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Author: Donald Hamilton Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Skyboat Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Matt Helm Series Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781483032818
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The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers

Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin. 

Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A real world with a real character.”

    Tom Clancy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With Matt Helm, Donald Hamilton helped start the spy adventure genre. I welcome the reissue of these books so that readers can experience this mythic hero.”

    David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as Fine Art

  • “A harsh and sometimes shocking story, told with restraint, power, and conviction.”

    New York Times

  • “Fast, tightly written, brutal, and very good.”

    Milwaukee Journal

  • “If President Kennedy is a fan of British secret agent James Bond, he should switch his allegiance to Mat Helm. For there isn’t a thing the incredible Bond can do that US agent Helm can’t do better.”

    Buffalo News

  • “If you have half a dozen thrillers at hand and one is by Donald Hamilton, you can either grab it at once or save it for dessert.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “This series by Donald Hamilton is the top-ranking American secret agent fare, with its intelligent protagonist and an author who consistently writes with high style.”

    Book Week

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KC | 9/22/2016

    " During WWII, he was part of a group of spies doing the wet work that ordinary soldiers couldn't do. 15 years after the war, a girl from that time in his past shows up. He had been trying to live like an average citizen but she walked in and turned everything upside down, too bad for him, and too bad for everyone in his way. Forget the silly farce movies, this Matt Helm is a very serious character. Code name "Eric", smart but not infallible, he does it because he's good at it and because the job needs to be done. I read the paperbacks as fast as they were published, back in the 1960's. Donald Hamilton's style was gripping and once a book was started, it was hard to put down. I find that feeling has carried over to the audiobooks and I have made my way through the available titles and find myself feeling the same way I did waiting so many years ago for another one to come out. The reader, Stefan Rudnicki, has the voice you expect from Matt Helm and his performance is excellent. "

About the Author

Donald Hamilton (1916–2006) was the creator of Matt Helm, star of twenty-seven novels that have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. He was born in Uppsala, Sweden, attended the University of Chicago, and served in the US Naval Reserve. His writing career began in 1946 with short stories for Collier’s and the Saturday Evening Post. His first novel was Date with Darkness, published in 1947, and altogether he published thirty-eight novels. The first Matt Helm novel, Death of a Citizen, was originally published in 1960, at the height of the Cold War.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.