Pretty Hate Machine

Special Task Force: GREEN MAJIK #1

Fiction - Thriller - General
361 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2017
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Author Biography

DON TEMPLETON is the pen name for the lead writer and founder of the publishing confederation, Blue Falcon Press. He is also the author of four Executioner novels published by Gold Eagle Books (#262, #264, #266, and #276). For the last 20 or so years, Don has been under deep cover inside U.S. Special Operations living the dream and spying on his primary subject matter: soldiers. Don is from the Hemingway School of Writers - a writer has to live his story before he can genuinely write anything of value. That means jumping into Life and getting into a fight with Life. Don has the life scars to prove his bona fides. He has survived 100-plus airborne operations (most of those mass tac with the 3rd Ranger Battalion of the Iran-Contra era), the meat grinder of Special Forces selection (twice - twice is his favorite number), the Q Course where he outwitted alpha boy tab protectors with superior ninja mind-clouding tactics, and went to war with the best ODA the National Guard ever fielded, the Happy Reapers. This background lends volumes of authenticity to the over-the-top novels he writes because he has lived this material.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite

When a little girl turns into a mass murdering nightmare, you know Pretty Hate Machine: Special Task Force: GREEN MAJIK #1 by Don Templeton isn't a fluffy bunnies kind of book. When Detective Jack Carnahan walks into the crime scene and walks out with enough evidence to show that the U.S. government is capable of far greater atrocities, you know this story is one jacked up ride that will stretch your imagination and leave you breathless. Add in a dope-head journalist, a thinking porn star, and a special agent who looks good in her undies mixed with a liberal helping of bad guys, murder, and conspiracy, and you have Pretty Hate Machine in a nutshell.

Pretty Hate Machine: Special Task Force: GREEN MAJIK #1 by Don Templeton is pulp fiction at its best. Templeton does a killer job at creating raw, fast-paced action that leaves the reader hungry for more. His characters are dynamic, and he does a terrific job building tension that will keep you hooked. Templeton's plot is complex and yet easy to follow as what seem to be unrelated events culminate into a satisfying conclusion. On the down side of things, it is easy to tell the author has spent too much time working with the government. Even with the provided list of acronyms, I felt put out trying to figure out what he was saying sometimes. His brief but necessary breaks between action, while still well-written, paled in comparison to the excessively graphic but artistically worded action scenes.