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Blood on the Strip by Lionel Derrick
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Blood on the Strip

by Lionel Derrick, Chet Cunningham

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Series: The Penetrator (Book 2)

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Second book in the Penetrator men's adventure series from the 1970s. I had not read the first book in the series, though the Penetrator's origin is sufficiently detailed at the start that this was not an impediment to enjoying the book.

The Penetrator is an ex-military man who was drummed out of the service because of the high-level corruption he exposed. Aided by a couple of allies (an old professor who has loads of connections, money, and gadgetry and who lives in a hidden lair inside a mesa and an old Indian shaman who has taught the Penetrator some of his secret arts). This them of the white man who has been initiated into the secret hunting and outdoor survival skills of Indians is a common trope, apparently, since it also appears in the John Eagle Expeditor series.

This adventure involves the Penetrator avenging the disfigurement of a waitress by some gons who work for a villainess called The Fraulein (an evil nympho, naturally) who runs a talent agency that does little more than convert its clients into prostitutes in Las Vegas. The Penetrator then proceeds to systematically demolish the Fraulein's operation in an extremely thorough fashion.

I was actually somewhat shocked at the brutality and graphic violence in the book, both by the Penetrator against his enemies and by his enemies against women (especially; note that this violence doesn't occur "off stage" -- the reader is shown everything that happens). Maybe I shouldn't have been, but it caught me by surprise a couple of times.

If you're looking for brutal men's adventure from the '70s that doesn' pull any punches, this is the book for you.

Review copyright 2008 J. Andrew Byers ( )
  bibliorex | Jun 15, 2008 |
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Lionel Derrickprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cunningham, Chetmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Engene, GeneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Evil brings The Penetrator to Las Vegas. A town given life by corruption and nourished by greed. A town where all that glitters is not gold but perhaps the flash of a knife blade destined for The Penetrator's heart.

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