THE CELLAR

 
Full Name: The Cellar
Nationality: American
Organization: The Cellar
Occupation Agency

Creator: Bob Mayer
Time Span: 2010 - 2011
ABOUT THE SERIES

       The Cellar is an Intelligence agency of the U.S. government.
       It is a very hush-hush one operating out of the deep basement, hence the name, of the NSA main building. It is known about by the leaders of the major alphabet groups in the American intelligence community but to most it is a complete unknown and to most who are aware of it, it is almost mythical so quietly and subtly does it usually operate.
       The original purpose of the Cellar was really to watch the watchers but over time, as always, things change. It still maintains its primary role but after 9/11, the Cellar learned it had to take a bit more active role.
       How big the organization is remains a mystery to even its own operatives as most are trained to work alone. Support staff is known to be fairly small because the mandate the Cellar has from the top allows it to call upon any of the other groups to handle logistics. If an agent needs a ride somewhere, there is one waiting. If warm bodies are required, the FBI or ATF or CIA or someone somewhere gets a call and people, usually in the dark as to what is going on or why, show up.
       Heading up the Cellar is one man, an aging former soldier known as Nero. Mr. Nero to most as familiarity and Mr. Nero do not go together. He lives in the Cellar in special rooms created just for him. He has no friends or family nor any feeling of loss for not having them. He also has no vision for a Gestapo interrogator took that away during the latter days of WWII. He also has no voice box as years of chain smoking has taken much of his throat. What he does have is an incredibly keen intellect and an amazing ability to spot patterns. He is by no means perfect as he will be the first to admit but he is darn good. He is also close to death.
       In the first of the two books that exist of the Cellar's activities, the main characters are not official operatives of the Cellar. One does not even know of its existance when things start getting heady. Nevertheless, both feel the string pulling done by Nero and the Cellar at just about every turn. They resent it, naturally, but that does not stop the yanking from going on. In the second, the inner workings of the Cellar become clearer but the string pulling and manipulation does not slow down at all.
       Nero is a wonderful character to read and learn about. I cannot get enough of the woman only known as Neeley. Hannah Masterson is truly a joy to follow. And Gant is, well, Gant. You need to read the books to understand but once you do, you certainly will get what I mean.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2011

1 Bodyguard Of Lies Bodyguard Of Lies
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2010

Neeley is the lover and associate of a former Cellar operative named Gant. Hannah is the wife of a man who suddenly abandons her leaving her shocked and destitute. When Fate puts these two women together they find there are a lot of strings being pulled, most of which will get them killed and all, it seemed, tied to the Cellar.

2 Lost Girls Lost Girls
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2011

The daughter of a prominent Special Forces commander is kidnapped. Then it is learned other young women have been snatched or murdered. The Cellar is certain something very bad is at play requiring the sending in of their operative to unravel a very knotty tangle.

MY COMMENTS

       I gave this series the highest grade I give anything other than what I consider the true giants and I nearly elevated it another '+'. It is that good and that super hard to stop reading. I was completely captivated by this far too-short series and made the rest of the world sort of go on hold. And when it ended, I really felt at a loss.
       The characters are fascinating. The author gives a couple of them very interesting back-stories and a couple get very mundane ones. He shows the skill and capability of a couple from the get-go and lets you learn slowly and craftily just how good a couple of other characters become.
       And best, for me, was the majority of the first adventure I really had a hard time knowing who the true bad guys were. In the second things are a good deal clearer who are the good guys, which makes perfect sense, but exactly who among the bad guys were the kinda bad and who were the really bad became the key question.
       Having written up this series, I am drafting an email to the author thanking him for a great two books and asking for more. Probably won't get it but it needs to be asked.
       And this series needs to be read!

GRADE

My Grade: A+

Your Average Grade:   A+

YOUR OPINIONS
S Blackoak A+ 1/4/2016 9:56:18 PM

Since I am not the biggest fan of some of Mr. Mayer's/Doherty's series I was really pleasantly surprised how much I truly enjoyed "Lost Girls". Also, if interested, the Cellar shows up in the first book of his newer Bob Mayer penned Area 51 series called "Nightstalkers" (which is a different series than his older Robert Doherty Area 51 series).


simibond A+ 2017-05-05

Splendid series. the only thing is that they are just two books I could have read more ....


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