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Battle Mask (The Executioner #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  415 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
War hero Mack Bolan, wearing a new Sicilian-style face fashioned for him by a plastic surgeon and ex-war buddy, infiltrates the inner family of the Mafia. Aided by the head mans beautiful daughter, Bolan almost becomes son-in-law and heir-apparent to the powerful Di George West Coast empire. Still hunted by police and mafiosi alike, with a $100,000 price tag on his head, t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 181 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Pinnacle (first published April 1970)
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Quentin Wallace
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, but it seemed a little too similar to the first volume. Bolan once again infiltrates the mafia, but this time he has plastic surgery to totally change his face. It just seems a little far fetched the mafia would welcome a stranger into the organization so easily, even if Bolan does look different. I also hate it that Bolan keeps getting his friends and associates killed, but unfortunately that's probably just how it would really happen in this situation.

Otherwise, another goo
Mike (the Paladin)
Don has plastic surgery and strangly enough some violent problems. Okay but it's good action and theystill have a story line here.

From reviews of the first 2 books:

Before I went in the army back in the early 70s I read several of these books. Being a shooter/gun enthusiast Pendelton's detailed account of the weapons used (something i'm sure drove some people away from the books) I found very interesting. Aside from that the stories were adrenaline charged violent thrill rides and that's all tha
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pendleton's Executioner series continues here in its third volume. If
you haven't read the first two volumes, I would suggest you do so as
they give you the full background of Mack Bolan and why he returned
from service in Vietnam to conduct a private war against the Mafia.
The biggest question I had before picking up Battle Mask was where
Pendleton could go with the story considering how guns-blazing filled
with action the first two books were. Question answered. This book is
just as bloody and
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

Picking up right where the previous book left off, Mack Bolan is the only surviving member of the Death Squad. Most are dead, though some are now behind bars.

Bolan, known mostly as 'The Execution,' has declared war on the Mafia after the mob was responsible for the deaths of his family. His skills were honed by the United States military, where he was one of the best snipers the U.S. has had. He was cool and detached and
Michael MacCheyne
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love the series been reading it for about 30 years started it in the military. Then I could not wait for the next book to come out. I have reread them already
Gary Peterson
Another exciting entry in the annals of adventure. Pendleton was a man with a plan, drawing on characters and events in the last couple novels to create a saga starring Mack Bolan, the Executioner. This book follows immediately on the heels of Death Squad and I recommend reading them in sequence and one right after the other.

SPOILERS AHEAD: The series takes a turn with this volume. Bolan has been presented as a folk hero whose exploits and whose picture have been seen nationwide. An ill-fated o
Apr 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
After his miraculous escape at the end of Death Squad (aided in part by Carl Lyons), Bolan is back on the trail of Mob boss Julian "Deej" DiGeorge. Unlike Death Squad, however, Bolan is on his own in Battle Mask. Although Pendleton’s third Executioner novel isn’t quite as good as War Against the Mafia, I think it’s a slight improvement over Death Squad. I prefer to see Bolan working alone, perhaps occasionally receiving assistance from sympathetic parties, but nothing more. Battle Mask is also q ...more
Silver James
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Battle Mask (The Executioner, #3) by Don Pendleton This book is a blast from my past. Once upon a time, I read every new Executioner book as it released. Since I'm basically older than dirt, this was back in the dark ages when genre fiction paperbacks could be had for under a dollar. Somewhere around #70...#100, I stopped collecting them and ended up donating the whole pile to my local library when I made a big move. Yes, I'm kicking myself now. I ended up with this book instead of the first book (War Against the Mafia) that I'd ordered for no ...more
"Η μάχη της μάσκας", εκδόσεις Άγκυρα.

Πρόκειται για το τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς Ο Εκτελεστής, το οποίο αρχίζει ακριβώς από το σημείο που τελείωσε το προηγούμενο. Αυτή την φορά ο Μακ Μπόλαν, φανατικός πολέμιος της Μαφίας, θα λειτουργήσει μονάχος, δίχως συμπολεμιστές, βασιζόμενος στις δυνάμεις και το μυαλό του - άντε, και στις χειρουργικές ικανότητες ενός πλαστικού χειρουργού, πρώην συντρόφου του στα πεδία του Βιετνάμ. Ο Μπόλαν, λοιπόν, θα υποστεί μια μικρή αλλαγή στο πρόσωπο του, για να μπορέσει να
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp, thriller-spy
This one was my favorite to date in the series. #24 is next, but not until I finish Tim Marquitz's Echoes of the Past.

This one picks up right after the bad ending of book 2 Death Squad, and we find a hopeless Mack Bolan alone and without friends, being hounded by the remaining gun-crews in L.A. Mack narrowly escapes by the help of an old WWII veteran, who is shot for helping Mack. This re-kindles Mack's determination to continue his battle, or at least finish what he started against the DiGeorge
Chris Haynes
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
To me, this is the book were Bolan starts hitting his groove. The action scene when Bolan tracks Pena down on the mountain road was classic. The shots to the head, even when the target is obviously dead already, was just a big FU from Bolan to show the powers that be they shouldn't have done what they did to his doctor friend. To me, that just shows that Bolan is human and can get pissed. I thought the ratio of story to action was well balanced.

I'm only 3 books into my re-read of the original se
If you like action-adventure stories, then the Mack Bolan "Executioner" series is for you. This episode has Mack Bolan infiltrating the Mafia in a very deep cover, and works his usual Mafia-defeating magic in his usual action-packed way. More non-stop action than most readers can handle. Awesome story. Go get it!
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
Dale Pearl
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, y2014-may
Starts out with the main character Mack Bolan fleeing Los Angeles area with the mob and the police hot on his tail. Mack is heading to Palm Springs where an ex army surgeon lives. Mack is hoping that the surgeon can perform plastic surgery on him in order to hide his identity from all those that are seeking his death.

Substantially better than book two in the series.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid book in the series. Mack is out in Cali kicking butt. This book also sets up some characters for the next is still interesting to re-read these 40 years after they were written and 30 years after i read them the first time.......
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: timo
Suoraa jatkoa edelliselle Bolanille, kiitettävää kronologian seuraamista Vaasa Oy:ltä.
Itse tarinassa Bolan ei ole aivan vielä niin kylmä ja tyly kuin se Bolan johon teinivuosinani ihastuin. Kovasti mies virnuilee ja puhuu.
Kyllä tämän lukaisi.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It was a great read if you like this series.
read some time in 1979
Deepak Fernandes
This book, like the previous 2 Mack Bolan books is unputdownable. it's like an updated, harder Biggles+James Bond.
Livius Nedin
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Brognola makes his first appearance and Bolan gets a face lift. More great history in this awesome series. Fast and fun.
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like these books Don Pendleeton gose into such deteails and a lot of action.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right where the second book ended is where we start with this book. The writing is pretty good given the time frame that spawned this series.
Brad T.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Fun read
Albert Belcher
My one problem with this, is that silencers don't work well on revolves
Craig Rettig
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bolan actually uses his brain instead of just his trigger finger in this one, so it's a bit more enjoyable.
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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 fo
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