COMINSEC

 
Full Name: Taggart
Series Name: COMINSEC
Nationality: American
Organization: Committee For International Security
Occupation Agent

Creator: Ralph Hayes
Time Span: 1974 - 1975
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Taggart is an assassin for COMINSEC.
       He was for many years one of the top hit men for organized crime until representatives from COMINSEC, a highly secret organization, approached him with an offer that promised better money and better adventure. Nothing else mattered to him, certainly nothing as insane as a desire for world peace or as ridiculous as working for good instead of evil.
       Not so with COMINSEC itself. The Committee for International Security was created by five major powers, Britain, the U.S., Japan, Germany, and France, as a force to combat growing world terrorism, increased organized crime, and even independent intelligence groups who might be working against the West. It employs several extremely dangerous men as their enforcement arm, Taggart being the best, or worst. It works on the principle that it can do, silently and covertly, what the major intelligence agencies of the West cannot do openly.
       Taggart is half Caucasian and half Native American. He had been taught by his grandfather, a full-blooded Comanche, a hundred ways to kill a man. He could track his opponents easily over most terrains and in urban areas seemed to have a sense when the prey was nearby. His work with the Mob had taught him, it seemed, a hundred more ways to kill but many of these were meant to send messages to enemies of the crime lords. This combination made Taggart perfect for the Committee as he could kill to make it look like an accident or kill to make a point to the other side.
       As the series begins, Taggart is 33 years old, stands 6' tall with dark hair and gray eyes, and is considered by everyone who knows him professionally as a total stone-cold killer. He intends to keep it that way.

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1975

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MY COMMENTS

       The impression that the author went for concerning Taggart is that of an extremely vicious, highly dangerous killer. He succeeded. He also made the character one that is hard to find any good to say about.
       You would ask Taggart to join you in a rowdy bar only if you wanted to make sure there would be trouble. Now, with him there you can be nearly certain who would be on the winning side, Taggart. How much of the damage you would suffer, though, is another matter because Taggart worries about Taggart, period.

GRADE

My Grade: C-

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