LYSANDER DALTON

 
Full Name: Lysander Dalton
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Robert Brace
Time Span: 2003 - 2006
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Lysander Dalton is an agent with the CIA.
       He is a reluctant agent, however, having had no desire to get involved but having involvement forced on him. Dalton is an ex-Special Forces officer, risen to the rank of captain in Force Recon, the Marine Corps elite group of the best and fiercest soldiers. The emphasis is on the "ex" as he was dishonorably discharged before arriving at Leavenworth to spend some time for doing the right thing at the wrong time in the military.
       While on a mission in the Phillipines helping fight rebels, a Tagalog villager reported that a young girl had been raped by an American and that the man was still terrorizing the village. Investigating, he found the man was one of the sergeants in his company, drunk and belligerent. Seeing what the man had done, Dalton lost it. The sergeant lost an eye and a lung and got many broken bones. Dalton got six months in prison.
       As the series starts, Dalton has returned home from prison, home being a very old farm house a mile from the nearest neighbor. He has no great plans for his life except to be left alone and stay out of trouble. He had had enough trouble in the many years in the Marines, seeing action in Panama, the Middle East, Haiti, and, of course at the end, the jungles of the Phillipines.
       He is thinking that his life should be peaceful now but someone in Washington has other thoughts and still other people don't agree and Dalton is about to be caught in the middle. Though he wants to be left alone, Dalton finds that old enemies don't forget and some remember hard enough to do something. Luckily, he does't forget his skills.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2003
Last Appearance:2006

1 Black Tiger Black Tiger
Written by Robert Brace
Copyright: 2003

Lysander Dalton didn't have much time to wonder why he was being pursued by killers or why the female lawyer who showed up to help was also acting as a bodyguard. When he did think, he began to put together a puzzle that led to an attack at the U.N. by an old and hated acquaintance from his military days.

2 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly
Written by Robert Brace
Copyright: 2006

Lysander Dalton needed the work and the secretive power broker in DC needed a man with Dalton's impressive skills. As an operative, he was to track down a shipment of black-market plutonium. This would lead him to the hideaway of one of the world's richest men.

MY COMMENTS

       I devoured the first Dalton book. The second lasted a bit longer but still went quickly. Unfortunately, there weren't any more. I don't know why the series stopped because Dalton is a fun, interesting character. The books are well written and the plots, though a bit out there, are presented quite competently. I recommend the series. I also recommend that the author, if he still can, find more reasons for the world to mess with Lysander and then learn that is never a good idea.
       I don't think I'd be the only one out there buying the books.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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