LANG REILLY

 
Full Name: Langford Reilly
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Gregg Loomis
Time Span: 2005 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Lang Reilly is a former agent with the CIA, now a lawyer.
       As the series opens, he is a practicing defense attorney specializing in white collar crime and making a very, very good living at it. But life throws him a curve ball and he finds his old skills and contacts are needed more than ever to see justice done and to stay alive doing it.
       Reilly was for several years a member of the U.S. Navy Seals, seeing a considerable amount of action around the world, before an offer from the CIA came. Though he joked in one passage that the greatest danger he faced in the "Third Directorate: Intelligence" was poisoning from the Agency's cafeteria, the evidence is much to the contrary. Reilly was as good at his clandestine job as he would later be as a lawyer and did it for a few years before falling in love and quitting.
       After Law school, he and his wife settled down to what they hoped would be a long life together but disease took his lady after too few years together. Though it has been several years since her passing, the ache is still obvious. To help cope, he threw himself into his work even harder.
       When the opening events of the series take place and Reilly, who is now in his late 30s or early 40s, finds himself tracking killers with his own plans for revenge, he needs the help of an old lover from the early days of his career. Gurt Fuchs is a former German agent now working for the Agency and still very good at her work and she is there for an old friend. Together they make a good team.

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2005
Last Appearance:2015

1 The Pegasus Secret The Pegasus Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2005

Lang Reilly travels to Paris to bring home the body of his sister, killed in a terrorist attack. Once home, he is made a target as he delves into a mysterious painting she had purchased just before her death. The painting appears to reveal more about the Templars than someone wants known.

2 The Julian Secret The Julian Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2006

An old friend of Lang Reilly, a former CIA agent, has been killed in Spain. His daughter asks Reilly to go there to see what he can find out. From the minute he enters the case, he and his girlfriend Gurt are the targets of numerous murder attempts, showing clearly that someone doesn't want them involved.

3 The Sinai Secret The Sinai Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2007

The death of a researcher in Amsterdam, coupled with one in Atlanta, both doing work for the foundation Lang Reilly heads, gets him curious. The attempt on his life, though, makes him know there is a connection and it leads to a secret weapon some believe came from God.

4 The Coptic Secret The Coptic Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2008

Attending an unveiling of new Coptic documents in London, Lang Reilly is a victim of a robbery in which the items are stolen and the benefactor kidnapped. Angered that his friend was now in danger, Reilly sets out to track the thieves and murderers down, putting his own life in grave danger.

5 The Bonaparte Secret The Bonaparte Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2011

One nation will do anything to get its hands on a relic from the Napoleonic period and since Lang Reilly is the one holding the key, he is the man their assassin is out to eliminate.

6 The Cathar Secret The Cathar Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2011

Lang Reilly has taken possession of an ancient manuscript that a group of powerful people would rather not be revealed. Their solution is to kill the current owner.

7 The Poison Secret The Poison Secret
Written by Gregg Loomis
Copyright: 2015

A young Turkish boy survives a bite from a viper and the belief spreads that he has a natural immunity. Suddenly everyone is after him and his blood and that leads to murder and prompts Lang Reilly to head there since the activity was taking place at one of his foundation's hospitals.

8 The Nassau Secret The Nassau Secret

Copyright: 2015

Hunting for who killed a researcher, Lang Reilly comes up against a secret society that is determined to protect the legacy of the British Royal family, no matter the cost. They are up in arms because of a murder during WWII that might have been done by the Duchess of Windsor.

9 The Elizabethan Secret The Elizabethan Secret

Copyright: 2015

An advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, a scientist and alchemist, may have created a weapon that could still cause great damage in the modern world. Lang Reilly gets his hands on it but many others want to take it from him, violently.

MY COMMENTS

       The Lang Reilly series is one the new breed of treasure-hunter books that have gained popularity since the phenomenal success of The DaVinci Code. Reilly belongs here, though, because he not only was a spy at one time, he works with a spy and gets involved in international events in every book.
       I enjoyed the series and really liked Gurt, Reilly's old flame now rekindled. The adventures are a bit farfetched but who cares! They are fun and enough facts are mixed in with fiction to make me wonder what is real and what isn't.
       Keep 'em coming, Mr. Loomis. I'll keep reading 'em.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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