Mark Hardin (a.k.a. The Penetrator) flew to the Orient for a vacation and to recover physically and mentally from the numerous brushes with death he has had in his quest to bring down the evil individuals and organizations that he has encountered. But his visit has touched off a chain reaction of terror. First a renowned atomic scientist was kidnapped; then a madman announced he has a stockpile of thermonuclear weapons for sale.
Business...is what a gang of crooked cops has been taking care of-big and dirty business. Seattle, that northwestern stronghold of law, order, and the American way, is the scene. Mark Hardin (a.k.a. The Penetrator) steps in when he finds that a former Vietnam war buddy - now a cop - has been shot to death in an apparent robbery. But who was robbing whom? Mark doesn't know for sure, but he will find out.
It was always a tactical advantage to know the enemy's intended route of march, in addition to his identity. The Penetrator knew the Shadowmen were moving their operations into the Dodge City area. After the pasting they had taken near Liberal, the Penetrator was certain they wouldn't make any further attacks until they had regrouped. But who were the Shadowmen?
In hot, sunny Mexico, Mark Hardin, the Penetrator, finds himself pitted against the power-mad Latin known as El Baron. And mad is the word for him...he's concocted a plot to kidnap important citizens of various countries and hold them hostage. The ransom: an entire Mexican territory. As El Baron's plan goes into action, important people begin to disappear. One of them is a friend of Mark's mentor, Professor Haskins, and the Penetrator decides to move in.
Mark Hardin is known to his enemies as The Penetrator. He's part Cheyenne and he's never forgotten his past. In quest of his heritage, Mark Hardin has learned Indian skills: to track a man, but not to leave tracks; to speak his native language, in ancient dialects and sign language. His years of army service in Vietnam taught him other things. He's a sharpshooter with almost any weapon a man can hold; an expert with hand grenades, explosives, booby traps, and line mines; a black belt in karate and aikido.
It seems that Marcel Bouchet is the powerful head of the Gulfland Fisherman's Co-Op. Bouchet and his henchmen are terrorizing the independent Gulf Coast fisherman into joining his organization so that he can corner the seafood market. But that is only a small part of his plan, for he intends to undermine the entire United States economy with a massive counterfeiting ring...with Cuba's help.
Suddenly, Oregon is under attack. Six hundred acres of land are burned to the ground. An entire lake is poisoned, killing all the fish and surrounding wildlife. A clue is left that the destruction of the dams will be the next and final blow. The same person is claiming credit for all the disasters. But who is he and why is he out to destroy the entire state?
With 5 million copies in print, The Penetrator novel series has thrilled readers around the world for years. The series features the action and adventures of Mark Hardin as he wages a continuing war against crime, corruption, and evil organizations from around the world in order to protect the innocent. With, "The Target Is H", find out how it all began and what events lead to Mark Hardin's quest for justice. A quest where he must not only go up against the criminals but at times law enforcement officials who wish to stop him.
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When the Press Secretary to the President of the United States is killed by an unknown assailant less than a month after taking office, answers to hard questions must be found. A dying mobster has mentioned a well-known, exclusive VIP club in DC. Mark Hardin (AKA The Penetrator) follows a hunch that the club may be linked to the Mafia, and that both may have something to do with the death of his friend.
The first subway station blew up while Mark Hardin was still en route from his stronghold in California, piloting a sleek new twin-engine plane. It was fast, but not fast enough to get him there in time to stop the 72nd Street IRT station from caving in, carrying a large section of Broadway with it. New York City is now under siege and being held for ransom. Mark Hardin must find those responsible, and fast. There are 42 subway stations in New York City, and time is running out.
The 23 May Liberation Front finances their terrorism by the sale of drugs in Canada and the U.S. Heroin, cocaine, hashish--the usual. Now they have their hands on a new synthetic called Ziff-a drug with an unusual side effect. It does radical and permanent damage to the genetic makeup of the user, thus effecting generations yet unborn.
Epidemic! It began in the peaceful pastures of Wisconsin. Death had occurred from contaminated milk and dairy products, and the farmers stood by helplessly as their herds were condemned and slaughtered on nothing more than suspicion. US Public Health Service official Dr. Creighton Thornesby personally supervised the shooting of the cattle. He wanted to prevent future outbreaks - or did he?
Frozen assets: Preacher Mann is too much for the FBI and the CIA. He has dual citizenship and friends in diplomatic circles and he's too powerful for the regular legal channels. He's come a long way: from a pimp in Harlem he's worked his way to the top – of the rackets. He's into international dope, espionage – and now, in his orgy palace off the Florida coast he's onto a new wrinkle!
It started with the smuggling of Mexican "wetbacks" for slave labor in the U.S. They were brought to an island in Lake Texoma, north of Dallas, to work on a top-secret operation directed by H.H. Christiansen...and were forbidden to leave. But it wasn't until twenty-five Mexicans died in a mysterious tank truck fire that the Penetrator was called in. That's when this simple smuggling assignment turned into a national security threat.
Right off, Mark Hardin smelled a rat. Someone was stealing animals...a lot of animals. It wasn't an escalation of the "petnapping" of several years past. No ransom asked, but thousands of dogs and cats were missing, primarily along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard. Sheer volume alone dictated that there was some planning behind the thefts. Somewhere, these small animals were being disposed of. And there had to be a profit in it for somebody.
A 14-year-old girl is kidnapped. She's found dead a few days later, wearing a spotless wedding dress and make-up, her long blonde hair arranged around her shoulders. Investigators soon realize that she is yet another victim of a serial killer who is on the loose in San Diego; a killer who has police working overtime. Clues are hard to come by, even when the total number of dead girls reaches six - and each murder has the same M.O.
Ed seemed normal, owner of a furniture store, pillar of the community, in a small Oregon town of Forest Glenn. His mother is a bit strange. Underneath he is a psychopathic killer. He kills five people in town because they are over-achievers. Police go crazy trying to track him down. No common clues, no clues at all until a break in the case unveils the horrible truth!
"A weak voice, gasping with pain, came on the line. 'That thing...you asked me to look into...It's more than you thought...worse. I...think...th-they...killed...me....' There was only silence on the line---then the sound of a body collapsing." With this, Mark Hardin is on the trail of his most seductive enemy--Linda King, the Colonel.
The Penetrator was hunting for Johnny Utah, but the tables turned and Utah was offering him a sporting chance. The rules were simple: Mark Hardin was to be given an hour's head start in the Canadian wilderness. He will be naked, unarmed and without rations. His hunters, among them Johnny Utah and a German sharpshooter, will have M-16 rifles, pistols, hunting knives, and bows with wide-tipped hunting arrows...and a dozen other hunters! If Mark loses, he dies - but if he wins will they let him live?
Deep in the bowels of an abandoned mountain mineshaft, smack in the middle of the harsh Nevada desert, Dr. Orlando Fitzmueller has installed his computer base. The idea had first come to him when he was second in command at NASA. Then it as an impossible dream. But now, through careful planning, and sheer brilliance, it will become a reality. And he will win. Then in a few precious hours, he will be the single most powerful man the universe has ever known.