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The Terminators

(Matt Helm #16)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When the big man in Washington assigned Matt Helm to ride shotgun on a top secret mission in Norway, Helm wanted to know why. But this was a need-to-know deal, at least until his partner—a woman posing as his mistress–was killed. Now Helm was mad, mad enough to blow the operation sky high.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Titan Books (first published 1975)
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Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this many times before in paperback. Finally this has come out in audio narrated flawlessly by Stefan Rudnicki along with next book. Even though I knew the story well, it was great fun. Helm is an opinionated guy who isn't very nice or politically correct, but he is effective.

I really liked the memories of the gas shortage. We're also treated to the beginning of the stifling 'safety first' campaign & the modern environmental movement. They were well shown through one of the characters
Another very good, fairly complicated adventure by Hamilton in the mid-1970's. This time, Helm is in Norway during autumn, lent out for his lethal reputation. That causes some problems, of course. Not everyone is as impressed as they should be. Just who are the good guys & what is going on isn't really clear until the climactic ending.

As usual, the descriptions of the area are good, providing just enough detail without bogging down the story. Some history of WWII is brought in, but Hamilton lea
Charles Clark
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Overly complicated, but I guess that is why I liked it a little better than most of these.
The Sixteenth book in the Matt Helm takes super-assassin spy Helm on a mission to Norway as part of an offer of one man’s assistance to the Chief’s old friend. There, Helm assists in making a series of secret rendezvouses without knowing all the details or all the players or all the rationales. Rather then engaging in a supersonic battle against an all-powerful, technologically advanced foe, Helm works quickly, dealing with minute details of an operation and how to carry it out and who to trust. ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best of the series, because of its layered and nuanced plot.
Jack Webb
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lots of twists and turns in this one, even without any cold war trappings. Boating around Nordic fjords provides the scenery.
Harv Griffin
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I miss the tight writing of the early Matt Helm novels in the Sixties. This puppy, copyright 1975, is officially in the Bloated Period of Matt Helm novels; nevertheless, this is a good story.

A great surprise for me was that Matt Helm did not offer himself up as bait and turn himself over to his enemies in this novel. Not once! (view spoiler)
Vikas Datta
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again a terrific and exciting read with the multiple layers of betrayal built in...
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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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