KATY TOUCHFEATHER

 
Full Name: Katy Touchfeather
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jimmy Sangster
Time Span: 1969 - 1970
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Katy Touchfeather is an agent with British Intelligence.
       Touchfeather was a young, energetic woman who had wanted to be a stewardess from the time she was 14. In school she usually ranked near the bottom of the passing grades except in languages where she excelled. By the time she graduated, she was fluent in French, Spanish, German, and Italian and could say “No” to men in several other languages. With her good lucks and athletic body, along with the language skills, she was able to get a job with BOAC immediately.
       On her first flight she met and fell in love with the pilot, a dashing airline captain who was equally as smitten. They were married just weeks later. After less than half a year had passed, he was dead in a car accident in Rome.
Weeks after his death, she learned that his demise had not been accidental but a murder as he had worked his sideline job, or perhaps real profession, as a courier for a secret nameless British Intelligence Agency. After getting over the shock, she was offered a chance to work for them as well and, interested in a chance for revenge, she agreed.
       After months of intense training in all forms of spy craft from codes to killing, she commenced her duties and soon became one of the agency's top operatives. She works for C.W. Blaser, an older spymaster who was the only man she could never fluster when she tried, a point in his favor in her eyes while being a point against her in her own opinion. While Blaser is always respectful when dealing with Touchfeather, he does not hesitate to send her on dangerous assignment when needed.
Touchfeather, who hates her last name as being so incredibly different, uses as a cover her previous role as stewardess but through the influence of Mr. Blaser, she switches airlines to whichever takes her where she needs to be.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1969
Last Appearance:1970

1 Touchfeather Touchfeather
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Copyright: 1969

A major American corporation employs a scientist working on a very hush-hush project for the governments of the U.S. and U.K. Now secrets are leaking out and Katy Touchfeather is assigned to find out who is revealing far too much.

2 Touchfeather, Too Touchfeather, Too
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Copyright: 1970

Katy Touchfeather is ordered to get close to and keep tabs on a Greek millionaire who is deeply involved with manipulating the value of gold and who may be working for forces unfriendly to the West.

MY COMMENTS

       I truly expected sexist fluff when I opened the first book in the series, along the line of Lady From L.U.S.T. or perhaps the silliness of the Miss From S.I.S. but was pleasantly surprised. These light adventures are quite enjoyable and on par with the same type of action and sex I found in male heroes of this time frame. Touchfeather has a normal libido but the two adventures are spy fiction first and foremost.
       Mr. Sangster is a good writer and his topic of a beautiful, capable female agent is a fun choice. I would have loved to see Touchfeather in a television show or movie but even more, I would have loved to see more books about her.

GRADE

My Grade: B

Your Average Grade:   B+

YOUR OPINIONS
Andy Boot - 5/10/2013 12:10:28 AM

Jimmy Sangster refined his sense of plot, character and pace in movies, and this shows in his prose. Not one to laden down with description, he picks his phrases well to give you a great movie in the head. In some ways, his prose was a few years ahead of the curve in popular fiction. Katy Touchfeather is well-drawn, and these are taut novels that are unique for their time in being about a spy who happens to be a woman, rather than vice-versa. When I got the first one, like you I expected it to be entertaining fluff - it's got a bit more depth that that, and intelligence. I recently picked up one of the John Smith novels, and on the strength of these it should be worth the time...


chrisno1 B+ 2016-05-30

Very well constructed and enjoyable pair of tight and taut thrillers. Good first person narrative which allows us to believe in Katy Touchfeather as a character. Good plotting. A horrid, voyeuristic boss whose almost as bad as the nasty villains. I wanted more of these. Sangster is a good screen writer and brings much of that flair to these novels.


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