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STEVE CARRADINE

 
Full Name: Steve Carradine
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Manning K. Robertson
Time Span: 1965 - 1967
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Steve Carradine is an agent with British Intelligence.
       31 years old, tall and muscular with "the palest gray eyes which seemed to look through, and never at, anyone", Carradine has been an agent for just over three years as the documented portion of the series begins. He is a black belt in judo and an expert in karate. A natural talent with languages, he speaks several well and Spanish and Russian as a native.
       The agency for which Carradine works is unnamed but is referred to as the least-known section of intelligence community for the United Kingdom, so secret in fact that Carradine did not know the true name of his boss, the head of the organization. In fact, he comments early on that he had never seen his boss outside the man's office. This short, chubby, balding man that directs Carradine and a handful of other agents cares for his people but is still curt and brusque when dealing with them.
       The missions that Carradine is sent on are international in nature, taking him to North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, fighting despots, Soviet agents, and the Red Chinese, as well as the occasional crime boss and femme fatale. In the relatively short time that he has been an agent, Carradine has managed to get a reputation with the other side. In one book the field leader of the opposition remarks that Carradine is a particularly dangerous man who has already caused their side considerable trouble. In another book Carradine comments to a lovely lady that "I've had to kill men in my time and I suppose that by the law of averages, there are those who have been ordered to kill me."

MY COMMENTS

       While there is nothing that makes Steve Carradine really stand out, the books about him are entertaining and diverting. The plots are thought-out and adequately flow and the ladies are lovely and the villians quite despicable. Carradine himself is competent and steady but unremarkable. The same holds true with the books but for a rainy day read they are good ones to grab. It is interesting that while the ladies that Carradine frequently encounter do not flauntenly throw themselves at him, they end up in his hotel room with amazing regularity. That's one plus for the man.

GRADE

My Grade: B

Your Average Grade:   A+

YOUR OPINIONS
tomjohnson A+ 7/24/2014 3:30:37 PM

I've only read "Twelve Hours To Destiny", but liked it better than James Bond. I'll have to find the rest of the series now.


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