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JEFF SHANNON

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Full Name: Jeff Shannon
Series Name: The Eagle
Nationality: American
Organization: Military Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Norman Daniels
Time Span: 1939 - 2016

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jeff Shannon, the Eagle, is an agent with American Military Intelligence.
       As described in one of the adventures, while he often while traveling listed his occupation as "correspondent", implying he was a reporter, he was in fact "the ace agent of the G-2 branch of the United States Army Intelligence Service". Usually he answered to the Secretary of War but on occasion he could be assigned temporarily to the State Department.
       Shannon is described as being in his late 20's, tall, lean, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is perpetually impeccably dressed in a suit and tie - the shirt being a constant white and the tie always in good taste.
       Professionally, Shannon is known the world over, "from Tokyo to Berlin; known and hated - and feared", especially in the Intelligence departments around the globe. His nickname of the Eagle is also common knowledge, though why he is called that is not known. Even the bad guys know of the Eagle though at least some of them have not been privy to the connection of Eagle to Shannon.
       Before becoming the Eagle, "he was once more plain Jeff Shannon, crack secret agent of G-2, unofficial operative of the F.B.I. He had entered the work with several years of training in the State Department and the code offices." He took the time to study existing photographs of enemy agents and learn all the tricks that had been used by them. He did not take on the persona of the Eagle until "he was as well versed in this grisly business as any man alive".
       Shannon is a very cool operator, relaxing and lounging whenever he can. He can often be seen lying back in a chair, his feet resting on some nearby object, a cigarette in his hand, showing he has hardly a care. When action is required, however, he is ready and able at the drop of a hat or the drawing of a gun.
       Shannon is, among other things, a master at breaking codes; "he could read ordinary codes almost as easily as he could English and harder ones broke down under his diligent attacks". Apparently his expertise with languages is also excellent for he has no trouble communicating with the citizenry no matter where he goes.

Noteworthy observations:
"When a problem so difficult as to defy solution presented itself, the Eagle usually whistled."
"[Shannon] was sure there was always a loophole somewhere; that the best of spies leave crevices in their plans where he might get a fingerhold and pry open the whole rotten affair."
"With right on your side you can't lose, if you've the courage to back up your convictions."
"I have never called for help yet. If help presents itself, very well. I use it. If not, I fight my own battles."

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2013

       Much of the information displayed below comes from the terrific compilation volume put out by Altus Press, editing and Introduction being done by Tom Johnson.
       That introduction is especially interesting and it is highly recommend that anyone interested in this series pick up this omnibus and make it a point to read the opening. I for one would have completely missed including The Black Dragon without his information and that would have been a shame. Thank you, sir!


1 The Eagle Omnibus The Eagle Omnibus
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 2013

The complete collection of all the Eagle stories with an introduction laying out the publishing history. The stories are:
Storm Over The Americas
Network Of Hate
The Black Dragon
The Master Of Treachery
The Stolen Gas Gun
Gold Of The Gestapo
Last Train To Freedom
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:7
First Appearance:1939
Last Appearance:1943

1 Storm Over The Americas Storm Over The Americas
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1939

Published in Thrilling Spy Stories #1, Fall 1939 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

2 Network of Hate Network of Hate
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1940

Published in Thrilling Spy Stories #2, Winter 1940 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

3 The Master of Treachery The Master of Treachery
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1940

Published in Thrilling Spy Stories #3, Spring 1940 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

4 The Stolen Gas Gun The Stolen Gas Gun
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1940

Published in Thrilling Spy Stories #4, Summer 1940 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

5 Gold of the Gestapo Gold of the Gestapo
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1940

Published in Popular Detective v20 #1, December 1940 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

6 The Black Dragon The Black Dragon
Written by Kerry McRoberts
Copyright: 1940

Published in Popular Detective v18 #2, February 1940 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

7 Last Train To Freedom Last Train To Freedom
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 1943

Published in Detective Novels Magazine v12 #2, October 1943 - [plot unknown]
Collected in The Eagle Omnibus

PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Issues:2
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2016

1 The New Adventures of the Eagle The New Adventures of the Eagle
Published by Pro Se Productions, LLC

Copyright: 2012

A collection of 6 short adventures by fans of the series, all written in 2012. The stories and authors are:
Lights! Camera! Sabotage! by Bobby Nash
A Black Friday in Australia by Lee Houston, Jr.
The Melting Skin by Ashley Mangin
Fire From the Sky by R.P. Steeves
The Coming Storm by Teel James Glenn
Island of Deceit by Nick Ahlhelm

2 The New Adventures of the Eagle, Vol. Two The New Adventures of the Eagle, Vol. Two
Published by Pro Se Productions, LLC

Copyright: 2016

A collection of 2 adventures by fans of the series. The stories and authors are:
The Secret of Blood River by James Hopwood
Danger Train by Teel James Glenn

MY COMMENTS

       I spend a lot of time reading books from 60, 80, or even 100 years ago and I love the atmosphere that they present - modern times for them seen so very much later. Totally different than a historical novel. But when I open a pulp magazine from the 20's-40's, or peruse a collection like this one, it is like entering a different universe.
       A pulp spy story is an entirely different type of creature. Even if the time period was the same, a pulp spy story and a "normal" spy story will have such a tremendous different feel. In pulp fiction, everything is overdone. The people are all ultra-cool or ultra-evil or ultra-sultry. The troubles are world-shaking. The action is drastic and severe. Melodrama rules!
       I love pulp adventures. Mind you, I can take only so much of them before I have to take a breather but for a while living in the pulp world is a hoot. That is what I feel with The Eagle. I can enjoy a story and savor the over-the-top-ness of everything and then I step away for a couple days to recoup. Then I am ready to again enter that oh-so-different universe.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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