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Operation Flashpoint (Drake - The Man With Nobody's Face #4)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 175 pages
Published 1970
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Non stop action, but this book jumped the shark in a few places. The worst was the way drugs were portrayed. A few hits off a joint was as bad as shooting up with heroin. All drugs totally wiped their users out & destroyed them quickly, except alcohol, of course. Drinking bourbon all day was just fine. SMH I guess that was the attitude of the old folks in the 60's. Wow, man, we've come a long way.

I've got one more book in the series, an old paperback. I'll give that a shot, but I have a fe
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Sep 24, 2012 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
Begins with a hijack in which Drake has $70 grand stolen from him. He manages to track one of the surviving hijackers to New York with the aid of the nameless government agency he freelances for. While on the case in New York he tangles with two women. One of them is a good girl lost, the other is a bad girl lost. One's a pothead, the other is hooked on the needle. One sells herself for kicks, the other sells herself for survival. You can probably guess which one makes it out alive and which ...more
Mar 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Fourth book in Earl Drake's series, and second where this tough guy works as an agent for his government. The novel begins with a Bang!, an airplane hijack, and continues on the same level until the end. If you're a pulp fiction fan, you'll find here a hard-boiled spy story full of adventure, adrenaline and violence, with interesting characters and gritty atmosphere. Maybe isn't as good as the first or the second novel of the series, but it's certainly much better than the third. And i see that ...more
At some point in his career--book three--Earl Drake went from a master criminal who excelled at heists to become a secret agent working for the government. This one starts with Middle Eastern terrorists attacking the chartered jet Drake's on; when they make off with $75,000 Drake had earmarked for his girlfriend Hazel, Drake jumps at the chance to get it back. The problem? He has to work for the Feds again, and is rushed off to New York City to uncover a nefarious plot brewing under the nose of ...more
John Wilson
Oct 18, 2013 John Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
In the fourth book in the Earl Drake series, it feels as if Marlowe is still trying to juggle Drake's criminal background with his new freelance government agent lifestyle. In fact, as far as Drake is concerned, at the beginning of this book his unwilling employment with the US spy agency is over. Finito. One mission only. So he experiences a bit of whiplash when they knock on his door and say "Nuh-uh".

As the book opens, Drake is flying to Las Vegas in a plane that's doubling as a casino. Sounds
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Fast paced, fun noir novel. Great characters, witty dialogue and lots of action. This whole series is light and worth reading.
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Dan J. Marlowe was a middle-aged businessman who, in the personal turmoil after the death of his wife of many years, decided to abandon his old life. He started writing, and his first novel was published when he was 45.

Marlowe's most famous book and his best-known character arrived from Fawcett Gold Medal Books in 1962 ("The Name of the
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Other Books in the Series

Drake - The Man With Nobody's Face (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • One Endless Hour (Drake, #2)
  • Operation Fireball (Drake, #3)
  • Operation Breakthrough (Drake, #5)
  • Operation Drumfire (Drake, #6)
  • Operation Checkmate (Drake, #7)
  • Operation Stranglehold (Drake, #8)
  • Operation Hammerlock (Drake, #9)
  • Operation Whiplash (Drake, #10)
  • Operation Deathmaker (Drake, #11)

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