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Guilty Pleasure

I have a confession to make. It’s not an easy thing to admit. But, they say, the first step on the road to recovery is to admit you have a problem. So, here I am, exposing my faults for the world to see. And my confession is this:


I like the men’s adventure series Mack Bolan, The Executioner.

Being a serial adventure that started back in 1969, there is no hope that I will ever, in my lifetime, catch up to the furious writing pace that that is the Executioner publishing machine (not to mention it’s related spin-offs). Don Pendleton authored the first 40 or so novels, then ghost writers took over. I think they are up to number 300 or so. I am 4 books (1.3%) into the series.

And I like them! They are nothing but a macho orgy of Rambo-style violence, revenge, reatlitaion, women, etc, and I still like them.

Bolan is a superior marksman in Viet Nam when he is called back home to bury his family, the victims of a mob hit. Bolan wages war on the Mafia and the first several books are essentially “The Executioner vs. the Mafia in [Big U.S. City]“.

There is no literary value in these books whatsoever. They are, however, a hoot to read. I tossed one off tonight. (I also finished an Executioner adventure. Ba-dum-pum. Crash!). The early ones are under 200 pages and Pendleton’s writing style makes them a a quick read. So far, they are lot’s of fun.

And, they give me an excuse to buy more used books.


About John DeNardo (13014 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Guilty Pleasure

  1. I enjoyed Harry Potter – so I think we all enjoy some good pulp fiction now and then.

    Oh, and I enjoyed the Mercer Boys quite a bit (but then, I was 13.)

  2. Mack Bolan sounds like those movies from Vice City.

    “I’ll cry for you, after I’m done killing!”

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