Matt Helm Novels are Back!

These days, we can’t get enough of Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible, and James Bond-type films from Hollywood.  The public is craving for good “Tom Clancy-esque” espionage thrillers in print or in films and, lucky for us, Titan Books will be re-issuing author Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm novels.  Matt Helm was a military assassin during World War II, where he worked for a covert group to eliminate Nazis.  During the 1960’s, the Matt Helm character caught the public’s attention, and has since sold over 20 million books worldwide, while spawning 27 paperback adventure novels.  The character inspired a network TV series and four films starring Dean Martin, which were loosely based on Donald Hamilton’s character, and were set-up to be more of the slapstick comedy/action film variety.  So, I’m pretty much still waiting for Hollywood to get the correct version of Matt Helm on screen and rumors have been swirling that director Steven Spielberg will take a hack at it.  In the meantime, Titan Books will release the first two books in the Helm series – Death of a Citizen and The Wrecking Crew.

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