The Violent Streets (The Executioner #41)

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Title: The Violent Streets

Series: The Executioner

Author: Mike Newton & Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 185

Format: Scan

 

Synopsis:

Toni Blancanales, one of the members of the new Able Team investigators, is raped and almost killed while on the job. Her brother calls in Mack to find the sicko who did this.

But it looks like the killer is being protected by some of the Men in Blue. Bolan might have to cross a line that he has never crossed before. Can he kill a cop?

 

My Thoughts:

I only have 3-5 more of these left on my kindle and I have to say, I won’t be sad to see them go.

This wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Instead of Bolan drawing down on a serial murderer/rapist, he gets involved with some high level dirty cops and blackmailed politician. The violence level was way down and my thrillometer barely got beyond the 1TPM [thrill per minute] threshold.

It was interesting to see him debate with himself about taking out dirty cops now. He realizes his war has changed but isn’t exactly sure what the new ground rules are. Between that and the whole thing happening to a friend, this was a very “personal” Executioner book.

I’m hoping the next book has more ♪lawyers♪, ♪guns♪ ♪and money!♪

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Double Crossfire (The Executioner #40)

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Title: Double Crossfire

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton, Steven Krauzer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 185

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

A flare up in the Turk/Armenian conflict draws in the USSR and a heapload of heroin.

It is up to Mack to stop the drugs and the commies!

 

My Thoughts:

This was tough to read. I don’t know why NOW I have an issue with the trite shallowness but it was so glaring that I couldn’t get past it. I suspect I’m going to have to limit these to one every month or two.

Sigh…

The New War (The Executioner #39)

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Title: The New War

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 184

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mack is off to South/Central America to rescue a valuable mole. Unfortunately, a hurricane happens at the same time.

Mack against the Palestinian terrorists and a Hurricane. Talk about Man against Man and Man against Nature!

 

My Thoughts:

I am used to violence in this series, but even with that said, there was a LOT of brain/grey matter being blown all over the place. Gotta love that magnum.

New location, new enemies [terrorists from the 80’s and whole Communist thing] and a Team. It all worked together pretty well.  You can definitely tell that it wasn’t actually Pendleton writing, but that was a needed change. Gives me hope that I can hang onto this series for another 40+ books 🙂

Satan’s Sabbath (The Executioner #38)

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Title: Satan’s Sabbath

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 109

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Bolan has ONE more hit to make, to finish his mission of taking down the Mafia. But he has to run the gauntlet of Mafia who have seen his face and deal with a traitor in Brognola’s group who has it out for them all.

Can Mack survive long enough to start the War on the rest of the world?

 

My Thoughts:

The final run for the series by Pendleton. After this book, it goes to ghost writers and a more international scene.

There was nothing bad about this book, it was just as run of the mill as the previous ones. The mafia has been done and Pendleton just ran out of ideas to make this interesting and engaging. Kind of just chugging along to get to the end here.

I’ve got the next 4 or 5 in the series and I’ll see if things get interesting again with a new worldwide venue and new ghost authors. If it picks up, I’ll keep on reading. If not, then I’ll be done. I want to read more, as Macho Man Action Hero really appeals to me and I need a good dose of Testosterone every once in a while.

So Sarge, it’s been real. Keep it hard.

 

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Friday’s Feast (The Executioner #37)

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Title: Friday’s Feast

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 150

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The remaining Mafioso bosses are trying to carve up their own kingdoms and not be centralized.

One such group appears to be on the verge of success and Mack can’t allow that or everything he’s worked for will just start over all over again.

So while the vultures circle, it is they who will be doing the dying instead of feasting on the dead.

 

My Thoughts:

Eh, by this time you’re all in or you’ve taken your balls and gone home crying to mommy.

To be honest, I’m getting a bit tired of Mack killing the mafia, mainly because the author, Pendleton, is running out of good scenarios and that makes these stories. Mack hasn’t changed one iota from the 1st book, the bad guys are always new ones because they’re busy being killed off by Bolan so what changes is the scenarios and those make or break the story.

One more to go in the original series.

 

Thermal Thursday (The Executioner #36)

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Title: Thermal Thursday

Series: The Executioner #36

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 138

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mack must smash a new underground super-drug-highway that would connect Florida to Cuba and the Caribbean and he has only 24hrs to do so.

 

My Thoughts:

Mack fakes his way into yet another mafia secret stronghold, finds out what is going on and then hits the place so hard that it falls to pieces.

A fun read. Not much else to say.

 

Wednesday’s Wrath (The Executioner #35)

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Title: Wednesday’s Wrath

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 138

 

 

Synopsis:

A rogue general hooks up with a mafioso and a think tank genius gone bad. They plan to steal a nuclear arsenal from White Sands and sell it on the world black market.

Only Bolan, with his extra-legal jurisdiction, has a hope of stopping them.

 

My Thoughts:

Thankfully, April Rose isn’t much involved in this story. I find her to be a distraction, since these books are so short and action-oriented instead of character oriented. She takes away from Mack blowing someone’s brains out.

I really liked the idea of a group trying to steal such a massive arsenal from the United States and what it could mean for world events. It is fun to read things through the past’s eyes [when hijacking planes was The Thing To Do if you were a terrorist, etc].