Thursday 11 August 2022



The fifth heart-racing adventure in the Revenger series, back in print for the first time in nearly fifty years.

Ben Martin is in New York, where his blood-soaked saga of pain and retribution tragically began, and where Johnny Lupo, a psychopathic Mafia boss, orders the murder of a judge and the massacre of the people in his courtroom. It's part of Lupo's insane, brutal plan to take control of the city. But Martin isn't going to let that happen. Because his battle against the mob is no longer about revenge -- it's about justice and accepting the man he has become.

"The Revenger series is a clear standout. Take note of Messmann’s special treatment of Martin’s psyche. With an uncanny awareness, Messmann delves into Martin’s warrior soul and deciphers dark emotions. In many ways, Martin could be the most complex vigilante in the genre." Paperback Warrior

Another day and another Ben Martin Revenger novel from Jon Messmann. City for Sale is the fifth in the series and it's another fast read.

Conflict, violence, death. An ongoing theme of one overly principled man battling against organised crime, utilising the skills his government taught him in the jungles of South-East Asia.

My kind of book. I'm a real sucker for the revenge-vigilante-lone wolf type novel.

Plusses - story, character, pace, action, and an inevitable outcome. It's another enjoyable entry in an entertaining series.  

4 from 5

Read - June, 2022
Published - 1975
Page count - 184
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle


  1. I'm not into the 'lone wolf vigilante' the way you are, Col, I must admit. Still, I do like what I've read of Ben's character, and the story sounds fast-paced and tense. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

    1. Margot, I like what I like, what can I say? Definitely more me than you, but it would be a dull old world if we were all reading the same thing. I love the diversity with in the genre.