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Publication Order of Nick Carter: Killmaster Books

Run, Spy, Run (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The China Doll (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Checkmate in Rio (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Safari for Spies (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fraulein Spy (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saigon (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bullet for Fidel (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 13th Spy (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eyes of the Tiger (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Istanbul (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Web of Spies (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spy Castle (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terrible Ones (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Flame (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hanoi (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger Key (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Starvation (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind Poisoners (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weapon Of Night (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Serpent (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mission to Venice (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Identity (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Cockpit (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chinese Paymaster (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Against Greece (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Korean Tiger (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment Israel (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Guard (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The filthy five (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bright Blue Death (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Macao (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Moon Rocket (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judas Spy (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hood of Death (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amsterdam (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Temple of Fear (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fourteen Seconds to Hell (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Defector (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnival for Killing (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rhodesia (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Rays (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peking: The Tulip affair (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amazon (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Trap (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Berlin (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cobra Kill (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Human Time Bomb (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living Death (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Che Guevara (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doomsday Formula (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Snake (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Casbah Killers (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arab Plague / Slavemaster (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Rebellion (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Executioners (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Death (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mind Killers (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Clock of Death (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cambodia (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Strain (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jewel of Doom (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moscow (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice Bomb Zero (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mark of Cosa Nostra (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cairo Mafia / Cairo (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inca Death Squad (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assault on England (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Omega Terror (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Code Name: Werewolf (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strike Force Terror (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Agent Counter-agent (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hour of the Wolf (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our Agent in Rome Is Missing (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kremlin File (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spanish Connection (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death's Head Conspiracy (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Peking Dossier (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Target: Doomsday Island (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Avenger (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Butcher of Belgrade (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assassination Brigade (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Liquidator, The (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil's Dozen (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice-Trap Terror (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assassin Code Name Vulture (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Pay Train, (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Massacre in Milan (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vatican Vendetta (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sign of the Cobra (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Who Sold Death (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The N3 Conspiracy (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beirut Incident (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of the Falcon (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aztec Avenger (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Code (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jerusalem File (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counterfeit Agent (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Six Bloody Summer Days (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Katmandu Contract (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Document (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dr. Death (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Code (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment Intercept (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Green Wolf Connection (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fanatics of Al Asad (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snake Flag Conspiracy (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Turncoat (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sign of the Prayer Shawl (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vulcan Disaster (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A High Yield In Death (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nichovev Plot, The (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triple Cross (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gallagher Plot (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plot for the Fourth Reich (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Message (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The List (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Wall (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ebony Cross (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Doubles (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Race of Death (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in Paradise (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pamplona Affair (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doomsday Spore (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revenge of the Generals (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Asian Mantrap (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunderstrike In Syria (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Redolmo Affair (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jamaican Exchange (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tropical Deathpact (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pemex Chart (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hawaii (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Satan Trap (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reich Four (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nowhere Weapon (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strike of the Hawk (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of the Dingo (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tarantula Strike (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Times Dynamite (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eighth Card Stud (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Suicide Seat (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Mission: Havana (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coyote Connection (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The G Man (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Society of Nine (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Bull (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dubrovnik Massacre (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Solar Menace (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Strontium Code (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pleasure Island (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cauldron of Hell (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Parisian Affair (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turkish Bloodbath (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chessmaster (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Samurai (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Puppet Master (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dominican Affair (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Damocles Threat (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earth Shaker (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Treason Game (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deathlight (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Israeli Connection (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Norwegian Typhoon (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation McMurdo Sound (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Appointment in Haiphong (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retreat for Death (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mendoza Manuscript (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Star Affair (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doctor DNA (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Typhoon Ray (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Kill (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greek Summit (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outback Ghosts (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hide and Go Die (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kali Death Cult (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Vendetta (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yukon Target (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Dealer (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Istanbul Decision (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Decoy Hit (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthfire North (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Budapest Run (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caribbean Coup (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Algarve Affair (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zero-Hour Strike Force (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Sharkbite (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Island (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Warheads (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of the Mahdi (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Rio (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Hand Play (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kremlin Kill (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mayan Connection (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Juan Inferno (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circle of Scorpions (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Ice Affair (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Macao Massacre (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pursuit of the Eagle (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vengeance Game (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Flight to Moscow (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Normandy Code (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Death (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assassin Convention (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood of the Scimitar (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Execution Exchange (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tarlov Cipher (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Target Red Star (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Ground (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Berlin Target (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mercenary Mountain (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Ultimatum (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cyclops Conspiracy (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tunnel for Traitors (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Samurai Kill (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terror Times Two (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Orbit (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slaughter Day (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Master Assassin (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation Petrograd (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossfire Red (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood of the Falcon (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Squad (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terror Code (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Holy War (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Raid (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
East of Hell (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing Games (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terms of Vengeance (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pressure Point (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Condor (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poseidon Target (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Andropov File (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragonfire (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodtrail to Mecca (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deathstrike (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lethal Prey (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spykiller (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bolivian Heat (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rangoon Man (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Code Name Cobra (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Afghan Intercept (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Countdown to Armageddon (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Sea Bloodbath (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deadly Diva (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Invitation to Death (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of the Assassin (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Korean Kill (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Middle East Massacre (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sanction to Slaughter (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Holiday in Hell (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Law of the Lion (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hong Kong Hit (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Sea Death (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arms of Vengeance (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell-Bound Express (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isle of Blood (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Singapore Sling (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruby Red Death (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arctic Abduction (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Slay (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Killmaster is a series of novels written by several authors who write under the pseudonym Nick Carter. Between 1964 and 1990, the series of novels were published like baseball cards with at least 261 titles in print by 1991. The first novel in the series was “Run, Spy, Run” that was first published in February 1964 and featured the lead protagonist Nick Carter. The Nick Carter character was not a new character as he was an update of a pulp fiction character that first appeared in a comic in 1886. With the first novel in the series flying off the shelves, the authors of the series turned prolific, publishing hundreds of novels in the ever more popular series. Even as no actual author is credited with the writing of the series, the novels are believed to have been written by Martin Cruz Smith, David Hagberg, Robert J. Randisi, Gayle Lynds, Dennis Lynds, Mnning Lee, Valerie Moolman, and Michael Avallone among several others. The Nick Carter series of novels were created to cash in on the James Bond phenomenon that was taking over the movies hence the creation of Nick Carter as a man’s man. With 261 titles in print, the Killmaster series of novels sold over 30 million copies by the time it wrapped up in 1991. The series has a fair amount of variation in quality and style though the quality is fairly similar, even as they are written by different authors. Even so the novels have some differences including some novels in which Carter is portrayed as a shoot first hero as opposed to the contemplative agent, and first person narration versus third person.

Nick Carter is described as a lean, tall, and handsome man with wide-set steel-gray eyes that speak to danger and a magnificent muscled body. He has dark thick hair, a firm cleft chin, laugh lines around the eyes, a firm straight mouth and a hard face. On the inside of his right lower arm is the perfect AXE agent ID – a small tattoo of an axe. He also has several battle scars including a shrapnel scar on the shoulder and a knife scar on the thigh. Nick is an avid yoga practitioner doing his meditations for at least 15 minutes a day. He also has a prodigious talent for learning the languages and is fluent in over ten languages and basic skills in half a dozen others. Carter’s knowledge of the languages comes in handy, particularly in the early titles when he adopts several disguises executing his missions around the world. Nick Carter prefers to use a triad of weapons during his missions, all of which have their unique histories and names. A stripped down German Luger he calls Wilhelmina is his main weapon and is a throwback from his World War II combat days. The Benvenuto Cellini made 4-century-old knife he calls Hugo is the second member of the triad that he wears on his wrist. The last weapon in his repertoire is an egg-shaped device that is a poison bomb named Pierre, which he would activate with a simple twist. Nick works for the agency AXE a more secretive and smaller agency than the CIA, in being a trouble shooting and assassination arm of the US secret services.

The Killmaster series of novels opens to the lead protagonist waking up from an injury or libidinal stupor to respond to a call from his boss at AXE – nicknamed Hawk. His personal assistants are Chinese or Korean children he adopted in his previous missions to those countries. After getting a debrief from his boss, he goes deep undercover in a different country with an assumed identity. He will then make an ally from the most unexpected demographic such as women in uniform, expatriate Japanese, or Cold War Russians. His missions are always full of adverb-laden sex and torture from a communist mastermind that typically culminates in a clever escape that he orchestrates using his beloved Luger pistol, Wilhelmina. He will then perform a lot of yoga, which he describes as one excruciating experience that helps him develop endurance. He will typically stretch and hold his breath for five minutes or more, which is quite some record for an outdoorsy undercover man. His ambiguous ally will then die during one of his successful escapes, and he will have more sex as a kind of mourning for her. The novel will then end with Carter having sex or thinking about having sex with his most recent conquest. His typical sexual escapades are some racy savage and ravage fantasies that see him for the most part bed the local women, from wherever his mission will take him.

“Run, Spy, Run”, the first novel of the Killmaster series of novels is arguably the most James Bond inspired novel series. Set in 1963, it introduces Nick Carter who gets an anonymous letter while relaxing after coming back from a successful mission. On board the plane, he meets a minor diplomat who upon getting off the plane is blow to bits by a plane that had been hidden in his artificial hand. He is just one of a series of diplomats killed in similar explosions to be replaced by communist sympathizers. Meanwhile, Carter is paired up with Julia Byron and the two are assigned to protect Lyle Harcourt, the American ambassador to the UN. Investigating a foiled assassination attempt on the ambassador, they find that the American ambassador has been unusually interested in the case heightening their suspicions. But before they can bust the man, they are knocked out and sent to meet Mr. Judas, who intends to torture and murder them. Will they get out of this alive and will they thwart Mr. Judas’s plans.

“The China Doll”, the second novel in the series is a series about the ultimate elements of the spy that for Carter include savagery and sex. After the events of the first novel in the series, Nick has just come back to New York from where he hopes he can relax and unwind from a taxing assignment. He is now assigned to one of the most critical assignments in the country – he is to be the personal bodyguard of the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushev, when the Russian leader visits the United States for the United Nations opening ceremony. As expected, it is not an easy assignment and Nick Carter foils two assassination attempts on the Russian premier. For the Soviet intelligence and their American counterparts, the most likely suspects in the assassinations are the Chinese. The Chinese have for some time been suspected of trying to destabilize relations between the United States and the USSR. Partnered up with a Russian agent, Nick Carter now has to deal with one of the most secretive and vicious terrorist gangs in the world.

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