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Title: Hawaiian Hellground
Series: The Executioner #22
Author: Don Pendleton
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Mack ends up in Hawaii chasing down a Mafia lead, only to discover a MUCH bigger game that involves the Chinese and nuclear warheads capable of reaching the West Coast. Things are big enough that he teams up with a shadow ops group put together by Brognola.
I enjoyed this a bit more than some of the previous mainly because just instead of the Mafia we also get the PRC Military involved. Given, he’s a rogue, but introducing a different element into the familiar story is like adding a pinch of spice into a yummy yet familiar recipe.
Seeing the Shadow Ops team in action was pretty cool too. A “modern” [remember, these were written in the 70’s and 80’s] take on the 4 man hit squads from Vietnam. Capable killers with the intelligence to gather intel and make use of it independent of Authorized Authority.
Finally, Bolan is let off the hook by Brognola. Sets things up for Brognola to keep trying to bring Bolan into the fold. A sanctioned assassin for the United States.