MICHAEL HAWK

 
Full Name: Michael Hawk
Nationality: American
Organization: Crusader, Inc.
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Dan Streib
Time Span: 1980 - 1981
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Michael Hawk is a freelance reporter.
       This is one very strange series to describe. As it deals with international intrigue and is chock full of spies, it is included in this compendium even though Hawk is not an secret agent. He is, however, as a reporter who has traveled the world and written several damning exposes, earning the wrath of some very powerful people including the KGB. He is also incredibly wealthy, sort of.
       At the beginning of the series, told in the first volume, Hawk is a man recently released from a Soviet prison where he was investigating the cruelty he knew to be there. Soon, however, he is intrigued with rumors of a recluse on a Greek island and heads there to investigate.
       It is impossible to describe the basis for the remaining 13 books without giving away the ending of the first so here goes. The recluse is a beautiful woman who had inherited a gigantic fortune spread all over the world from her father, a deposed dictator. She is reclusive because the Soviets are the ones who kicker the leader out of his country and they want the vast wealth for themselves. Hawk's investigations into her past come to the attention of the KGB and bring about her tragic death. Almost as a curse as she lay dieing from an assassin's bullet, she passed on to Hawk the secret account number needed to unlock the wealth.
       Now he is the holder of the tremendous power the money brings and he knows he can use it to do good. He is also the target of the Soviets who still want what is left over and are not afraid to kill to get it. The only other one who knows the secret behind Hawk and his wealth is a key agent of the CIA who seems not above pushing Hawk into helping out now and then.
       By the way, the tag line of 'crusader' comes not only from Hawk's natural predilection for champing various causes but also for the name the dictator had given the corporation controlling most of his money - Crusaders, Inc.

BOOKS

Number of Books:14
First Appearance:1980
Last Appearance:1981

1 The Deadly Crusader The Deadly Crusader
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1980

Rumors of a secluded Greek isle where a wealthy recluse lived bring Michael Hawk to investigate and into a fight by the KGB to reclaim an ex-dictator's vast fortune.

2 The Mind Twisters The Mind Twisters
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1980

Reeling from the new power he has just come into, Michael Hawk is ill prepared to take on a cult lead by a madman and controlled by a wife with visions of total control.

3 The Power Barons The Power Barons
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1980

A man wanting to become the controller of all electricity in the U.S. is sabotaging nuclear plants, including one owned by Michael Hawk who doesn't take kindly to the trouble.

4 The Predators The Predators
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1980

Michael Hawk sails into the Caribbean and into the arms of a mother-daughter team unlike any he had ever met, as well as an assassin determined to kill him.

5 California Shakedown California Shakedown
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

While investigating the murder of an old friend, Michael Hawk lands up in Hollywood and discovers a rotten scam going on among the dream makers of Tinseltown.

6 The Seeds Of Evil The Seeds Of Evil
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

Wanting to know why a reporter was brutally killed in Venice, Michael Hawk finds old Nazi hatred and schemes still smoldering behind the walls of a huge palatial villa.

7 The Death Riders The Death Riders
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

Michael Hawk visits a friend who runs a motorcycle circus just as he is killed in a fiery crash, with plenty of evidence showing it was not an accident.

8 The Enemy Within The Enemy Within
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

The President of the US, an old friend of Michael Hawk, is fearing he is losing his mind and needs help even as the Mid-East is ready to explode.

9 Down Under And Dirty Down Under And Dirty
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

Someone is trying to take over Sydney's organized crime and Michael Hawk is hot on the trail. The crime bosses don't want publicity, however, as they start to fight back.

10 The Cargo Gods The Cargo Gods
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

When Michael Hawk finds a tropical island for sale, he figures this would be the perfect refuge but the CIA and KGB seem to have other plans, as does a powerful hurricane.

11 The Terror Merchants The Terror Merchants
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

Michael Hawk heads to New York to take on a terrorist group that has attacked several times in several ways and is setting the scene for an even greater calamity.

12 The Virgin Stealers The Virgin Stealers
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

The disappearance of Michael Hawk's date for the evening leads to his discovery of a white slavery ring in the Caribbean but why was the CIA trying so hard to mislead him?

13 The Hawaiian Takeover The Hawaiian Takeover
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

While in Hawaii, Michael Hawk takes exception to the murder of a friend by a Chinese gang called the Way and learns that the Way is planning a takeover of the islands.

14 The Treasure Divers The Treasure Divers
Written by Dan Streib
Copyright: 1981

Michael Hawk wants to know who would take an old man's delusion about being the only survivor of a WWII treasure boat serious enough to kidnap him from an Hawaiian resort.

MY COMMENTS

       This series got off to an unbelievably rough start with a first book that made very little sense except to set the scene for several other more enjoyable adventures. After that, the tales became smoother and easier to follow, if not quite standard. The main character, however, remains confusing as he seems to switch between 'deadly crusader' out to punish the wicked and a shivering coward afraid of shadows.
       If you are mainly interested in action/adventure novels, you might try some of these. Otherwise, pass them by.

GRADE

My Grade: C

Your Average Grade:   B-

YOUR OPINIONS
chrisno1 B- 2017-03-22

The first four novels in this series are good. They demonstrate Michael Hawks resilience and develop his fatalistic persona. Action comes hard and fast but story and character are not forgotten. There are moments of real excitement and exotica as well as some erotica and down-right nastiness. I'd read them over and over. Diminishing returns sets in with the remainder which excepting Down Under And Dirty are a fairly shabby bunch of exploitation thrillers which lack plot, style, substance and people. Disappointimng, but I mark it a B because those first four (especially 1,3 &4) cut the mustard for me.


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