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THEY CALL ME THE MERCENARY

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Full Name: Hank Frost
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Mercenary

Creator: Axel Kilgore
Time Span: 1980 - 1984

ABOUT THE SERIES

Hank Frost is a mercenary.

He does not try to pretty his profession by calling himself a paramilitary expert or operative. He does not try to go the romantic route and call himself a soldier-of-fortune. He is a mercenary in the ultimate definition, namely "a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army". Frost uses that term when asked, that and the term 'mermadon' which he says 'means about the same thing but then nobody'd have a snowball's idea in hell what you were talking about". This attitude fits Frost perfectly.

The question as to why a training soldier who travels the world, often in Africa, putting his life on the line for people or countries he does not know or really care about while fighting other people or countries he is equally ambivalent to, belong in this compendium. He is here because in just about every tight spot he works, the level of international intrigue that he deals with more than qualifies anyone. Safeguarding this head of state or finding a way to topple that one. Going into enemy territory to free some innocent or perhaps not so pristine person or persons. Acting as courier for this item or that or finding a way to intercept another courier for what they are transporting. And dealing with shady people lurking in dark alleys and back rooms, spies and double agents and saboteurs and assassins.

Frost may not be a spy but he definitely acts like one far more than he would want to admit and definitely a whole lot more than he would care to. Frost loves being a soldier and has no aspirations to be anything else but that does not keep the world from often making him do non-soldier work.

Frost is easily recognizable with his now trademark black patch over his left eye. How he lost the use of the eye and started needing a patch is unknown though he is asked by different people at least twice in each of the adventures we have recorded of his - and each of those inquiries will be answered with a short but always interesting explanation, amusing and intriguing but invariably fiction.

Which leads into one of Frost's more notable traits. For a man who deals with violence on an almost daily basis and who earns his daily bread frequently ending the days of the enemy, he has a wry and highly entertaining sense of humor. It is sometimes on the more macabre side but not usually. He would make a fascinating case study for a psychiatrist but should someone suggest he visit one, he would undoubtedly agree he could use one and then never once consider going.

One aspect of his life that we discover in the first recorded adventure who will play a major role in the rest of his escapades is very attractive and more than a lot capable Bess Stallman. This blonde-haired beauty is a reporter for the INB Telecommunications Service. He saves her life in a very nasty matter in village suffering the effect of a civil war in its country. Some very bad men were trying to add her name to the list of rape and murder victims there and she was doing her best to stop them when Frost showed up and helped out. Their relationship will grow over time and they will become extremely important to each other.

BOOKS

Number of Books:17
First Appearance:1980
Last Appearance:1984

1 The Killing Genesis The Killing Genesis
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1980

Hank Frost goes on a vicious blood-hunt into the jungles of war-torn Central Africa, carrying his vendetta against the kill-crazy rogue commander who massacred Frost's outfit down to the very last man. The trail leads him into a three-sided ground war between Communist terrorist butchers, a bloody-handed puppet dictator, and the CIA's own revolutionary army. Through an endless web of torture slayings, a bank heist commando raid, and deception, Hank Frost never takes his eye off the ultimate goal: assassination.
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2 The Slaughter Run The Slaughter Run
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1980

Assasination in the Swiss Alps... terrorism in the Central American jungle... Treachery in Washington... and Hank Frost is right in the middle! The wise-cracking mercenary captain is up to his eyepatch in brutal violence.
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3 Fourth Reich Death Squad Fourth Reich Death Squad
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1980

'Every forty-eight hours until $10m in diamonds is paid, we'll send back a piece of professor balsam...' That message and a bloody finger are all hank frost finds after he loses his prize charge to terrorist kidnappers. And to get balsam back, the fast-talking, fast-shooting, one-eyed mercenary captain has to gut his way through a sado-masochist torture team, neo-nazi gunmen and a vastly powerful fourth reich conspiracy. The french police are after frost, and so is israeli intelligence and the beautiful mossad agent marita, who claims to be balsam's daughter. From chicago to paris, to the bavarian alps, from terrorist assaults to torture sessions, hank frost is in trouble—up to his eye patch...
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4 The Opium Hunter The Opium Hunter
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1981

Hank Frost the overused 9mm and a low-budget bank account, loses the commission on a multi-million-dollar deal and to keep on eating, hires out for a vendetta against the Burmese drug warlords. With a mercenary commando team, Frost penetrates the steaming Southeast Asian jungles to knock off the kingpin of the raw opium trade and avenge a savage murder.
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5 Canadian Killing Ground Canadian Killing Ground
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1981

Hank Frost takes on an "easy" executive protection job. The assignment is to ride shotgun on a seven-year-old genius en route to rejoin his father, a U.S. military aircraft expert working on a Top Secret “mystery bomber” with the Canadian government. But the whiz-kid doesn't like Frost's eye patch jokes, and the boy’s father turns up missing—along with the mysterious plane. And then there's the PLO and some Baader-Meinhof gang alumni who have plans to introduce global terrorism to North America in a big, big way.
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6 Vengeance Army Vengeance Army
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1981

Hank Frost suddenly becomes commanding general of an anti-Communist Mercenary Army doubling as admiral of a moth-balled invasion fleet. And there's also a $100,000 payoff in the bargain. All Frost has to do is invade Monte Azul, a country lost to Communist terrorists, and oust Castro's murderous puppet dictator, who's backed by a Castro Army of 4,000 shock troops.
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7 Slave Of The Warmonger Slave Of The Warmonger
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1981

Hank Frost gets an offer he can't refuse. The exquisitely-beautiful daughter of a New York Mafia capo has been kidnapped by white slavers in the Middle East and sold into the harem of a militant Arab oil sheik. The capo and his own crime syndicate "soldiers" are powerless to get her out. If the girl fails to please her "master" she'll be butchered. Frost mounts a mercenary strike force to penetrate the sheikdom. But rescuing the capo's daughter is just the beginning of Frost's troubles. The sheik and his neo-Nazi advisors are plotting to assassinate the President of Egypt, putting the blame on Jewish extremists and making the Middle East explode in all-out war!
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8 Assassin's Express Assassin's Express
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1982

Hank Frost hires out to bodyguard a returning, deep-cover female U.S. agent. He has to drive her from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C, where she'll report directly to the President of the United States. The brain of this unbelievably beautiful redhead carries a list of Communist agents holding positions of trust in the highest echelons of the CIA and FBI-men who have set both organizations on the trail of Frost and the girl with orders to shoot on sight.
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9 The Terror Contract The Terror Contract
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1982

Hank Frost hires out to the CIA to shepherd one of the world's most hunted female terrorists. She's sought by law enforcement agencies in all the countries of Europe, and stalked by the terrorist organization she's double-crossed in exchange for asylum.
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10 Bush Warfare Bush Warfare
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1982

Hank Frost finds himself the target of a beautiful woman's bloodthirsty revenge. Hijacked in Africa, Frost awakens in a deep jungle, a needle mark on his right arm. A note beside him reads: "The injection we have given will induce permanent blindness in seventy-two hours. The jungle itself, the beasts and snakes, Communist terrorists and your already blurring vision stand between you and my house. I am surrounded by armed men, attack guards and electronic defense systems. I have the antidote for the injection. Come to me..." Unarmed, blinded by hatred, Frost makes tracks through the wild bush—with plans of giving this ruthless beauty a dose of her own medicine...
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11 Death Lust! Death Lust!
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1982

Hank Frost is trailing the Black Market arms buys of Eva Chapmann, "The Deathwitch." From the high seas of the Mediterranean to Sicily to the Greek Isles and the Pillars of Hercules, Frost, with a force of Cosa Nostra hitmen for his "commando team," battles time and superior odds to put a bullet through the heart of The Deathwitch before she plunges the world into nuclear war. And then there's the exquisite Constanza who handles a ship or a subgun as good as a man—and she's with Hank Frost all the way...
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12 Headshot! Headshot!
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1982

Hank Frost is hired by the hot-tempered and incredibly desirable daughter of the assassinated patriarch of Miami's anti-Castro underground. The mission: cut the three-way connection between Havana, Columbia's M-19 terrorists and the Florida drug smugglers. But Frost discovers that more than drugs are being smuggled—arms and explosives are being traded off to the M-19 for military protection and to pro-Castro terrorists in Miami.
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13 Naked Blade! Naked Gun! Naked Blade! Naked Gun!
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1983

Hank Frost was just planning a little vacation with his lady, Bess, while she worked up a story on devil cultists and mutilation murders. Then he runs into the enigmatic assassin who iced his old C.O. back in 'Nam, and finds a tie-in between the disappearances of top-ranking U.S. scientists and a hellfire-and-brimstone TV evangelist. It was supposed to be a simple vacation, but before it is over, the merc is fighting for his life and country as a bizarre Soviet plot explodes in the middle of Georgia.
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14 The Siberian Alternative The Siberian Alternative
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1983

Hank Frost certainly hadn't expected the attack in the peaceful woods north of Atlanta, but he managed to take out a few of the men before he fell. Even more surprising was his condition when he awoke: straitjacketed in a ward somewhere deep inside the Soviet Union. He didn't need two eyes to see to the heart of what the Russian doctor was telling him—they were going to plant electrodes in his brain and turn him into a weapon for the KGB! Frost shakes off the effects of the drugs they've been using and manages an escape that takes him through the bitter Siberian winter toward the Baltic, accompanied by a stunning language teacher whose naked body conceals a deadly secret. Mind control, political intrigue, bloody violence and murder—Hank Frost is in it up to his eyepatch!
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15 The Afghanistan Penetration The Afghanistan Penetration
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1983

Matt Jenks, one of the Merc's old Army buddies, is missing... behind Soviet lines in Afghanistan. When Hank Frost agrees to go in looking for him, he stumbles onto a U.S. intelligence operation and becomes the sudden target of a KGB hit team. Jenks wasn't just a volunteer; he was a CIA contract employee, and he had uncovered a Soviet weapon of such frightening potential it could bring the West to its knees. Now, The Company wants Frost to take on his buddy's job!
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16 China Bloodhunt China Bloodhunt
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1983

Hank Frost finds himself in a deadly game of who do you trust when he's forced to work his way across mainland China—with a Chicom secret agent! It is one of those times when a man's got to do what he's got to do—even if it goes against everything he believes in. With China and Russia moving closer to a shooting war, Hank and Mike O'Hara have to go into action between the trigger-happy forces on both sides to find a tape that could throw America into the middle of a war we shouldn't be in. The only thing that makes the merc happy is Elizabeth Chu'an, a beautiful and seductive operative assigned by Peking to accompany him. Or is she a double?
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17 Buckingham Blowout Buckingham Blowout
Written by Axel Kilgore
Copyright: 1984

Hank Frost is in England to keep an eye on his journalist fiance, Bess... until someone orders her death and leaves him broken and bloody in a London alley with his brains so scrambled he can't remember his name. Unfortunately, Frost also forgets his discovery of a brutal terrorist plot. The only thing on his mind now is finding out who he is. What he doesn't know is that a secret organization known as The Legion Of Death is getting ready to write down Frost's name for him—on a gravestone!
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MY COMMENTS

     When I began this compendium all those many years back, I considered this series. I had long since collected and read all the books and enjoyed the action and the humor and especially the main character (okay, his girl friend, Bess, as well).

     The character's vocation was the stumbling block because I wanted very much to have a solid wall between those on the cloak & dagger shady side of things and those who were front and center soldiers.

     I would go on to add more than a few soldiers into the mix but each of those would be pressed into service of one intelligence agency or another - or find themselves fighting in opposition of the same. Frost is not that so much.

     It was when just recently I read a review of the over-all series by a blogger I respect that I saw again how most of the adventures I followed Frost having could individually qualify him for membership. So finally after many years, I welcomed him to the collection.

     Frost is a hoot. Well, as long as you do not betray him and leave him for dead or dying. Then he is not so funny. Since as a reader of his adventures I am not the bad guy, he can stay a hoot and I for one am glad that I got to enjoy each of those stories.


GRADE

My Grade: B

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