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Matt Helm - The Intimidators

(Matt Helm #15)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It was a double mission this time. Firstly, to terminate a top-notch enemy agent. Secondly, to locate the missing fiancée of a Texas oil millionaire, lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Somehow these two cases were connected, but it wasn’t clear how until more high-profile types disappeared. They weren’t dead, just part of a deadly little game…
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Titan Books (first published March 1974)
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If you haven't read a Matt Helm novel, then you haven't read great spy fiction. Tough, cynical, hardboiled, unsentimental, Helm belongs to a secret agency as a trained killer in the height of the Cold War. Here, he gets involved in a Bahamian/ Carribean adventure involving blondes, ex movie stars, and Texas oil magnates, and ships disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle. He presents theories on how his enemies are setting up against him and trusts no one.

Helm's world is not a soft, peace, love, and
Helm spends time in the Caribbean doing what he does best. Hamilton takes him all over in a very interesting, evolving series of problems that Helm manages to solve through tough, cold logic. An old character from fairly early in the series reappears which adds some spice.

Hamilton always has something to say about current events & society. In this book, he explores racism, hostage taking & hijacking. It's interesting, especially when you remember the issues back then & look at them today.

It was
I'm not a big fan of the Matt Helm books, but this one wasn't too bad. I was about halfway through the book when I realized that Hamilton had basically written a Travis McGee story and then put his hero in the story instead of John D. McDonald's creation (the story takes place in the Caribbean). Perhaps that's one of the reasons that I liked this Matt Helm installment. Well it's a good read while spending hours in the waiting room of a doctor's office. ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
"Well, to be philosophical, it's the great modern dilemma...It would be so simply marvelous if the human animal weren't aggressive by nature, so a lot of people figure they can stop it from being so just by having everybody pretend it isn't so. The only trouble is, they won't sit down and calculate what's going to happen if the prescription doesn't work on everybody who takes it."
"Yes, Professor,"
Harriet said obligingly, "and what is going to happen, please?"
"Exactly what has happened,"
I said.
Brian Grouhel
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through t he Matt Helm saga and I have ran into my favourite story. Mostly because firearms savvy Helm has just ran across a Thompson/Center Contender chambered in .256 Winchester magnum in the hands of a deadly Iron Curtain assassin! This is a great secret agent tale full of everything we love about the genre. As well Matt never fails to provide us with his take on the circumstances at hand! If you have not yet heard about this Agent....... Get your hands on a copy of Death Of A Citizen ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great fast paced read that takes place in the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Bahama's about the time that the Bahama's declare their independence from Great Britain. It is a sea epic with boat chases, pirates and everything else. There are poorly informed secret agents, mysterious Texan Oil tycoons, and sundry beautiful babes. All in all a rollicking adventure. ...more
Vikas Datta
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but a little too convoluted by the Matt Helm standards...
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Government agent Matt Helm has to investigate why some people with deep pockets are mysteriously disappearing on their pleasure crafts and a private plane in the area known as The Bermuda Triangle. The answers and clues take him from Nassau to Florida and finally very near an island near Cuba. There is a lot of friendly double crossing, beautiful woman both good and evil, a lot more of Helm's boss, Mac, is present in the story, and a lot of nautical terminology regarding sails, boat parts, and s ...more
John Peel
Matt Helm books are always a twisted kind of fun. This one apparently involves a disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle - which is followed by two more. All are very wealthy people, so it's clearly no coincidence. Helm is sent in to investigate, and - as always - death follows, and the plot gets murkier. It's an entertaining read, though somehow a little lacking in Hamilton's usual punch. ...more
Jack Webb
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A curious one

Fun in the sun - the Florida keys, the Bahamas, and even a little bit of Cuba. Throw in the Bermuda Triangle, wholesale kidnapping, and an old combatant, and you end up with a heck of a yarn.
Spencer Pruitt
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Truly unsure what made him a prolific writer. I thought I was getting into a James Bond series, and ended up reading about a whiny main character with bland pacing.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The usual helms storyline

These books are good for a summer read. They are always entertaining and have an interesting plot. A quick read.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Or, in non-Matt Helm parlance, the Bullies__because that__s really what he__s talking about. (In fact, it makes me wonder if Donald Hamilton was fond of this style of titles or whether it was something imposed by the publisher, as a kind of branding? After all, there was Death of a Citizen, The Wrecking Crew__probably my favorite title__and Murderers__ Row before it settled down into The Somethings formula.)

This time it__s Matt Helm versus The Bermuda Triangle. It took fourteen books to take Hel
Harv Griffin
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Only moderately entertaining. Hamilton's earlier and shorter novels in the series generally work much better as entertainment.

Helm is accused of racial bigotry in this novel, which lends some interest to the series.

I was looking forward to another instance or two of Matt using himself as bait and rendering himself helpless to his enemies, but I can't honestly count any of his actions in this novel as being within that category. Matt Helm is as suicidal as ever: (view spoiler)
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Hamilton's best. I enjoy it when he works in people from Helm's past

I've been a Helm fan since the skinny paperbacks. This is one of the best. Im also buying the audible syncs as they come out.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seem to say this just about everytime I read a Matt Helm adventure " this was the best yet". But this one really was. It has everything a great spy novel should have guns, girls and lots of intrigue. I for sure will be reading the rest of Don Hamilton's great series of books. ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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