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The Ambushers by Donald Hamilton
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Jun 05, 2009

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Hamilton, Donald. THE AMBUSHERS. (1964). ****. This is Matt Helm’s sixth assignment, and starts off with him in the jungles of Costa Verde, a third-world country somewhere in Latin America. His job is to assassinate a rebel leader in the country who is trying to overthrow the recognized president of the country – recognized by the U.S. anyway. He does his job and at the same time helps to rescue the previous agent who had been sent down for the job, but failed. She was barely alive when Matt and his crew brought her out, but he slowly helps nurse her back to health through the use of the secret facilities in Tucson. What Matt also discovered when he was in-country was that the rebels had a nuclear missle of Russian manufacture, but could do nothing about it. Later, it turns out, that same missle turns up in northern Mexico under the control of an ex-Nazi commander who is trying to put together a plan to take over a large portion of the southern United States, where he already has men ready to join him in his effort. Matt and his previously rescued female agent are assigned to take him out and to secure the missle for U.S. intelligence for further study. Along the way, the run into two self-proclaimed Israeli agents who are also after the ex-Nazi, but who want to take him back for trial...or do they? Lots of action in this novel, along with lots of uncertainty as to who is whom and what roles they are really playing in this fast-paced adventure yarn. This is not great literature, but a well-written thriller. Recommended.
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