Friday, December 28, 2012

Atlantic Scramble by Don Pendleton and Gar Wilson, 1982

For the last Friday’s Forgotten Books of 2012 at Patti Abbott’s blog Pattinase, a look at an action-packed novel about a small band of combatants fighting America’s dirty war.  
The US Navy is carrying contraband for Jeddah.” 

In Atlantic Scramble, the third Phoenix Force novel and a spin-off of the Executioner series, a five-man anti-terrorist squad takes on Libyan terrorist Khader Ghazawi and his mercenaries who steal America’s super-weapon, the Dessler Laser Submachine Gun, and make off with it in a recommissioned subchaser, the U.S.S. Beaumont.

The terrorists, who belong to an outfit called Red Anvil, incapacitate the Pentagon’s Red Bluff Arsenal (a secret installation at Odessa, Texas), drug its personnel into zombies, kill dozens of soldiers, and escape with the deadly weapon with inside help.

The Phoenix Force led by Yakov Katzenelenbogen, a French-Israeli commando, lose no time in zeroing in on the US vessel cruising at high speeds through the Atlantic in the dead of night and later taking a fight to an old Russian diesel U-boat.

Yakov and his four men—Gary Manning, the Canadian explosives engineer; Keio Ohara, the unusually tall Japanese martial arts expert; David McCarter, a former SAS operator and pilot; and Rafael Encizo, a survivor of Castro's regime and an expert in underwater warfare—make short shrift of the mission.

The Phoenix Force, first introduced in Argentine Deadline, work for Stony Man, a secret anti-terrorist organisation formed by Mack Bolan and run by Hal Brognola, its project director, with the occasional involvement of ace pilot Jack Grimaldi. Phoenix Force and Able Team are spin-offs of The Executioner series created by American writer Don Pendleton. These books have been published by Gold Eagle since 1982.

The Phoenix Force and Able Team novels have been written by various authors under the collective pseudonym of Gar Wilson.

Author Thomas P. Ramirez © Allied Authors
The initial Phoenix Force novels, including Atlantic Scramble, were written by Thomas P. Ramirez who authored over 100 erotic novels and contributed stories for several magazines such as Boy’s Life, American Mercury and American Heritage. Ramirez, a master storyteller of the Executioner series, had a distinct and engaging style of his own.

I will be going back for more.


  1. I've never read any of the EXECUTIONER or REMO WILLIAMS style series though I keep reading really positive reviews like your Prashant so I'll have to die in - in the meantime, hope you have a great new year.

    All the best,


    1. Sergio, you can read the Executioner series without your thinking cap on. There's plenty of mind-blowing action though our heroes, be it Mack Bolan, Phoenix Force or Able Team, never seem to get hurt in a serious way. There have been changes in the series but the essential Executioner style of warfare has remained the same.

      A very Happy New Year to you and your family, Sergio. I hope you have a great year too.

  2. I've got a couple of these but haven't read them. I'm glad to hear they are good. I will move one up on my reading list.


    1. Charles, I am pretty hooked to the three series making it a point to read at least a few every year. It's like watching an Arnold Shwarzenegger action movie.