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Full Name: Ethan Galaal
Codename: Copperhead
Nationality: American
Organization: DIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Isaac Hooke
Time Span: 2015 - 2020


Ethan Galaal is an agent with the DIA.

As we learn early on in the first recorded adventure, "officially, he didn't exist. Unofficially, he worked directly for [the DIA] as an independent contractor. His work usually involved multiple roles, and blurred the lines between case officer, private investigator, kidnapper and assassin. The latter seemed to be the work he was involved with the most these days, though he was never actually allowed to use the word assassination in official reports - the DIA preferred the term 'High Value Targeting.'" Galaal was very good at those.

While Galaal is "independent" and could be asked to work for any of the handlers the DIA might have need of him, he spends most of his time working under the direction of a highly trained and very experienced agent named Samantha 'Sam' Rond. Though still fairly young, she was high enough on the chain to be able to put together her own team and key to that team was Galaal. The admiration they each have for the other is immense; they have both been in situations out in the field where their lives depended on each other.

Blessed with tanned olive skin so when he went unshaven and grew a beard, he was able to easily fit in on virtually any street in the Middle East. With a solid grasp of Arabic and the skill to speak with different dialects and accents, Galaal was not only able to operate as a warrior, he was extremely proficient undercover and so is put in those situations often. Such work is extremely dangerous because it means that he is often totally on his own.

He admits to himself that while the pay he makes is good, "it wasn't about the money. Doing something that no one else could do-going undercover, infiltrating enemy camps, and wreaking havoc in the name of freedom and justice-well, that was what Ethan lived for".


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2020

1 Clandestine Clandestine
Written by Isaac Hooke
Copyright: 2015

To get up-close intel on ISIS, Ethan Galaal poses as a Saudi jihadist. The more he looks the deeper he gets. Then he comes into contact with the beautiful Alzena and he decides getting her free of the danger was more important than getting himself out.
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2 A Cold Day In Mosul A Cold Day In Mosul
Written by Isaac Hooke
Copyright: 2015

A DIA operative has been captured by ISIS in Irag and getting her free before she can be forced to talk. As Ethan Galaal gets closer, she gets moved making him believe there is someone else involved keeping him from succeeding.
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3 Terminal Phase Terminal Phase
Written by Isaac Hooke
Copyright: 2015

The target for Ethan Galaal and the beautiful but intricate Bretta Storm who has been assigned to work with him is capturing the terrorist mastermind Al Safir but that man's knowledge of tradecraft makes finding and catching him a suicide mission.
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4 Boiling Point Boiling Point
Written by Isaac Hooke
Copyright: 2020

The task for Ethan Galaal and his team is to find a way into Iran to extract a nuclear scientist who has a method to greatly improve refinement of uranium. Unfortunately for the woman in question, a different team has been sent to kill her.
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With so many books out there in different genres, most of them science fiction especially in the Mech sub-genre, the author, Isaac Hooke, has proven over and over that the man can write and can tell a heckuva good story. I, for one, am grateful that he took time from his forays for future frays (sorry) to create such an interesting character as Ethan Galaal.

Or should I say characters because Sam Rond deserves special credit, not to mention her own series (hint hint). Granted, they do work really well together.


My Grade: A-


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