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The Intriguers

(Matt Helm #14)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Matt Helm is on vacation in Mexico with nothing on his mind except fishing, when some joker tries to shoot him in the back. Naturally it was no accident. When secret agents get shot at, it never is. So Helm has to go back to work. At least there's a bonus in the form of his boss's beautiful daughter, a playmate in peril. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Titan Books (first published 1972)
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great listen as narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. I've enjoyed it several times as a paperback, too. Hamilton's theme in this book is our current feelings about death & he points it out through the interplay of Mac's daughter, Martha, & her dealings with the nasty Matt Helm & his associates.

There's a truly great speech by Lorna, another assassin, who gets tired of Martha's attitude.
“We are going to have to take a long hard look at the so-called sacredness of human life in the very near fut
Vikas Datta
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful installment... weaves a compelling multi-layered story of deception and intrigue and the ending is superb..
Dec 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the Matt Helm books I have read are great but this is the best yet. In an earlier review of this series I explained that I first read the Matt Helm books back when I was in the US Army 1966 to 1967. Paperbacks mostly, handed down from some other Brother and Sister soldiers. I was hooked on them. Didn’t get to read them all but I hope to finish them all before I go to see Saint Peter (Praying He let’s me in). That goes for Mickey Spillane’s, Robert B. Parker’s and John D. MacDonald’s too. ...more
Tim Deforest
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helm finds himself in the middle of an interdepartmental civil war as a corrupt politician tries to bring various American undercover agencies under his absolute control. It's an unusual plot that allows for some great twists and turns.

It's not the perfect Matt Helm novel. The justification for saddling Helm with his boss's daughter as a partner was a little weak and parts of the middle section of the book feels padded. But both the opening scene (in which someone tries to assassinate Helm) and
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Secret agent assassin Matt Helm has to aid his super secret boss 'Mac' who is in hiding due to not Russians or other international nasties plotting to take over or meddle in America's doings. This time the evil and plotting is coming from inside the federal government. Another spy organization in the deep bowels of Washington DC, led by Herbert Leonard, is trying to eradicate Helm's secret unit by murder and treachery. The plan is to assist in the taking over of all secret agencies to aid in the ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matt Helm Mission 14 in my opinion, the best one yet! Even if the boss's daughter really got on my nerves!

Synopsis - Matt was on vacation in Mexico with nothing on his mind bigger than a fish, when some joker tried to shoot him in the back. Naturally it was no accident. When secret agents get shot at, it's never an accident. So Matt had to go back to work immediately. And for a bonus--he was given his boss's beautiful daughter as a playmate in peril.
John Peel
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Matt Helm again... Always fast-paced, sheer enjoyment. This time around somebody is gunning for Matt, who's on vacation in Mexico. Then he finds himself on the run, sent to find one of his fellow agents who is killing cops, and the target of a fanatic who is determined to take over his secret department. And - if that's not bad enough - his assistant is his boss's naive daughter.

As always, Donald Hamilton tells a compelling tale of espionage. Enjoy!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this, the fourteenth Matt Helm book, his boss, up to this point only known as Mac (and, like Matt__s Eric codename, presumed to be just that__a code name) finally gets a real name: Arthur McGillivray Borden . . . not that the author is doing the character much of a favor saddling him with that moniker. (And incidentally, a bit of a cheat; if this were a mystery novel and not a thriller, the author could be accused of not playing fair by providing the characters with information the reader is ...more
An assassination attempt on Matt Helm, a government assassin, starts off this wonderful thriller while he's vacationing down in Mexico. After that, the plot twists & turns. We learn more about Mac, the man that runs the unnamed government agency that Helm works for. A character introduced in an earlier book makes an appearance & a couple of new characters are introduced that figure prominently in a couple of the later ones. Definitely Hamilton at his best.

On to the next book, The Intimidators
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We find Matt Helm fishing while vacationing in ol’ Mexico; staying at the resort village of Bahia, San Carlos. Matt was having little luck with the lady accompanying him; a reformer type, wanting to be Matt’s conscience. After putting her on a plane, Helm returned to his fishing vacation alone. With an empty hook and no fish, Helm headed back to the resort. Motoring in, he was shot at from the shore. Someone knew he was here. Suffice to say, Helm eliminated the sharpshooter toot sweet. Back in W ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 31, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, spy-fi
I miss my youth...sigh. I've been working on putting a new desk chair together for 2 days now. I had to lay down yesterday and fell asleep.

Anyway, when I was young and "Bond, James Bond", Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were saving the world along side Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott while Steed and Mrs. Peel handled the more esoteric challenges Matt Helm got short shrift.

Largely because of the atrocious Dean Martian movies and the short lived (deservedly so) Anthony Franciosa TV series.

As I
Mar 31, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#14 in the Matt Helm series. This 1972 series entry by author Donald Hamilton has Matt's nameless secret agency taken over by a corrupt politician and boss 'Mac' go into hiding. Matt meets a young lady with a message for him. She says she is Mac's daughter and provides instructions for Matt to make contact with Mac. Encoded in the message are the facts that the messenger is not trained and she is not to be trusted. A trip to Florida and double-dealing ensue. ...more
David Lubin
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better ones

Reading the Matt Helm series in chronological order allows one to judge each book individually as well as how if fits as a member of the group. I enjoyed this book more than most of the others because there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns. It was worth the time spent.
Jack Webb
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inside job

A real fun one. No commie plots, no Russians, no Chinese. Just a good ol' stupid politician, who once again thought he could run agents of Helm's ilk, not to mention take out Helm's boss, without repercussions.
Brian Grouhel
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Matt Helm adventure!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: matt-helm, thriller
Female senator uses rogue intelligence agency for political purposes ... . Sounds familiar. Donald Hamilton once again predicts the future in this excellent thriller.
Harv Griffin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
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THE INTRIGUERS, ©1972, officially marks the beginning of the bloated period of Matt Helm novels. THE POISONERS suffers also from bloat, but now it's definite and noticeable. Donald Hamilton's best novels are short; the short novel form is his strong point. My theory is that as publishers started demanding longer novels the quality of his work suffered. I blame Hamilton's editor & publisher as much as I blame Hamilton for the bloat. (In my own personal experience, if I have to lose 20,000 words f
If you like your spy fiction tough, cynical, and realistic rather than filled with all kinds of fancy gadgetry, the Matt Helm series is your ticket. This is one of the best of the bunch, taking Helm from the Gulf of California to the hills of Oklahoma and to the swamplands of Florida. This is a story filled with right crosses and double crosses and who to trust and who to be suspicious of. High speed boat chases, interagency politics, social upheaval in sixties college campuses, and more.

May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The early Matt Helm novels were so good, I always try a later one whenever I come across a cheap paperback. Guess I'm hoping to find a repeat of the quality of the first few books. Unfortunately, they always come across as idealized, dangerous daydreams of Donald Hamilton's fishing vacations. Some interesting passages, but it doesn't hit me the same way as Death of A Citizen or The Wrecking Crew. ...more
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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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