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Full Name: Calla Cress
Series Name: The Decryptor
Nationality: British
Organization: ISTF
Occupation Agent

Creator: Rose Sandy
Time Span: 2014 - 2023


Calla Cress is an agent with the ISTF.

That acronym stands for the International Security Task Force, a 500-person strong intelligence body created and heavily funded by the UK, US, France, Germany, and Russia. It came into existence before 2000 to help fight the expected problems with Y2K, not in how it might affect business and commerce but how it might be exploited by criminal organizations.

"Integrating the full range of investigative, intelligence, audit and prosecutorial resources, ISTF intervened in global criminal investigations. It acted swiftly and expediently. Though only comprised of about five hundred permanent staff, ISTF stepped in where Interpol, the CIA and MI6 left off. They answered to no directive or jurisdiction. A lawless unit fighting to uphold international law. This called for the utmost secrecy."

Cress is a nearly 30-year old woman assistant curator at the British Museum, one of the youngest people ever to hold that prestigious position and one she earned through her many talents which include an unusual mixture of old and new, anthropology and hi-tech. Even more important for her success, though, was her amazing ability at breaking codes, earning her the nickname of the Decrypter.

A fairly shy individual, Cress is an attractive woman who is not unaware of her looks but still quite unsure of them. This is a product of having been an orphan for as long as she can remember and though she was raised in a good home by good people, the fear of abandonment persists. As does her desire to learn who her birth parents were and why they had left her.

Helping her on her escapades, both professional and personal, are two interesting individuals. Nash Shields is an NSA security advisor who is attached to the ISTF and is also quite attached to Cress. Jack Kleve is an extremely successful tech entrepreneur who also has a fondness for Cress and a love of the excitement that seems to surround her.


Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2023

1 Secret of the Lost Manuscript Secret of the Lost Manuscript
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2014

"A code is written in an unbreakable script on an ancient manuscript whose origin is as debatable as the origin of life. Could its decryption lead to a global cyber war? "
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2 The Decrypter and the Mind Hacker The Decrypter and the Mind Hacker
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2014

If you take down the world's most dangerous man, letting him live is seldom a good idea. The billionaire whom Calla Cress defeated is still very active despite being behind bars and her life and the lives of many others is in danger.
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3 Digital Eyes Only Digital Eyes Only
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2017

The hacking of the Prime Minister's private accounts is just the start to an adventure that will lead to Calla Cress being asked to decrypt a cipher left in the PM's home, something that will lead to far more nefarious events.
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4 The Storm's Eye The Storm's Eye
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2018

"When a team of international scientists is sent to investigate a mysterious technology on an abandoned island, they are met with a terrifying discovery that defies belief. But for Calla Cress, a no-nonsense British Museum curator turned cyber agent known as the Decrypter, this is just another day on the job. With her expertise in cracking encrypted codes and scripts, both ancient and cyber, Calla is the go-to agent for the US and British governments."
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5 The Pythagoras Clause The Pythagoras Clause
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2020

"When a dangerous app begins predicting the future and causing users to fall into mysterious comas, secret government agent Calla Cress is thrust back into the world of secrets and lies. As she races against time to disarm the app, she is confronted by an old enemy who wields powerful technology and threatens to expose a dark part of Calla's past."
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6 The Beale Ciphers The Beale Ciphers
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2021

"When Calla Cress, a skilled government agent, and codebreaker, begins to unravel the secrets of the legendary Beale Ciphers, she finds herself framed for the murder of her closest friend. On the run and discredited, Calla embarks on a treacherous journey to Africa, where she discovers that a vengeful enemy is out for blood and plans to use the Beale Ciphers to unleash hell on Earth."
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7 The Atlantis of the Sands The Atlantis of the Sands
Written by Rose Sandy
Copyright: 2023

"Calla Cress is a top-notch spy for the International Security and Treaty Force (ISTF), but her latest mission hits close to home. She's been tasked with finding a missing museum curator, Dr. Octavia Steward, who just happens to be Calla's former archaeology professor.
But when Calla begins to investigate, she quickly realizes there's more at stake than the curator's disappearance. Octavia has disappeared with classified information on the lost City of Atlantis of the Sands, a city rumored to hold secrets and powerful artifacts that could be used for mankind's benefit or destruction."
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I had hoped to enjoy this series a bit more than I did. I liked it well enough except for when I didn't and that sort of inexactness in my ability to explain why annoys me. I think I need a second go with the series but since I have so many others to read, that is not likely to happen and a part of me thinks I have shortchanged myself and the series as a result

Please give at least one of the books a try and let me know if I am wrong. If someone else out there says I should rate it higher, I well might look again.


My Grade: B


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