CLAY LOOMIS

 
Full Name: Clay Loomis
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Leonard Sanders
Time Span: 1976 - 1991
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Clay Loomis is an agent with the CIA.
       Loomis had left West Texas to join the Marines at 15. He fit in well and became a model soldier, tough and ready to fight when challenged, as his oft-broken nose would testify. A 6ā€™ 3ā€ and well built, he was always able to see the other guy ended up worse.
       One of officers he served under convinced him to get his GED and then attend college, which he did. After earning his B.A., he got commissioned and was stationed at Gitmo.
       After his tour was up, he stayed in Cuba. He had met some of the rebels fighting for Castro and liked their earnestness and their desires to remove the corrupt dictator Batista. He was helping them when he was approached by same officer who had guided him before, a man who now worked at Langley.
       Recruited by the Agency, Loomis was around when Castro turned the island communist. He was assigned to help train for the Bay of Pigs and, when that turned out a disaster, he got transferred to Indochina. Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and other places saw his work but he quickly grew angry with the things the Agency was doing and tried to stop some of them. In response, the CIA tried to terminate his employment, with extreme prejudice. Twice.
       Since then he has worked as a mercenary for a time before taking a job in the Dominican Republic organizing their police and armed forces. There is where the series opens.
       Clay Loomis is an aging expert in matters of combat, killing, and staying alive. Just shy of 50 years of age, though, can make a person start to worry about the future, if you are lucky enough to have one. He has a well-paying job as advisor to El Jefe in that island nation and, while there are many rumblings of discontent, he is moderately content.
       That is when, with the permission of the U.S. President, the Agency comes to him with an offer. All would be forgiven if he would come back into the fold to help with a dangerous situation. Loomis must decide if he is willing to put his aging neck on the line again.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1991

1 The Hamlet Warning The Hamlet Warning
Written by Leonard Sanders
Copyright: 1976

The Hamlet Group is a strange but deadly group of American radicals anxious to start a new world order. To do this, they are bringing to the Caribbean a nuclear bomb to make an incredible statement. The CIA need Loomis to stop them.

2 The Hamlet Ultimatum The Hamlet Ultimatum
Written by Leonard Sanders
Copyright: 1979

Determined to destroy the Hamlet Group for the evil they have caused, and to keep them from causing even more destruction, Loomis puts together a team of misfits, perhaps the only ones with a chance of success.

3 The Emperor's Shield The Emperor's Shield
Written by Leonard Sanders
Copyright: 1991

The CIA still harbors bad feelings about Loomis and he isn't happy with them since they've tried to kill him twice. But now they need him because terrorists from Japan has rocked the American government and war will come unless Loomis can stop the terrorists.

4 The Eternal Enemies The Eternal Enemies
Written by Leonard Sanders
Copyright: 1991

In a Buddhist monastery in Tibet, the Lama guards a trove of religious documents that can rock the faiths throughout the world. A band of Muslim extremists, with the blessing of the Chinese government, is moving in for the kill. Loomis is in a unique position to help if it doesn't kill him first.

MY COMMENTS

       This series is really two sets of two books each, considering the first two were written in the latter part of the 70's and the other two came along more than ten years later. Still, the troubles of Loomis remain fairly the same - how to stay alive long enough to worry about retirement.
       The earlier set has Loomis fighting a covert organization bent on world dominance, or at least chaos. He is just shy of 50 and thinking he needs to plan for his retirement. Instead he is fighting a very dangerous enemy.
       The second set has Loomis even older and not so willing to stick his neck out. But he still cannot say no, though he can certainly growl it well enough.
       Mr. Sanders does a good job of letting you get to know and appreciate Loomis' situation. Makes me glad I'm not him. Also makes me certain that if I had him on my side, Iā€™d likely do okay.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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