CATESBY

 
Full Name: Catesby
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Edward Wilson
Time Span: 2008 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Catesby is an agent with MI6.
       William Catesby is an agent who loves his country but not the people running it. He is hated by the Americans and respected by the Russians and is not much caring about either.
       Coming from a Suffolk fishing village, Catesby does not fit in well with 'Ox-bridge' crowd who run British Intelligence and he would have been forced out years before except that he is annoying good at getting the job done. Luckily (if that is the proper word), his boss, Henry Bone, know how valuable he is.
       From the late beginnings of the Cold War (early 50s) when many in the halls of MI6 were really agents for the Soviets through the turbulent 60s and into the changing world stage of the 70s, Catesby ages and matures and gets grayer both literally and figuratively.

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2008
Last Appearance:2015

1 The Envoy The Envoy
Written by Edward Wilson
Copyright: 2008

Kit Fournier is officially a diplomat with the American embassy in London but in truth he is the CIA bureau chief there. He is also a man looking for love and when he finds it, he finds himself in a great deal of trouble in 1950 and forced to become a double agent for MI6.
[Note: this is billed as the first book in the Catesby series. According to what I read, he plays a very small role in the British version of the book though the American Kindle version has no mention of him.]

2 The Darkling Spy The Darkling Spy
Written by Edward Wilson
Copyright: 2010

It is 1956 and Catesby is a tired British agent in Berlin with his career apparently in tatters and his motivation lacking. Then word comes that the mysterious agent known as Butterfly has a list of all British agents in Germany and Catesby is given the mission of tracking him down. Unfortunately, that involves pretending to be a traitor.

3 The Midnight Swimmer The Midnight Swimmer
Written by Edward Wilson
Copyright: 2011

In beginning years of the 60s, Catesby is sent to Havana to use his 'friendliness' with the Soviets to look into reports of their buildup in Cuba. What he finds will force him to decide whether it is worse to betray his country and someone he loves.

4 The Whitehall Mandarin The Whitehall Mandarin
Written by Edward Wilson
Copyright: 2014

MI6 has a mole deep inside the Soviet KGB. It is the mid-60s and that spy sends word that the Soviet spy ring in London has stopped sending information. That worries MI6 so they direct Catesby to go on a mole hunt which takes him to some very unpleasant places.

5 A Very British Ending A Very British Ending
Written by Edward Wilson
Copyright: 2015

It is the min-70s and a crisis inside the British government can bring down the Establishment with a horrid crash. Catesby and his colleague, Bone, find themselves going up against the people involved in the plot which harkens back to events during WWII.

MY COMMENTS

       Not far into this series I knew I had a winner. I also knew that I would find myself more and more depressed as the author does a terrific and downright admirable job of putting the reader in the shadowy world of double crosses and back stabbing. The worker bees do not trust those controlling the hive and that lot despises the grubby men and slutty women they are forced to use in the alleyways.
       It is all very gloomy and wonderfully written. So much so that I have to remind myself on occasion that it is not real - I am not there and I am not being betrayed or treated as fodder and I am safe.
       This is really good writing.

GRADE

My Grade: A

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