The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers
Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.
Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.
©1960, 2014 Donald Hamilton (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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"Not the Matt Helm you're thinking ..."
Very good thriller.
Yep. Loved Helm's being torn between two worlds. I enjoyed the grittiness of the writing; so far from the Hollywood Dean Martin movies as you can imagine.
Top of his game. He's always amazing. Could read my grocery list.
Book is too short! I'm on to the next in the series.
"New to the series."
Really enjoyed this story and will be buying the rest of the series. I like it more then the Bond books.
"Great tension... and that VOICE!"
Didn't read the print but i really appreciate the reader. It was weird when he was speaking as a woman (when is it not?) but beyond that... man. Just perfect. Greatly added to my experience. Especially considering Helm's pragmatic disposition.
Casino Royale. Obviously. Endless parallels. The vixens effecting the protagonist, the callous protagonist, both spies blah blah blah. Helm is essentially retired here where as Bond is still operating. Bond is presented as monster then stripped into a man. Helm is presented as a man and abruptly revealed to be a monster.
The climactic portion of the hotel because it was a moment where the tension exploded.
The portion where Tina's husband follows Matt.
Matt's savagery and directness during an important scene. It really shows his "shoot first, talk... eventually" training. He his very decisive and does not flourish just because " thats what cowboys do" or "a speech would sound good here".
A more than decent story. The ending wasnt as exciting as id hoped but the build up was fantastic. Matt was believable and consistent in his ideals methods so it made him feel more real. I felt like the world bent around him. Rather than "Our hero" changing bit by bit to make him more human or relatable. Matt is a force. The reader is more than noteworthy!
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