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Posted: 2/21/2006 7:49:59 PM EDT
Knew someone in school who read them. Never even opened one up myself.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:52:14 PM EDT
I know that reference was dropped earlier on this site as an example of paranoia.

Not familiar with them myself.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:53:30 PM EDT
Ben Raines would kick Mack Bolan's ass!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:54:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:
I know that reference was dropped earlier on this site as an example of paranoia.




That's what made me think of it after all these years.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:57:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 7:58:18 PM EDT by tc6969]
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:59:18 PM EDT
Is that what he was about? Taking on the mafia?

For some reason I always pictured him as some sort of soldier for hire, going around the world and whacking badguys and taking out corrupt foreign leaders.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:01:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:
Is that what he was about? Taking on the mafia?

For some reason I always pictured him as some sort of soldier for hire, going around the world and whacking badguys and taking out corrupt foreign leaders.



Maybe he was onto something by taking out the mafia. Have you seen the "New Jersey" thread?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:06:39 PM EDT
Mack Bolan didn't have anything to do with paranoia. The story line started that Mack Bolan who was a Sniper in Vietnam was called home because his dad had killed his sister then himself when he found out that Mack Bolan's sister became a prostitute for the Mob to pay off a loan her dad took for a reason I am forgetting. The many books to follow cronicled his war against the Mafia, then he later went on to fight communism, drug cartels, terrorists, etc... The story lines tracked the political and social problems of the day with Mack Bolan being the hero.

He seemed to quit aging as he was in his thirties when the series started in 1967 so he'd be about 70 today But that's ok because it was simple escapist pulp reading. I had collected a good portion of the series starting in high school. The ones written by Don Pendleton were pretty good but later they were written by ghoast authors and became really formulatic and corny. Stil they are interesting as a whole to see how his character developes over years and volumes and as period pieces because they are like a snapshot of what was bad guy of the day at the time they were written.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:07:56 PM EDT
Mack Bolan and his Desert Eagle loaded with 240 grain boat-tailed hollow points? Yup, I read 'em.



Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:08:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:09:21 PM EDT
Was "The Executioner" part of that series? If so, yes I read them.

Eric
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:09:26 PM EDT
Agreed!


Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
Ben Raines would kick Mack Bolan's ass!

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:12:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bulldog1967:
Ben Raines would kick Mack Bolan's ass!



Hmm...that's a tossup.
Would Ben Raines have his Tommy Gun and Bolan have his M93R and Desert Eagle combo?

Not exactly high reading, but def. some fun reading.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:13:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 8:15:29 PM EDT by Moose]
I read about 30 of the early middle ones when I was a kid but it just got too repetitive.

The same old story. Mack shoots the shit out of the mafia terrorists who was made out to look like the Italian Middle Eastern version of the three stooges.

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Originally Posted By photokirk:
Mack Bolan and his Desert Eagle loaded with 240 grain boat-tailed hollow points? Yup, I read 'em.

www.kdraut.com/ar15/cover.jpg

www.kdraut.com/ar15/text.jpg



Did he retire his AutoMag?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:17:18 PM EDT
I read a ton of them when I was about 10.

Pendelton is a lot like Louis Lamour - They are all the same after the third or fourth one.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:18:58 PM EDT
I read the War against the Mafia series (up to #38) and probably the first 20 each of the Stony Man books, Able Team, and Phoenix Force. I stopped when the ghost writers picked it up. Sometimes dull and repetitive, but plenty of gun porn.

I moved on to the Survivalist and the Guardians.

Anyone interested in buying some Bolan Books?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:25:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 8:25:43 PM EDT by Moose]

Originally Posted By bmick325:

I moved on to the Survivalist and the Guardians.



Ah, "The Guardians"...that brings back some memories.
I actually have the entire series on my bookshelf.
Haven't read any of them in years, though.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:25:15 PM EDT
I read dozens of them years ago and still have a good size box of them out in the garage. I should get rid of them but have not gotten around to it yet.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:28:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Moose:
I read about 30 of the early middle ones when I was a kid but it just got too repetitive.

The same old story. Mack shoots the shit out of the mafia terrorists who was made out to look like the Italian Middle Eastern version of the three stooges.

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Originally Posted By photokirk:
Mack Bolan and his Desert Eagle loaded with 240 grain boat-tailed hollow points? Yup, I read 'em.

www.kdraut.com/ar15/cover.jpg

www.kdraut.com/ar15/text.jpg



Did he retire his AutoMag?



Yep.
Gotta keep up with the times.
He still packs the Berretta M93R though, with the folding stock and suppressor.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:38:11 PM EDT
I used to have a subscription back in the early '80s - Got the Mack Bolan series, Able Team, and Phoenix Force every month. Pretty cool stuff for the cheap books they were- good for reading on the crapper. There was lots of action and lines like "The hollow point drilled through the drug lord's right eye, snapping his head back as the bullet mushroomed and punched out the rear of Ramon's head. He dropped to the ground, the wall behind him sprayed with blood and gray chunks of brain. His days of selling smack to the ACLU were over. Bolan holstered his .44 automag and dropped an ace of spades on the quivering body. "
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:41:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
I used to have a subscription back in the early '80s - Got the Mack Bolan series, Able Team, and Phoenix Force every month. Pretty cool stuff for the cheap books they were- good for reading on the crapper. There was lots of action and lines like "The hollow point drilled through the drug lord's right eye, snapping his head back as the bullet mushroomed and punched out the rear of Ramon's head. He dropped to the ground, the wall behind him sprayed with blood and gray chunks of brain. His days of selling smack to the ACLU were over. Bolan holstered his .44 automag and dropped an ace of spades on the quivering body. "

Able and Phoenix also had a little tech page about one of the firearms used in the book on the inside back cover for a while!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:47:07 PM EDT
I read a lot of them. The only one I still have is Executioner #69 (heh heh) because it took place in my home town.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:47:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GUNGUY1911:
Able and Phoenix also had a little tech page about one of the firearms used in the book on the inside back cover for a while!



Yep, I remember them well. little black and white illustration of a side view and some basic specs. Good stuff!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:50:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
I used to have a subscription back in the early '80s - Got the Mack Bolan series, Able Team, and Phoenix Force every month. Pretty cool stuff for the cheap books they were- good for reading on the crapper. There was lots of action and lines like "The hollow point drilled through the drug lord's right eye, snapping his head back as the bullet mushroomed and punched out the rear of Ramon's head. He dropped to the ground, the wall behind him sprayed with blood and gray chunks of brain. His days of selling smack to the ACLU were over. Bolan holstered his .44 automag and dropped an ace of spades on the quivering body. "





man i have not read one in 20 years
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:52:22 PM EDT
My brother used to read them.

I read one or two back in the early 70's when he was fighting the Mafia.

Is he still fighting the mafia or has he moved on to other evil doers?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:29:39 AM EDT
Man, that brings back memories. I probably read up into the high 100's (#190 something)
I had them all.
Definately the first 50 or so were much better. The ones against the mafia were better. AFter the ghost writers, they got pretty bad.
I wonder what I did with those.

Oh yeah, I got into the survivialist too. John T Rourke. ha.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:34:13 AM EDT
Read several many, many, many years ago.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:36:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 8:37:13 AM EDT by hardcorps1775]
i loved mack bolan books when i was a kid. anyone remember "the butcher"? "edge"? "narc"?

ahhh, the classics!

ETA: all by pinnacle books!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:39:30 AM EDT
I read some.

Able Team was more my speed though.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:43:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
I read some.

Able Team was more my speed though.



I agree. I read a few Mack Bolan, but I much prefered Able & Phoenix team. More weapons and better teamwork.

If people still have them, donate the books to the library. You can take them off your taxes and indoctrinate the youth of America.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:04:07 PM EDT
I read all three of the series (Mack Bola, Able Team, and Phoenix Force) for a while a few years ago. Didn't start until well after the bit about him going after the Mafia. After the Mafia he just started doing work for the Government. Destroying terrorists, and the typical cheesy enemies of America and freedom thing.
Easy to read at 3 in the morning at work. Not much thought needed to keep up.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:10:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By heathen:
I read dozens of them years ago and still have a good size box of them out in the garage. I should get rid of them but have not gotten around to it yet.



+1
I have two BIG boxes full of Mack Bolan, Able Team, The Survivalist and other 80's crappy shoot'em up paperbacks.

It's funny, when you're 12 they seemed like the best thing, now if I open one up, I can't believe I read that stuff.

When did Mack get a Desert eagle? He always had an AutoMag.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:18:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
I read some.

Able Team was more my speed though.



Able Team was the shit.

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:21:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:21:08 PM EDT
Never hit the Mack Bolan, but I liked the Survivalist series. I read the very first of The Guardians, but never found any more after that. I promptly lost interest after John Rourke started being flash-frozen and meeting his grown-up kids and stuff like that.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:33:19 PM EDT
I had a friend in high school who read Mack Bolan books a lot. He ended up robbing the neighbors at gunpoint and stealing their truck and taking his little brother hostage. He is the only person I have ever seen reading a Mack Bolan book.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:43:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tc6969:
I read about 30 of the early ones when I was a kid but it just got too repetitive.

The same old story. Mack shoots the shit out of the mafia who was made out to look like the Italian version of the three stooges.

I finally gave up when he was about to go up into space and nuke them from orbit to be sure.



+1

Plus, using a .444 Marlin as a "sniper" rifle was pretty far fetched too.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:46:06 PM EDT
Yes they were fun reads.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:54:26 PM EDT
I never understood why he cleared buildings with a silenced Beretta in one hand, and his Desert Eagle in the other.

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:03:52 PM EDT


Joe Rosenberger's Death Merchant was better. More gruesome. Protagonist killed commies, terrorists, and other international vermin instead of mobsters. Did I mention more gruesome?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:56:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 4:03:28 PM EDT by fritzthecat]
Everything you wanted to know about StonyMan:
stormy-night.org/stonyland/stonyfaq.html

Classic Mack had:

Beretta 93R with Silencer



AMT .44 Automag



Weatherby Mark V in .460WM



I remember the last books of the anti mafia theme:
Monday Madness
Terrible Tuesday
Wednesdays Wrath
Terminal Thursday
Fridays Feast

I was more of a The Destroyer fan myself. Nobody beats Chiun and Remo.


Fritz

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:10:27 PM EDT
Up until last year i had all of them up to about #125 i had most of the offshhot ones like the stoneyman farm ones and a few others, and i had multiple copies of quite a few in the first 50 with different printings and cover art. i have to admit i read almost every one of them picked up most in second hand stores like goodwill and the red,white and blue stores. Somedays when working a 24 hour shift at the fire dept. i would read 2-3 of them. I always got a little chuckle from them on Macks ability to kill in so many different ways. I had always wanted to but never did try to figure out exzactly how many bad guys he killed overall..........
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:18:34 PM EDT
I read the first hundred of them and the Able Team Books before I knew better. I was 12 when I started and 17 when I realized they were crap. I got them used so I wasn't out any money.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:31:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 4:31:56 PM EDT by neophyte]

Originally Posted By bastiat:
Knew someone in school who read them. Never even opened one up myself.



This may have been me!!! I read many Bolan and Able Team books in HS
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:38:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fritzthecat:
....
I was more of a The Destroyer fan myself. Nobody beats Chiun and Remo.


Fritz




I even liked the move version "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins".

I would also like to mention Barry Sadler's "Casca: the Eternal" series.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:46:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fritzthecat:
I remember the last books of the anti mafia theme:
Monday Madness
Terrible Tuesday
Wednesdays Wrath
Terminal Thursday
Fridays Feast

I was more of a The Destroyer fan myself. Nobody beats Chiun and Remo.
Fritz


I was into the Nick Carter Series myself. I quit soon after it was switched from third person to first person.
I only bought one Pendelton book. I can’t remember its title.

As for Remo and Chuin, I have read every single novel that was written. Right up until Number 106. Then I pretty much got tired of it and quit. I haven’t bought one since. When I was in the Army I first started buying and reading them regularly. I even bought them for several years afterwards. But soon after 100 the thrill of it went away fast. And after #106 I just couldn’t get enough interest to buy #107.
Saw the movie!

½
out of

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:47:23 PM EDT
Mack Bolan and Phoenix Force got me through Middle and Highschool.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 5:16:38 PM EDT
About all I can remember is something like "...wave after wave of copper jacketed death..."
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:05:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
Saw the movie!


If you're going to start dragging poorly done movies into it...

Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:25:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Echo_Hotel:
img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/Dwoog34/DeathMerchant.jpg

Joe Rosenberger's Death Merchant was better. More gruesome. Protagonist killed commies, terrorists, and other international vermin instead of mobsters. Did I mention more gruesome?




YES!

Death Merchant was the best. .44 auto mags.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:28:38 AM EDT
Read a few in 8th/9th grade and thought he was more "Bond" than Bond.

I also read a few Giddeon books, like Giddeon's Lot, etc. Pretty good stuff, from what I recall.

Of course, my fav from that genre remains Doc Savage!!
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