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Full Name: James Robb
Nationality: American
Organization: FBI
Occupation Agent

Creator: Edward G. Talbot
Time Span: 2012 - 2017


James Robb is an agent with the F.B.I.

As the Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa, Florida office, Robb and his people are interested in crime. Law-breakers. The normal miscreants for whom the Bureau was created in the first place. He was not looking to get involved in cloak and dagger work or the messy business of terrorisms but as a highly trained and deeply motivated veteran, he goes where the clues lead him and they lead him to the hunt for the successor of Bin Laden.

If I were to consider which large metropolitan area would be a launching point for terrorist activity, Tampa would not be in my top ten, or possibly even twenty, but that could be why in this series of adventures, it is. Gifted with access throughout the country via several means, air, land, and water, it is large enough to have plenty of places to hide out and prepare and then enact them. And with lots of opportunity for these terrorists to mingle with a good variety of criminals willing to do anything for money, it seems a good choice. As a result, Robb and his team keep themselves very busy.

If Robb were a regular agent, it might make sense for him to go off on his own but as a SAC, it would not and luckily for us, this series makes sense. Robb has a darn good team that he commands and as such he has others to do a lot of the heavy listing as is reasonable for his position. That does not mean, though, that he is not certain to get deeply involved in the action. There is something about Robb that seems to attract bullets and bombs and he gets more than his fair share of both over the recorded adventures we have.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2017

1 Alive From New York Alive From New York
Written by Edward G. Talbot
Copyright: 2012

The reporter had a scoop she could not wait to tell - an interview with the man now regarded as the world's most wanted terrorist. The FBI has her under surveillance. The CIA would like to speak with her as well. Then she disappears and it is James Robb's task to find her and hopefully the terrorist as well.
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2 Alive From America Alive From America
Written by Edward G. Talbot
Copyright: 2013

The terrorist known as the Warrior has eluded James Robb once before but now that he is orchestrating attacks in the US, Robb is determined to capture him. Unfortunately, every one who might be of help has his or her or its own agenda.
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3 Alive And Worldwide Alive And Worldwide
Written by Edward G. Talbot
Copyright: 2017

An attack on a remote military facility in Canada and the murder of the Swiss Ambassador to the US seem totally unrelated. James Robb, though, feels they are not and he worries there are a lot worse things about to happen.
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Really solid writing giving us really solid characters. That is something as a dedicated reader of spy series I constantly look for and I definitely found it in this series.

There may be more adventures of James Robb coming our way but as of this writing with the third book coming out a couple of years ago, we may have seen the last of him. I got to thinking that after the second book with everything wrapped up quite nicely. Then the third showed there was a lot more to the story than I thought (I love a good twist that makes sense). For that reason, I do not rule out more stories. Considering the way Robb attracts trouble, he could easily find it.

The author is really two writers working together and let me tell you, they work well together.


My Grade: B+


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