Full Name: Sam Boggs
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mark Washburn
Time Span: 1977 - 1980

       Sam Boggs is an explosives expert for the CIA.
       Boggs is certainly not an agent. Not for the CIA nor any other organization. He is a bomber. He was an ex-Berkeley chemistry professor, ex-radical, bomb-builder-for-hire. Travelling around Europe as the US wanted him for old crimes, he made a fair living making bombs for whoever wanted one. His only requirement was that it could not cause loss of life. Blow up as many buildings as you wanted as long as no one got hurt, and Boggs was the man to make highly reliable explosives.
       In the mid 60s, Boggs had been an associate professor at Berkeley teaching chemistry and specializing in the new world of plastics. He was engaged to Susan, a graduate student determined to make her mark making the human genome and curing disease. Then Boggs was approached by the U.S.military who wanted bombs designed from plastic so the shrapnel would not be detectable by current medical means thus making them more effective. As he worked on it, his fiance grew more radical and took him along with him until he decided to stop work and take up the revolution cause. Then his girl left him to take a high paying research job and Boggs was left with a radicalism he really didn't believe in and the police after him.
       What followed was over ten years of building bombs around the world but for money, not for belief. He has grown tired of it and knows that it is just a matter of time before some radical zealot ends up getting Boggs killed. He is no longer a young man and he has found a beautiful, sexy young companion to make his days exciting. He doesn't want to make bombs anymore. That, naturally, is when the deal of a lifetime comes up and Boggs has to make a decision about the rest of his life.
       Boggs is a die-hard anti-hero. He would be the first to insist on that. Then, however, thousands of lives are put in the balance and he has to prove how heroic he can be.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1977
Last Appearance:1980

1 The Armageddon Game The Armageddon Game
Written by Mark Washburn
Copyright: 1977

Boggs is offered a contract to build a nuclear bomb for one million dollars. If he refused, he would be killed. So he agrees. Now he has to figure out how to save the huge population slated to die.

2 The Omega Threat The Omega Threat
Written by Mark Washburn
Copyright: 1980

A group in control of a space shuttle is planning on use the threat of bombing from space to force global change and Boggs is the man to make it happen.


       This is too good a series to not read. The action is intense, the characters interesting, and the idea of a radical working for the establishment is refreshing. Even better is the terrifc writing that really lets you into the head of the hero, not in a drawn-out boring stream of consciousness but in quick thoughts as to why he was doing what he was. You cannot help but like Boggs, even if he is a bomb-making former radical. And you cannot help but like the two adventures that Mr. Washburn gives us about him.
       You'll like this one. At least I did.


My Grade: B+

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