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ZANE WATSON

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Full Name: Zane Watson
Series Name: The Delphi Group
Nationality: American
Organization: The Delphi Group
Occupation Agent

Creator: John Sneeden
Time Span: 2014 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Zane Watson is an agent with the Delphi Group.

Some background on this agency. It is a "clandestine organization conducted investigations that the US government could not or would not associate itself with, primarily those involving bizarre events such as scientific advances, the paranormal, or any other category not suitable for transparent budgets". It was "created in the wake of the events that took place in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, the organization went from being directly under the auspices of the federal government to being privately owned and funded under the black budget of the CIA".

The "owner" and leader of the Group was Dr. Alexander Ross who was known, no surprise here, as the Oracle, the fount of wisdom located at ancient Delphi. The man had decidedly earned the leadership position since he had been a successful CIA case officer before moving up the chain of command to eventually serve a term as the Director of National Intelligence. "His no-nonsense approach, coupled with his natural affinity for clandestine work, made him the perfect leader for an organization like Delphi."

Zane Watson is considered by most to be the best operative this department had. "A former Navy SEAL, he had been honorably discharged after suffering a severe knee injury while on duty in Yemen. Disappointed at not being able to serve but determined to make the most of his life, Zane enrolled in computer science at North Carolina State University. He was able to obtain a bachelor's degree in only two and a half years, a testament to his strong work ethic and intellect."

After his knee was repaired, he moved into a bit tamer occupation as a flight instructor at Raleigh-Durham Airport. It was there that he started getting offers from Delphi to join them and eventually decided to agree.

"Zane was single, childless, and enjoying life as a flight instructor when approached by Dr. Alexander Ross, otherwise known as the Oracle, in the mid-2000s. The Oracle was determined to make the former SEAL the senior operative of the Delphi Group. He had heard of the man's reputation through various channels; Zane was known as a fearless soldier with a mind like a steel trap. It took a number of flights between Reagan National Airport and RDU, but the Oracle was eventually able to bring Zane on board by agreeing to let him live in Raleigh. The new operative would even be allowed to give flight lessons, as time permitted. The shrewd Oracle knew that it couldn't hurt to have a point man who was also a trained pilot."

So, when not at home, Watson is in the field where he knows he belongs.

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2021

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Betrayal Betrayal
Written by John Sneeden
Copyright: 2017

When the man woke up in a strange place, he has no clue where he was or how he got there. He soon learns from ease-dropping that there are other captives as well. He and another prisoner, a woman named Danielle, manage to get free but when they decide to learn what was really going on, they learn more than they wanted.
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MY COMMENTS

I was predisposed to like Zane Watson - he's an NC State grad. A member of the Wolfpack. My wife was one as well. Second best university in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, next to UNC. Duke is third. All IMHO, of course.

Beyond that bias towards the school, I got a kick out of Zane Watson and his Delphi Group.

Having a boss known by and referred to as the Oracle seems a bit odd and at times a tad spooky but that seems a minor quibble for all the action this series continually gives the readers, like me.


GRADE

My Grade: B

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