The second installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers.
Matt Helm, code name Eric, has been recently reactivated as an operative for a secret American government organization after 15 years as a sedentary photographer and family man in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In his first assignment after returning to the service, he is sent to Sweden to eliminate Caselius, a long-time enemy agent. In order to do so, he must leave a trail of bodies in his wake.
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, 2013 Donald Hamilton (P)2014 Skyboat Media, Inc.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
A combination of the Narrator and how well the character Matt Helm is written.
How clever, cold and pragmatic Matt is while still being a human believable character. He doesn't have any obligatory humanizing traits yet never feels like a superhero.
Other Matt Helm novels. Just as amazing.
No. It started off a little spread out. Then it was a litttttleee hard to follow. However when it all started coming together, near the last third, I just couldn't stop listening.
Matt is truly a professional and a joy to ride along with. The well illustrated tension makes his skill much more respectable. As a Clancy fan, Matt Helm is not quite as technical as I like BUT it makes up for it with soul and interesting yet believable characters.
constant surprise yet always convincing
his Helms series is always superb
yes and no. I wanted it to last forever.
I hope that Rudnicki will get round to Hamilon's The Interlopers, one of the greatest of all spy thrillers.
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