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Full Name: Peyton Stone
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: William Sewell
Time Span: 2012 - 2014


Peyton Stone is an agent with the CIA.

"On the surface he's a world-renowned security expert. But his real occupation is serving as a "nonofficial asset," a contractor working for the CIA when the government needs complete deniability. While advancing American interests globally, Stone discovers that those interests can exact a steep personal price."

Stone had come to the attention of the Agency through his incredible skill as a long-distance sniper demonstrated while serving in the Army. Many people had considered him possibly the best rifle shot in the world back in the day but since he had never taken part in any official competition, he was an 'unknown' talent and that made him very useful to the CIA. "Trained first by the Army and later by the CIA at Camp Peary, also known as 'The Farm' near Williamsburg, Virginia, he excelled in marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, survival, escape and evasion, and CIA tradecraft."

When Stone went to work with Langley, it was decided that he would not become an official agent but would work under 'non-official cover (NOC)'. "His cover was his day job, that of a legitimate and successful security consultant." Stone & Associates was the name of the company he ran and it had acquired a more than impressive reputation over the twenty-some years it had been around. Now with 50+ employees, the firm played an interesting game vis-a-vis success - it was big enough and well-known enough to give him reason to travel all over the world when his CIA work required but not so big as to force him to stay behind a desk.

When we first meet him, Stone is a half-century old and is just now regaining some of the zest for life he had once had. His wife of many years had been killed and he had fallen into depression and booze for a couple of years but had now worked his way back. Standing 6'3" and a trim 200 lbs now, he knew "he wasn't going to win any triathlons but he felt pretty good for fifty."

Stone has two grown sons both in the Navy, one in SEAL training and the other working on a remote-controlled submarine project.

Interesting comments of note:

"'If only' is not a strategy."

"While Stone had dealt death on many occasions, only once before did he have to deal with it."


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2014

1 The Iran Affair The Iran Affair
Written by William Sewell
Copyright: 2012

The murder of Peyton Stone's partner in a Shanghai hotel puts Stone solidly on the case to find the killer, even if that means bringing back some ghosts he would rather avoid. One thing he cannot avoid, though, is an Iranian admiral with a nuclear weapon he is determined to make use of.
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2 The Fifth Domain The Fifth Domain
Written by William Sewell
Copyright: 2014

Something is connecting a scientist for NASA, a Russian computer hacker, and the U.S. Secretary of State. Finding out what is the common bond will throw Peyton Stone in a case taking him from Oman to Germany to Russia and a mafiya bigwig with a plan to attack the world's economy to make himself even richer.
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It is a shame there are only two books in this series. The character is an interesting one and the author did a terrific job giving him a background both 'normal' and special and then built around him a real life with real people occupying the spaces. This is no traveling superhero-esque operative. This is a man with a ton of skills but still having to deal with bouts of annoyance and frustration and occasional doubt.

The two missions we follow him on have timely yet timeless plots behind them. People wanting power or revenge or both getting into position to cause a lot of harm while going after both. And Stone slowly getting pulled into the situation and then having to find a way to stop the trouble.

Well crafted and well paced and deserving of a couple more adventures. But at least we have the two.


My Grade: B+


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