THE SERGEANT SERIES by LEN LEVINSON originally written as GORDON DAVIS
In the first book in the series, Death Train, which takes place in the summer of 1944, Mahoney is a US Army Ranger working behind German lines with the French Resistance, "maquis", to disrupt a rail-road line that will be essential to German troop and supply movement after the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach. The book establishes Mahoney as a tough, career Army, individual, and an experienced combat veteran that had seen action since the initial US amphibious landings in 1942 at Morocco.
The series ends with Book 9, Hammerhead, circa late December 1944. Mahoney, disgusted by all the death he has seen, and killing he has done, is praying in a small Catholic church. Facing the altar, with his back to the church, he is nearly killed, before two of his arch enemies end up shooting each other. After determining that one of the men has died and the other likely did as well, Mahoney returns to his prayer. Sadly, this is the last book in the series and we do not learn any more of Mahoney, or Cranepool, after this.
Part One of Virtual Pulp's interveiw with Len Part Two Here
Virtual Pulp's take on The Sergeant during the Invasion
Virtual Pulp on Death Train
4 Star review from Amazon.com "The Sergeant series is a guilty pleasure, and the cold brutality of the protagonist is perfectly acceptable to most readers because he has been unleashed against the Germans during Hitler's reign. Gordon Davis (a pseudonym of Len Levinson, from what I read) had a lot of fun writing this series, I suspect. And we can have a lot of fun reading it. Like a steam locomotive, The Sergeant lurches to a jerky start, but is firing on all cylinders a few books into the series."
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