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Full Name: Ted Dexter
Nationality: British
Organization: Prime Minister
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Roy
Time Span: 2012 - 2018


Ted Dexter is an agent for the British Prime Minister.

The year is 1940, the location is the northern part of France, and the occasion is the major scramble back to the coast of the several hundred thousand troops that make up the British Expeditionary Forces that were on the main land to help the French stave off any advance westward by the Germans. Unfortunately, the Germans, seeing the trouble with the Maginot Line and with the very large contingent of enemy troops standing by, did an end-around through the Netherlands and Belgium, throwing everything into turmoil.

Dexter is a lance-corporal in an infantry platoon well inside France when we first meet him. He has no grand idea of being personally selected by Churchill and working on the sort of things he would be doing as his life, and the War, continues. What he is doing is trying to stay alive which is a full-time job because his Captain, a total twit named Pomeroy, has not had the decency to get himself killed yet but is trying to do the same for his 'men' because he is an officer and therefore much smarter than his NCO. Dexter is no saint himself but he tries to be politic when he points out the danger of the Captain's ideas and fails. So shortly after we say hello, Pomeroy and most of the troops have headed west and Dexter and a couple of his guys are left to provide defense.

The entire first adventure is a record of his travels, initially on his own after he gets separated from his men, towards the coast and hoped for passage back to England. Along the way he will 'pick up' a couple of men who will play a role in his further adventures as well as a couple of items collected near the end of his travels which will bring him to the attention of the Prime Minister and Brigadier Murphy, the man who will become Dexter's handler.

Dexter is not a typical operative. He doesn't want to be. He is a soldier, used to following orders, from Northern Ireland, a Protestant who grew up knowing he should distrust Catholics but having no real idea why (nor really did his parents) so decided that was a lot of nonsense. The Army was his home now mainly because he had nothing better to do and besides, he liked being around people and doing his small part here and there. He has had no training to be an unofficial go-to guy for Churchill but because he is a soldier and soldiers follow orders, when he is told he is now that guy, he inwardly sighs and shrugs and becomes that guy.


Number of Books:10
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2018

1 The Lost Man The Lost Man
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2012

The year is 1940. Ted Dexter, a corporal in the British Army, is separated from his detachment and must find a way to the coast on his own.
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2 The Avenger's Apprentice The Avenger's Apprentice
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2012

Given his first mission, Ted Dexter's job is to kill a dangerous assassin but his real first job is to find the person.
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3 The Grey List The Grey List
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2012

The Grey List has the names of those whose existence is no longer needed. Ted Dexter is given one of those names and told to get on with it.
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4 Coldest Before the Dawn Coldest Before the Dawn
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2012

America sends a diplomat to evaluate Britain's ability to survive against Hitler's onslaught and he is decidedly leaning against the Yanks helping the Brits. The Prime Minister looks to Ted Dexter to find a way to persuade him. Dexter sees the opportunity to get back at his despised Captain Pomeroy.
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5 The Mind's Eye The Mind's Eye
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2012

A British scientist is being help in an Italian POW camp. Churchill wants him broken out and brought home. The job falls to Ted Dexter but like most missions, all goes to pot from the beginning.
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6 No Surrender No Surrender
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2013

Churchill has an idea to get Italy out of the war, or at least not part of the Axis. It requires Ted Dexter going back to that nation where he just barely got out of in his previous mission. He is given help but Dexter has to wonder if they are at all what he needs.
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7 Black Valentine Black Valentine
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2014

Wanting to get out of his current situation, Ted Dexter heads to Alexandria, Egypt, to take part in the war in the desert. Getting there will prove as deadly as the battles themselves.
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8 Dark Sun Dark Sun
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2015

The Japanese have taken Singapore and one of their prizes was almost Brigadier Murray and the treasure trove of intel in his head. Ted Dexter is sent to the Far East to help Murray to freedom.
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9 Before the Flood Before the Flood
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2016

The RAF is planning a series of raids in the Ruhr Valley but this would also endanger a British spy operating there. Ted Dexter is sent to get the agent out but of course nothing goes as planned.
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10 Sabre Sabre
Written by David Roy
Copyright: 2018

To give a boost to his united war effort plans, Churchill wants a mission of international makeup and leading that operation is Ted Dexter.
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These are some fascinating stories! The first one especially so because I was expecting a spy adventure and there wasn't one, at least not in any normal sense. It is a war story through and through and a very entertaining one at that. If I had just had that one and read it, I would likely not have pursued it because I have so many spy books in my TBR list. Since I knew from having collected several by then that it was the forerunner to a spy series, I kept on and was happily rewarded with exciting and interesting tales.

Dexter is not a spy. He knows that Winston Churchill more or less considers him to be one but Dexter doesn't. Dexter knows he is a soldier and he is happy with that. Being a soldier and following orders makes life easier to live. But he has a brain in his skull so when orders fall short of being enough and independent action is needed, he can more than handle things. Still, he likes it when things look cut and dry, even if they seldom are.


My Grade: B+


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