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Full Name: Eric Ritter
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Richard Fox
Time Span: 2014 - 2015


Eric Ritter is an agent with the CIA.

When we initially meet him in the first recorded adventure, he is a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army undergoing Military Intelligence training at Four Huachuca when he is approached by a major and told his training had been curtailed and he was being reassigned. A white van was waiting to take him, after he had changed into civvies and removed all identifications and electronics, to a plane which would for all intents and purposes shanghai him off to a whole new world.

Ritter did not need to be in the military at all. He had a father who was one of the world's most successful, and thus sought after, oil exploration engineer and he could have gone into that field but instead he wanted something different and he wanted to serve his country. He did not expect to be 'volunteered' as he was to the Caliban Program.

As a briefing about Ritter (oddly enough given to Ritter) tells us, Ritter was an "age 23 graduate of the American University of Beirut with a dual degree in physics and history, odd combination. You speak near-native Arabic, French and Spanish. You enlisted last year. Completed basic training, officer's candidate school and were commissioned into military intelligence. You were all of two weeks in to your basic course before we procured your services." The 'we' was the Caliban Program.

That program was a department in the CIA made up of men and women who were, to be honest, killers. Specifically, people trained to eliminate threats to the United States. But Ritter was not chosen to be 'invited' into the program because of his skills in that regard but rather because of his knowing in college a man who would later join al Qaeda and thus be someone they wanted to get close to so they could eliminate him.

Now as the adventures continue, Ritter will sever ties with the Caliban Program but, unfortunately for him, they do not sever ties with him.

Good Line:
- Said to Ritter by an old friend and current sitting Congressman re politics, "It's cattier than a Baptist bake sale and not nearly as interesting."


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2015

1 Into Darkness Into Darkness
Written by Richard Fox
Copyright: 2014

Two soldiers are alive but in the hands of Al Qaeda. Captain Eric Ritter wants to get them free but that will mean asking for help from the CIA's Caliban Program, something he would rather not do. Still, there are no other options so Ritter must again put his life in the hands of something he does not really trust.
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3 The Socotra Incident The Socotra Incident
Written by Richard Fox
Copyright: 2015

Somali pirates, attacking a fishing boat, got far more than just fish when they get their hands on a nuclear warhead being smuggled on the vessel. Al Qaeda wants to get hold of it to hit the West with it. The North Koreans, who were going the smuggling, want it back before their culpability is learned. The CIA directs Eric Ritter to lead a very small team to get it for them but they want to make sure it is not damaged, which makes Ritter very suspicious.
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4 The Beltway Assassin The Beltway Assassin
Written by Richard Fox
Copyright: 2015

The first victim was one of the Directors of the very covert Caliban Program, an ultra-secret division in the CIA. When other start being killed in the D.C. area, two men are chosen to look into it for the Agency. One is Eric Ritter. The other is a man that feels Ritter betrayed him during the Iraqi War.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2014

1 The Caliban Program The Caliban Program
Written by Richard Fox
Copyright: 2014

A prequel to Into Darkness, this tells of how Al Qaeda is holding a CIA operative in Pakistan and the Agency wants him free. To get that, they need the help of Lt. Eric Ritter because he is familiar with the lead kidnapper. Ritter agrees to help not knowing that the CIA consider him very expendable. And then there is the fact that Ritter is not a trained agent prepared for the duplicity that is to come.
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Undoubtedly the concept of the Caliban Program that Eric Ritter gets involved in is supposed to be spooky. Good thing because it kinda really is. But then again, Ritter, if you look really hard at him, can be sorta spooky too. Unfortunately, when someone like Ritter decides a program is too much, well, gee!

The author does a darn good job conveying the price that Ritter pays for doing the work he does but also letting us see that Ritter knows the price he'd pay if he didn't do it.

For best enjoyment of this series, IMHO, read the novella first to see how and why Ritter gets involved with Caliban.


My Grade: B


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