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Full Name: James D. Cronley, jr.
Series Name: Clandestine Operations
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: W.E.B. Griffin , William E. Butterworth IV
Time Span: 2014 - 2018


First Look:
       James Cronley is an agent with the CIA.
       At least he will be. Once the CIA exists. As we first meet Cronley, the Agency is just being formed and the people who would become its founding members are being collected and vetted and indoctrinated. It will be an exciting and worrisome time for each of them because there are no rules for this sort of thing and no manual for how things are to be done.
       Add to that there is a tremendous amount of negative energy being directed towards the nascent group. The Soviet Union does not want the competition which means its brand new satellite states do not as well. The FBI is as turf-conscious as it can be and the idea of the new kid on the block is not well received. The Pentagon is particularly upset because the genesis of the CIA was the Office of Strategic Services and the brass wants to believe they controlled it, whether they actually did or not.
       So into this bubbling pot of potential and anxiety and jealousy, young agents like Cronley quickly learn there is no safety net for them and a fall usually meant death.


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2018

1 Top Secret Top Secret
Written by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Copyright: 2014

As his first big assignment with the new Agency, James Cronley must pull an important piece of information from a Soviet agent but he starts off badly by angering his bossess so there are some people in the mix who would prefer he fail.
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2 The Assassination Option The Assassination Option
Written by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Copyright: 2014

Given a major promotion for having accomplished his previous mission, James Cronley is now in charge of a major top secret operation but there are a lot of people in the Pentagon who are jealous and angry. And angry does not begin to describe how J. Edgar Hoover is feeling about it. And then there are the Soviets to consider.
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3 Curtain Of Death Curtain Of Death
Written by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Copyright: 2016

When four Soviet NKGB operatives snatch two WACs leaving an officers' club in Munich, things go badly for the agents. One of the women is really working for James Cronley and the new CIA and she leaves three dead and one wounded. Though it was self-defense, it causes a major uproar in Germany and shows that the rules of engagement have definitely been altered.
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4 Death At Nuremberg Death At Nuremberg
Written by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Copyright: 2017

It was good new - bad news for James Cronley. He was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit. He was also no longer the Chief, DCI-Europe. His new assignment was impressive, though. He was to not only help keep the U.S. chief Nuremberg prosecutor from getting kidnapped by the Soviets, he was to find a way to bring down the Odessa organization helping Nazis flee to Argentina.
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5 The Enemy Of My Enemy The Enemy Of My Enemy
Written by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Copyright: 2018

Having caught a couple of major Nazi war criminals from escaping with the help of Odessa, James Cronley was given some well deserved vacation time. While gone, though, Odessa managed to break the men out and now Cronley must recapture them and to help locate a missing treasure stashed away by Himmler before his death.
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