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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.

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Incredible

What made the experience of listening to The Wrecking Crew the most enjoyable?

A combination of the Narrator and how well the character Matt Helm is written.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Other Matt Helm novels. Just as amazing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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greatest spy novels ever written great actor

If you could sum up The Wrecking Crew in three words, what would they be?

great characters/plot

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

constant surprise yet always convincing

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

his Helms series is always superb

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes and no. I wanted it to last forever.

Any additional comments?

I hope that Rudnicki will get round to Hamilon's The Interlopers, one of the greatest of all spy thrillers.

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Great series.

I absolutely love these stories. Much better then 007 in my opinion, more authentic and personal.

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Not like the movies at all

Not a huge surprise. This is something I discovered at a younger age when I read my first Ian Fleming book. Over all the story is still pretty good. A rather soft read that doesn’t tax the mind too much. Ran rather smoothly as stories go. Does sort of give you a glimpse into the world as it was in the sixties. Surprising how much things have changed. Even standards of how people dealt with each other. Half the stuff Matt Helm does in the book would have put him into jail today.