Killmaster Books

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

# Read Title Published Details
1 Checkmate in Rio 1964 Description / Buy
2 Safari for Spies 1964 Description / Buy
3 A Bullet For Fidel 1965 Description / Buy
4 Danger Key 1966 Description / Buy
5 Mind Poisoners 1966 Description / Buy
6 The Weapon Of Night (Short Story) 1967 Description / Buy
7 Spy Castle 1967 Description / Buy
8 Double Identity 1967 Description / Buy
9 A Korean Tiger 1967 Description / Buy
10 The filthy five 1967 Description / Buy
11 The Chinese Paymaster 1967 Description / Buy
12 The Bright Blue Death 1967 Description / Buy
13 The Judas Spy 1968 Description / Buy
14 Istanbul 1968 Description / Buy
15 Macao 1968 Description / Buy
16 14 Seconds To Hell 1968 Description / Buy
17 Carnival for Killing 1969 Description / Buy
18 The Casbah Killers 1969 Description / Buy
19 Golden Serpent 1969 Description / Buy
20 Amazon, The 1969 Description / Buy
21 Berlin 1969 Description / Buy
22 The Doomsday Formula 1969 Description / Buy
23 Operation Snake 1969 Description / Buy
24 The Mind Killers 1970 Description / Buy
25 Cambodia 1970 Description / Buy
26 The Red Rebellion 1970 Description / Buy
27 Moscow 1970 Description / Buy
28 The Executioners 1970 Description / Buy
29 Time Clock of Death 1970 Description / Buy
30 The Death Strain 1970 Description / Buy
31 Operation Che Guevara 1970 Description / Buy
32 Slavemaster 1970 Description / Buy
33 Operation Moon Rocket 1970 Description / Buy
34 Ice Bomb Zero 1971 Description / Buy
35 Jewel of Doom 1971 Description / Buy
36 Black Death 1972 Description / Buy
37 The Cairo Mafia 1972 Description / Buy
38 Peking-Tulip Affair 1972 Description / Buy
39 Assault on England 1972 Description / Buy
40 The Omega Terror 1972 Description / Buy
41 Devil's Dozen 1973 Description / Buy
42 Code Name 1973 Description / Buy
43 Our Agent in Rome Is Missing 1973 Description / Buy
44 Liquidator, The 1973 Description / Buy
45 The Code 1973 Description / Buy
46 Dragon Flame 1973 Description / Buy
47 Butcher of Belgrade 1973 Description / Buy
48 Assassination Brigade 1973 Description / Buy
49 Night of the Avenger 1973 Description / Buy
50 Hour of the Wolf 1973 Description / Buy
51 Inca Death Squad 1973 Description / Buy
52 Strike Force Terror 1973 Description / Buy
53 The Peking Dossier 1973 Description / Buy
54 Ice-Trap Terror 1974 Description / Buy
55 Man Who Sold Death 1974 Description / Buy
56 The N3 Conspiracy 1974 Description / Buy
57 The Man Who Sold Death 1974 Description / Buy
58 Terrible Ones (Short Story) 1974 Description / Buy
59 Death of the Falcon 1974 Description / Buy
60 Seven Against Greece 1974 Description / Buy
61 The Jerusalem File 1975 Description / Buy
62 Agent Counter-agent 1975 Description / Buy
63 Dr. Death 1975 Description / Buy
64 Counterfeit Agent 1975 Description / Buy
65 The Sign of the Prayer Shawl 1976 Description / Buy
66 The Gallagher Plot 1976 Description / Buy
67 Green Wolf Connection 1976 Description / Buy
68 The Snake Flag Conspiracy 1976 Description / Buy
69 Death Message, Oil 74-2 1976 Description / Buy
70 The List 1976 Description / Buy
71 The Aztec Avenger 1976 Description / Buy
72 Kremlin File 1976 Description / Buy
73 Vulcan Disaster 1976 Description / Buy
74 A High Yield In Death 1976 Description / Buy
75 Nichovev Plot, The 1976 Description / Buy
76 Massacre in Milan 1977 Description / Buy
77 Vatican Vendetta 1977 Description / Buy
78 Plot for the Fourth Reich 1977 Description / Buy
79 Assassin 1977 Description / Buy
80 Six Bloody Summer Days 1978 Description / Buy
81 Assignment 1978 Description / Buy
82 The Z Document 1978 Description / Buy
83 The Pamplona Affair 1978 Description / Buy
84 The Fanatics of Al Asad 1978 Description / Buy
85 Trouble in Paradise 1978 Description / Buy
86 Filthy Five 1978 Description / Buy
87 The Ebony Cross 1978 Description / Buy
88 Deadly Doubles 1978 Description / Buy
89 The Doomsday Spore 1978 Description / Buy
90 Under the Wall 1978 Description / Buy
91 Z Document 1978 Description / Buy
92 Race of Death 1978 Description / Buy
93 Thunderstrike in Syria 1979 Description / Buy
94 Revenge of the Generals 1979 Description / Buy
95 The Redolmo Affair 1979 Description / Buy
96 The Jamaican Exchange 1979 Description / Buy
97 The Nowhere Weapon 1979 Description / Buy
98 Mark of Cosa Nostra 1979 Description / Buy
99 The Asian Mantrap 1979 Description / Buy
100 Rhodesia 1979 Description / Buy
101 Red Guard 1979 Description / Buy
102 Tropical Deathpact 1979 Description / Buy
103 Ultimate Code 1979 Description / Buy
104 The Pemex Chart 1979 Description / Buy
105 The Satan Trap 1979 Description / Buy
106 Reich Four 1979 Description / Buy
107 Triple Cross 1980 Description / Buy
108 Day of the Dingo 1980 Description / Buy
109 Eighth Card Stud 1980 Description / Buy
110 War from the Clouds 1980 Description / Buy
111 And Next the King 1980 Description / Buy
112 Strike of the Hawk 1980 Description / Buy
113 Tarantula Strike 1980 Description / Buy
114 Ten Times Dynamite 1980 Description / Buy
115 The Suicide Seat 1980 Description / Buy
116 Death Mission 1980 Description / Buy
117 The Parisian Affair 1981 Description / Buy
118 The Q Man 1981 Description / Buy
119 The Society of Nine 1981 Description / Buy
120 The Golden Bull 1981 Description / Buy
121 The Katmandu Contract 1981 Description / Buy
122 The Dubrovnik Massacre 1981 Description / Buy
123 The Solar Menace 1981 Description / Buy
124 Human Time Bomb 1981 Description / Buy
125 Beirut Incident 1981 Description / Buy
126 The Strontium Code 1981 Description / Buy
127 The Red Rays 1981 Description / Buy
128 Pleasure Island 1981 Description / Buy
129 Cauldron of Hell 1981 Description / Buy
130 Chessmaster 1982 Description / Buy
131 The Last Samurai 1982 Description / Buy
132 Deathlight 1982 Description / Buy
133 Norwegian Typhoon 1982 Description / Buy
134 The Dominican Affair 1982 Description / Buy
135 The Puppet Master 1982 Description / Buy
136 The Hunter 1982 Description / Buy
137 Appointment in Haiphong 1982 Description / Buy
138 Operation McMurdo Sound 1982 Description / Buy
139 Retreat for Death 1982 Description / Buy
140 The Damocles Threat 1982 Description / Buy
141 Turkish Bloodbath 1982 Description / Buy
142 Earth Shaker 1982 Description / Buy
143 The Treason Game 1982 Description / Buy
144 The Israeli Connection 1982 Description / Buy
145 Hawaii 1982 Description / Buy
146 Satan Trap 1982 Description / Buy
147 The Turncoat 1982 Description / Buy
148 The Mendoza Manuscript 1982 Description / Buy
149 Typhoon Ray 1982 Description / Buy
150 The Death Star Affair 1982 Description / Buy
151 Doctor DNA 1982 Description / Buy
152 The Greek Summit 1982 Description / Buy
153 The Death Dealer 1983 Description / Buy
154 The Istanbul Decision 1983 Description / Buy
155 The Christmas Kill 1983 Description / Buy
156 Hide and Go Die 1983 Description / Buy
157 The Outback Ghosts 1983 Description / Buy
158 The Kali Death Cult 1983 Description / Buy
159 Operation Vendetta 1983 Description / Buy
160 The Yukon Target 1983 Description / Buy
161 Earthfire North 1983 Description / Buy
162 The Decoy Hit 1983 Description / Buy
163 The Budapest Run 1983 Description / Buy
164 Caribbean Coup 1984 Description / Buy
165 The Algarve Affair 1984 Description / Buy
166 Zero-Hour Strike Force 1984 Description / Buy
167 Operation Sharkbite 1984 Description / Buy
168 Death Island 1984 Description / Buy
169 Night of the Warheads 1984 Description / Buy
170 Death Hand Play 1984 Description / Buy
171 The Kremlin Kill 1984 Description / Buy
172 San Juan Inferno 1984 Description / Buy
173 The Blue Ice Affair 1985 Description / Buy
174 Circle of Scorpions 1985 Description / Buy
175 The Vengeance Game 1985 Description / Buy
176 The Macao Massacre 1985 Description / Buy
177 Last Flight to Moscow 1985 Description / Buy
178 The Normandy Code 1985 Description / Buy
179 The Assassin Convention 1985 Description / Buy
180 Blood of the Scimitar 1985 Description / Buy
181 The Tarlov Cipher 1985 Description / Buy
182 Slaughter Day 1986 Description / Buy
183 The Killing Ground 1986 Description / Buy
184 Target Red Star 1986 Description / Buy
185 Mercenary Mountain 1986 Description / Buy
186 The Cyclops Conspiracy 1986 Description / Buy
187 The Berlin Target 1986 Description / Buy
188 Blood Ultimatum 1986 Description / Buy
189 Tunnel for Traitors 1986 Description / Buy
190 Death Orbit 1986 Description / Buy
191 Terror Times Two 1986 Description / Buy
192 The Master Assassin 1986 Description / Buy
193 Operation Petrograd 1986 Description / Buy
194 Holy War 1987 Description / Buy
195 The Andropov File 1987 Description / Buy
196 Crossfire Red 1987 Description / Buy
197 Blood of the Falcon 1987 Description / Buy
198 Death Squad 1987 Description / Buy
199 The Terror Code 1987 Description / Buy
200 Blood Raid 1987 Description / Buy
201 East of Hell 1987 Description / Buy
202 Killing Games 1987 Description / Buy
203 Terms of Vengeance 1987 Description / Buy
204 Pressure Point 1987 Description / Buy
205 Night of the Condor 1987 Description / Buy
206 The Poseidon Target 1987 Description / Buy
207 Bolivian Heat 1988 Description / Buy
208 The Death's Head Conspiracy 1988 Description / Buy
209 Dragonfire 1988 Description / Buy
210 Bloodtrail to Mecca 1988 Description / Buy
211 Deathstrike 1988 Description / Buy
212 Memories of Swansea at War (Short Story) 1988 Description / Buy
213 Lethal Prey 1988 Description / Buy
214 Spykiller 1988 Description / Buy
215 The Rangoon Man 1988 Description / Buy
216 Afghan Intercept 1988 Description / Buy
217 Code Name Cobra 1988 Description / Buy
218 Countdown to Armageddon 1988 Description / Buy
219 Black Sea Bloodbath 1988 Description / Buy
220 Day of the Assassin 1989 Description / Buy
221 The Deadly Diva 1989 Description / Buy
222 Invitation to Death 1989 Description / Buy
223 The Korean Kill 1989 Description / Buy
224 Middle East Massacre 1989 Description / Buy
225 Holiday in Hell 1989 Description / Buy
226 Sanction to Slaughter 1989 Description / Buy
227 Law of the Lion 1989 Description / Buy
228 Hong Kong Hit 1989 Description / Buy
229 Deep Sea Death 1989 Description / Buy
230 Arms of Vengeance 1989 Description / Buy
231 Hell-Bound Express 1989 Description / Buy
232 Isle of Blood 1989 Description / Buy
233 Singapore Sling 1990 Description / Buy
234 Arctic Abduction 1990 Description / Buy
235 Ruby Red Death 1990 Description / Buy
236 Dragon Slay 1990 Description / 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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