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Full Name: Mac Ambrose
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: H. N. Wake
Time Span: 2014 - 2018


Mac Ambrose is an agent with the CIA.

She has been one for 20 years, two decades of action as a field operative used to working on her own and far preferring it that way. Ambrose is known to a few of her superiors as someone who does not always play well with others. She is also known by these same people to be less than impressed with her superiors, suits who have not worked in the field like she has.

We do not learn much about Ambrose's early life. Well, nothing, actually, except that she had to have started with the Agency at a fairly young age because though she has been with them for two decades, she is still in prime condition, able to mix it up when necessary without too much suffering later. That would put her in her very late 30s or early 40s.This is conjecture arrived at by the fact that her first recorded adventure took place in Macao "12 years ago" and she had been in the service for almost a decade by then.

Most of that time, we learn from later reveals, she has spent outside the country on missions or lying low between jobs. As a result she has at times felt there were "gaps of knowledge about American pop culture" and while that does not bother her, it does make her realize what she has sacrificed for her choice of careers.

Ambrose works normally as a Non-Official Cover (NOC) operative which means she goes into the field as something she is not, hoping to do what she really is which is spy. Most of that time she has been "handled" by a controller in the Agency named Frank Odom and the relationship is one of mutual distrust and dislike. To Ambrose, Odom, who has never been in the field as far as she knows and has little in the way of a spine. This is particularly dangerous for the operative in harm's way when split decisions are called for. Since Odom has a lot of trouble in that department, Ambrose makes them herself and that invariably puts her out of favor with him and his bosses.

That fact that Ambrose gets the job done despite their 'wisdom' probably adds to their annoyance with her.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2016

The first and third book take place in "modern" times. The second is a prequel adventure occurring more than a decade before the first.

1 A Spy Came Home A Spy Came Home
Written by H. N. Wake
Copyright: 2014

In her many years in the CIA, Mac Ambrose has been asked to perform a lot of seemingly impossible tasks but the one her friends are requesting she take on is beyond impossible. In a few short weeks, the Senate is voting on a gun control bill but the gun lobby is certain to kill it unless she can stop them.
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2 Deceits of Borneo Deceits of Borneo
Written by H. N. Wake
Copyright: 2015

Takes place 12 years before the first book. A young, inexperienced CIA agent has gotten himself into trouble in the rainforests of Borneo and then vanished. Mac Ambrose, wanting retirement, is asked to head there to find him but there are several factions not anxious for her to succeed.
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3 Serpents In The City Serpents In The City
Written by H. N. Wake
Copyright: 2016

Newly retired and starting a new life in Philly, Mac Ambrose has no desire to get back into her old life but again she is being asked just that. A US Senator is being blackmailed by one of the most powerful media conglomerates on the planet and Ambrose is asked to make it stop.
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Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 Ghosts In Macau Ghosts In Macau
Written by H. N. Wake
Copyright: 2015

Called back to duty for an assignment, Mac Ambrose is asked to check out the mistress of a high ranking Chinese official to learn what she may be offering US intelligence and why she is being watched so carefully.
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2 Driver From Caracas Driver From Caracas
Written by H. N. Wake
Copyright: 2018

With the Russians making moves on the US, Mac Ambrose is again brought back from retirement to check out the defenses of a powerful Russian oligarch.


I read the first novella to start this series and really enjoyed it. A lot. I loved the spunk that Mac Ambrose had and the attitude she radiated, not to mention the skill and knowledge she had for field work.

Moving onto the first book, I forgot that the novella had been a prequel taking place over a decade before and there was a good deal of confusion on my part. My fault, of course, but I am letting you know so you might not make the same mistake.

I did not know for some time into the second book that it was a prequel as well. That is confusing. And then the third book takes place right after the first. And the second novella takes place after the third book.

All of which is said to let you know to mind the order you read them OR be aware of the time shifts.

As for Ambrose, she is a very enjoyable character to follow. I like the younger one for her nerve and sass. I like the older one for her confidence and dependability. If I had to choose one to rescue me, I would go with the older one because she knows a thing or four about getting the job done and staying alive afterwards.


My Grade: B+


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