GILES YEOMAN

 
Full Name: Giles Yeoman
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Martin Woodhouse
Time Span: 1966 - 1976
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Giles Yeoman is a sometimes agent for the British Secret Service.
       The five-book series about Yeoman bears a well-deserved kinship to the far more famous The Avengers television. While I cannot verify the publisher's comments inside the books describing the author as the man who 'originated that transatlantic TV hit series', it is a fact that Martin Woodhouse wrote numerous stories for The Avengers throughout its longevity. These stories always dealt with the use of science to affect politics, a subject that was dear to the heart of Dr. Woodhouse.
       During his writing career, Dr. Woodhouse wrote over ten novels and 70 screenplays, infusing each with his exceptional understanding of science, especially electrical engineering. This is definitely apparent in the adventures of Giles Yeoman.
       Yeoman is a fairly young scientist working for an Institute doing governmental research. His expertise in guidance systems makes him a valued employee but his cynicism tends to detract from his appreciation. Nevertheless, he is considered a reasonable candidate to help a small intelligence agency known as the Seeker Section. This qualification is not one he particularly appreciates.
       Seeker Section got its starts as the Scientific Section of the Department of Special Intelligence during the Second World War and grew from there. While it was Yeoman's belief that the agency remained around because the government never threw anything away, it seemed to exist to find answers to questions of vaguely technical natures.
       The relationship between Yeoman and Seeker is never a good one as he considers them mostly irrelevant and they consider him totally expendable. Still, somehow they both survive several entertaining and intriguing missions.
       The series took a strange twist at the end of the next-to-last escapade. Up until then, the character was one who enjoyed a small inheritance and earned a moderate salary. Still, money was often an issue. Suddenly, Yeoman and an American friend who had saved Yeoman's life on a previous mission found themselves involved in a mission behind the Iron Curtain that involved a revolutionary new process for making plastic. The upshot of the entire mission was that Yeoman and two friends would end up extremely rich. Incredibly rich. Bill Gates of Microsoft rich. Now that's worth risking your neck for!

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1976

1 Tree Frog Tree Frog
Written by Martin Woodhouse
Copyright: 1966

Asked for comment by the Secret Service on a drone reconnaissance aircraft, Giles Yeoman concludes it is all fake. When he is captured by the opposition, however, he is tortured to reveal the secrets behind something he is certain doesn't exist.

2 Bush Baby Bush Baby
aka Rock Baby
Written by Martin Woodhouse
Copyright: 1968

Giles Yeoman is coerced into helping the Seeker Section, heading into Yugoslavia to investigate what happened to a small device monitoring underground nuclear testing in the Soviet Union. Naturally, no one tells him half what he needs to know.

3 Mama Doll Mama Doll
Written by Martin Woodhouse
Copyright: 1972

The death of his girl friend and an injury to his head resulting in amnesia gets Giles Yeoman to volunteer to work with Seeker Section to find out what was the connection between a prominent arms dealer and an even more famous anti-weaponry advocate.

4 Blue Bone Blue Bone
Written by Martin Woodhouse
Copyright: 1973

Giles Yeoman and his American friend had started their own company. A woman appeals to them for help with her uncle, possibly held prisoner in a hospital in Czechoslovakia. Seeker Section is also interested, making Yeoman very nervous.

5 Moon Hill Moon Hill
Written by Martin Woodhouse
Copyright: 1976

Now incredibly wealthy and not a little bored, Giles Yeoman and his partners accept a job fighting an erupting volcano that threatens a South American capital. Doing so lands them in the middle of a violent civil war.

MY COMMENTS

       As someone who couldn't qualify to be called a layman when it comes to science, the descriptions and explanations for devices, concepts, and occurrences in the missions are detailed enough to make me nod and think, 'sure, why not?' I have no idea if they make sense or would work, and truth be told, it doesn't matter.
       It is easy to see why the author, Dr. Woodhouse, was so popular a writer for a wonderfully bizarre show like The Avengers. He really knows his stuff and he presents it in a solid package.
       The rebel in Giles Yeoman got a bit tiresome after a while but I really liked the character and looked forward to each subsequent adventure.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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