Terrorist Dispatch (The Executioner #448) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Terrorist Dispatch
Series: The Executioner #448
Author: Don Pendleton alias
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 196
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

A terrorist group makes an attack at a memorial in Washington, DC and no one is sure if it was Russian terrorists, Ukrainian terrorists or somebody pretending to be the other. Mack Bolan doesn’t care. With information from the Stony Man intelligence farm, he goes after the local russian and ukrainian mobsters and then heads to the Ukraine to do the same to both their bosses.

Hitting both sides equally, Bolan pits them against each other, thus allowing them to wipe each other. Scratch two bad guys form the list of the world’s badguys.

 

My Thoughts:

I read the original 30 some Executioner books by the real Don Pendleton a couple of years ago. Vigilante Men’s Action/Adventure perfectly sums up these books. Mack Bolan was a driven man, capable, rational and unafraid of blood and violence against those who deserved it. Planning, action and guts were the characteristics of his moves.

This book, written by a ghost writer mentioned in the end credits, is produced by Gold Eagle, a division of Harlequin. What bodice ripping romance books are for women, Mack Bolan books are for men. Sadly, the character of Mack Bolan as depicted originally isn’t the same guy portrayed here. Some of the same “words” are used, but the man portrayed in this book uses the word “whatever” a lot. The Executioner doesn’t use the word “whatever”, that implies a lack of caring about planning and intel gathering. Considering he uses it at least three times in this book, it makes Mack Bolan feel very caricature’ish here.

I am glad that I read this but it has put to rest my curiosity about how the franchise has proceeded. Simply put, it has been simplified even more, to the point that I don’t want to read more. Not recommended unless you need a serious brain break for a day or two.

★★★☆☆

 

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Terrorist Summit (The Executioner #44)

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Title: Terrorist Summit

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton & Steven Krauzer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 184

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

A maniacal American kidnaps the daughter of a Tech Contractor, who has figured out how to make suitcase nukes. He uses her to get a prototype which he then plans on selling to a disparate group of worldwide terrorists.

Everyone is in one place and it is up to Mack Bolan to rescue the girl, kill the terrorists and put the fear of God into the organizations which they are all from.

If there is one man who can do this, it is The Executioner!

 

My Thoughts:

My final Mack Bolan book.

In some ways it was a good book. Tons of action and bullets and splatterings of scumbags. I really like seeing Final Justice dispensed to those who deserve it. In other ways it was very disappointing. The descriptions of the kidnapped girl were simply lascivious and not appropriate at all.

That made this an uncomfortable read for me. However, I’m sure this type of thing continues so it makes even more sense for me to stop now. I do think that next year I will pick up the latest Mack Bolan just to see how the series has progressed over the years. To put this in perspective, this book was written in 1982 and the series is still ongoing.

Return to Vietnam (The Executioner #43)

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Title: Return to Vietnam

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 182

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Mack must go back to Vietnam to save a former friend, who has been captured by the bad guys. Said friend is a storehouse of knowledge about local resistance and has info on more POW’s that don’t officially exist.

 

My Thoughts:

This book’s time frame was approximately 5hrs. In that time, Mack meets a beautiful, strong and courageous Hottie, faces down a youth who destroys his radio transmitter, turns said youth into a leader, rescues his friends from a Max Security Prison, kills a general who is also a major drug dealer and kills about 11,000 Viet communist soldiers.

Just a day in the life of the Executioner.

I can see why teen’s would read this. But after the next one, I’m done. I am finding that I do need some actual plot, not just mindless action and brain splatter. I am surprised as anyone about that.

The Iranian Hit (The Executioner #42)

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Title: The Iranian Hit

Series: The Executioner

Author: Stephen Mertz & Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 182

Format: digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Mack must guard an Iranian scumbag, merely because he is bait so Bolan can wipe out a particular hit group of Iranians that dare operate in the United States.

 

My Thoughts:

Bolan starts to deal with politics in his war. It isn’t pretty and it makes him just another cog in a machine. Instead of being a lone warrior vigilante with a cold eye and even colder steel, he just becomes a tool of the government.

He used to fight for the common man against an enemy who directly oppressed them. Now it is scaled up and it is for people in general. It is tough to articulate but it really comes across in this book.

One more book I’ve got on my kindle then I’m done with this. I’ll probably track down an Executioner book released in ’16 just to see how it compares, but it can’t be impossible for me to be any more apathetic about it then I have been about these post-Mafia books.

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!♪

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 🙂