JONATHAN ANDERS

 
Full Name: Jonathan Anders
Codename: CED 84
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Christopher Nicole
Time Span: 1969 - 1972
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jonathan Anders is an agent with British Intelligence.       
       This three-book series about the young but brilliant neophyte spy is part farce but all action. Anders is a 23-year old genius with a love of chess, though lacking in the obsession needed to become a Grand Master. The same could be said for many of his other activities as his keen intellect makes him interested in something long enough to quench his thirst before moving him on to something else. Other activities that Anders is very good at and at which he could become an expert if he only wished were hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship.
       Recruited straight out of university by the Counter-Espionage Department, Anders is sent to all the standard training a novice agent should attend and proves to be amongst the best the trainers had ever seen. Still, once he was done learning how to be an agent, he is given nothing by routine office work as he waits for a chance to enter the field. The chance comes as a surprise when the head of the entire agency, a man named Craufurd, chooses him for an assignment.
       Anders was the son of a British diplomat. When the man's wife died while Anders was still very young, he countered the pain by throwing himself into his work and travelling constantly, forcing Anders to learn to be alone, kept in boarding school. Now that Anders is grown, his father remains just a distant, thinking his son to be an employee of a antique book seller, the cover that Anders uses. Anders, for his part, sees no reason to let anyone know the truth as the job has many dull periods during which Anders can occupy himself with other activities. Top on that list, besides chess, is stock-car racing. Just as with chess, though, Anders usually does not possess the patience to truly excel.
       The three books in this series comprise the first three missions that Anders is given.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1969
Last Appearance:1972

1 Operation Destruct Operation Destruct
aka The Doom Fisherman
Written by Christopher Nicole
Copyright: 1969

Onboard the Russian trawler which shipwrecked off the coast of Guernsey was a British agent who was defecting along with a Nobel winning woman biologist. Jonathan Anders is sent to scuba dive to find the cause of the wreck and finds himself hunted by the Soviets and the British police.

2 Operation Manhunt Operation Manhunt
aka Manhunt For A General
Written by Christopher Nicole
Copyright: 1970

A Polish general has disappeared and a wild search for him begins by an assortment of countries, British, American, and Soviet. Jonathan Anders is intrigued that a picture of a steward on a luxury yacht looks a lot like the general.

3 Operation Neptune Operation Neptune
aka Appointment In Kiltone
Written by Christopher Nicole
Copyright: 1972

Notes on a scientific breakthrough that would allow humans to breath underwater are the target for Jonathan Anders in this assignment. To find it he must go against Irish rebels, a beautiful Soviet spy, and an ex-Nazi scientist.

MY COMMENTS

       Light-hearted, almost farcical, is a good way to describe this series but that doesn't mean it is a comedy. It just means there is no deep-seated angst or contemplation of the human condition. There are beautiful woman, fast cars, great gun battles, and an agent who refuses to take it all too seriously. Anders wants excitement and he doesn't like losing which means he often takes chances that older agents would not. It gets the job done but not always the way his bosses would have wanted.
       It is good fun and Mr. Nicole should have written more of them. Judging by the several dozen other books he wrote afterwards, though, he was kept busy.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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