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Full Name: Blake MacKay
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Thom Tate
Time Span: 2012 - 2014


Blake MacKay is an agent with the CIA.

MacKay is not the sort of operative one would send in handle a dead drop or surveille a potential target. He is more of a blunt instrument sort of guy - the kind of tool a carpenter would pick up when something needed pounding. Or eliminating. He is good at both and probably would not want it any other way.

Being described as a hammer might be offensive to some but probably not to MacKay; I could easily imagine him thinking for a moment and then shrugging. MacKay is very comfortable with his position in life. He gets along pretty well with his boss who seems quite understanding when things go sideways on a mission and MacKay has to remove more people that were targeted.

Still, it is important to note that MacKay, for all his bluntness, is a very intelligent and capable agent and one definitely plans his moves ahead of time whenever possible. When he knows he is soon heading to an elimination, he monitors his movements carefully with emphasis on cameras in the vicinity and people who might spot and remember him. Additionally, he works diligently at preparing Plan B and C as alternatives for when things do not go quite as planned which he observes, "when do they ever?".

A lot of MacKay's missions are in Europe and he is very familiar with many of the capitals and enjoys visiting there. He also can be sent to other regions and knows how to adapt but it is fairly obvious he prefers the Continental approach.

MacKay answers directly to the Director of Clandestine Operations at Langley and enjoys a relaxed but respectful relationship with his boss. That Director is also very familiar with MacKay's proclivities and is never surprised when calling the man out of the blue to find he is enjoying yet again the attentions of some lovely newly met young woman whose name MacKay is likely to not recall.

MacKay's attitude towards subordinates, though, is more in line with the 'hammer' approach. He can and does get a bit testy when things are not on his time schedule or up to his standards. He is never mean but he can be snippy.


Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2012

1 Spear Garden Spear Garden
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2012

When a former Cuban general turned arms dealer orders the death of two U.S. border guards, the CIA decides to send Blake MacKay to eliminate him. While doing so, MacKay will learn of a very nasty plot between the target, Al Qaeda, and the Belarus Prime Minister .
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Number of Stories:5
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2014

All five of these novellas were released in ebook format individually, all billed as all part of the Covert World series of short stories.

1 Czechmate Czechmate
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2012

Sergey thought he had found the golden goose with Tracy, a 19-year old American party girl in Prague who was also the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador. With diplomatic immunity, she could see his Ecstasy without fear and she also liked to join him in bed on occasion. And when she got uppity, he could slap her around. Until Daddy saw the mark and he called in a favor from the U.S. President who called in Black MacKay, an expert in eliminating scum.
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2 Meltdown Meltdown
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2012

A Ukraine nuclear scientist and his family, vacationing on Bali, are kidnapped by Jemaah Islamiyah who want him to build 15 dirty bombs or his family suffers. Blake MacKay is ordered to locate the scientist and eliminate him since it is suspected he is a volunteer, not a conscript.
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3 The 4th Strike The 4th Strike
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2012

An island in the Aleutian chain once held a missile base and then just the nuclear bomb that was once in a missile. A North Korean team has stolen it and is transporting it aboard a submarine which Blake MacKay is ordered to capture.
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4 Intercept Intercept
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2013

An Iranian nuclear scientist is the target of both a Mossad hit team and an Islamic militant organization. Blake MacKay is sent to Vienna to do his own snatching of the man before either can but that makes him one of the targets.
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5 Red Storm Red Storm
Written by Thom Tate
Copyright: 2014

A Russian is suspected of creating tsunamis which are wiping out power plants near the coast around the world. Blake MacKay is sent to that country to learn more and he discovers an even greater plot about to be launched.
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Long before I discovered that there was a full-length novel adventure about this character, I had read and very much enjoyed all five of the individually released novellas. Being a huge fan of the shortened story-telling, I was thrilled to see them and after reading each one, thrilled with the chance to read yet another (well up to the last one, obviously).

The author did a terrific job with that size and I wish more authors would give it a try.

Then, a couple years later, I found the novel and was a tad worried at first. Not to fear! This adventure was just as good and very enjoyable.

The man can write!


My Grade: A-


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