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The Terminators (1975)

by Donald Hamilton

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Another very good, fairly complicated adventure by Hamilton in the mid-1970's. This time, Helm is in Norway during autumn, lent out for his lethal reputation. That causes some problems, of course. Not everyone is as impressed as they should be. Just who are the good guys & what is going on isn't really clear until the climactic ending.

As usual, the descriptions of the area are good, providing just enough detail without bogging down the story. Some history of WWII is brought in, but Hamilton leaves Helm's participation open. The current issues are the oil crisis with the long lines at the pumps or even the complete lack of fuel. It brought back a lot of memories of the time.

Hamilton also rants about safety devices, especially in cars, a subject near & dear to my own heart. The idea of 'safety first' was just rearing its ugly head as cars started getting all kinds of warning devices. His observations are spot on.

Of course, the trend grew & spread until some tools became practically useless, requiring the customer to modify them so they'll perform their original function, if it is even possible. For instance, Dewalt no longer even makes a 3/8" drill with a trigger lock due to OSHA regulations, but has one on their 1/2" drill. It took me hours to modify my 2008 John Deere riding mower before it would mow half my lawn. How ridiculous!!! ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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When the big man in Washington assigned Matt Helm to ride shotgun on a top secret mission in Norway, Helm wanted to know why. But this was a need-to-know deal, at least until his partner -- a woman posing as his mistress -- was killed. Now Helm is mad, mad enough to blow the operation sky high.… (more)

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