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The Executioner: Vegas Vendetta

(The Executioner #9)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Showdown in Glitter City

The glamorous home of glitz, showgirls and gambling, Las Vegas, Nevada, is the festering core of the Costra Nostra crime betwork.
And now the all-night Western playground is about to be rocked by the rampaging Executioner express. For wherever his sworn enemies-the mob's top kingpins-choose to congregate, that's where
the next bloody Mack Bolan battle
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Paperback, 181 pages
Published by Pinnacle Books (first published 1971)
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Edwin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
Mack Bolan stops off in Vegas to relieve the Mafia of a load of cash and ends up rescuing undercover cop Carl Lyons who tells Bolan about some sinister mob activity in town. Bolan decides to stick around, help out a comedian that has been targeted, and take down a Casino-Resort that is mobbed up. The hip 70s idioms were a gas, the police are called the fuzz and independent women are Women Libbers. Bolanverse regulars Hal Brognola, Jack Grimaldi, and the deadly Talifero brothers all make ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

The stuff that teenage memories are made of.

These books are violent and exciting. They also read very quickly. Whats not to like if youre a boy?

This particular novel is one of the earlier entries in the series (which now encompasses 600 or so novels), and was still actually written by Don Pendleton. Goodreads currently shows the Mack Bolan series as different series such as The Executioner, Mack Bolan The Executioner & Super Bolan, but its all part of the same thing. Super Bolan? Is it
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Chris Haynes
Bolan lands in Vegas and wreaks havoc.

The Talifero brothers are again on Bolan's trail but they are as ineffectual this time as they were last time. I think Mr. Pendleton really missed an opportunity to make these guys a really scary opponent for Bolan. Although it wasn't explicitly said, it looks like one of the brothers didn't make it. Hopefully we'll find out later.

This was the second book in a row where none of the female characters were mutilated, raped, tortured or killed. Of course, the
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Mike
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 70s action adventure, with Sarge encountering Nevada's sin mecca. He uses the Mob's suspicions about each other to his own advantage, and finds some new allies.
Kaj Samuelsson
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bolan using the confusion factor to the fullest and making a big dent in the Mafia money making machine of Las Vegas.
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Not as satisfying as it could have been and has some issues, but Vegas Vendetta is fine. I feel like it was mostly set up for the next book rather than concentrating on telling a standalone tale. The continuity was good though and its great seeing Lyons and Brognola again. The book though was very light on the action and too many pages were used on Anders "Stand up" comedy. The end was fine and I can appreciate Pendleton doing something different, I just wish there was more action in this one.
Peter Castrillo
Peter Castrillo-- The Executioner was more of a Luca Brasi chacter who finishes five tours with the military elites, and then becomes a hitman for a Chicago outfit thats taking over a Vegas casino by killing off the owners/gangster army of killers. It was like 1950 characters in an action packed 2017 movie. It was interesting, different, and enjoyable. I recommend for hard true crime enthusiast.
James Hein
If you are not looking for literary excellence and want to clear your head between more erudite reads then this series is just the thing. I am finding that books written so long ago have some interesting predictions in them.
Todd
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic American Action/Adventure At It's Best!

As always the great Don Pendleton once again delivers absolute perfection when it comes to the genre of action/adventure with his all-American hero Mack Bolan aka The Executioner.
Douglas Fugate
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical Bolan novel. There were a couple of surprises caught me off guard and so I give it four stars. The novels seem to be getting close to more of the same.
Kevin Findley
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fiction
Vegas Baby! Pendleton puts Bolan through his paces as Mack pulls off what may be his most audacious con since 'Battle Mask'. What should be really interesting for many is the comedy routine given by one of the characters. The phrase politically correct wasn't around then, but that is certainly what is being hacked to bits.

These first 10 or 12 novels are the best of the series with Mack's final week before becoming John Phoenix run a very close second.

Find 'em, read 'em and love 'em!
Luke
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Where we going, Joe?"
"Where the hell do you think? We're going to Vegas. To nail down that red carpet."
Joe the Monster's "red carpet" was actually a shroud.
And he meant to personally drape it over Mack Bolan's bleeding body.


For double-dam sure, there was no such thing as a sure thing.
It looked as though his dice had come up acey-deucey. It was a crap out.
Timothy Boyd
May 11, 2015 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
Davidus1
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
A good one! Introduces some new characters that will also come back in future episodes. (Carl Lyons, Toby Ranger, Tommy Anders)
Jake
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy, pulp
I live in Vegas right now and this one was fun. Shooting the front wheel out of a plane landing at McCarran International was awesome. :)
Ronald
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read some time in 1980
Brad T.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Quick read good as always in this 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
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  • Miami Massacre (The Executioner, #4)
  • Continental Contract (The Executioner, #5)
  • Assault on Soho (The Executioner, #6)
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