SKIPPER GOULD

 
Full Name: Skipper Gould
Nationality: American
Organization: -
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Robert Kalish
Time Span: 1984 - 1985
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Skipper Gould is a reporter for a small newspaper.
       For several years in the early to mid-60's, just out of college, Gould joined the Navy with the singleminded intent to become a trained SEAL, becoming so just a few years after the formation of that elite force. He was one of the first to be stationed in Southeast Asia as America began its ramp-up of military action there. Gould and his fellow special forces sailors were attached to the ARVN, doing superbly any mission that came his way. Many of these missions were sponsored by and done with the CIA and usually meant hunting down and killing targets deep in the lush jungles. Then a face-to-face with an old man whose eyes just stared at him as Gould killed him changed that. He swore that he would never take another life and he quit.
       Fifteen years later, having worked as a reporter for several news organization which included a long stint back in Thailand, Gould has managed to keep that promise. Now living in Maine and running a small weekly newspaper, happily married with a young daughter, he is quite content to keep things as they are. But life sometimes doesn't let you and he is drawn back into his old life.
       But his determination to not kill remains. When others around you are not so peace loving, though, keeping such a commitment can prove a problem. But whether it is in the jungles of Cambodia, the streets of Boston, or rolling hills of the Berkshires, the survival skills taught to Gould two decades before remain strong in him. And Gould relearns that you don't have to kill to get your point across. Sometimes just looking like you could is enough.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1984
Last Appearance:1985

1 Bloodrun Bloodrun
Written by Robert Kalish
Copyright: 1984

News of his brother's death in Thailand hits Skipper Gould hard. The man had been an entymologist working for the U.N. So Gould is surprised upon arriving there to be in the middle of trouble involving the CIA, KGB, and big oil. All over mosquitoes.

2 Bloodtide Bloodtide
Written by Robert Kalish
Copyright: 1985

An appeal by a neighbor to help look for her missing husband pushes Skipper Gould into a search that leads far away from just one man as the conflict between the nuclear energy industry and angry protesters gets ugly.

3 Bloodmoon Bloodmoon
Written by Robert Kalish
Copyright: 1985

A murder at a Buddhist center in the Berkshires get Skipper Gould involved in a massive international drug smuggling ring and a plot to kill the visiting Dalai Lama.

MY COMMENTS

       When you look at the lurid (i.e., great!) covers with beautiful, scantily clad women, explosions, guns, and the like, you'd get the impression of another shoot-'em or love-'em series. That isn't the case with this good series. If released today, twenty-five years later, the books would be three times as thick and on the best seller list.
       They are good books and worth the finding. The character of Skipper Gould is well presented and the reader quickly learns to like the guy as well as liking the action he gets involved with.
       The covers aren't bad, either.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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