Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Executioners by Jon Messman

Was it an an accident when an aircraft carrier plowed into a U.S. Navy cruiser, a thousand lives lost?
Was it sabotage when an out of control tank hit an ammunition plant, adding more names to the growing list of casualties?
Was it an act of war when an aircraft squadron dropped real bombs in war game exercises, creating chaos and death? .
It was Nick carter's job to find out.

Award Edition
 Nick Carter watched the ship, a U.S. Navy cruiser. It was aflame with over a thousand sailors dying on it. One of America''s most trusted allies had caused the carnage. A terrible accident, the US had said and everyone forgot about it. But then came another accident and the next and the pile of causalities grew higher. It was Nick's job to find out why. But between Nick and the answer lay a scientifically perfect espionage plot. Fueled by crazy revenge, clouded by friend killing friend. There was only one way to get to the truth. Nick set himself up for another accident, a purely personal one.

UK Editions
Award Reprints
Printing History
Written by Jon Messman

Award Books
1st (A598X) April 1970
2nd (AN1119) March 1973
3rd (AQ1493) October 1975

Tandem Books
1st (unkn) 1971
Reprint (426 7448) December 1972
Star Reprint (352 30484) 1979

Working title was called Australia

1 comment:

  1. In the 1st US edition (Award A598X), Hawk makes a cryptic and ungrammatical statement in Chapter 1, as follows: “The whole thing’ so barbaric, the aumeiode-named our mutually mysterious enemy ‘The Executioners’.”I wonder if this has been corrected in subsequent editions?