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Doomsday Conspiracy (Executioner, 242)
Doomsday Conspiracy (Executioner, 242)
von Don Pendleton
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen Should've seen this coming..., 3. August 1999
I admit, I'm pretty biassed against this book, having not cared much for the first installment of the Hydra trilogy, "Evil Reborn." Dan Schmidt, the book's real author, seems to focus too much on the action part of action/advanture. I prefer the adventure part take precedence. The body count of this book--and its predecessor, come to that--begins pretty much on page one and keeps going at a relentless pace, all the way to the last. Problem is, there are so many bodies flying every which way, with bullets and brains and misiles and planes and helicopters and cars and trucks and chases and everything else--oh yeah, and there's this organization called the Coalition that's readying this conspiracy. The pattern is an all too familar one with this series: plot overshadowed by action. Pity, too--this could've been quite a good trilogy. I'll read the third installment, "Assault Reflex," but I don't hold out much hope of it being any better.


Unnatural Selection (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Unnumbered))
Unnatural Selection (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Unnumbered))
von Mel Odom
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Overall, a great Buffy book by a great athor., 30. Juli 1999
I've been a fan of Mel Odom's since I read a title he wrote for the Executioner series, called "Crimson Tide." (No relation to the movie.) Then, I read his novelization of "Blade" which was wonderful; the dedication page alone is worth the price of the book. So I was quite excited when I found e had written a Buffy book. The book at first seemed ho-hum to me, although I have to hand it to him, he's got the characterization down pat...even Willow, which for my money seems to be the trickiest for novel-writers to get right. But then the faeries were introduced, and I'm a sucker for faeries. I will read anything I can get my paws on if it has to do with fairies (Faeries, Fairies...). That said, I'm looking forward to reading "Child of the Hunt." But I digress... Once things really got rolling, the book was great. I really hope Mr. Odom will eventually write an "adult" Buffy novel. That said, I'll read with pleasure anything else he writes in the Buffyverse. Good work, Mel!


Hellfire Trigger (Mack Bolan: the Executioner)
Hellfire Trigger (Mack Bolan: the Executioner)

5.0 von 5 Sternen The most James Bondian of any Executioner book I've read., 27. Juli 1999
I now have a new favorite author of the Bolan series. Along with David Robbins, Mel Odom and (with the exception of his third book in the Power Trilogy) Chuck Rogers, now I can definitely add Mark Ellis to the list. I wish there wasa way to tell what other books an author wrote in the series. Pity Gold Eagle doesn't seem to care if any individual writers are preferred; they barely acknowledge the writer's existence at all as an individual in the first place, with only a little mention on the page right above the copyright notice. But I digress... This Bolan book was great fun. I suppose many fans might think the plot was a litle too sci-fi-ish or comic-bookish, but that's precisely what I loved about it. Rather than go for the standard Bolan idea of "Let's-see-how-many-descriptions-of-Bolan-shooting-someone-we-can-put-in-this-book" which sacrifices good plotting or suspense for high body count, Ellis took an approach I've been hoping someone would take fora long time. I heard the Executioner series described as the closest thing to an American James Bond inus te women, and this book even has a woman in it! No sex, but a woman nonetheless. This book has everything...a great plot, suspense, narrow escapes, fascinating gadgetry, and even (Gasp!) a memorable villain! I wish I could say something about the ending, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice it to say that the book even has a nontraditional ending for the Executioner series, but one that's perfectly traditional for a comic book. Keep 'em coming, Mark! I'll definitely keep reading 'em!


Evil Reborn (The Executioner, 241)
Evil Reborn (The Executioner, 241)
von Don Pendleton
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but by far not what it could have been, 2. Juni 1999
This book has a lot of very cool ideas, but the writer just doesn't have te ability to write great characters enough to pull it off. I realize we don't usually read Mack Bolan books for teir characterization, but I at least want a villain who I hate. There's a great "show of power" that I won't spoil for you, but the author favors tactic explanation over getting us more involved with some compelling characterization. As it stands, the "bad-guys-try-something-and-are-thwarted-by-Bolan-so-they-try-something-else-and-are-thwarted-again-etc.-etc." thing gets old after a while, and it's too bad, because the whole Hydra thing sounds very intriguing. I'll read the other two boks in the triogy, but if they're more of the same, I fear it will have a good moment or two but ultimately leave me unsatisfied.


The Empire Dreams (The Destroyer, 113)
The Empire Dreams (The Destroyer, 113)
von Warren Murphy
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The best of the recent Destroyer books!, 2. Juni 1999
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was not overly complex, but not overly simple either. Sure, the villains were thin, but so what? I loved the idea of the WWII planes being used, and I also loved the fact taht we got to see Smitty kick some butt! I fear for the ol' guy...It's obvious the way Mullaney's writing him that he's on his last legs. I do, however, also look on that with some excitement, curious to see how things will pan out if Smith dies. The Destroyer is once again in good hands!


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