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The Professionals 3: Stake Out Paperback – 14 Dec 1978


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; paperback / softback edition (14 Dec. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722153449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722153444
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By feline1 on 11 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Spurred by my recent enjoyment of Network's excellent BluRay release of series 1 of The Professionals, I was intrigued to learn that, back in the day, London Weekend Television had released paperback novelisations of the show. (Back in 1978, with no such thing as home video, this was the only way to "re-watch" Bodie & Doyle's antics if you'd missed one on telly.) They're written by "Ken Blake", which wikipedia tells me was a pen name for not-very-distinguished-but-highly-prolific sci-fi writer Kenneth Bulmer. This one novelises the following episodes:
–'Stake Out' - the one where Bodie and Doyle foil some white racists' attempt to detonate a nuclear bomb in a bowling alley in an effort to 'Keep Africa White' (!?!)
–'When the Heat Cools Off' - the one where Lalla 'Romana No.2' Ward tries to persaude Doyle to re-open the case on her father, whom he'd put away for murder 7 years earlier.
–'Close Quarters' - the one where Bodie takes his girlfriend boating on the Thames but accidentally runs into a bunch fanatical German terrorists, whom he tries to apprehend (literally) single-handedly (as he's off sick from work with a knackered gun hand), leading to an exciting siege in a country house with a dead vicar.
Let's be frank, this book is not going to win any awards for literature. Indeed it's really quite clunky in places, and written in a faintly risible 'macho' tone which seems to want to kid the readers they're partaking of something rather laddish and edgy. It lacks the humour and warmth brought to the TV show by Collins & Shaw's performances, instead going on about 'guts' all the time and exacting detail of the makes and models of the guns every is using.
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