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Full Name: Luther Green
Nationality: American
Organization: E-1
Occupation Agent

Creator: Gary Hardwick
Time Span: 2005 - 2017


Luther Green is an agent with E-1.

That organization is a ultra-secret department in the American intelligence community, one that has been around since the time of the O.S.S. but which has managed to remain largely unknown to the public and mostly unknown to those in the community. Initially it was known as Elite Corps (EC), established to find the best way to eliminate Hitler and many of his top officials. Some tries were successful, others not. After the war, as the OSS was being morphed into the nascent CIA, the EC was disbanded, or so it was officially stated.

Renamed E-1, the agency became an off-the-books organization, not existing but still quite busy and empowered to do in the shadows what the other Intelligence departments could not legally sanction. As put in a description, "if the government has secrets, then E-1 is the shadow of those secrets." At the time of the recorded adventures of Green, E-1 employed 50+ field operatives and a host of staff members to support each of their activities.

One of the very best of those operative is Luther Green. Skilled in several different martial arts, he is also deadly with a knife or a gun so when he is sent into the seamier, darker parts of a city to root out his enemies, he is more than capable of getting himself back out again. Being black lets him fit into many places where a white man would not only be quite noticeable, he would also be an irresistible target. Being highly intelligent and able to speak five languages, Green can also seem at home in more upscale locales but it seems that it is the dark alleyways that Green finds himself in more often.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2005
Last Appearance:2017

1 The Executioner's Game The Executioner's Game
Written by Gary Hardwick
Copyright: 2005

Luther Green's latest mission is one of the hardest for him to do, both literally and figuratively. His boss tells him his mentor and best friend, the man who trained him to be a superb killing machine, has gone rogue and needs to be found in Africa and eliminated.
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2 The American Game The American Game
Written by Gary Hardwick
Copyright: 2017

A friend has asked Luther Green's help in tracking down a former operative who faked his own death in the 9/11 confusion. The man is a "Server", a person with perfect memory, who has information vital to the protection of the country.
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The two-book Luther Green series is a tale of two Greens - both very interesting but both a tad different. The first is highly experienced and capable. The second is a bit older and wiser and undoubtedly a fair amount sadder. Both are very interesting and I, as a reader, hope that the author sees it in him to give us more of Green. I especially liked the second Green.

I also very much liked a quote supposedly from the Black Ops Manual at the start of the second book. It reads:

"Secrecy is vital to an operation but only as to your involvement; you want the public to know what you've done, you just don't want them to believe that you did it."


My Grade: B+


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