The Professionals #9: No Stone by Ken Blake (Sphere, 1981) Another two episodes novelised by Kenneth Bulmer under the publisher’s house pseudonym. The book has the feel of having been dashed off, and relies heavily on readers being familiar with the characters and format. Nonetheless, it serves its purpose. Simple, action-packed nostalgia.
The Professionals #8: Dead Reckoning by Ken Blake (Sphere, 1980) Another workmanlike effort by Kenneth Bulmer (writing as Ken Blake). As previously, his novelisation follows three separate stories and successfully evokes the on-screen action. As a distinct work, however, this would have benefited from a less slavish shot-by-shot adherence to the scripts.
The Professionals #7: Hiding to Nothing by Kenneth Bulmer [as Ken Blake] (Sphere, 1980) This tie-in novel features three of the better Professionals episodes but becomes increasingly confused in the telling. In the second story, Bulmer makes no effort to distinguish between a plethora of non-regular characters. In the third, he muddles up Bodie and Doyle!
The Professionals #6: Fall Girl by Ken Blake (Sphere, 1979) Even though the prose is pulpy, the odd turn of phrase is enough to suggest this TV tie-in—three straightforward action retellings that bring back the memories—was churned out by a decent author (as it happens, British SF writer Kenneth Bulmer).
The Professionals #5: Blind Run by Ken Blake (Sphere, 1979) Although not one of the best Professionals novelisations — a verdict that rests as much on the quality of the three episodes depicted as upon the writing — Blind Run nevertheless captures much of the on-screen action and the charisma of its three leads.