Full Name: Alec Fincham
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Roger Cave
Time Span: 2007 - 2016

       Alec Fincham is an agent with MI-6.
       Technically and officially he is a Commander in the highly elite British Navy Special Boat Squadron (SBS), the naval equivilant of the more known SAS but just as deadly (more so, if you ask an SBS member). He has been in this service for a fair number of years and knows his way both on a base or on a ship. Getting involved with the spooks of British Intelligence, however, takes a whole different set of skills to stay alive. Fincham has those tools and uses them to keep himself and his teammates alive.
       This is a good thing because when he is seconded to British Intelligence, he seems to be the one who gets the really fun jobs in the most luxurious locales, all said with considerable sarcasm. Fincham, unfortunately for him, has the well earned reputation for getting the job done which means when there is an assignment no one really wants or thinks can be pulled off, it is Fincham whose name comes to mind.
       It must be said that Fincham does not actually mind the tough assignments. He gets bored easily and when, early on in the first adventure, he is assigned to train Yanks in America, he chafes because it is boring and safe. Still, he far prefers the missions where he is asked to work with his mates in the SBS and not so much when he is going it alone. And he has to go it alone quite a lot. This may explain why he is on a friendly first-name basis with Sir Charles, head of MI-6.
       Fincham is described as having an "athletic six foot one inch frame" along with "laser blue eyes". He is ruggedly good looking and is considered interesting to the ladies but he is quite happy with his American girl friend, Penny Jenkins.


Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Barcza Gambit The Barcza Gambit
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2007

As the American forces prepare to leave Iraq, Israel worries about its fate in the changing dynamics. A senior official in Mossad has a plan to ensure his country's survival but it will cause a lot of trouble for everyone else. Alec Fincham is tasked with heading to the Middle East to help train there but he will soon become involved in a lot more.

2 Sicilian Defence Sicilian Defence
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2007

As Alec Fincham is on the hunt for a terrorist somewhere in Mediterranean, someone else is on the hunt for Fincham, wanting to make sure he does not succeed.

3 White King White King
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2008

Upset with British seizures of drug shipments in the Caribbean, a Venezuelan drug lord puts the word out that extreme actions against the British is now allowed. In return, Alec Fincham and his team is sent to discourage the practice.

4 ZugZwang ZugZwang
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2008

The death of a British soldier in Iraq has spiraling consequences and the streets of Basra are about to turn red. Alec Fincham and his people are sent to get involved but heading back that country is not something they look forward to.

5 Octopus Knight Octopus Knight
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2009

Phoenix Dante is the name of one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers who also more than dabbles in drugs. Alec Fincham is asked to have a word or two with the man.

6 Medusa Defence Medusa Defence
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2009

Data has been stolen from the Ministry of Defence and it becomes Alec Fincham's task to hunt it down. This will lead him to the rain forests of Northern Australia and the interesting task of protecting a famous model named Medusa.

7 Deep Blue Deep Blue
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2009

The discovery that South African diamond miner Max Jensen makes is astounding and sure to get him killed. Alec Fincham and his team become involved with Jensen and with Somali pirates.

8 Grand Prix Variation Grand Prix Variation
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2010

A terrorist group from the Hindu Kush has put out the word that they are after the head of Mark Chambers, owner of a Formula 1 racing team. It is the fun job of Alex Fincham and his people to provide protection at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

9 Queen's Knight Queen's Knight
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2011

The kidnapping in Egypt is a very confusing one and when Alec Fincham is sent in to investigate, it turns deadly very quickly.

9.5 Fried Fox & English Rat Fried Fox & English Rat
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2011

A compilation of two short stories, both of which have Alec Fincham involved. The stories are:
Fried Fox, and
English Rat.

10 Snake Variation Snake Variation
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2012

As the Arab Spring was taking place in 2011, the Cairo Museum was robbed of a number of valuable pieces. A British military man is suspected of being involved so Alec Fincham and his people are sent to set things right.

11 Monticelli Trap Monticelli Trap
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2013

When Alec Fincham invites his fiancée on a vacation to Sorrento, Italy, it was for fun and relaxation. Danger was not a planned part in it. Danger came anyways.

12 Torre Attack Torre Attack
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2013

The orders Alec Fincham was given was simple. He was to watch Quinto Torre and monitor who he spoke with and track where he went. Who Torre saw and where he traveled could get Fincham dead.

13 Red Queen Red Queen
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2016

Alec Fincham's job is to head to Kazan to buy some diamonds on behalf of British Intelligence. What was unknown was that someone else was interested and the diamonds were to die for.


Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2015

1 Fried Fox Fried Fox
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2011

The first of two short stories in the compendium Fried Fox & English Rat. Devon Fox is assigned by MI6 to handle a very simple investigation. When it does not stay simple, Alec Fincham is called in.

2 English Rat English Rat
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2011

The second of two short stories in the compendium Fried Fox & English Rat. The new British warship is the latest in stealth vessels. Someone wants very much that technology and it is the job of Alec Fincham and team to stop them.

3 Mongoose Variation Mongoose Variation
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2011

Alec Fincham learns that Kristina von Priller is alive and still very much active and it is his job to stop her from causing another Israeli-Arab war.

4 Lion's Jaw Lion's Jaw
Written by Roger Cave
Copyright: 2015

It is back to Iraq that Alec Fincham is sent, not one of his favorite places. His job is to monitor ISIS as their numbers increase and the threat to a major oil refinery increases.


       I love a good adventure and the author, Roger Cave, has given us quite a few. He has also provided a couple of interesting titles. One that leapt out at me was the collection of two novellas, entitled Fried Fox & English Rat. That made me raise my eyebrows and then made me buy it. Good marketting.
       And good writing. Fast paced plots with intelligent, realistic dialogue. I enjoyed the books I have read and plan to read the rest of them when I can.
       You know you have a good storyteller when you occasionally look to see if there is anything new.


My Grade: B+

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