Matt Helm: The War Years was written by Keith Wease and is available at Amazon.com (Also available in Kindle Format). The author, Keith Wease, says, “I have been a Donald Hamilton fan since the 1960s and, when he died, decided to write the prequel. Having read the Matt Helm series several times, I researched Product Detailseverything Donald Hamilton wrote about Matt Helm’s wartime experiences and his pre-war life. Incorporating direct quotes from the books, and my own imagination, I filled in many of his mission details (including, of course, the one featuring Tina, who shows up in the first Matt Helm novel, Death of a Citizen) and added several of my own, trying to keep the narrative authentic to Donald Hamilton’s style. The book was approved by Donald Hamilton’s son (who is CEO of the company holding the rights), who told me that I had ‘captured Don’s voice quite successfully’ and that it was ‘All in all, a quite good read!’ I hope all Matt Helm fans will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
Amazon.com’s description of the novel says, “Matt Helm is a government assassin, working for a super-secret agency first formed during WWII to carry out assassinations in support of the war effort in Europe, and later continued against America’s enemies. He is the star of 27 novels written by Donald Hamilton from 1960 through the 1990s. Although a cold-blooded killer, Matt Helm has a superb sense of humor, a sharp opinion on just about everything, and is quite capable of falling in love (or lust) during his missions. This book is about his WWII experiences, from his initial recruitment into the agency, his training, and his missions during the war. Matt Helm fans will know the ending, but it would be a ‘spoiler’ to mention it here.” Matt Helm: The War Years was published in English on February 19, 2013; it is about 215 pages in length.
Reviews posted at Amazon.com by fans of Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm who have read Matt Helm: The War Years are nearly unanimous in their approval. Favorable comments abound, such as “Mr. Wease has done a superb job of taking the gems of Helm’s WW2 experiences in the Hamilton books and using them to put together a coherent and interesting story of his training and development as an assassin” and “This is an extraordinarily meticulous review and compilation of details, story threads, and history rendered - truly - in the ‘voice’ of Donald Hamilton and the inimitable persona of Matt Helm.”
(Coincidentally, Titan Books has reissued some of the original Matt Helm novels written by Donald Hamilton, including Death of a Citizen, and these also are available at Amazon.com.)