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Full Name: Philip Mangan
Nationality: British
Organization: None
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Adam Brookes
Time Span: 2014 - 2017


Philip Mangan is a reporter.

While he does not work for any particular company as far as I can tell, his beat is the Far East and his home base seems to be Beijing. He has been working as such for quite some time and is very comfortable with his chosen region and his contacts.

Certainly the above is what is believed by the British Intelligence agent who first connects with Mangan while in China. That man reports back to headquarters that Mangan is "freelance, holds a current accreditation and files regularly for a major London title and for a small television news agency.

It is a very good thing he is so at home with it all in the Asian Pacific region because he most definitely stands out wherever he goes in the area, being 6' tall with red hair and green eyes. It would be quite difficult to not spot the man in a crowd in the capital of China or anywhere else in that part of the continent despite his occasional attempts to remain inconspicuous.

Mangan has no desire to get involved with anyone from any intelligence community whether it be Chinese or his native Britain but unfortunately for him, neither of those nations bothered to ask him if he wanted to play. They, and life, just showed up for the game and suddenly Mangan is a popular man.

As a result of things that Mangan inadvertently gets involved with in the first recorded adventure, his connection to the SIS will become more solidified though it is still not something he is happy with. Patterson, the woman who would become his handler, of sorts, explains that she was authorized to offer him "an association" in which he would go "on the books" which she says is not "uncommon" though nowadays less so with journalists.

It is this association that will really get him noticed, something that is never good for one's health.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2017

1 Night Heron Night Heron
Written by Adam Brookes
Copyright: 2014

Twenty years before, the Chinese man with the codename of Peanut was a British informant. He has just broken out of prison in China and made his way to Beijing. He appeals via Philip Mangan to MI-6 for extraction and Mangan finds his involvement growing all the time as the secrets that Peanut is offering are more important than he or Mangan suspected.
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2 Spy Games Spy Games
Written by Adam Brookes
Copyright: 2015

Lying low in East Africa, Philip Mangan is trying to repair his life and reputation when a terrorist attack there almost claims his life. Then a Chinese man approaches him with information about the attack and suddenly Mangan is once again up to his neck in intrigue.
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3 The Spy's Daughter The Spy's Daughter
Written by Adam Brookes
Copyright: 2017

Pearl is a Chinese teenager living in D.C. who wants a normal life but being a math genius is preventing that, especially once she learns what her parents' plans for her are. Her only hope is Philip Mangan and his friend, Trish Patterson, but neither of them are in favor with anyone.
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The writing on this series is really enjoyable and the plot was quite interesting. The backstories on the main characters are developed enough to get a good sense of the people. There are, though, a fair number of people to keep track of, which for my aging brain is not that simple anymore. 

It is the progression of the characters that I was fascinated by. The changes in the life of both Philip Mangan, the main character, is terrific to be a part of, though I found myself thinking, "Oh, no!" more than once. And then there is the oh-so-interesting Patterson, the SIS handler who changes Mangan's life completely.

The end of the third (and so far last) book is a wonderful testament to the author's skills. It ends the series nicely while still leaving things open for more adventures, should they be desired.


My Grade: A-


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