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Full Name: Jo Ann Geary
Series Name: White Vixen
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Air Force
Occupation Military - Officer

Creator: David Tindell
Time Span: 2013 - 2016


Jo Ann Geary is an officer with the U.S. Air Force Special Operations.

She holds the rank of Captain when we first meet her. While it is not known how long she has been in the service, it has to have been more than a couple of years for her to bump up to O-3. And doing so while working in Special Operations means she really had to show she knew what she was doing, especially taking place in the early 80's as they do, a period not known for decent advancement for women in the military outside of clerical duty.

If she had been in civilian life, she would have fit in well with the CIA. Being military, though, it is surprising DIA has not snatched her up, though it is possible they tried. This woman is highly competent, quick thinking, very motivated, and gutsy as all out.

Geary is Caucasian from her father and Korean from her mother. Based on flashbacks we know she was born in 1950 which puts her at 31 when the first story takes place. Her early years were rough being of mixed ancestry and growing up first in Korean where her father worked in the embassy then in Japan. She had only a few friends and far too many bullies who enjoyed taunting her - at least until she had had enough and struck back.

Her mother, to help her understand why she was being picked on, told her the tale of a white fox who was very, very old and survived by being able to transform himself into any animal he needed to be for protection. Her mother told her she would be like that fox and could use that skill to "protect yourself and help others. You will be a female fox, though. A vixen". Hence her nickname.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2016

1 The White Vixen The White Vixen
Written by David Tindell
Copyright: 2013

The year is 1981. The location is a Chinese island. The mission for Captain Jo Ann Geary, U.S. Air Forces Spec Ops, is to rescue a captured British agent. She volunteered for the assist because of her language and martial arts skills. Six months later, MI6 again asks for her help with a mission to Argentina during the Falkland Crisis.
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2 The Red Wolf The Red Wolf
Written by David Tindell
Copyright: 2016

The year is 1987. Rumors have come in of a plot to kill Gorbachev, the actual deed being given to a person known only as the Red Wolf. The President tells the CIA to stop the killing and they in turn subcontract it to the Pallas Group. That organization picks new hire Jo Ann Geary, the White Vixen, for the job but it soon becomes obvious that someone in the Agency does not want her to stop the Red Wolf and will do anything to keep her from keeping him from failing.
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     People who read a lot often come across those series which they enjoy a bunch and which end nicely but then comes the desire to know "and what happens next". That, to me, is the sign of a good storyteller.

     That is what I experience with this far-too-short series. What happened to Geary afterwards? She was so interesting and fun to follow that I wanted to think she had more adventures of one sort or another so I asked that question. It has been quite a few years so maybe there is no answer but I can hope, right?


My Grade: B+


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