Feb 162015
 
Killinger #2: The Rainbow/Seagreen Case, by P.K. Palmer January, 1974  Pinnacle Books The second and final installment of the Killinger series is an exercise in tedium, author P.K. Palmer doling out a slow-moving tale that’s rife with repetition. It seems clear though that Palmer, who passed away before publication, intended Killinger to be a sort of Travis McGhee for the Pinnacle line;
Feb 092015
 
Midnight Lightning, by Kevin Sherrill August, 1989  Pinnacle/Zebra Books About as obscure as a paperback original can be, Midnight Lightning is one of those late ‘80s publications that bears the Pinnacle imprint but in reality is a Zebra publication. It’s also the first of a three-volume men’s adventure series,* even though there was no series title or volume numbers. (The spine however
Jan 122015
 
The Penetrator #23: Divine Death, by Lionel Derrick November, 1977  Pinnacle Books After the boredom of the previous few installments, Divine Death gets things back on track for the Penetrator series.  Mark Roberts again turns in a volume filled with violence, blood, and occasional right-wing sermonizing, as Mark Hardin takes on the cult explosion of the late ‘70s. Similar to Death
Dec 182014
 
The Penetrator #22: High Disaster, by Lionel Derrick September, 1977  Pinnacle Books Holy boredom, Batman! This volume of The Penetrator is a total snoozefest, and author Chet Cunningham has a lot to answer for in the men’s adventure tribunal that exists in my imagination – he’s guilty of a lack of sex, action, violence, and thrills, serving up a listless plot which sees hero Mark Hardin
Dec 082014
 
Death Merchant #40: Blueprint Invisibility, by Joseph Rosenberger August, 1980  Pinnacle Books Sporting an awesome cover (I think the Death Merchant covers, courtesy Dean Cate, were the best in the entire Pinnacle line), Blueprint Invisibility features psychotic protagonist Richard Camellion taking on a mission that involves the Philadelphia Experiment hoax, MKUltra-style mind control, the
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