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AIDAN SNOW

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Full Name: Aidan Snow
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Alex Shaw
Time Span: 2006 - 2015

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Aidan Snow is an agent with MI-6.
       We get a quick glance of him a few years before the main adventure as a 24-year-old part of the 22nd SAS Regiment working as instructors on assignment to Poland. He very much enjoys his career, one he would have have expected and certainly not one his parents, a teacher and a diplomat, would have considered. Then an incident which would change his life occurs, leaving him with a bad leg wound which took months of rehab to recover from and a case of PTSD that after many sessions in counseling he knew he never would lose.
       We next pick him up soon in 2006 where he has been a teacher at an academy in Kiev (Kyiv) for three years. Again he is very content, despite recognizing he is drinking a lot too much a bit too often.
       Because his father had been the Commercial Attache at the British Embassy in Moscow for several years during the mid-to-late 80's and he was lived with him, he had acquired skill with the Russian language that "was all but flawless". That will prove very helpful in his life. It certainly made him able to settle in Ukraine and pick up their language as well. He had truly felt that the days of action and danger were behind him and "his gun fighting days were over". Then will come another bit of trouble and another near fatal injury which would leave more scars, both physical and mental.
       It will also bring an offer from MI-6 and yet another career move and the now early-30's Snow will have a job that suits him just as well as his SAS days.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2006
Last Appearance:2015

1 Cold Blood Cold Blood
aka Hetman
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2006

Ten years ago a mission gone wrong left Aidan Snow waiting death by the hands of a man with green eyes. It did not come. Now he is living a quiet life teaching in Ukraine when Taurus Pashinski, the green-eyed man, shows up and Snow's life changed drastically again.
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2 Cold Black Cold Black
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2010

An old SAS colleague has gone missing but since he has information on an upcoming al Qaeda attact, it is vital that MI-6 operative Aidan Snow find him and then stop the mayhem.
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3 Cold East Cold East
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2015

In Ukraine, Russian insurgents have taken a British citizen prisoner and Aidon Snow is tasked with the rescue. Elsewhere, an al Qaeda cell had gotten their hands on a nuclear weapon and both the CIA and MI-6 must neutralize it quickly before thousands die.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2013

1 Hetman: Donetsk Calling Hetman: Donetsk Calling
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2012

Living a good life in Kiev, Brian Webb was on his way home from a night out when he is chased and shot at by unknown people. The only one he knows to call for help is Aidan Snow who wastes no time heading to that city to help a friend.
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2 Hetman: Hard Kill Hetman: Hard Kill
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2013

A flashback to his days in the SAS for Aidan Snow. The time is November 1994 and Snow is in Northern Ireland working with a colleague to stop a renegade IRA cell from destroying the peace talks.
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3 Kyiv Rules Kyiv Rules
Written by Alex Shaw
Copyright: 2013

A side story about someone in Aidan Snow's universe. Gennady Dudka is an aging officer in the Ukranian SBU, in charge of the Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime Directorate. He is facing numerous armored car attacks which is putting a bad light on the security in the country just before an Interpol conference there. His bosses want him to retire. His enemies want him dead. He is determined to prove to all that he still has what it takes.
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MY COMMENTS

       This is a very well planned and crafted series written by a man who not only knows how to write and write very well, he has spent enough time in the Eastern European area to make it feel like home and to make someone like myself who never got there feel like I can see that place.
       The character of Aidan Snow is a good man to follow. He knows action and he knows how badly the human body reacts to explosions and to gun shots. He does not ignorantly race into trouble - he knows when he does the running into it that he is likely to get hurt.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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