T. C. BOGNER

 
Full Name: Tobias. Carrington 'Toby'. Bogner
Nationality: American
Organization: Internal Security Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: R. Karl Largent
Time Span: 1992 - 2000
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Toby Bogner is an agent with the ISA.
       A former Navy pilot, risen to the rank of Commander, Bognor is still officially attached to the Department of the Navy. He is also, and has been for more than a decade, one of the lead operatives in the Internal Security Agency, an Intelligence bureau run by a friend and mentor, Clancy Parker. Parker is a veteran spymaster who over the years has earned the respect of those at the top and now has the President virtually on speed dial. More accurately is that the President is the one to call the ISA into action as they are directly answerable to him.
       Bogner, who is called either Toby or T.C. by every close to him, except for his ex-wife who insists on Tobias, is in his mid-40s. After getting an engineer degree from Cal Tech, he joined the Navy. He once reflected that he became an officer and gentleman, got married, and headed to Navy Flight school all within 72 hours. Now he has been divorced for seven years though the marriage had really ended years before. His constant travel due to the Navy as well as her career needs as a reporter aiming for an anchor shot, forced them apart. Together they create a daughter, Kim, that both adored and who was well into college.
       As an agent with the ISA, Bogner is used to travelling around the world. This small but influential bureau has no apparent area of jurisdiction, going wherever the President sees fit. As its best and most experience agent, Bogner is not surprised when the late night call comes in and he is packing a bag. His ability to handle himself, his engineering schooling, and his experience as a fighter pilot make him a valuable asset to any Intelligence agency and one that Parker guards securely.

       The six books in the Bogner series are known as techno-thrillers in that modern technology plays a major role in the activities and in the storyline. Even with all the science and machinery has the importance they do, the action still centers around Bogner and in the end, it is Bogner who will come through.

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1992
Last Appearance:2000

1 Red Tide Red Tide
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 1992

It is on a yacht off the coast of Jamaica that the President is secretly meeting with the Premier of a crumbling Soviet Union. Someone wants the talks to end violently, bringing on a world war and Bogner is trying to stop it.

2 Red Ice Red Ice
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 1995

A Russian scientist has created a weapon that could put Russia back on top in power. A Chinese agent sabotaged the project and stole the plans but was shot down in the Barents Sea. Now it is a race to retrieve the only set of plans.

3 Red Skies Red Skies
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 1996

The revolutionary Russian stealth bomber SU-39 vanished on a run over the Gobi Desert, stolen by radical military leaders determined to gain global power. Soon the Chinese also go on the search, and Bogner is ordered to get to the plane first and bring it to the U.S.

4 Red Sand Red Sand
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 1997

When the train left Kiev, it held state-of-the-art nuclear ICBM's. When it arrived at Odessa, it had obsolete, useless missiles. Bogner must join the search for the real weapons and stop whoever took them.

5 Red Wind Red Wind
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 1998

Military planes carrying various government leaders are crashing for no obvious reason, creating great concern in Washington amid fear that a mole is behind the murders. The President turns to Bogner to find what is the truth.

6 The Assassin The Assassin
Written by R. Karl Largent
Copyright: 2000

Various sections of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and then Iraq are seen via satellite photos to suddenly be devoid of life. Bogner is called again to go into the field to find the truth.

MY COMMENTS

       For some time I wondered why the author had stopped the Bogner series since they were quite good and always enjoyable. When I learned of his passing, of course, I understood. A very good author had left us and a very good series had come to an end.
       Techno-thrillers walk a fine line with me. I enjoy the modern feel with technology being used so extensively but the danger always exist that the humanity will be left out. That isn't the case with the Bogner adventures. He uses machines and technology like everyone else does but he still likes a drink or two, enjoys female company, and gripes when taken from a good sports game on television.
       The quality of the writing in this series is such that you really get to know and understand the character and can get an idea of how he will react to an unfolding event. That brings out anticipation and keeps you reading. Good work! And even better is the way that the author can bring in techno-jargon and make it almost understood by a slow-poke like me.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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