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Full Name: Will Cochrane
Codename: Spartan
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matthew Dunn
Time Span: 2011 - 2017


Will Cochrane is an agent with MI6.

He is considered by many, including his boss and handler, to be the agent for the British Intelligence bureau, so good that he has earned the codename of 'Spartan'. That title is, according to the storyline, the name given to only one agent at a time and meant to describe that operative as the most elite in the Service. He is also considered the most secret of identities. No one but his bosses know who he is. No one else is supposed to.

In the case of this particular Spartan, there is one other person who knows his identity and his position with MI6 and that is a key player in the CIA, a man who holds a position in his Agency that Cochrane's handler does in MI6. These two men have worked well together over the years dating back to the first Gulf War. Besides the friendship they have had and the various missions they have run together, they have another link that ties them together and with Cochrane. Nearly two decades before while on a mission in Iraq, they and Cochrane's father, also an agent, had run into an ambush. Cochrane's father had sacrificed himself to let them escape. Now they feel a debt to that man. They pay it back in an unusual way - they put his son into the toughest of situations.

Cochrane is capable of standing up to the challenge. Before he accepted the offer to work for the British, he had already honed his skills and perfected his craft in an unusual manner. When he was about 15, he came home to find intruders had broken into his family's home looking for money. His mother and sister had been attacked. All their lives were threatened. He was told to come up with the money the crooks were certain were hidden away. What he came up with to end the siege was a knife from the kitchen.

As soon as he was old enough, Cochrane left what home he still had. He chose the French Foreign Legion and more specifically, the most elite of that organization, its version of the Special Forces. He met their challenge and exceeded it and became one of the best they had ever seen. When his five-year hitch came up and MI6 came knocking, he took the offer.

Now he handles the impossible cases because he is the only one who can.


Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2017

1 Spycatcher Spycatcher
aka Spartan
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2011

Megiddo is the name the world's most wanted terrorist is operating. He is planning a major attack in either the U.S. or U.K. and it falls on Will Cochrane to lure him out and take him down, using a beautiful Iranian woman as bait. Cochrane has a personal stake as Megiddo had tortured and killed Cochrane's father 30 years before.
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2 Sentinel Sentinel
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2012

The message from Siberia was 'Whatever happens, don't go to war.' That ominous plea portends the likelihood of something bad happening and Will Cochrane is told to infiltrate a top secret Russian submarine base to find out what is happening. The trouble is, they know he is coming.
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3 Sling Shot Sling Shot
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2013

A secret document has been stolen by a Russian SRV traitor on behalf of a former Stasi officer who had years before made a pact with some US officers. Now the agreement came mean the death of a high ranking official unless Cochrane can retrieve the document but another man equally as lethal is also after it.
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4 Dark Spies Dark Spies
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2014

Though he is hiding from those in the Agency who would rather he be dead, Will Cochane decides to investigate the presence of a Russian agent in the US, a presence that is coinciding with the killing of other CIA agents.
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5 The Spy House The Spy House
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2016

Will Cochrane is tasked with solving an interesting mystery in order to resolve an escalating crisis. The quandry is how did four international, experienced agents working on a hush-hush assignment end up dead inside a safe house bunker that was locked from the inside.
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6 A Soldier's Revenge A Soldier's Revenge
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2016

The authorities say Will Cochrane committed a murder and they want to bring him in to pay for it. Cochrane says he was framed and wants to find the person who set him up.
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7 Act of Betrayal Act of Betrayal
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2017

Three years ago, Will Cochrane was tasked with killing a financier of terrorism in Lebanon. Then the man ordering the hit disappears. Recently, a CIA agent looking into the mission also vanishes. Now Cochrane is mighty curious.
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Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2016

1 Counterspy Counterspy
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2014

An escaped killer in CIA custody wants to get revenge on Will Cochrane but Cochrane knows there is more to the story than he is being told.
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2 Spy Trade Spy Trade
Written by Matthew Dunn
Copyright: 2016

A CIA agent is captured by ISIS who want to exchange him for one of theirs held by the U.S. Washington refuses to allow it so the Agency asks Will Cochrane to look into things.
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One initial piece of advice before reading this series is to just go with it. Do not expect logic from this over-the-top series because when the main character is shot in abdomen three times and it slows him down for only two days, well, enough said. Maybe a second suggestion could be to not look for a character who is at all sympathetic because you will not find that in Cochrane. The man is mouthy, sarcastic, obnoxious, demanding and more, all in the first few pages. He mellows out as the book goes on but initially a take on the man could easily be not as favorable as it might be desired, such that when he is shot early on, I for one was not too surprised nor upset.

This is the same Cochrane who in the second book is actually very interesting and enjoyable to read about. The mellowing seems to have stayed. He is still a big time hard-ass who is not to be trifled with but at least he is not snarling at literally everyone and promising to kill them if they got in his way. He would still probably kill them; he just would not make a issue of it.

My take on the first half of the first book is a very low one but it changed a lot in the second half and really improved in the second book. Things get a bunch better by the third. I think the author, a man whose background shows he know what he is talking about, is becoming better and better at the word business and that is a good thing. Cochrane is an interesting character or at least he is becoming one.

Addendum: After having read the next couple of books in this series after writing my comments above, my opinion of the improvement was not only validated, it was increased. The man can really write and I have upped my grade.


My Grade: A

Your Average Grade:   A


Orion Team A+ 5/4/2015 6:37:14 AM

brilliant. the fist book was far fetched but the other 3 were phenomenal. the writer is getting better and i hope this series stays around a long time

Tdonoghue A+ 2017-10-24

I love this series, and it’s been a blast watching the transformation of Will Cochrane emotionally and mentally the last few books. The first book was kind of BS but it’s gotten better with each book. My favorite is Spy House, and that’s in my top 5 books of all time

RappFan32 A 2018-10-23

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