Killmaster Books

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David Hagberg was born in Duluth, Minnesota on October 9, 1942. He is a renowned American writer best remembered for his technical thriller novels from the seventies right through the millennium. He writes under various pseudo names for his vast standalone novels and book series. Hagberg served in the military as a U.S Air Force cryptographer in the Intelligence department.

Order of Nick Carter: Killmaster Series

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1Run, Spy, Run1964Description / Buy
2The China Doll1964Description / Buy
3Checkmate in Rio1964Description / Buy
4Safari for Spies1964Description / Buy
5Fraulein Spy1964Description / Buy
6Saigon1964Description / Buy
7A Bullet for Fidel1965Description / Buy
8The 13th Spy1965Description / Buy
9Eyes of the Tiger1965Description / Buy
10Istanbul1965Description / Buy
11Web of Spies1966Description / Buy
12Spy Castle1966Description / Buy
13Terrible Ones (Short Story)1966Description / Buy
14Dragon Flame1966Description / Buy
15Hanoi1966Description / Buy
16Danger Key1966Description / Buy
17Operation Starvation1966Description / Buy
18Mind Poisoners1966Description / Buy
19The Weapon Of Night (Short Story)1967Description / Buy
20Golden Serpent1967Description / Buy
21Mission to Venice1967Description / Buy
22Double Identity1967Description / Buy
23The Devil's Cockpit1967Description / Buy
24The Chinese Paymaster1967Description / Buy
25Seven Against Greece1967Description / Buy
26A Korean Tiger1967Description / Buy
27Assignment Israel1967Description / Buy
28Red Guard1967Description / Buy
29The filthy five1967Description / Buy
30The Bright Blue Death1967Description / Buy
31Macao1968Description / Buy
32Operation Moon Rocket1968Description / Buy
33The Judas Spy1968Description / Buy
34Hood of Death1968Description / Buy
35Amsterdam1968Description / Buy
36Temple of Fear1968Description / Buy
37Fourteen Seconds to Hell1968Description / Buy
38The Defector1969Description / Buy
39Carnival for Killing1969Description / Buy
40Rhodesia1969Description / Buy
41The Red Rays1969Description / Buy
42Peking: The Tulip affair1969Description / Buy
43The Amazon1969Description / Buy
44The Sea Trap1969Description / Buy
45Berlin1969Description / Buy
46The Cobra Kill1969Description / Buy
47Human Time Bomb1969Description / Buy
48Living Death1969Description / Buy
49Operation Che Guevara1969Description / Buy
50The Doomsday Formula1969Description / Buy
51Operation Snake1969Description / Buy
52The Casbah Killers1969Description / Buy
53The Arab Plague / Slavemaster1970Description / Buy
54The Red Rebellion1970Description / Buy
55The Executioners1970Description / Buy
56Black Death1970Description / Buy
57The Mind Killers1970Description / Buy
58Time Clock of Death1970Description / Buy
59Cambodia1970Description / Buy
60The Death Strain1970Description / Buy
61Jewel of Doom1970Description / Buy
62Moscow1970Description / Buy
63Ice Bomb Zero1971Description / Buy
64Mark of Cosa Nostra1972Description / Buy
65The Cairo Mafia / Cairo1972Description / Buy
66Inca Death Squad1973Description / Buy
67Assault on England1973Description / Buy
68The Omega Terror1973Description / Buy
69Code Name: Werewolf1973Description / Buy
70Strike Force Terror1973Description / Buy
71Agent Counter-agent1973Description / Buy
72Hour of the Wolf1973Description / Buy
73Our Agent in Rome Is Missing1973Description / Buy
74Kremlin File1973Description / Buy
75Spanish Connection1973Description / Buy
76The Death's Head Conspiracy1973Description / Buy
77The Peking Dossier1973Description / Buy
78Target: Doomsday Island1974Description / Buy
79Night of the Avenger1974Description / Buy
80Butcher of Belgrade1974Description / Buy
81Assassination Brigade1974Description / Buy
82Liquidator, The1974Description / Buy
83Devil's Dozen1974Description / Buy
84Ice-Trap Terror1974Description / Buy
85Assassin Code Name Vulture1974Description / Buy
86The Stolen Pay Train, (Short Story)1974Description / Buy
87Massacre in Milan1974Description / Buy
88Vatican Vendetta1974Description / Buy
89Sign of the Cobra1974Description / Buy
90Man Who Sold Death1974Description / Buy
91The N3 Conspiracy1974Description / Buy
92Beirut Incident1974Description / Buy
93Death of the Falcon1974Description / Buy
94The Aztec Avenger1974Description / Buy
95The Code1975Description / Buy
96The Jerusalem File1975Description / Buy
97Counterfeit Agent1975Description / Buy
98Six Bloody Summer Days1975Description / Buy
99The Katmandu Contract1975Description / Buy
100The Z Document1975Description / Buy
101Dr. Death1975Description / Buy
102Ultimate Code1975Description / Buy
103Assignment Intercept1976Description / Buy
104Green Wolf Connection1976Description / Buy
105The Fanatics of Al Asad1976Description / Buy
106The Snake Flag Conspiracy1976Description / Buy
107The Turncoat1976Description / Buy
108The Sign of the Prayer Shawl1976Description / Buy
109Vulcan Disaster1976Description / Buy
110A High Yield In Death1976Description / Buy
111Nichovev Plot, The1976Description / Buy
112Triple Cross1976Description / Buy
113The Gallagher Plot1976Description / Buy
114Plot for the Fourth Reich1977Description / Buy
115Death Message1978Description / Buy
116The List1978Description / Buy
117Under the Wall1978Description / Buy
118The Ebony Cross1978Description / Buy
119Deadly Doubles1978Description / Buy
120Race of Death1978Description / Buy
121Trouble in Paradise1978Description / Buy
122The Pamplona Affair1978Description / Buy
123The Doomsday Spore1978Description / Buy
124Revenge of the Generals1979Description / Buy
125The Asian Mantrap1979Description / Buy
126Thunderstrike In Syria1979Description / Buy
127The Redolmo Affair1979Description / Buy
128The Jamaican Exchange1979Description / Buy
129Tropical Deathpact1979Description / Buy
130The Pemex Chart1979Description / Buy
131Hawaii1979Description / Buy
132The Satan Trap1979Description / Buy
133Reich Four1979Description / Buy
134The Nowhere Weapon1979Description / Buy
135Strike of the Hawk1980Description / Buy
136Day of the Dingo1980Description / Buy
137Tarantula Strike1980Description / Buy
138Ten Times Dynamite1980Description / Buy
139Eighth Card Stud1980Description / Buy
140The Suicide Seat1980Description / Buy
141Death Mission: Havana1980Description / Buy
142The Coyote Connection1981Description / Buy
143The G Man1981Description / Buy
144The Society of Nine1981Description / Buy
145The Golden Bull1981Description / Buy
146The Dubrovnik Massacre1981Description / Buy
147The Solar Menace1981Description / Buy
148The Strontium Code1981Description / Buy
149Pleasure Island1981Description / Buy
150Cauldron of Hell1981Description / Buy
151The Parisian Affair1981Description / Buy
152Turkish Bloodbath1982Description / Buy
153Chessmaster1982Description / Buy
154The Last Samurai1982Description / Buy
155The Puppet Master1982Description / Buy
156The Dominican Affair1982Description / Buy
157The Damocles Threat1982Description / Buy
158Earth Shaker1982Description / Buy
159The Treason Game1982Description / Buy
160Deathlight1982Description / Buy
161The Israeli Connection1982Description / Buy
162Norwegian Typhoon1982Description / Buy
163The Hunter1982Description / Buy
164Operation McMurdo Sound1982Description / Buy
165Appointment in Haiphong1982Description / Buy
166Retreat for Death1982Description / Buy
167The Mendoza Manuscript1982Description / Buy
168The Death Star Affair1982Description / Buy
169Doctor DNA1982Description / Buy
170Typhoon Ray1982Description / Buy
171The Christmas Kill1982Description / Buy
172The Greek Summit1982Description / Buy
173The Outback Ghosts1983Description / Buy
174Hide and Go Die1983Description / Buy
175The Kali Death Cult1983Description / Buy
176Operation Vendetta1983Description / Buy
177The Yukon Target1983Description / Buy
178The Death Dealer1983Description / Buy
179The Istanbul Decision1983Description / Buy
180The Decoy Hit1983Description / Buy
181Earthfire North1983Description / Buy
182The Budapest Run1983Description / Buy
183Caribbean Coup1984Description / Buy
184The Algarve Affair1984Description / Buy
185Zero-Hour Strike Force1984Description / Buy
186Operation Sharkbite1984Description / Buy
187Death Island1984Description / Buy
188Night of the Warheads1984Description / Buy
189Day of the Mahdi1984Description / Buy
190Assignment: Rio1984Description / Buy
191Death Hand Play1984Description / Buy
192The Kremlin Kill1984Description / Buy
193The Mayan Connection1984Description / Buy
194San Juan Inferno1984Description / Buy
195Circle of Scorpions1985Description / Buy
196The Blue Ice Affair1985Description / Buy
197The Macao Massacre1985Description / Buy
198Pursuit of the Eagle1985Description / Buy
199The Vengeance Game1985Description / Buy
200Last Flight to Moscow1985Description / Buy
201The Normandy Code1985Description / Buy
202White Death1985Description / Buy
203The Assassin Convention1985Description / Buy
204Blood of the Scimitar1985Description / Buy
205The Execution Exchange1985Description / Buy
206The Tarlov Cipher1985Description / Buy
207Target Red Star1986Description / Buy
208The Killing Ground1986Description / Buy
209The Berlin Target1986Description / Buy
210Mercenary Mountain1986Description / Buy
211Blood Ultimatum1986Description / Buy
212The Cyclops Conspiracy1986Description / Buy
213Tunnel for Traitors1986Description / Buy
214The Samurai Kill1986Description / Buy
215Terror Times Two1986Description / Buy
216Death Orbit1986Description / Buy
217Slaughter Day1986Description / Buy
218The Master Assassin1986Description / Buy
219Operation Petrograd1986Description / Buy
220Crossfire Red1987Description / Buy
221Blood of the Falcon1987Description / Buy
222Death Squad1987Description / Buy
223The Terror Code1987Description / Buy
224Holy War1987Description / Buy
225Blood Raid1987Description / Buy
226East of Hell1987Description / Buy
227Killing Games1987Description / Buy
228Terms of Vengeance1987Description / Buy
229Pressure Point1987Description / Buy
230Night of the Condor1987Description / Buy
231The Poseidon Target1987Description / Buy
232The Andropov File1988Description / Buy
233Dragonfire1988Description / Buy
234Bloodtrail to Mecca1988Description / Buy
235Deathstrike1988Description / Buy
236Lethal Prey1988Description / Buy
237Spykiller1988Description / Buy
238Bolivian Heat1988Description / Buy
239The Rangoon Man1988Description / Buy
240Code Name Cobra1988Description / Buy
241Afghan Intercept1988Description / Buy
242Countdown to Armageddon1988Description / Buy
243Black Sea Bloodbath1988Description / Buy
244The Deadly Diva1989Description / Buy
245Invitation to Death1989Description / Buy
246Day of the Assassin1989Description / Buy
247The Korean Kill1989Description / Buy
248Middle East Massacre1989Description / Buy
249Sanction to Slaughter1989Description / Buy
250Holiday in Hell1989Description / Buy
251Law of the Lion1989Description / Buy
252Hong Kong Hit1989Description / Buy
253Deep Sea Death1989Description / Buy
254Arms of Vengeance1989Description / Buy
255Hell-Bound Express1989Description / Buy
256Isle of Blood1989Description / Buy
257Singapore Sling1990Description / Buy
258Ruby Red Death1990Description / Buy
259Arctic Abduction1990Description / Buy
260Dragon Slay1990Description / Buy
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His thrillers feature super-spy heroes that almost depict a prophetic outcome in their accuracy. His chilling novel, Joshua’s Hammer, published in 2000, predicts with precision on Osama bin Laden plot to kill dozens of US citizens in their homeland. It was released just a year before the fatal 9/11 World Trade Center attacks in New York. Hagberg has published more than 20 editions in the Nick Carter-Killmaster series, which we shall review in this article.

Best Killmaster Books

Run, Spy, Run #1 Killmaster: This novel begins with the sophistication behind the intrigues of international intelligence with a boisterous Nick Carter against a dangerous and vicious spy nemesis, Mr. Judas. Inspired by James Bond, this novel features a permanently retired spy, Nick Carter chasing down his rivals on a horse-drawn carriage and a pack of explosives.

The protagonist plans on a secret mission to replace American ambassadors with Chinese adherents. The plot advances well in exhaustive detail with new developments of a co-agent and a fresh episode of romance with his new colleague. The final chapters of the book provide excellent entertaining scenes and verbal vitriol between the hero and the villain. If you love the intricate descriptive stories in the James Bond series, then you will definitely enjoy this novel.

The China Doll #2 Killmaster: Spymasters have one thing in common. Sex and savagery of which, one or both traits must be exploited heavily by high-level spies to survive the tumultuous lonely life. After an eventful episode in Run, Spy, Run, Nick takes a break to recover at home in New York while waiting for his next assignment. Instead of chasing villains, this time he gets to be a personal bodyguard for a prominent person at a Soviet Leadership opening ceremony of the United Nations.

Carter balks two separate assassination attempts on the Russian Premier, Khrushchev. One of the factions responsible for the murder aversion is The AXE, and its Soviet equivalent SIN believes the assassination attempt was planned by communist Chinese efforts to undermine the association between the USA and the USSR. Nick teams up with a communist agent to infiltrate China and obliterate a notorious terrorist faction known as CLAW.

Nick Carter perfectly fits his role of a bodyguard. He has a tall, lean
physique finely chiseled by his intense daily yoga regimen. He may be brutal in his job but is full of passion for his women. Nick secretly works with an underworld covert operation only known by its acronym the AXE; and authorized by the highly classified spies answerable only to the President of the United States the Defense Secretary and the National Security Council.

Nick is tasked with heading a protection detail for the Soviet Madam President Nikita Kruschev, and he’s forced to work with an arrogant associate. He then travels to Japan to probe into the mysterious disappearance of one of his colleagues at the secret AXE clique. He then traverses to China to enter the Forbidden City where Caucasians are not allowed. His mission is to kill the head of the CLAW, another spy faction under a man named Mandarin.

The passionate side of the book explores the exotic orient, introducing us to a Coveted Chinese beauty, Taka. She is Mandarin’s concubine but has deep feelings for Nick; she adores him and would do anything for him. She was introduced to the protagonist to rat him out to her master lover, Mandarin but she fell in love with him instead. We also see a ferocious dragon-lady famous for her evil ways, which far outweigh her beauty. Yasura is one of Mandarin’s favorite concubines, who derive her sexual pleasure from watching her lover torturing his victims.

She’s a hot lass, and unlike her counterpart Taka, she plays to win. Yasura is very observant and keen on her surroundings. She embraces pain as a form of pleasure to hide her fear and somehow confuse Mandarin that pain motivates her, rather than break her. It’s her insurance in case things get out of hand, and she finds herself in a compromising situation with her lover.
The book contains a plerotha of mischief, drama and the Asian cultural beliefs and obstacles, especially the restrictions the women have to put up with.

Reading their complicated lifestyles is sad. Nevertheless, they found a way to have fun and entertain themselves in such strenuous circumstances. Overall, The novel was a little bit trivial but enjoyable nonetheless. While it heavily relied on cliché ideas, some readers, I included did not mind the overly descriptive storyline.

Checkmate in Rio #3 Killmaster: The adventure in this edition takes place in Brazil, in January of 1964. After the mission in Japan and China as described in “The China Doll,” six spy agents linked with AXE in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are found murdered and mutilated. Nick Carter and his fellow agent Rosalind Adler have just arrived in the South American country to investigate the latest developments. It’s terrible to have all the best men in a secret operation die most horrifically imaginable. Someone has infiltrated the network and possibly squeezed information out of the weaker ones before killing them.

The third book in this adventurous series starts on a wrong foot, but you can trust Nick Carter, the top agent of the highest secret order of the American government to dig out the truth of the matter in the mysterious deaths. Without wasting time, they crack deep into the spy world, looking for hidden clues in the places such a crown would hideout. You can trust Nick to go all out with the girls, although there isn’t much romance in Brazil due to the tension of the situation, time is running out. Nick and Rosalind must find the killers at once. What a thrilling novel! It won’t keep you on the edge of your seat, but it’s enjoyable and informative on the inner secrets of government operations.

What Is The Next Book in The Nick Carter: Killmaster Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Nick Carter: Killmaster Series. The newest book is Dragon Slay and was released on May, 1st 1990.

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