DAVID SLOANE

 
Full Name: David Sloane
Codename: Wolf
Nationality: American
Organization: Central Security Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Robert A. Liston
Time Span: 1987 - 1988
ABOUT THE SERIES

       David Sloane is an agent with the Central Security Agency.
       He has been an agent in very good standing with this department of American Intelligence for some time as the two-book series begins, the last three out in the field working in gray areas where knowing who were the good guys and who were not was extremely difficult but not knowing would get you killed. He had come to rely only on his partner for those three years, a fellow agent named Rogers who had gone through the same rigorous training and who knew, like Sloane, that your partner was your most valuable weapon.
       Both Sloane and Rogers had a lot in common even before they became partners and the best of friends. They were both runaways from homes that were never happy. Separately they had joined the Navy when they reached 18 because they each had no other real prospects except the military. They were both content there, surrounded by people who did not care about their pasts or lack thereof. Then the computers at the CSA, going through the files of active military personnel looking for viable candidates to become agents spit both of their names out.
       They were recruited, put through the harshest training they had every imagined, taught every element of spycraft that the Agency possessed, and it possessed a lot. This included how to kill to keep from being killed and both men had in the few years they had been in the field had to do that killing several times. They did not like it but they did not hesitate.
       Sloane was not his real last name, which was Pritchard, but when he joined the CSA, his previous life was largely erased and a new identity created, complete with a rank of Lieutenant in the Navy. Sloane did not really care about the name change as his life beforehand was not something he cared to think about. Having a new, fake identity was likely something his sense of humor would have enjoyed. Standing 6'2" with wavy dark hair, penetrating blue eyes, and an "almost boyish handsomeness", Sloane had an air about him as someone who enjoyed life.
       At least he did as the first book opens, before Sloane's life takes a drastic change as a mole in the Agency, seeking to keep his identity hidden, strikes at both he and Rogers. Rogers is killed. Sloane is gravely injured. Staying alive becomes a challenge in itself but Sloane wants more. He want revenge.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1987
Last Appearance:1988

1 The Brandywine Exchange The Brandywine Exchange
Written by Robert A. Liston
Copyright: 1987

David Sloane's partner was dead. So was the Soviet defector who had first told them about the mole on the governing committee of the Agency. Sloane should have been dead as well. He was not and he now wanted the truth. And revenge.

2 The Seraphim Code The Seraphim Code
Written by Robert A. Liston
Copyright: 1988

Sloane was no longer a part of the Agency and he made sure everyone knew it. Someone did not get the word and left the body of a KGB agent on his doorstep as a gift. Now he wants to know who and why and both his old bosses and the Soviets want his head.

MY COMMENTS

       This is a good, solid series with considerable action and very respectable plots written by a man who is most definitely up on his facts having penned the non-fiction book The Pueblo Surrender: A Covert Action by the NSA. He brings his understanding of the intelligence community to this two-book series and those who read them are the benificiaries of that expertise.
       The lead character, Sloane, is a fairly standard hard-ass operative who is used to doing things his own way and those who get in that way tend to regret it. While that might not be overwhelming praise, I was pleased enough with the series to have not minded one or two more. They had a bit of a slow stretch in each but not enough to take enjoyment away, just enough to make the reader feel like giving a nudge or two.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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