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The Terminators (Matt Helm #16)

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When the big man in Washington assigned Matt Helm to ride shotgun on an old buddy's top secret mission in Norway, Matt naturally wanted to know what was happening. "They need an agent with a lethal reputation," said Mac. "That's all you need to know." Matt hated these "Need-to-know" deals. But he went along with it until somebody murdered his partner--the girl who was supp ...more
paperback, 224 pages
Published 1975 by Fawcett Gold Medal
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Another very good, fairly complicated adventure by Hamilton in the mid-1970's. This time, Helm is in Norway during autumn, lent out for his lethal reputation. That causes some problems, of course. Not everyone is as impressed as they should be. Just who are the good guys & what is going on isn't really clear until the climactic ending.

As usual, the descriptions of the area are good, providing just enough detail without bogging down the story. Some history of WWII is brought in, but Hamilton
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I miss the tight writing of the early Matt Helm novels in the Sixties. This puppy, copyright 1975, is officially in the Bloated Period of Matt Helm novels; nevertheless, this is a good story.

A great surprise for me was that Matt Helm did not offer himself up as bait and turn himself over to his enemies in this novel. Not once! (view spoiler)
This is one of the best of the series, because of its layered and nuanced plot.
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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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