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Cheap and Nasty Seventies Horror Pulp

Peter Haining – The Hero

Posted by demonik on June 1, 2009

Peter Haining [Terry Harknett] – The Hero (New English Library, 1975).

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Blurb:

The place and the threat is China. The weapon is nuclear and deadly. In the secret organizations that operate behind every government the fear was how to eliminate the weapon without shattering the balance of power between East and West.

Richard Soulgrove is the man chosen for the mission. Aged 31, shy, anonymous, undistinguished in any field except that he can speak Chinese. He is taken from his peaceful existence as a civil servant and thrust into a long and dangerous assignment. An assignment where he has to learn to play the Hero. To develop the capacity for killing, and to learn how to live with the shadow of constant fear and imminent death.

It could fall to any one of us to play the Hero, to learn to take the Hero’s fate.

Less horror credentials than even Boot-Boys, included here purely on the strength of it being written by Peter Haining ….. even though it wasn’t!

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