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Full Name: Samantha Driver
Nationality: American
Organization: UN Unofficial Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Rob Aspinall
Time Span: 2019 - 2019


Samantha 'Sam' Driver is an agent with a U.N. Unofficial Agency.

That designation takes some explaining.

When we first meet this very capable, and very very dangerous woman, she is an experienced CIA agent working a clandestine operation in Kazakhstan with a SEAL team to capture a very nasty, very wanted terrorist named Abbas Jemal, "keeper of all January Seven's [a terrorist group] dirty secrets". They had all been preparing for the snatch for two months and all looked fine. Then it wasn't. Someome had betrayed them or set them up and several good men died, including the lead Seal, Tom McNeil with whom Driver had been having a relationship. Driver held his dying body until the end and she became a prisoner sent to Siberia.

Jump ahead two years.

Some very bad people had recently attacked the American embassy in Moscow, killing several good people including the Ambassador. American anger at the Russians was extremely high. The feelings were mutual because of a previous attack on the Russian compound in Washington. Rhetoric was flowing and talk of war was rampant. It was a powderkeg both literally and figuratively.

At the U.N. several representatives to the Security Council came up with a plan. Since none of the intelligence agencies around the world had figured out who was really behind the attacks and none were willing to work with each other out of anger and distrust, these diplomats would put together their own team.

The idea was that this group would answer to no nation. More importantly, it would be "allowed" to do things that the official bureaus would not, simply because it was totally unofficial and therefore did not really exist.

To man this team, the group picked a half dozen operatives who had been captured by another country and then been disavowed by their own nation. An American held by the Russians. A Russian held by the French. An Australian held by the Chinese. A Chinese agent held by the English. A Mexican held by the Americans. Driver was the American in the group.

Each diplomat used his or her considerable pull in their native countries to get these people released and offered a contract to work for them. The deal was simple. Get the job done and you stay out of prison.

Nobody said anything about staying alive.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Crisis Point Crisis Point
Written by Rob Aspinall
Copyright: 2019

After Sam Driver was captured during a mission and disavowed by the CIA, she is pulled into an unaffiliated team of agents and tasked with stopping the escalation of tension between the U.S. and Russia brought about by terrorists attacks.
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2 Viper Nine Viper Nine
Written by Rob Aspinall
Copyright: 2019

The cyberterrorists were causing all sorts of trouble around the world and Sam Driver and her team was ordered to put a stop to their activities. It came as a huge surprise just how far-reaching their influence was and how big their destruction was potentially.
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Yeah, I was hooked from the very beginning.

First of all, I really liked the hard-ass yet tender Samantha Driver, holding her own with the SEALS. Then I liked the far-fetched but still a great idea of the group of disavowed and imprisoned operatives. Then I liked each of these former agents, especially Lim.

The action in this series is really fast and heavy but so are the barbs each of these agents have for the others. These people have no history together so no reason to trust and no way to know how good the others are. They learn quickly, though, that trust is vital and each of these players is truly good at what they do.

One very happy part to this series is that it is very new and therefore there is a good chance the author will keep giving us stories about Sam Driver and the others.


My Grade: A-


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