’s “the chief” — the deadliest of them all. She knows how to make it hot for a man — in bed or in action!”

Given the character’s catsuit, it’s difficult to imagine that the Baroness character from G.I. Joe isn’t related to this product of the Lyle Kenyon Engel shop.

Interesting that the pseudonym on this one, “Paul Kenyon,” shares a name with the big man himself. A lot of websites have taken to assume that Lyle wrote these books himself, but I am somewhat dubious of this claim. He didn’t write a lot of other stuff that appeared under his copyright, so I’m not 100% certain he wrote these.

Of course, I am just getting to know about the guy, so I’m not exactly an expert.

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Responses

  1. Got ’em all. Trashy is right, but fun. Large doses of ’70s “liberated” sex, much of which is written in…cringeworthy prose.

    Look for a subtle crossover in PEMBERLEY HOUSE. 😉

  2. Excellent review. There’s actually a big group of Baroness fans that discuss this high-entertaining series at:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheBaroness/

    The group’s archive has name of the real author, unpublished titles, etc. It’s worth checking.


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