DAVIS TROY

 
Full Name: Davis Troy
Nationality: British
Organization: -
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Alan Gardner
Time Span: 1963 - 1967
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Davis Troy is a reporter for a London newspaper.
       In the parlance of today, he might call himself an investigative reporter but as the series was written in the early 60's, he is a journalist. He could call himself a foreign correspondent since his beat is the world but he tends to go with the simpler "reporter" title and leave it at that. As the series begins, he is stationed out of New York working for the Daily Globe, which seems to be one of the major papers in the British capital.
       At 28 years of age when the first adventure is recorded, Troy has been in the business for many years already and has a solid reputation with his editors back home as well as his colleagues from rival papers. He is well liked and enjoys good repore with his workmates though he does tend to belittle those deskbound mid-level managers who think little of the things he has to endure in the field to get the story and then grouse at the expense reports afterwards. Still, the responses his articles receive keep the paper subscriptions high which means those further up the food chain do not complain too much.
       Troy is described as a big man, tall and fairly muscular, but with a baby-face. It must be a very handsome one, though, because the young women he encounters take second and third looks and seldom refuse an offer of a drink from him. Troy likes to endulge in both booze and broads, as fellow reporters would call them, but Troy's manners do not let him think, let alone speak, poorly of the fair ladies who grace his table and often his bed. That is not to say that he is a complete gentleman, though, as he is quick to turn across his knee a young maid who helped herself to his wallet.
       Troy's first name is Davis though it was supposed to be David. A typing error on the part of the hospital at his birth was not noticed until a day or two later and by then it was filed and done with. According to Troy, the error made his fellow Brits think he was American and not treat him quite the same. Now having spent more than a few years in the States and apparently not having much of an accent, Troy is sometimes mistaken for an American and when not, it is Canadian.
       Liking a good story and wanting to be as good a journalist as he can be, Troy will often take the odd trip to far away places that other reporters would not. Leads that most would shrug off get him curious and his adventurous nature kicks in. This in turn leads to stories that very dangerous and powerful people would prefer not reported and puts Troy in the firing path and the reader in for a very good time.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1967

1 The Escalator The Escalator
Written by Alan Gardner
Copyright: 1963

A Polaris nuclear submarine, heading to Portsmouth to become the first such vessel under NATO control, is hijacked by a group determined to force an end to nuclear proliferation, no matter how many die to accomplish it.

2 Assignment Tahiti Assignment Tahiti
Written by Alan Gardner
Copyright: 1965

Chinese leaders are struggling with massive unrest and thousands fleeing to the USSR. To stop it, they plan forcing a nuclear war between the US and USSR. Davis Troy, as yet unaware of the trouble, is just curious why people are trying so hard to keep him out of Tahiti. The two matters are definitely related.

3 Six Day Week Six Day Week
Written by Alan Gardner
Copyright: 1966

The disappearance of a reporter friend of Davis Troy, along with his family, in Italy, gets Troy sent to that country to cover a British princess' visit as well as find out why the people vanished. Troy soon finds himself in considerable danger as is the princess.

4 The Man Who Was Too Much The Man Who Was Too Much
Written by Alan Gardner
Copyright: 1967

Davis Troy is not happy about being assigned to join a group of reporters travelling across the Steppes of Russia with a beer tycoon trying a huge publicity stunt. But when a noted British scientist kills his assistant and then seems to kill himself, Troy gets mixed deeply into both sets of brew.

MY COMMENTS

       Having read the four-book Davis Troy series, I am very impressed with how well the author does several things. First, he is able to grab you and let you into the characters world without you realizing it. Second, he is able to keep you there when there often is not much in the way of action but a promise of a lot to come. Third, he can make you see and feel the world of the 60's all over again. This is not a modern writer trying to take you back but an author writing then about then and bringing you with him. The fact that it is now nearly 50 years later does not matter.
       Then there is the main character. Troy is a good guy who enjoys being a good guy. He likes the occasional drink and sometimes takes more than he should but he does not live in a bottle and he seldom misses an assignment due to neglect. He definitely enjoys the company of beautiful women but he treats them very nicely and they seem to want return engagements. The dangers that his assignments produce come upon him gradually and intelligently and most importantly, realistically.
       I recommend this series. Do not expect a Bond-like experience. Do expect several good reads.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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