MACK BOLAN

 
Full Name: Mack Bolan
Series Name: The Executioner
Codename: Striker
Nationality: American
Organization: Stony Man Group
Occupation Agent

Creator: Don Pendleton
Time Span: 1983 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Mack Bolan, the Executioner, is a freelance agent with the Stony Man Group.
       While serving his second tour in Vietnam, Sergeant Mack Bolan was called home to bury most of his family. His father had killed Bolan's mother and sister, tried to kill Mack little brother, and then turned the gun on himself.
       Bolan quick learned that while the perpetrator of the massacre was his father, the man had been driven to it by relentless Mafia pressure. In deep debt to loan sharks, the father had tried to get extensions and suffered beatings for his actions. When he learned that his teenage daughter had been recruited to 'work' off the debt, it was too much for the proud man and he snapped.
       Mack knew that if the Mob had left his sister alone, none of the tragedy would have happened. Upon learning that there was nothing the police could do about it, Bolan made a vow to avenge his family. Using the training he learned so well in the jungles of Indochina, he takes his new war against the mob in their backyards.
       The police and other law enforcement groups do not take kindly to vigilantes, regardless of their motives or successes. Policing is the job of professionals duly trained and sworn to protect and when someone like Bolan starts his own war, they are forced to try to stop him. Stopping a man trained to disappear into any jungle, even urban ones, though, is a huge task, especially in days long before the Internet and constant surveillance. Plus Bolan would meet more than a fair number of sympathetic people who would help out when they could, many of whom suffered at the hands of the Mob for their work.
       Eventually, the nets began to close and Bolan knew his luck would run out. He feared most that it would come in a shootout with authorities and he had sworn from the beginning to not fire on the good guys. If his survival depended on killing a good cop, he would rather die.
       That is when a major player in the Justice Department, Hal Brognola, stepped in. Brognola had been one of the leading figures in the nationwide manhunt to stop him but he saw also the good that the destruction of the Mob was doing. He also saw how the world was changing and how the enemies were bringing their angers to the States. The KGB was stepping up their actions as the Soviet Union wrestled with survival. Terrorists around the globe found it better to attack Americans than their own people. The face of the enemy was changing.
       In a serious sit-down with Bolan prompted by a new love of Bolan, April, Brognola offered a chance for life. Bolan would die in a fiery explosion, ending his crusade. John Phoenix would rise from those ashes to take the fight to the new enemies.

BOOKS

Number of Books:178
First Appearance:1983
Last Appearance:2015

       There is nothing comparable in modern publishing to the phenomenal success of Don Pendleton's creation. It not only became a cottage industry all its own, it started an entire genre of action heroes and it turned a tiny imprint into a major paperback player.
       Before Mack Bolan, there were private eyes and spies. After he opened the door, the world was given another type of hero - the vigilante. This new fighter was the sort of man, or woman, who could walk through a door, shoot, stab, or beat up the bad guy(s), and then disappear before legal authorities showed up. The fighter could do the fighting back that many readers dreamed of doing but, of course, would never do.
       The names of those what came after the Executioner were many. Quite a few have made it to these pages with their own columns but others have not. The Destroyer, The Death Merchant, The Avenger, The Revenger, The Marksman, The Sharpshooter, The Terminator, The Eliminator, The Expeditor, The Sexecutioner. And on and on.
       What these people would do might vary and how they did it might change from character to character, but they all share one major common thread. They all struck back at the bad and defended the good.
       Interestingly, however, the reason that Mack Bolan, the Executioner, is within this compendium of spy heroes came after the initial flush of success that Pinnacle would enjoy. Don Pendleton, the creator of Bolan, saw the first books hit the street in or around 1969. Two more would be copyrighted in 1970 and several more in 1971.
       On a personal note, I saw the first six on a turnstile rack in a 7-Eleven in the fall of 1971. I was intrigued and bought the first one 'just to see'. The next day, I returned to that convenience store to buy the remaining five and have been a huge fan ever since.
       Don Pendleton kept his fiery character going strong against the evils of organized crime despite a considerable backlash against the tremendous violence that Mack inflicted on the baddies, the lawless way that Bolan went about being judge, jury, and executioner, and, most vehemently, the way he made Italians the brunt of his anger. If the target of Bolan's wrath had been named Brown or Smith, it is unlikely he would have been as vilified. Nevertheless, Pendleton and Pinnacle Books suffered all the way to the bank.
       But the reason for inclusion of the Executioner in this list of spy series came at the end of the run of Pendleton's authorship of the character's adventures. For 38 books (with one exception) and 11 years, Pendleton scripted each step of Bolan trek against the Mob. And Pinnacle Books published each one, averaging 3 a year.
       In 1981, three major changes took place. The first was the alteration of the character from a vigilante against the Mob to a government agent fighting terrorism and enemy agents. The second was the authorship changing from one man to the work of many different writers. The third was the publishing house switching from Pinnacle to a new imprint, Gold Eagle, a Harlequin company.
       It took a bit of time for the plans of the new management to get underway. The first book came out in April of 1981 and the next didn't get released until January of the next year. But after that hiatus, production went into high gear and has not slowed down much. 1982 saw 9 books and then from 1983 to date, each month has seen a new Executioner adventure.
       1982 would also see the publication of two new series starring people that Mack had worked with over the years, including several from his Vietnam days. Able Team and Phoenix Force were two small groups of men and women, connected closely with Stony Man and made largely of people from Bolan's struggles. Both lasted over a decade and had over 50 books.
       It didn't stop there. In 1983 the first of what would be called Super Bolans by the publishing industry and fandom was released. It was Stony Man Doctrine and really kicked the Bolan system into high gear as it solidified the concept that Mack Bolan, alias John Phoenix, was the focal point of an ultra-secret intelligence group.
       From that moment, in addition to the Executioner books, Gold Eagle would periodically release double-sized adventures under the 'Mack Bolan' heading (the Super Bolan tag was mostly an internal title). These Super books came at first slowly but soon the frequency increased until within five years they were coming every quarter and within ten years they were bimonthly.
       The names of the authors listed in here are from the excellent website devoted to Mack Bolan (www.mackbolan.com).
       Note: Because there were two separate series running at the same time, both devoted to the same character, I chose to list them separately, hence the two entries for Mack Bolan and The Executioner. Both series are about the same man and they both have the same sort of plots but this series has longer, more involved storylines.

1 Stony Man Doctrine Stony Man Doctrine
Written by G. H. Frost
Copyright: 1983

With terrorism at an all-time high, the President orders the creation of the Stony Man project.

2 Terminal Velocity Terminal Velocity
Written by Alan Bomack
Copyright: 1984

Reeling from the destruction at Stony Man Farm, Bolan takes his revenge into the headquarters of the KGB itself.

3 Resurrection Day Resurrection Day
Written by Chet Cunningham
Copyright: 1985

Coming full circle, Bolan again takes on the evils of the Mafia, this time with his younger brother Johnny helping out.

4 Dirty War Dirty War
Written by Stephen Mertz
Copyright: 1985

This flashback to the days of his service in Vietnam links Bolan with several members of the Death Squad.

5 Flight 741 Flight 741
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1986

Sitting in the heat of the Beirut runway, hijackers have taken a flight from Germany holding several hundred passengers hostage, including one very special one.

6 Dead Easy Dead Easy
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1986

An explosion on a high-speed train in Italy marks a plot between the KGB and the mob and sets up a major plan against the U.S.

7 Sudden Death Sudden Death
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1987

The assassin named Baraka is considered the best alive and he is rumored to be heading to Monte Carlo. So is the President of the U.S.

8 Rogue Force Rogue Force
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1987

A rebel group in the U.S. military is planning to bring Central America to its knees as they seek a revolution unheard of before.

9 Tropic Heat Tropic Heat
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1987

The drug lord that is challenging American might comes this time from Bolivia instead of Columbia but he is still facing the wrath of Mack Bolan.

10 Fire In The Sky Fire In The Sky
Written by Mike McQuay
Copyright: 1988

A cabal inside the military war machine is using the tragedy of the Challenger disaster to unleash a diabolical scheme to take control of the government.

11 Anvil Of Hell Anvil Of Hell
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1988

Someone has been stealing small amounts of uranium from facilities all over the world and Bolan is out to stop them from creating a nuclear bomb.

12 Flash Point Flash Point
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1988

An arms dealer with connections to the CIA is trying to increase his bottom line in a conflict in the African nation of Chad.

13 Flesh And Blood Flesh And Blood
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1988

A Vietnamese kingpin has brought his dominance into Southern California using extortion and slavery to increase his power.

14 Moving Target Moving Target
Written by Gail Stone
Copyright: 1989

Mack is asked to look into a huge corporation's arms sales but assassins are out to stop him from the very beginning.

15 Tightrope Tightrope
Written by Carl Furst
Copyright: 1989

A group calling itself the White Front is eliminating the heads of intelligence agencies around the world.

16 Blowout Blowout
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1989

While trying to take out a German drug lord, Bolan is framed for murder and must avoid the police as well as the Mafia.

17 Blood Fever Blood Fever
Written by Gail Stone
Copyright: 1989

From the Rockies to the Amazon, Bolan stalks a mercenary named The Major who is said to have nukes for sale.

18 Knockdown Knockdown
Written by Carl Furst
Copyright: 1990

The mob is trying to make further steps into the construction business in New York. When union members are killed, Bolan knows he has to step in.

19 Assault Assault
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1990

A tie between the mob and the Iranian government is resulting in a new source of plentiful drugs unless Bolan can stop activities in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

20 Backlash Backlash
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1990

The CIA has been helping a Nicaraguan drug lord but now they want to take him out and need Bolan to help.

21 Siege Siege
Written by Mel Odom
Copyright: 1990

Someone is killing top Japanese business leaders in the U.S. as relations between those two nations deteriorate rapidly.

22 Blockade Blockade
Written by Carl Furst
Copyright: 1991

The Curran Brigade masquerades as Irish freedom fighters while their objectives reach into England to destroy that government.

23 Evil Kingdom Evil Kingdom
Written by Mel Odom
Copyright: 1991

Book II of the Medellin Trilogy, the fighting in Columbia escalates greatly as Bolan and his people continue their assault.

24 Counterblow Counterblow
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1991

A former KGB agent is at the head of a new drug smuggling scheme bringing high quality heroin from Turkey through Pakistan to the U.S.

25 Hardline Hardline
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1991

The man behind the illegal sale of Stealth technology is also immersed in mysticism, bringing an element to the conflict Bolan is not used to.

26 Firepower Firepower
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 1992

There is a sudden rash of highly destructive 'accidents' plaguing the leading makers of America's defensive systems.

27 Storm Burst Storm Burst
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1992

Book III of the Storm Trilogy - The Stony Man team is tasked by the President to stop a new wave of deadly terrorist attacks across the world.

28 Intercept Intercept
Written by Carl Furst
Copyright: 1992

The crazed leader of the United Islamic Republic has gotten his hand on the latest advanced missile technology and has a yen to use it.

29 Lethal Impact Lethal Impact
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1992

Bolan heads to Australia to answer an appeal for help against a flow of Chinese heroin into that country.

30 Deadfall Deadfall
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1993

Near Munich a brainwashing is ongoing with the intent of turning the head of the CIA into a tool of Aryan supremacists.

31 Onslaught Onslaught
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1993

An alliance between a Mafia family and a South American drug lord is taking their forces into the newly freed lands of the former Soviet Union.

32 Battle Force Battle Force
Written by Charlie McDade
Copyright: 1993

Book III of the Freedom Trilogy - with the conflict winding down, the leader of North Haakovia is bringing his defeat to the U.S. with chemical warfare.

33 Rampage Rampage
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 1993

People in the Blood Against Oppression, angered at the U.S. support of Isreal, is showing their feelings through killings along the French Riviera.

34 Takedown Takedown
Written by Rich Rainey
Copyright: 1994

Using his many old connections, a former Romanian Security chief has greatly enhanced his business operations with nefarious under-the-table dealings.

35 Death's Head Death's Head
Written by Roland Green
Copyright: 1994

His purpose for being in Berlin had nothing to do with former Nazis working with former KGB agents but Bolan's priorities had to change fast.

36 Hellground Hellground
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1994

Ramon Iberra has added the black arts to his drug dealing ways, making both customers and rivals afraid to rile him.

37 Inferno Inferno
Written by Mel Odom
Copyright: 1994

Book III of the Terror Trilogy - taking the struggle with ARM to the Middle East, Bolan and his group finish the war against the supremacists and the extremists.

38 Ambush Ambush
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1994

A former Nazi, running a powerful drug operation in South America, is using murder to silence American judges who rule against him.

39 Blood Strike Blood Strike
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1994

They call themselves the Sword of Erin and this IRA fringe group is out to make a name for itself by staging a dramatic rescue of his imprisoned leader.

40 Killpoint Killpoint
Written by Mel Odom
Copyright: 1995

Die hard KGB moles are being reactivated in a plot to turn back the clock through the destruction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

41 Vendetta Vendetta
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1995

Reeling from attacks by gangs from all parts of the world, the Mafia seeks to regain supremacy in the New York underworld but Bolan is out to wreck their party.

42 Stalk Line Stalk Line
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1995

Unrest along West Africa's coastal nations have reached a fever pitch and the White House turns to Bolan to find a way to diffuse the trouble.

43 Omega Game Omega Game
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1995

Bolan learns that despite all his efforts, the Mafia has managed to get their hands on a nuclear weapon, increasing their danger to the modern day world.

44 Shock Tactic Shock Tactic
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 1995

A fanatical environmentalist is using all weapons at hand, robbery, extortion and murder, to further his goal of saving the planet from humanity.

45 Showdown Showdown
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1995

Someone from Bolan's old days in Vietnam is now causing trouble through illegal influencing of American politicians.

46 Precision Kill Precision Kill
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 1996

He calls himself the Wizard and this electronic and computer genius is behind a war against the DEA including a violent attack on its very headquarters.

47 Jungle Law Jungle Law
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1996

Someone in Rio has decided that those they label as 'subversives' must die. Unfortunately, their list seems to be quite extensive.

48 Dead Center Dead Center
Written by Mel Odom
Copyright: 1996

An old foe from Bolan's early days needs his help to rescue a great-grandson, held hostage by a Romanian crime lord seeking a foothold in America.

49 Tooth And Claw Tooth And Claw
Written by Mike McQuay
Copyright: 1996

As Red China prepares to take possession of Hong Kong, someone has started early with a death squad that Bolan must train others to counter.

50 Red Heat Red Heat
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1996

When America's top nuclear scientist decides to defect to North Korea, Bolan steps in to stop him but finds the way blocked by an ex-KGB agent.

51 Thermal Strike Thermal Strike
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 1996

Bolan is in the swamps of Louisiana to track down rumors of a group providing nuclear weapons that can fit in everyday backpacks.

52 Day Of The Vulture Day Of The Vulture
Written by Mike McQuay
Copyright: 1997

The Vulture is active again as he escapes from captivity and, along with his henchmen, head across America spilling murder as they move.

53 Flames Of Wrath Flames Of Wrath
Written by William Fieldhouse
Copyright: 1997

While working with the Israelis to rescue an American congressman, the raid goes horribly wrong and now Bolan is wanted by the Mossad.

54 High Aggression High Aggression
Written by Tim Somheil
Copyright: 1997

The monitoring station for a Russian/U.S. spy satellite meant to keep an eye on China is taken over by the Russian Mafia.

55 Code Of Bushido Code Of Bushido
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 1997

A group of terrorists brought to justice by Bolan are in danger of being killed before they come to trial unless Mack can keep them alive.

56 Terror Spin Terror Spin
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1997

The Spear of Allah, an extremist group, has brought the mayhem they had unleashed in Europe to New York.

57 Judgment In Stone Judgment In Stone
Written by Rich Rainey
Copyright: 1997

An ex-agent in the intelligence field can provide anything to anyone but his list of clients has grown too deadly to allow to continue.

58 Rage For Justice Rage For Justice
Written by Tim Somheil
Copyright: 1998

A CIA investigation into the illegal flooding of the electronic market by cheap Chinese rip offs go awry and Bolan is asked to fix it.

59 Rebels And Hostiles Rebels And Hostiles
Written by Michael Kasner
Copyright: 1998

The Brotherhood of Patriots wants to stage a second American Revolution but an investigation into their organization reveals an international backing.

60 Ultimate Game Ultimate Game
Written by Alan Philipson
Copyright: 1998

Someone is trying to turn an extremely violent online game into the real world with a rash of actual killings.

61 Blood Feud Blood Feud
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 1998

An old criminal organization known as Camorra, thought long gone, is back and challenging the Mafia with innocents caught in the middle.

62 Renegade Force Renegade Force
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 1998

Former lawmen, teamed with right-wing extremists, have declared war on the American populace to bring down the current government.

63 Retribution Retribution
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 1998

A key member of Bolan's Stony Man team is confronted with a ghost from the Nazi past that threatens to strike again.

64 Initiation Initiation
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1999

Book I of the Four Horsemen trilogy - they call themselves the Path and they are out to bring chaos to the world as the century nears an end.

65 Cloud Of Death Cloud Of Death
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1999

Book II of the Four Horsemen trilogy - the Path is using cyberspace to help spread their vision of the future and means to bring it off.

66 Termination Point Termination Point
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1999

Book III of the Four Horsemen trilogy - with their plans failing, the Path sees one more chance to achieve anarchy with the killing of the visiting Russian president.

67 Hellfire Strike Hellfire Strike
Written by David North
Copyright: 1999

The latest drug lord from the Golden Triangle has the backing of the powerful People's Revolutionary Army. The President has the backing of Mack Bolan.

68 Code Of Conflict Code Of Conflict
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 1999

A batch of dangerous mustard gas has fallen into the hands of the handsome, rich, and charismatic leader of the Minutemen.

69 Vengeance Vengeance
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 1999

Algeria has been the victim of massive violence from within for years but now Libyan and Iranian insurgents are joining the conflicts.

70 Executive Action Executive Action
Written by David North
Copyright: 2000

Different hate groups fighting different groups of people are getting backing in money and arms from somewhere and the President asks Bolan to find out whom.

71 Killsport Killsport
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2000

For a mere one million dollars, a noted big game hunter offers rich CEO's a hunting trip unlike any other with the target being humans.

72 Conflagration Conflagration
Written by Tim Somheil
Copyright: 2000

What was supposed to be a revolutionary innovation for the mining industry is being turned into a fantastic futuristic weapon.

73 Storm Front Storm Front
Written by Rich Rainey
Copyright: 2000

The American terrorist group, the Cohorts, have returned after a ten year hiatus and they plan to make up for lost time.

74 War Season War Season
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2000

When terrorists use a bizarre new weapon to kill hundreds in Philadelphia, the President instructs Bolan to take out them and the arms dealer who sold the weapon.

75 Evil Alliance Evil Alliance
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 2000

A major player in the drug trade in Korea and Japan has decided to add the West Coast to his customer list.

76 Scorched Earth Scorched Earth
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2001

Serbian terrorists are working as the enforcement arm of the Russian Mafia in the streets of America.

77 Deception Deception
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2001

An attack on North Korea comes at the same time as the annual U.S./South Korean army maneuvers, threatening war.

78 Destiny's Hour Destiny's Hour
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2001

Book I of the Tyranny Files trilogy - the Temple of the Nordic Covenant has started a new holy war with genocide as its final goal.

79 Power Of The Lance Power Of The Lance
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2001

Book II of the Tyranny Files trilogy - the head of the Temple is preparing to become the next Fuhrer but not just of Germany.

80 A Dying Evil A Dying Evil
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2001

Book III of the Tyranny Files trilogy - the struggle against the Temple stretches from the heart of America to the frozen lands of the South Pole.

81 Deep Treachery Deep Treachery
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2001

Increased ages of violence across the country has resulted in worries that the leadership of the nation cannot be trusted.

82 War Load War Load
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 2002

The PPS-1 is the latest in missile technology but now it has been stolen and the President asks Bolan and friends to get it back.

83 Sworn Enemies Sworn Enemies
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 2002

The battle over the Kashmir region has escalated to extreme degrees and with both sides possessing nuclear weapons, the consequences are deadly.

84 Dark Truth Dark Truth
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2002

When a black ops mission results in a massacre in a Nevada diner, Bolan investigates and learns of a conspiracy that reaches deep into the capitol.

85 Breakaway Breakaway
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2002

The attackers of American soldiers stationed on Okinawa remain unknown but for the safety of relations between the two nations, Bolan must uncover and stop them.

86 Blood And Sand Blood And Sand
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2002

Reeling from the murder of his family, a French billionaire has put together a mercenary army to get revenge but thousands of innocents have died in their attacks.

87 Caged Caged
Written by Michael Kasner
Copyright: 2002

Beautiful, educated foreign women are being hired by top American companies but are being blackmailed into acting as industrial spies.

88 Sleepers Sleepers
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2003

Twenty years ago, the KGB agent installed dozens of sleeper agents in the U.S. and now he is reactivating them to start a war with America.

89 Strike And Retrieve Strike And Retrieve
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 2003

As Grimaldi test pilots a new spy plane, it is sabotaged and crash lands in the Himalayas inside Chinese territory from where Bolan must rescue his friend.

90 Age Of War Age Of War
Written by David Robbins
Copyright: 2003

The Al-Jabbar is a would-be successor to El-Quaida and it is causing enough trouble to warrant the interest of Bolan as he tracks them all across the Middle East .

91 Line Of Control Line Of Control
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2003

A group of Chinese mobsters start a new and innovative plan to take over drug trafficing in the US.

92 Breached Breached
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2003

A Chinese Triad has joined with a Mexican cartel to flood the West Coast with drugs and take total control of the trade. Bolan must wage war both in the US and China to stop them.

93 Retaliation Retaliation
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2003

A close friend and fellow warrior pays the ultimate price in the fight against terrorists and Bolan is out for revenge.

94 Pressure Point Pressure Point
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 2004

A Jihadist group willing to committ massive genocide to further their goals is starting attacks in Indonesia and thousands will die unless Bolan and Stony Man can stop them.

95 Silent Running Silent Running
Written by Michael Kasner
Copyright: 2004

A Latin American would-be world leader has taken hundreds hostage in a plot to further his power. Bolan is determined to stop him without wholesale bloodshed.

96 Stolen Arrows Stolen Arrows
Written by Nick Pollotta
Copyright: 2004

The CIA was staging a sting operation with four small nukes as bait but it goes wrong and the weapons are stolen. Bolan is sent to get them back.

97 Zero Option Zero Option
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2004

An American orbital weapons system is the target of control for both foreign elements and a group of Americans who want to take over the country.

98 Predator Paradise Predator Paradise
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2004

Bolan is asked to represent Stony Man as a team of American operative begin a round-up of the baddest men in Africa but he soon finds the team has a nasty goal in mind.

99 Circle Of Deception Circle Of Deception
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2004

A Russian mobster has joined with a Jamaican drug lord and a rogue DEA agent to take over the drug trade in the South.

100 Devils Bargain Devils Bargain
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2005

A super-secret team of covert operatives, thought long dead, now have a plan to unleash Armageddon but their reasons remain a mystery.

101 False Front False Front
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 2005

American missionaries held captive by Filipino rebels are but a small part in a scheme to make a reputation by hurting the US.

102 Lethal Tribute Lethal Tribute
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2005

A cult of Kali, thought long gone, has resurfaced to use stolen Pakistani nuclear weapons to take revenge on the Indian government.

103 Season Of Slaughter Season Of Slaughter
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2005

With hundreds dead at a major US airport, Bolan and the Stony Man team combine to take on the militia group responsible before they can join with a foreign group to destroy the government.

104 Point Of Betrayal Point Of Betrayal
Written by Tim Tresslar
Copyright: 2005

The killing of a former CIA director in Pakistan is the first action in a plot by an Iraqi soldier to get revenge on the US.

105 Ballistic Force Ballistic Force
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 2005

North Korea has managed to capture dissident nuclear scientists and force them to help complete the quest for atomic weapons. Bolan must either free them or kill them.

106 Renegade Renegade
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 2006

Saddam had managed to hide his cache of biological and chemical weapons before he was attacked. Now those responsible for guarding them are selling them to the highest bidders.

107 Survival Reflex Survival Reflex
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2006

An American doctor working to help natives in Brazil harmed in a civil war is possibly being pushed into something far more sinister unless Bolan to come to the rescue.

108 Path To War Path To War
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2006

The fight over the remains of Angola is an internal matter until a group of former CIA and DOD operatives start in. Bolan is sent to get them to stop.

109 Slaughter House Slaughter House
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2006

A Russian mobster is in custody but the witnesses against him are dying quickly. Bolan must stop the killing but it means going against the whole mob.

110 Ultimate Stakes Ultimate Stakes
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2006

The White House asks Bolan to rescue two US citizens kidnapped in Ecuador. Their capture was by a kingpin eager to use oil and drugs to further his power.

111 State Of Evil State Of Evil
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2006

To help an old friend, Bolan heads to the Congo to free a young man help captive by a powerful cult leader. He finds himself against a group of terrorists anxious to make a name for themselves.

112 Force Lines Force Lines
Written by Dan Schmidt
Copyright: 2007

Bolan goes into combat to stop a team of deep-cover US operatives so secret no one really knows what they are doing and thus no one is there to hold them accountable.

113 Contagion Option Contagion Option
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2007

A terrorist band has gotten ahold of a set of canisters holding deadly toxins, a set made in the US but which were supposed to have been destroyed forty years before.

114 Hellfire Code Hellfire Code
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2007

The wealthy industrialist was a true patriot, willing to put his money on the line in the eradication of the enemies of his country. He didn't care how many innocents were killed in the fight, though, and Bolan did.

115 War Drums War Drums
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2007

The Iranians are using Chinese funding and Russians technology to cause trouble and Bolan is sent by the White House to do whatever it takes to slow them down.

116 Ripple Effect Ripple Effect
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2007

A decorated Green Beret was treated unfairly and has decided to get even by using his training to help fanatics around the world.

117 Devils Playground Devils Playground
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2007

A governor of a Mexican state is helpless to stop a growing drug cartel from taking over so he asks from help from the US.

118 The Killing Rule The Killing Rule
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2008

A die-hard group of IRA agents is being funded by an official high up in the British government who has a plan for gaining personal power.

119 Patriot Play Patriot Play
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2008

The Brethren is an American militia group anxious to bring down the government and is attacking while masquerading as foreign terrorists.

120 Appointment In Baghdad Appointment In Baghdad
Written by Nathan Meyer
Copyright: 2008

The Iraqi figure known as the Scimitar has a widening sphere of power combining fundamentalist fervor with more secular greed.

121 Havana Five Havana Five
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2008

A State Department official has gone missing and the trail leads to Cuba where a training camp for Columbian rebels is readying a new series of mayhem.

122 The Judas Project The Judas Project
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2008

A Kremlin bureaucrat has found the names of sleeper agents in the US, all in the financial world, and is using them to get rich and to inflict damage.

123 Plains Of Fire Plains Of Fire
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2008

A fanatic has found a way to weaponize the highly deadly Ebola virus and is testing it in the deserts of the Sudan.

124 Colony Of Evil Colony Of Evil
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2009

Bolan has help from the Mossad as he heads into the rain forests of Columbia to take out a former Nazi who is using the drug trade to fund a new regime.

125 Hard Passage Hard Passage
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2009

Bolan was just acting as emergency backup on a mission to Russia when he learns of a plot by Russian youth to meld with Islamic terrorists to wreck far greater damage.

126 Interception Interception
Written by Nathan Meyer
Copyright: 2009

Stolen arms technology is up for sale and Bolan heads to the marketplace to get it back. The site, however, is in Croatia in a city not known for law and order.

127 Cold War Reprise Cold War Reprise
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2009

Remnants of an old Soviet spy organization have resurfaced in an attempt to return that nation to its previous political state and dominance.

128 Mission: Apocalypse Mission: Apocalypse
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2009

The leader of a New Age cult has much greater plans for the secular world and has enlisted the aid of Russian and South American rebels to sneak a dirty bomb into the U.S.

129 Altered State Altered State
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2009

Rumors of heightened drug trade in Afghanistan are not new but this time the people behind it belong to the largest private security force working in that country.

130 Killing Game Killing Game
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 2009

A French cyberterrorist group, thought to have been stopped long before, is coming back with a scheme that involves massive death at Yankee Stadium.

131 Diplomacy Directive Diplomacy Directive
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2010

Just as a huge political rally is about to take place in Puerto Rico, attacks threaten to destroy peaceful elections and destroy the bond with the US government.

132 Betrayed Betrayed
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2010

A man who seems to be making serious headway in brokering a peace agreement in the Middle East is the target of those who want the killing to continue. Bolan is sent to keep him and his family alive.

133 Sabotage Sabotage
Written by Phil Elmore
Copyright: 2010

Someone is out to destabilize American efforts in the Middle East by attacking soldiers returning from service there. Bolan wants their homecoming to be safe.

134 Conflict Zone Conflict Zone
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2010

Even as Bolan is attacking different forces in war-torn Nigeria, causing them to fight each other, Russian and Chinese agents get involved.

135 Blood Play Blood Play
Written by Ron Renauld
Copyright: 2010

The Russian mobsters who have taken control of Indian casinos in New Mexico have far more than gambling on their minds - they are after the theft of nuclear weapons unless Mack Bolan can stop them.

136 Desert Fallout Desert Fallout
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2010

A leader seeking to take control of Egypt is claiming to be a new Pharaoh and is using poisons unearthed at an archaeological dig to further his plans.

137 Extraordinary Rendition Extraordinary Rendition
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2010

Bolan is asked to find and capture a Russian arms dealer in Moscow for transfer back to America for trial. The dealer's connections with the KGB as well as the CIA, however, make him a man with many friends and many places to hide.

138 Devil's Mark Devil's Mark
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2010

Bolan is along the border with Mexico to help a DEA operation when the headless corpses of men from both sides of the conflict are found, showing that a third player has entered the game.

139 Savage Rule Savage Rule
Written by Phil Elmore
Copyright: 2011

When the dictatorial leaders of Mexico and Honduras begin to look closely at Guatemala between them, the US knows that they need to send someone to stop the state sponsored raids and that someone is Mack Bolan.

140 Infiltration Infiltration
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2011

A Russian crime organization which specializing in cyber crimes has become too powerful to ignore. Bolan decides to destroy it by infiltrating it and blowing it up from inside.

141 Resurgence Resurgence
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2011

The Albanians underworld is increasing their illicit sex slave operation and Bolan has decided it is time to put them down. Doing this means heading from the U.S. to Albania to take on the godfather in charge.

142 Kill Shot Kill Shot
Written by Darwin Holstrom
Copyright: 2011

Someone has coordinated an impressive terror campaign in which innocent people are killed, each with one precision shot, across several cities along the East Coast. Witness to one such killing, Bolan is determined to find the killers.

143 Stealth Sweep Stealth Sweep
Written by Nick Pollotta
Copyright: 2011

A renegade Chinese general with a plan to extend China's dominion far beyond its current borders is ready to unleash his forces unless Mack Bolan can stop him.

144 Grave Mercy Grave Mercy
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2011

Haiti is again feeling the evil that was the Ton Ton Macoute as a would-be leader uses deadly chemicals to create an army of thoughtless killers to do his bidding. Bolan is determined to see the leader dead, permanently.

145 Treason Play Treason Play
Written by Tim Tresslar
Copyright: 2011

A deep-cover CIA agent posing as a journalist disappears in Dubai while tracking a major weapons smuggling ring. Bolan joins the case when the man's tortured body turns up and he takes the mission deep into Pakistan where he has no one to help.

146 Assassin's Code Assassin's Code
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2011

A group of assassins, fervent believers, have started to strike all over Afghanistan and Bolan is sent in to stop them. This is not so easy when they mix old world beliefs with new age technology and have many of the locals hiding them.

147 Shadow Strike Shadow Strike
Written by Nick Pollotta
Copyright: 2012

Seeking to create a holocaust around the world by striking at oil rigs in numerous places about the planet, the terrorist group has attacked a British warship among other acts. Bolan is assigned to find and stop them.

148 Decision Point Decision Point
Written by Russell Davis
Copyright: 2012

The Tamil Tigers are back in action trying to disrupt as much as they can in Southeast Asia. The capture of a young woman for ransom to pay for their activities might have been enough to get Bolan to step in but the pot was sweetened when it was learned the terrorists also had vital stolen technology.

149 Road Of Bones Road Of Bones
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2012

A Russian intelligence officer has proof of the activities of the Russian mob in the US but they are determined to kill her before she can reveal it. Bolan heads there to protect her but they soon find themselves in the middle of Siberia fighting the enemy and the bitter cold.

150 Radical Edge Radical Edge
Written by Phil Elmore
Copyright: 2012

A domestic terror group wants to strike out at the country they have grown to distrust as well as a community of illegals so they hijack a train loaded with fuel and plan to create one incredible disaster.

151 Fireburst Fireburst
Written by Nick Pollotta
Copyright: 2012

A series of deadly lightning strikes are defying the odds and convincing Bolan that someone is behind it instead of freaks of nature. To bring out the real culprits, Bolan pretends to be the one behind them, taking credit.

152 Oblivion Pact Oblivion Pact
Written by Nick Pollotta
Copyright: 2012

An Australian millionaire, leading a band of white supremacists, has launched a war in Mexico and Bolan must step in to bring him down.

153 Enemy Arsenal Enemy Arsenal
Written by Travis Morgan
Copyright: 2012

Stony Man is after a major arms black market in the deserts of Africa and Mack Bolan has stepped in to lend them a hand to find out who is behind the massive sale of destruction.

154 State Of War State Of War
Written by Chuck Rogers
Copyright: 2012

Crocodil is a new synthetic drug which is becoming a rage and causing rival gangs to fight for turf in Florida. Bolan strikes there and works his way back to the source in Guatemala.

155 Ballistic Ballistic
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2013

Triad pirates have gotten their hands on two of China's latest surface-to-surface missiles, putting American warships in danger. Bolan is asked to help and he needs the help of a Chinese spy.

156 Escalation Tactic Escalation Tactic
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 2013

A 'business' venture between Mexicans and Americans has started to take on the most powerful drug cartel along the border. Mercenaries are coming in and the bloodshed is tremendous. Bolan is asked to add to it.

157 Crisis Diplomacy Crisis Diplomacy
Written by Phil Elmore
Copyright: 2013

A conference in Stockholm on WMDs is hijacked by terrorists and one of the bigwigs taken is the US Vice President. Bolan is asked to end the siege.

158 Apocalypse Ark Apocalypse Ark
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2013

A strange cult has plans to bring about the Apocalypse and it involves destroying the Vatican. Bolan is asked to stop them before their trail of destruction actually gets to Rome.

159 Lethal Stakes Lethal Stakes
Written by Tim Tresslar
Copyright: 2013

When An Israeli defense manufacturer comes up with a revolutionary missile, the bodies start piling up as different factions try to get their hands on it.

160 Illicit Supply Illicit Supply
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2013

The death of Secret Service agents along with Colombian police during a raid on a counterfeiting ring is the tip of the iceberg as Stony Man learns funny money is threatenting both US and Chinese economies.

161 Explosive Demand Explosive Demand
Written by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
Copyright: 2013

Bolan follows the counterfeiting trail to Kuala Lumpur where fake money is just part of the huge attack on US and Chinese financial institutions.

162 Ground Zero Ground Zero
Written by Andy Boot
Copyright: 2013

A major official in the US intelligence world is kidnapped by Somali pirates and Bolan heads in to the Horn of Africa to get him out. Once done, they learn of a plan to take the fight to the US and the trouble just gets started.

163 Jungle Firestorm Jungle Firestorm
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2014

Though he lives and operates in Mumbai, the mob boss who is causing tremendous damage to India through drugs and prostitution and others is actually in the pay of Pakistan. Bolan decides he needs to be dealt with.

164 Terror Ballot Terror Ballot
Written by Phil Elmore
Copyright: 2013

Terrorism is rife in France as someone is out to not only affecting an upcoming vote but also move the revolt to other countries, including the US.

165 Death Metal Death Metal
Written by Andy Boot
Copyright: 2014

A Scandinavian heavy-metal band is claiming to have the means to cause tremendous destruction. No one really listens until one is murdered and proof of their claim shows up.

166 Justice Run Justice Run
Written by Tim Tresslar
Copyright: 2014

A German industrialist has designs on controlling all of Europe but he must first weaken America. Bolan is determined he not succeed.

167 China White China White
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2014

A major turf war between a gang from the Golden Crescent and a powerful Triad. The conflict moves to American where Bolan steps in.

168 Payback Payback
Written by Michael A. Black
Copyright: 2014

Bolan shows up at a Mexican fortress to free an undercover agent only to find the place in flames and everyone gone, showing Bolan there is a major leak.

169 Chain Reaction Chain Reaction
Written by Mike Linaker
Copyright: 2014

Two FBI agents are killed and the prime suspect is an old enemy of the Stony Man Farm, prompting Bolan to action against them.

170 Nightmare Army Nightmare Army
Written by Travis Morgan
Copyright: 2014

Bolan is barely able to escape a village when the residents, affected by a strange virus, go crazy. As he heads away, he witnesses a black ops team arrive to destroy everyone. Now he wants to know more.

171 Critical Exposure Critical Exposure
Written by Matt Kozar
Copyright: 2015

A spate of double agents turning on Americans and disrupting missions all over the world brings Mack Bolan in to investigate at the White House' request.

172 Insurrection Insurrection
Written by Jerry VanCook
Copyright: 2015

Boko Haram targets Catholics in Nigeria. Mack Bolan decides it is time the leader of that group got ended and he heads there to do just that. Someone, though, has alerted the prey.

173 Armed Response Armed Response
Written by Glenn D. Williams
Copyright: 2015

The Republic of Djibouti is disrupted by a coup by one of its generals, financed by an American oil company. This is just the starting point for a plan to take over the whole region. Mack Bolan has other plans.

174 Desert Falcons Desert Falcons
Written by Michael A. Black
Copyright: 2015

The Saudi Royal family is close to losing power. One of their major princes is being targeted in Las Vegas and Mack Bolan heads there to stop that.

175 Ninja Assault Ninja Assault
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2015

The Yakuza wants to get a piece of the action in Vegas and will kill some powerful people to do so. Mack Bolan is against the idea and fights them there and back home in Japan.

176 Lethal Risk Lethal Risk
Written by Travis Morgan
Copyright: 2015

Mack Bolan is asked to escort a Chinese official who wants to defect and reveal war crimes his nation is guilty of. The official is arrested first, though, so Bolan's job gets far more difficult.

177 Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning
Written by Mike Newton
Copyright: 2015

Terrorists attack the US consulate in Jordan and then vanish to various parts of the world. Mack Bolan decides to take a few trips to say hello.

178 War Everlasting War Everlasting
Written by Jon Guenther
Copyright: 2015

American servicemen crash on a return flight in the Bering Sea. The team sent to rescue them disappears. Mack Bolan is sent to find what is going on.

MY COMMENTS

       My first great love of action series started with The Executioner. Great characters like Doc Savage and the Shadow, as well as mystery solvers like Hercule Poirot, had my interest prior to then but with Mack Bolan, my interest expanded greatly.
       The amount of vitriol heaped upon the series over the years by critics is tremendous and probably only second to that given James Bond. Critics, IMHO, dislike something when it is very bad or very popular. The former is understandable. The latter is not so easy to see but it nevertheless too often the case.
       If you are looking for serious cloak and dagger reading, don't bother with The Executioner. If you are looking for tremendous amounts of solid action, look no further.

GRADE

My Grade: C

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