Don Pendleton

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Don Pendleton (December 12, 1927 – October 23, 1995) was an author of fiction and nonfiction books, best known for his creation of American hero The Executioner: Mack Bolan.


Pendleton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in all theaters of the war. His enlistment ended in November 1947. He returned to active duty in 1952 during the Korean War and served until 1954. He worked as a telegrapher for the Southern Pacific Railroad until 1957, and then as an air traffic control specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. In the 1960s, he worked for Martin Marietta on the Titan missile program. He later served as an engineering administrator at NASA during the Apollo missions. Pendleton also worked on the C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft program.


The best-selling The Executioner made the men's action-adventure genre popular in the late 1960s and 70s, and Pendleton was known as the father of action adventure, a term he coined. The Mack Bolan novels penned by Pendleton revolved around Bolan's one man war against the Mafia, beginning with War Against the Mafia in 1969, and ending with Satan's Sabbath in 1980. After Satan's Sabbath, Pendleton licensed the rights to his Executioner characters to the Harlequin publishing group. Since 1980, The Executioner, Mack Bolan books and spinoffs, Able Team, Phoenix Force, Stony Man, Mack Bolan have been written by Harlequin's team of writers. The Harlequin Gold Eagle books moved Bolan into a fight...
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