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THE MAN FROM T.O.M.C.A.T.

 
Full Name: Tim O'Shane
Series Name: The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T.
Nationality: American
Organization: T.O.M.C.A.T.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mallory T. Knight
Time Span: 1967 - 1971
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Tim O'Shane is an agent for T.O.M.C.A.T.
       He had been a Captain in the Marine Corps on special assignment to the Embassy in Paris in the fall of 1961 when an assignation with the beautiful wife of a French nobleman unearthed the theft of top secret NATO information. As a strange reward for his diligence, O'Shane was whisked away to an undisclosed location where he was told he had been commandeered to be an agent.
       Tactical Operations Master Counterintelligence Assault Team - a multinational espionage and counterespionage organization, T.O.M.C.A.T is comprised of agents from most of the Western nations, all under the control of Colonel MacSwiver, an eighty-one year old Scottish rake and lecher who was also one of Britain's greatest living spies.
       As an agent, O'Shane had training in numerous languages, all reasonable fighting methods, and every other type of spycraft the organization could think of. Within a year, O'Shane was as ready as anyone could be to enter the shadowing world of cloak and daggers.
       The T.O.M.C.A.T. series, brought by the same people who were already giving the world Nick Carter, Killmaster, is an odd mixture sure to confuse most readers. The name of the series and, more specifically, the names of the books would lead one to expect non-stop sex. Certainly the books do not fail to deliver.
       They also, however, deliver spy stories that are actually about spying. Perhaps not a lot and certainly never at the risk of interfering with the prurient aspects but they are still there. Frankly, I was amazed.

MY COMMENTS

       Okay! Do I say I liked this series and risk condemnation or do I say I hated it and risk being untruthful? Well, it is a bit of both, actually. The whole notion of sexcapades masquerading as spy novels gets tiresome after a while but of all the silly ones that cropped up during the mid and late 60's, like O.R.G.Y. and Coxeman, this one is probably the least offensive.
       It has mildly good plots (outlandish, of course, but still good) and scads and scads of unclad woman, which is never a bad thing. It goes silly quite often but it seldom goes over the top as most of the others did on a routine basis. I applaud the author on his craft.

GRADE

My Grade: C+

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