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The Terrorizers (Matt Helm #18)

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Name: Matthew Helm
Code Name: Eric
Mission: The Terrorizers
Remarks: When they fished him out of the bay & he woke up in a Canadian hopital, he had no idea who he was. The plane crash had wiped his mind clean of the past. Then this gorgeous chick waltzed int his room & told him he was Paul Madden, a photographer, her fiance, which seemed like a pretty good deal. Excep
Mass Market Paperback, 190 pages
Published June 12th 1983 by Fawcett (first published 1977)
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Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
The basic plot (amnesia) is trite & over used, but it's as well done as I've ever read it. Helm's physical condition is well detailed & taken into account. He even bruises his hand as he kills a man proving that he's really just a tough, logical human, not a Hollywood hero.

The time is 1980 & Helm's age is indeterminate which plays well with the story. The plot is somewhat convoluted in the beginning, but steadies down nicely to a very satisfactory ending.
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Sep 08, 2012 Rugg Ruggedo rated it really liked it
This is a re-read for me. I'm re-reading the whole series,in fact.
Hamilton is nearly at the top of his game with this one. Amnesia is the plot device, that finds a nature photographer, who looks suspiciously like one skinny American sanctioned hitman, waking up in the hospital. It seems a plane went down, and the pilot, who has three or four official identities remains missing while this photographer is the one survivor.
Matt's boss thinks even without his memory, if you put Mr. Helm in the mid
Dec 31, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best of the Matt Helm books - he's less in control of what's going on than usual, so he's a more complex character than before. This was the first book the "New Matt Helm" series.
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Aug 19, 2014 Harv Griffin rated it liked it
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I like the opening, where Matt Helm can't remember who he is or what he does; and I like the escape-from-mental-hospital bit. But the rest of the novel doesn't really work for me anymore.

A bonus for me was that even though Matt Helm can't remember who he is, he allows himself to be captured, while he is surprised that he knows how to avoid capture!

Number of times Matt Helm uses himself as bait in the Matt Helm series, and allows himself to be captured by the opposition (or presents himself dire
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Donald Hamilton was a U.S. writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction about the outdoors. His novels consist mostly of paperback originals, principally spy fiction but also crime fiction and Westerns such as The Big Country. He is best known for his long-running Matt Helm series (1960-1993), which chronicles the adventures of an undercover counter-agent/assassin working for a secret American ...more
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