PEREGRINE WHITE

 
Full Name: Peregrine (Perry) White
Nationality: American
Organization: S.A.C. Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Bart Spicer
Time Span: 1956 - 1967
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Peregrine (Perry) White is an agent of S.A.C. Intelligence.
       As the series begins, White is a virtually an expatriate living in Mexico, returning once a year to renew his visa to continue living south of the border. A former colonel with the army, White saw action and was wounded for his efforts, almost certainly in Korea though it is not mentioned. Now on disability pay and liking the simpler, cheaper life in Mexico, he makes his home there.
       Prior to his military service, while he was attending university before the start of WWII, White had seen the rise of the local communist party in the colleges of his native Ohio and had reported it to the F.B.I., offering his services to track the activities of the key players. With its blessing, he joined the Party and became a key source for who was whom. He did so for no pay and no recognition.
       Fifteen years and two major wars later, White has left all the excitement and danger behind for a fairly boring but safe life. His disabilities include wounds suffered in combat and a bad heart. He lives in Mexico because it is “warm and quiet” and because his best friend, named Paco Morado, lives there. That ends when a representative from the American intelligence community comes asking for help in breaking up a reported spy ring run possibly run by someone named Blanco who had a friend named Morado.
       At the end of the first book, White is offered a job as an agent with a new department in Intelligence, this one operated by the Strategic Air Command. The second book, written after a lengthy gap of eleven years, takes place some time after the first with White working as an agent with S.A.C. Intelligence, stationed in Spain.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1956
Last Appearance:1967

1 The Day Of The Dead The Day Of The Dead
Written by Bart Spicer
Copyright: 1956

The action is happening south of the border. White is sent there to discover the truth behind odd events and finds himself doing things he didn't knowing he could do.

2 The Burned Man The Burned Man
Written by Bart Spicer
Copyright: 1967

The Communists were up to something in Spain and White is ordered to find out what it is. He soon learns it involves people dying from radiation and something called LD/50.

MY COMMENTS

       I have to wonder if the author was at all familiar with the Superman comic book. "Perry" White? The Daily Planet editor was first created in early 1940 for the radio program and introduced into the comic book later the same year. The television show which had Perry White as a major character started in 1952. The first book on the spy came out in 1956.
       It is possible that the author truly had never heard of the other. Seems odd, though.

       The books are quite standard fare. They are enjoyable and worth reading, not surprising since the author was an accomplished novelist. His plots are extremely well crafted and the flow of the books is superb. It is always a treat when a darned good writer is holding the pen and this is definitely the case with the White books.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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