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

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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