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.

 

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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].

 

Terrible Tuesday (The Executioner #34)

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Title: Terrible Tuesday

Series: The Executioner #34

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 126

 

Synopsis:

Bolan heads back to California, where a new “Thing of Things” is taking place, but so quietly, so “cloud” like, that no head can be cut off.

How can Mack fight something that is everywhere and nowhere, at the same time?

 

My Thoughts:

Before the NSA started destroying privacy of American Citiziens, the idea of super-secret electronic intelligence gathering was being fought against back in the 70’s and 80’s.

Mack continues his week long rampage. But the Mafia is changing, just to survive and that makes everything that much harder. Can Bolan accomplish his goals AND survive this week from Hell?

I have to admit, I am not really enjoying this Bolan Blitz sub-series. It feels like Pendleton is running out of writing gas and just wants to get Mack over and done with. I am sticking with the series because of previous enjoyment, but I couldn’t recommend these on their own.

 

Monday’s Mob (The Executioner #33)

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Title: Monday’s Mob

Series: The Executioner #33

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 136

 

Synopsis:

Bolan has agreed to work for the United States Government, but first he wants a week to pull a complete blitzkrieg against the few remaining Mafia strongholds.

With help from Brognola, saddled with a new Technical expert by name of April Rose, Mack is about to finish his War Against the Mafia.

 

My Thoughts:

This book seemed to consist more of Mack and April talking to each other in some sort of 70’s lingo and unfinished thoughts than anything else. The hit on the Mob stronghold was kind of small and the whole flipping of the head gunman so he delivered the bosses to Bolan just didn’t feel right.

The philosophical info dumps by Bolan were rather tedious as well.

Overall, pretty “meh”. I hope the rest of the books in this “Week Cleanup” are a bit more exciting.

Tennessee Smash (The Executioner #32)

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Title: Tennessee Smash

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 136

 

Synopsis:

Bolan teams up with former members of Able Team, now a  super secret Government Agency, to rescue 2 missing members.

He also combines said rescue with taking down yet another Mafia upstart with Political Connections.

Finally, Brognola offers Bolan yet another chance to join the Government and take down badguys all over the world who are outside the purview of regular law enforcement.

 

My Thoughts:

Now that the Mafia is trembling, toppling, it feels like Bolan is just a punk with a gun. He’s losing focus and Pendleton does a great job of showing that with his writing. There’s really not much to say about this book on its own. Bolan kills badguys, rescues goodguys and generally does his thing.

The next 6 books, each focusing on a day of the week, promise to be the final push towards the end of the Mafia and Bolan’s War. I’m hoping they pan out ok.

Arizona Ambush (The Executioner #31)

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Title: Arizona Ambush

Series: The Executioner #31

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 124

 

Synopsis:

Mack is tracking down the Mafia lords as they raise their heads and he’s cutting them off. Only this time, he gets a hold of a Potential Presidential Contender who’s caught between the Cosa Nostra and the Kosher Nostra. And said PPC is dirty as sin but no Mafia member.

 

My Thoughts:

Once again Bolan must deal with someone who is entangled with the Mafia while not being of the Mafia. It is starting to play havoc with his goals and rules he has set for himself.

This book reminded me a lot more of the Punisher than of Mack Bolan. In this Mack takes out who he has to, after giving those not of the Mafia a warning. If they ignore it, he takes them out.

The focus is shifting from Bolan killing the Mafia to realizing there are other threats out there. He’s still only killing them, but he’s not so blinkered to the realities of a flawed world.

Cleveland Pipeline (The Executioner #30)

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Title: Cleveland Pipeline

Series: The Executioner #30

Author: Don Pendleton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 110

 

Synopsis:

Mack sniffs out a Mafia Man who might be going big, only to discover the guy is a two bit masher. So the real mystery is who is behind the Don and what are their nefarious plans?

And we’re introduced to some Peace and Love chick who Bolan seems to fall in love with.

 

My Thoughts:

First,not a huge fan of these new ebook covers. They’re lifeless and have NONE of the pulpy zip and zang of the 70’s and 80’s releases. Oh well, at least there are some legit ebook releases now. I am glad for that.

Bolan is beginning to realize that corrupt politicians and power mongers are just as bad, and maybe more prevalent, than the Mafia. With his code of honor, that puts them out of his range for the most part. So far he has always allowed Brognola [his friend inside Washington] to take down the Legitimate Targets from within the Legal System.

In this book, we see him take out a non-Mafia target. It felt like a line had been crossed. It also felt like the girl in this book might be more than just the one book bimbo. We’ll see if she comes back. If she does, I know she’ll die at some point. Mack doesn’t get to be happy.