BOB DANFORTH

 
Full Name: Bob Danforth
Series Name: The Danforth Saga
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Joseph Badal
Time Span: 2004 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Bob Danforth is an agent with the CIA.
       When we first meet him it is 1971 and he is a Captain with the U.S. Army stationed in Athens, Greece. He is very happily married to Liz and is the proud father of a two-year old boy named Michael. His career path seemed set and he was pleased with how his life was, if perhaps a bit too work-oriented to suit his spouse. Then a horrible old-wives' tale of Gypsies stealing babies comes terribly to life and Michael is snatched from his back yard while his mother is distracted by a woman selling rugs at the front door.
       What follows that is several weeks of agony for both parents and frustration at governments that say they want to help but would rather not shake already shaken relationships. Danforth, with some help, takes matters into his own hands. Getting his son back means making an illegal foray into neighboring Bulgaria resulting in gun play and death but Michael is recovered.
       Danforth's military career is at an end. He is unofficially asked to resign, being told his chance of promotion beyond captain was nil. In nearly the same breath, his commanding officer informs him that a fellow wants to talk to him about a new job, this one being with the CIA.
       This traumatic adventure is recounted in the first part, really a novella, in the first book. The next recorded operation takes place 28 years later when Danforth, now in his late 50s and a senior official with the Agency is again drawn back to Greece and the nearby conflict in the former Yugoslavia. We also meet a now fully grown and impressive member of the military, son Michael, a man who will continue on his own career path but who on more than one occasion crosses that of his father.
       As the series ages, so do the characters and Danforth will eventually retire as he moves into his late 60s but when trouble calls, people of his nature always answer.

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2004
Last Appearance:2015

1 Evil Deeds Evil Deeds
Written by Joseph Badal
Copyright: 2011

Spanning 4 decades, this books is really several novellas showing the Danforth family as they get involved in both personal and professional trouble.
1. In 1971, Captain Bob Danforth and his wife, stationed in Greece, are the victims of a kidnapping when Greek gypsies working the Bulgarian Communists, take their two-year-old son Michael.
2. In 1999, Bob Danforth, head of SpecOps for the CIA, is tasked with finding a way to bring down the head of Serbia without assassination. Snatching his cruelest general is a start.
3. Again in 1999, the ramifications of the general's abduction reach into the U.S. and touches both Bob and Liz as well as Michael over in Kosovo.
4. Michael's group is assigned duties in Kosovo helping with the refugee problem but the Serbian president still wants revenge and he is very handy. Bob cannot stay at home when his son goes missing.

2 Terror Cell Terror Cell
Written by Joseph Badal
Copyright: 2004

It is 2004 and a terrorist group in Greece is planning an horrendous attack during the Summer Olympic Games. CIA agent Bob Danforth is determined to stop them but soon he becomes one of their intended targets.

3 The Nostradamus Secret The Nostradamus Secret
Written by Joseph Badal
Copyright: 2011

The lost 58 quatrains of Nostradamus' works have come into the grasp of a wealthy Iranian who believes it foretells his rise to control the world. He sees the U.S. as a major obstacle so severely disrupting it is vital.

4 The Lone Wolf Agenda The Lone Wolf Agenda
Written by Joseph Badal
Copyright: 2014

Bob Danforth, now 66, is called back from retirement to track down and stop terrorists who are determined to destroy the U.S. oil infrastructure. Doing so will mean pairing up with his son Michael, now a Brigadier General assigned to Delta Force.

5 Death Ship Death Ship
Written by Joseph Badal
Copyright: 2015

Bob and Liz Danforth are on a cruise with their daughter-in-law and teenage grandson when the liner is attacked in the Ionian sea by terrorists. The attack is rebuffed but Bob Danforth wants to know who was really behind it. So does his son, Michael,

MY COMMENTS

       I first picked up the initial book in the series in a used book store a couple years ago and meant to read it but kept putting it off. When I found that it and subsequent books had been republished in ebook format, I bought them and finally forced myself to actually read one. I then read them all, this time with no forcing.
       I enjoyed the writing style of the books as it was easy and unassuming, not trying to be something other than very good storytelling. I was impressed that the author did not laden the first adventure with a lot of angst over the kidnapping of the little boy - what the writer gave us was enough to let us see the anguish the parents felt. It also gave us a brief insight into the character (or lack thereof) of the main bad guy.
       Should the author write more on either Bob Danforth or his son (or grandson), I'll be a customer.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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