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Full Name: Paul Duggan
Nationality: Irish
Organization: Military Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Joe Joyce
Time Span: 2013 - 2014


Paul Duggan is an agent with Irish Military Intelligence.

As we meet him, he is a young lieutenant who has found himself suddenly transferred to G2, Military Intelligence, in the Irish Army, and a wholly different type of duty than he had expected. His country is determined to stay neutral but whether Britain and/or Germany will abide by that decision is a huge question.

Dugan is a 'culchie' which apparently is a pejorative term for an Irishman raised on a farm. He had joined the army, it seems, largely as a way to escape, at least for a while, the life everyone expected him to lead - stay on the farm and work the fields. He wanted something different especially as tensions in the late 1930's showed war was a certainty. Then with no warning, he was transferred to G2 because he knew some German but as he points out, "who knows why the army does things? I was in an infantry battalion, western command. Transferred a couple of weeks ago out of the blue".

It would be a while before he learned that his transfer was due largely to his Uncle Timmy, a family friend and powerful politician in Ireland who both wanted something better for Duggan and saw how useful Duggan could be. Tensions were extremely high in the government circles as was between Germany and Britain was just starting.

The worries were several. Would Germany honor Ireland's stated neutrality or decide that the history between the neighboring island nations was enough to get Hitler to go after both? Would Churchill, who was strongly desirous, according to many, of regaining Ireland in the United Kingdom, use the matter as an excuse to invade Ireland and wipe out the last two decades of independence? Would America' Roosevelt take a stand and possibly cause one or both to take place?

That was the world that young Duggan was entering.

Interesting comment:

"Did you ever know actual knowledge to get in the way of a pub argument?"


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2014

1 Echoland Echoland
Written by Joe Joyce
Copyright: 2013

Book 1 of a trilogy. It is June, 1940. Paul Duggan is a young lieutenant in the Irish Army just assigned to G2. His first assignment is to watch a German suspected of being a spy. As he is following the mundane activities of the man, he is also asked by his uncle to find his missing daughter who might have been kidnapped.
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2 Echobeat Echobeat
Written by Joe Joyce
Copyright: 2014

Book 2 of a trilogy. It is December, 1940. Germany controls most of France. Britain is in the heat of the War. Ireland is nervous about German intentions as well as why the English are massing troops near the shore. Paul Duggan is involved in spying on German flyers interred in Ireland and what they might be secretly planning.
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2 Echowave Echowave
Written by Joe Joyce
Copyright: 2014

Book 3 of the trilogy. It is June, 1941. An American plane carrying provisions to England crashes in western Ireland. It is also supposed to be carrying a secret item which they want found immediately. So do the English. And the Germans. Now too the Irish which is why finding it is Paul Duggan's new mission.
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The trilogy that is the Duggan adventures is a set of rich prose that does a terrific job of presenting a feeling in Ireland of intense paranoia (not unwarranted) as dark days loom. The main characters are always thinking, no matter what other matters they may be attending to, that invasion is just on the horizon - but whether it would be German or British or both was the only question. Meanwhile, Irish matters must be seen to and spies from wherever must be ferreted out and Duggan is a busy man.

I enjoyed the history lessons that came with the books. I wish I might have gotten a better feel for Duggan but though he is the main character in the three stories, it is not really about him or about the missions he is on but why the missions are important at the time to Ireland.


My Grade: B+


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