- Publisher: Pinnacle Books; Fourth Edition edition (1971)
- ASIN: B000N1Z3I0
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,419,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battle Mask (The Executioner no. 3) Paperback – 1971
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A few highlights:
- I like how relatively understated the firepower is in this book. Unlike later Executioners, where Bolan is a walking arsenal, here he does most of his killing with various small to mid-caliber snubnose revolvers. Of course, the gun-related deaths are no prettier on account of being delivered by a dainty .32 or .38 revolver - Pendleton handles the cruel, casual violence of Bolan's business very well, even in these earlier books.
- The diabolical sadism of the Mafiosi works wonders to make you hate these guys. These aren't the dangerous but lovable made men of The Sopranos, or the stylish criminals of Casino or Goodfellas. These are ruthless, evil bastards who more than deserve to die at Bolan's hands. If you need any convincing, the "turkey" scene should more than suffice.
- This book handles the infiltration of a Mafia power structure much more deftly than the first Bolan book, War Against the Mafia. The persona Bolan takes on seems sharper, more refined, and more believable, at least by the standards of such fictional fare. Although Bolan impersonates Mafia predators many more times in future titles, this is still one of my favorite examples.
In conclusion, although you should definitely start with the first two books in the series, if you feel they are a little unpolished, I believe you'll see Pendleton really zeroing in and hitting the bull's-eye with this book. Highly Recommended.