Full Name: Danny Black
Nationality: British
Organization: SAS
Occupation Agent

Creator: Chris Ryan
Time Span: 2013 - 2019


       Danny Black is a member of the SAS.
       He is not a spy. He is a soldier. More specifically he is, at the time we first meet him, a new member to one of the most elite special operations organization ever, the British Special Air Squadron. He is proud as he can be to wear the patch of the SAS and he would have not been amused if one were to think of him as a spook. He was a soldier. He was SAS.
       Black is 23 years old when the first recorded adventure begins. We learn early on that his father, a member of the Parachute Regiment had been severely wounded and his mother killed just a few minutes after his birth by an IRA member. We learn that his older brother has major issues with drugs and is just out of prison as a result. These things might have proven a dangerous distraction to young Black but it seemed to help him focus on his missions, perhaps to block other things.
       When he focuses, though, he is a force all on his own and it is for that reason he is in the compendium. MI-6 learns just as the Army had that Black is extremely sharp, highly intelligent, and steadfastly determined. Since he has proven several times before we meet him and will continue to do so over the several adventures we have that he can and does work well with a team but he also can operate all by himself just as well. This means that when the Intelligence community needs a trained killer able to do so in the toughest of conditions all on his own and be able to find his way home again, they just need to look to Danny Black.


Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2019


Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

1 Murder Team Murder Team
Written by Chris Ryan
Copyright: 2015

"Danny Black is a lone wolf on an unofficial mission. He is in the deserts of East Africa looking for his old comrade in arms Spud, wounded in their last mission and now missing. A wounded British solder is a commodity in these parts.. Danny recruits a grizzled ex-Blade to help him, encounters an ex-Mossad mercenary, who is part of the supply chain, and heads for a showdown with a small Somali army, led by most-wanted Islamist militant Abu Bakr."
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       This excellent series is mostly a military man's adventure and I do not think anyone would argue with that. In fact, many might insist that Danny Black, as good a character as he is, does not really fit in this compendium. I would normally agree but I chose to bring him in because he is asked to work on his own like many an MI-6 agent and since it is often that Intelligence organization that does the asking, he deserves an entry.
       Chris Ryan does military action better than just about anybody. He has walked the walk so he can easily talk the talk and what talking he does. I do not pretend to understand much of what the technology is about but boy does he make it sound exciting and interesting.


My Grade: B+


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