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Death Squad (The Executioner #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  434 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Wanted: DEAD!

Mack Bolan's in blisteringly hot water. The Mafia's put a $100,000 price on his head. A nationwide police manhunt has been
organized for his capture. And the only people who can help him are nine Vietnam War buddies, all specialists in quick, clean assassination.

The Executioner and his private death squad are on the prowl. And no "Wiseguy" is too high-or too l
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Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Pinnacle (first published 1969)
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Quentin Wallace
Nov 30, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So in this volume of the Executioner Mack Bolan recruits several of his Viet Nam buddies and they form a "death squad" to against the mafia. They do some damage, but without revealing too much here let's just say there's a reason Bolan works best alone.

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Mike (the Paladin)
Mack on the run from the "Mafia" with a $1,000,000 (in 1970 dollars) price on his head puts together his own "team" and takes on the LA mob...and sort of ticks off the police.

Before I went in the army back in the early 70s I read several of these books. Being a shooter/gun enthusiast Pendelton's detailed account of the weapons used (something i'm sure drove some people away from the books) I found very interesting. Aside from that the stories were adrenaline charged violent thrill rides and that
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Ian
Jun 10, 2015 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The chiseled complexion of Mack Bolan is what stamped out all the boilerplate action-adventure books from the 70's. It's all about men who drink hard and punch harder. Like all novels in the genre, it's based on the fiction that evil is something you can kill with a gun, and the biggest evil of all here is the Italian mob. Yeah, I don't get it either.

The story is told entirely through the planning, execution, and resolution of gunfights. It's a shame that the action's pretty boring. Entire parag
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Troy
May 31, 2012 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i got hooked on this series back in the 80's I read all the way up to 100 or more then stoped.And now Im starting over. I liked it then and I like it know.A lot of action which I like in books.They tend to keep you on edge and you just don't want to put the book down you just want to what will happen next.
Ceejay
Apr 18, 2016 Ceejay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Executioner #2: Death Squad
It is what it is. If you enjoy pulp series novels, then I think you'll like this book. The main character, Mack Bolan, is a war hero who comes home to find that the Mafia has killed his entire family. He then dedicates his life to killing as many Mafia members as possible. He does this, of course, outside the law. There was actually a surprise ending to this novel, not something that happens often in a book like this. If you enjoy pulp, if you enjoy a lot of violen
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George
"Ουλαμός θανάτου", εκδόσεις Άγκυρα.

Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς Ο Εκτελεστής, με ήρωα τον βετεράνο του Βιετνάμ Μακ Μπόλαν. Στο πρώτο βιβλίο, ο Μακ Μπόλαν πολέμησε μόνος του απέναντι στην τρομερή μαφία, μετά τα τραγικά γεγονότα που έπληξαν την οικογένειά του, στο δεύτερο βιβλίο όμως αποφάσισε να πολεμήσει την μαφία με την βοήθεια παλιών του συμπολεμιστών και φίλων. Η ομάδα που θα συγκροτήσει θα είναι ολιγομελής, αλλά άρτια εκπαιδευμένη σε πολεμικές συρράξεις και εχθροί της θα είναι οι
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Adam
Sep 19, 2007 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
A lot of people seem to prefer this novel to its predecessor, but I find this unfathomable. While Death Squad was an enjoyable read, it measured up poorly against War Against the Mafia. After the grit and realism of that first novel, its sequel often seems almost cartoonish. The biggest stumbling block to my enjoyment of Death Squad, however, is the speed and ease with which Bolan is able to assemble his squad of fellow Vietnam veterans. Every single ex-serviceman he contacts is eager to join hi ...more
Robert
Jan 02, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The next stage of a great saga. This one was assuredly different as it brought together a group of people to help in what is shaping up to be a never ending war against a group that the people in the story view as untouchable. This was a hard book to read due to its emotional content but if you made it through the first book and liked it then you will not be disappointed.
Mark
Jan 16, 2016 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read good 70s action

Another solid book in the series. interesting group of characters. Simple and clean. Would make and interesting movie or RPG one off adventure
Livius Nedin
Feb 18, 2014 Livius Nedin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This one came off a little messy with all of the tactical lingo, but made up for it with the appearance of Carl Lyons. I huess I never knew he appeared so early in Bolan's career
Jeff J.
Mar 13, 2016 Jeff J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mack Bolan puts together a team to continue his campaign against the mafia. Meanwhile the police put together a team to take down Bolan. Much chaos ensues.
Chris Haynes
Apr 21, 2016 Chris Haynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
I recently started reading the original The Executioner series again. I originally read these books back in high school in the early 80s, so reading them again has brought back a fond feeling of nostalgia.

I liked Death Squad more than War Against the Mafia. I thought the story and writing were better and there was more action. I thought there were too many characters. In such a short book it's hard to make a personal connection to all of the characters. I think the final showdown lacked the emot
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Timothy Boyd
Mar 28, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent men's adventure series from the 60s, 70's and 80's. The first 38 books are outstanding but then the series is taken over by a bunch of new writers, writing under the name of the original creator and they take the series into a new direction I did not care for. The first 38 books are very recommended
James T
May 13, 2013 James T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Needed more Bolan and less of the other guys. Nice to go back though and read the first appearances of what was to become Able Team. All three characters are introduced here for the 1st time. Lyons, "Gadgets" and "Politician".

My first book read on my Kobo.
Bill Jackman
Nov 02, 2012 Bill Jackman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pendleton is still developing the Executioner character in this, the second in the series. It is also early enough that the suspention of disbelief needed by the stastistical improbability of success is not too extreme. Enjoyable.
Charles M, Lowham
Death Squad book 2

One Lucky man. Give them He'll. I for one wouldn't want to make him upset, but like his style. Get um.
Charles
Dec 24, 2008 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mens-adventure
Not really my cup of tea as a series. I imagine others might like it much better. I like some fantasy elements or futuristic SF type elements in my reads.
Logan
Jun 30, 2014 Logan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much I liked the first Executioner, I hated this one. Not sure I will read any more the series. Too drawn out and boring. Painful to finish.
Jake
Mar 06, 2012 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp, thriller-spy
This one really disappointed me. It was the end, the end was awful. The story was fantastic until the last 10 pages. The end really stunk.
Merwyn Haskett
Previously reviewed at The Taze Files.
Dale Pearl
May 07, 2014 Dale Pearl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, war, y2014-may
Not nearly as good as the first one in the series.
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Don Pendleton was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, December 12, 1927 and died October 23, 1995 in Arizona.

He wrote mystery, action/adventure, science-fiction, crime fiction, suspense, short stories, nonfiction, and was a comic scriptwriter, poet, screenwriter, essayist, and metaphysical scholar. He published more than 125 books in his long career, and his books have been published in more than 25 fo
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