Nov 172014
 
The Destroyer #5: Dr. Quake, by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy September, 1972  Pinnacle Books As I’ve mentioned many times, I have a sick fondness for female villains, the more evil and depraved the better. A frequent commenter named Grant shares my fondness for these pulpy characters, and has often stated that this fifth volume of The Destroyer features some of the best female villains
Nov 032014
 
The Headhunters #3: Three Faces Of Death, by John Weisman and Brian Boyer October, 1974  Pinnacle Books Once again coming off like a Blaxploitation movie in novel form, this installment of the Headhunters series again presents a colorful cast of streetwise criminals and terrorists and the titular cops who are always three steps behind them. While Three Faces Of Death doesn’t reach the lurid
Aug 182014
 
Razoni & Jackson #2: Dead End Street, by W.B. Murphy May, 1973  Pinnacle Books As if he wasn’t busy enough co-writing The Destroyer, in the early ‘70s Warren Murphy also turned out this five-volume series that is now most remembered for providing the inspiration for the Lethal Weapon movies; screenwriter Shane Black even gave Murphy official acknowledgement for this, requesting that Murphy
Aug 112014
 
The Vigilante #1: New York: An Eye For An Eye, by V.J. Santiago November, 1975  Pinnacle Books How could you not want to read something that’s “More vengeful than Death Wish!?” Starting off a six-volume series copyright book packager Lyle Kenyon Engel, An Eye For An Eye serves as the origin story for Joe “Vigilante” Madden, and for the most part comes off like a less sadistic take on Bronson
Jul 102014
 
The Executioner #7: Nightmare In New York, by Don Pendleton July, 1971  Pinnacle Books After a few volumes that were entertaining but seemed to be missing something, the Executioner series returns with a bang with this seventh volume, easily my favorite yet of Don Pendleton's original run. Here Pendleton is settling into the forumla that will take him through the next 30-odd books, and what
Jun 122014
 
Richard Blade #3: Jewel Of Tharn, by Jeffrey Lord August, 1973  Pinnacle Books (Original publication 1969) I’ve read one volume of the Richard Blade series a year, which seems about right; I figure you could easily achieve burnout if you read these books back-to-back, given their overly repetitive nature. But if you take a break, the formula seems a little more fresh, and sometimes, as in
May 152014
 
The Executioner #6: Assault On Soho, by Don Pendleton April, 1971  Pinnacle Books I’ve been looking forward to this installment of the Executioner, given Marty McKee's sterling endorsement of its “kinky sex” and “healthy dose of sex, violence and sadism.” Don Pendleton wrote sleaze and porn novels before he hit it big with the Executioner, but he purposely chose to keep this series less lurid
May 082014
 
Death Merchant #30: The Shambhala Strike, by Joseph Rosenberger October, 1978  Pinnacle Books Wrapping up the “ancient aliens” trilogy that began in Hell In Hindu Land and continued in The Pole Star Secret, The Shambhala Strike turns out to be an okay entry in the Death Merchant series, one that takes it straight into the realm of science fiction. Here Joseph Rosenberger manages to combine
May 012014
 
The Penetrator #20: The Radiation Hit, by Lionel Derrick May, 1977  Pinnacle Books I think it’s time I took a long hard look in the mirror and realized that I’ve now read twenty volumes of The Penetrator. And by god I’ll keep on reading them until the bitter end. But man, this one, courtesy Chet Cunningham, is bland and listless for the most part – for whatever reason, Cunningham has been
Apr 242014
 
Justin Perry: The Assassin #1, by John D. Revere February, 1983  Pinnacle Books With a first volume nearly as weird as the final one was, the Justin Perry series gets off to an expectedly-unsettling start, detailing the origin story of our unibrowed, curly-haired, sexually demented hero, who as we’ll recall is a top assassin for the CIA who gets off on killing people. This is surely one of