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Jason Bordeaux posts on 9/28/2010 5:49:18 PM Hey - 30-years is a long time, but I believe Captain Billy was killed by the Defoe who designed the Jonah's Jaws. Great memories of a great book!
Chris Platt posts on 8/30/2010 12:22:43 AM Hi PB, No, he never shared that revelation with me, but he DID watch hockey, and modern hockey masks started being used widely in the 1960s -- all NHL goalies used them by the early 70s, when the first Hitman book came out. That might be the source of his inspiration.
PB210 posts on 8/29/2010 9:03:31 PM Kin Platt wrote the Hitman series as Kirby Carr in the 1970's. Did he ever explain where he found the idea of having the Hitman wear a hockey mask?

Tracey Miller posts on 8/25/2010 12:51:23 PM I've been wanting to read "SInbad and Me" for some time now and I'd buy an e-reader just to do so!!
Cynthia P posts on 8/22/2010 6:36:09 PM THAT ROCKS that you are considering producing the old books as ebooks! So glad to hear it! I really think it is worth doing! Honestly, my old paperback copy is so battered after all these years, I read it very infrequently now and haven't for a number of years. I've been hoping for some kind of reprint before it falls apart entirely. So I don't remember who killed Captain Billy. But it's been on my mind to read it again and when I do, will try to remember to come back here and post.
Chris Platt posts on 8/22/2010 4:24:14 PM Hi Cynthia, and welcome to the message board. Thanks so much for the tip on making Sinbad an eBook. The company which published my Mystery for Thoreau, a posthumous Kin Platt historical novel, a couple of years ago, contacted us just last week to see if we would permit them to publish it as an eBook -- of course we will say yes. And that got me looking into the idea of taking the older Kin Platt books and doing the same with them. By the way, can you remember offhand who killed Captain Billy? One of our other guests here asked the question awhile ago and I haven't had the chance to re-read Sinbad to get her the answer.
Cynthia P posts on 8/22/2010 3:48:00 PM Hi Chris, Count me in as a "Sinbad and Me" fan. I purchased the paperback WAY back when I was in grade school, from a Bookmobile that came around. Now I'm 53! I loved the story so much that I still HAVE that paperback, though somewhat battered from many re-reads. Anyway, I've known for several years that the book is nearly impossible to get and I guess the issue is publishing? What I am wondering, is have you considered publishing the book in EBOOK (EPUB) format? You'd need someone to scan and OCR the text or have someone type the text so it is in digital form, but once that is done, you could publish it yourself. You might could find someone online who'd be willing to help. There are people for instance on MobileReadDOTcom who are producing nicely formatted ebooks from public domain classics. There are also authors there and I'm sure you could find suggestions and help in getting this project going! With so many people, especially in my age bracket, getting e-readers, this could be a nice way to reprint the whole series and also make them available to a new audience. I'd happily buy an EPUB copy for my Barnes & Noble Nook... and I bet many others would too! Further, many folks are now buying e-readers for their children, so a whole new generation could be introduced to the story! I really think this is a route worth looking into for your family!
Chris Platt posts on 6/28/2010 9:20:15 PM Hi Barbara, Glad you could get a copy of the paperback version. I've never read the paperback version so I am wondering if it is an abridged text -- maybe they cut out who killed Capt. Billy? Note to Krissie, Angie, Mark, Derrick, and Douglas: Do any of you know who killed Capt. Billy? If so, please let us (and Barbara) know. Thank you!
Barbara Foster posts on 6/28/2010 5:53:30 PM I bought a copy of Sinbad and Me last month on ebay, the Tempo paperback with the original Geer cover art, in acceptable condition, for $33 plus $4.00 shipping. That's the absolute cheapest I could find anywhere, with the Geer cover. But I STILL don't know who killed the Captain!!!
Chris Platt posts on 6/26/2010 10:16:08 AM Hi Krissie, and welcome to the message board. We are always hopeful that a smart legacy publisher will find the idea of publishing the Sinbad trilogy -- plus the Blue Man prequel -- to be desirable. Sadly, today's publishing world is a far different place than the one my father operated in. Meanwhile, if you go online and search for Sinbad and Me, there are copies for sale, although they of course cost way more than the original did in 1966 ($4.50!). You may not want to wait for a new edition.
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