Needles of Death by Paul Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Manning Lee Stokes wrote paperback pulp fiction using many pseudonyms in the adventure/espionage genres, of which this novel is a good example. John Eagle, possessing the strength and brutality of a Scotsman, and the stealth and speed of an Apache, is recruited by a secret government spy agency known as Expeditors, to destroy a deadly Chinese weapon that threatens the security of the world. Most of the novel takes place in the Gobi desert in Asia where John Eagle battles marauding bandits, Mongols, and Chinese soldiers aided only by an attractive Mongol woman and her brother, a spy who has been captured. Eagle is equipped with a large arsenal of spy gadgets, much like James Bond, and puts them to good use. Non-stop action drives the linear plot at a fast pace to an exciting conclusion. I came across the first five books in this series, three of which are written by Stokes, and am looking forward to reading them.
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