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Review #1

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Yeah, the movie was hokie. Dean Martin turned the hardboiled Helm of the books into a vino swilling crooner.

That said, several of the better parts of the movie, primarily the early parts were lifted almost wholesale from the novel. And, of course, it’s hard to picture Helm’s love interest in the story as anyone other than Stella Steven’s.

After reading The Wrecking Crew and the The Silencers I have to ask “What was the point of the Matt Helm series of so-called spy books?” The way Helm bumbles his way in and out of trouble, and in and out of womens’ beds is just silly and completely unbelieveable. Helm gets himself beaten, shot at and missed, and shXX on and hit, captured, and generally escapes at the cost of other peoples’ lives over and over again. In the words of one movie actress describing her ex-husband, “He attracts women like flies, treats women like flies, and has his brain in his fly”, and this describes Matt “Eric” Helm perfectly. I actually purchased three of these books but passed on The Removers after reading the first two noted. Funny, the cover says “A Real World with a real character”, perhaps as a slam toward Fleming and his James Bond, but sorry Mr. Clancy, I didn’t find that remotely true. There were some geographic facts sprinkled throughout, so not a total loss, but beyond that not worth another look. How the series ran to 27 books is a mystery in and of itself. If these books were written today no publisher would accept them if only because of the rapes, rape fantasies, and misogynistic treatment of women throughout. Ian Fleming’s detractors labled his James Bond thrillers, derogatorally, as “Sex, sadism, and snobbery”, but in the case of Matt Helm no one could honestly call him a snob, just an sob. Of course my idea of a worthwhile read is anything by Daniel Silva, so depending on your expectations YMMV. For my tastes, the Matt Helm series stops here with the Silencers. Three stars for Cold War intrigue, two off for being stupidly unbelievable escapism.

Review #2

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After reading The Wrecking Crew and the The Silencers I have to ask “What was the point of the Matt Helm series of so-called spy books?” The way Helm bumbles his way in and out of trouble, and in and out of womens’ beds is just silly and completely unbelieveable. Helm gets himself beaten, shot at and missed, and shXX on and hit, captured, and generally escapes at the cost of other peoples’ lives over and over again. In the words of one movie actress describing her ex-husband, “He attracts women like flies, treats women like flies, and has his brain in his fly”, and this describes Matt “Eric” Helm perfectly. I actually purchased three of these books but passed on The Removers after reading the first two noted. Funny, the cover says “A Real World with a real character”, perhaps as a slam toward Fleming and his James Bond, but sorry Mr. Clancy, I didn’t find that remotely true. There were some geographic facts sprinkled throughout, so not a total loss, but beyond that not worth another look. How the series ran to 27 books is a mystery in and of itself. If these books were written today no publisher would accept them if only because of the rapes, rape fantasies, and misogynistic treatment of women throughout. Ian Fleming’s detractors labled his James Bond thrillers, derogatorally, as “Sex, sadism, and snobbery”, but in the case of Matt Helm no one could honestly call him a snob, just an sob. Of course my idea of a worthwhile read is anything by Daniel Silva, so depending on your expectations YMMV. For my tastes, the Matt Helm series stops here with the Silencers. Three stars for Cold War intrigue, two off for being stupidly unbelievable escapism.

Review #3

Audiobook The Silencers by Donald Hamilton

I have always enjoyed Donald Hamilton’s books. While I am younger than he, I grew up overseas in some very volatile countries. In fact, I witnessed several revolutions and over twenty major uprisings before the age of thirteen. After twenty-five years in the military, serving from Vietnam through Desert Shield his books are fairly pragmatic about life and death. I still find the stories interesting. However, to be truthful, I have never met anyone in the special forces, revolutionary forces, or even those that were underground during WWII that would have survived that many sorties without dying. I like his stories, he seems to have a firm grasp of his subject, and the good guys always win. Just remember his books are fiction. Nobody can suffer that many concussions without suffering major damage.

Review #4

Audio The Silencers narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

Matt Helm in novels is nothing at all like the Dean Martin films of the 60s. Now, I do actually enjoy watching them, but other than a few character names they have nothing to do with the books. That being said, the reprints and Kindle books of Donald Hamilton’s spy novels are a fantastic chance to revisit these great works.

Matt Helm is not the typical spy. He is a cold blooded assassin. His missions usually involve killing someone just because they are the enemy. If he happens to save the country in the process, so be it but his primary mission is to kill the bad guy.

The Helm books are dated in their references. Helm, at least at the start of the series, is a WW2 veteran who worked at his profession during the war. Later on in the series these references were dropped since he would have been a bit too old to still be an agent.

With these books you have a fairly straightforward premise that can often go off in unexpected paths. People who you get to know can wind up dead or may seem to be one thing and turn out to be something else. You never quite know. It isn’t Le Carre or Fleming but pure Hamilton.

Helm can be quite brutal. As a fan of various authors of espionage I think he comes out as one of the toughest. It really is great to have these books out again. I have old paperback copies that I collected over the years but they have a habit of falling apart while reading them. Having them available electronically is great. Portable and a space saver.

When I think of Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm I always remember how I started reading them after seeing the films and enjoyed them so much more because they were so well done. If you know Helm and want to catch up,with an old friend or if you are a fan of action packed spy fiction I suggest you grab these books but savor every bite.

Review #5

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I hope he made a bundle financially, but the worst thing that happened to Donald Hamilton artistically was the casting of Dean Martin as Matt Helm in a series of forgettable movies. In the novels, Helm is a tough, savvy government assassin who does his job without emotion and has more in common with Hammett’s Continental Op than with Fleming’s Bond. Most of the series (possibly all) were published as Gold Medal paperback originals, and as such, usually ignored by the critics. But the books still hold up. Read them. Espionage noir at its very best.

I read the Matt Helm books when they first came out in paperback. I had a complete collection but, over time, the paperbacks fell apart. Now that the series is being published as eBooks, I can restore my collection. Helm is more believable than Bond and Donald Hamilton can tell a story with the best. I recommend the books but not the movies. although, if they had played the stories straight, Dean Martin would have been a good Helm.



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