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Full Name: Madeline McCallister
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: J. Goodson Dodd
Time Span: 2015 - 2018


Madeline McCallister is an agent with the CIA.

Specifically she is an operative working with the highly specialized Special Activities Division who carries with it the connotation of visiting exotic locales while dealing with extraordinary opponents. When we meet her in the first recorded adventure, she is sipping very watered-down warm beer in a disgusting dive in Juarez which was so dirty "cockroaches would hesitate to touch the floor". To say the least, she is not thrilled.

Still, McCallister is one of the Special Operations Group (SOG) subsection of SAD and she considers herself as as "SOG through and through" so what it takes to get the mission done, she is game for.

McCallister came "from a family that was always big on being proper. My parents were New England blue blood through and through. Cape Cod in the summer type of folks. They raised me to have manners and be respectful like a lady should. Then they died in a boating accident like the worst kind of east coast cliche and in my adolescence discovered a lot of things about myself while rebelling to manage my grief."

She was 16 when they died and she went through a couple of years of acting out her anger. "It took me a while to realize that I didn't hate the person my parents raised me to be and learned to embrace that part of myself. Of course by then I had already been through basic training and was a few years into my career with the Navy. The person that came out the other side was a strange amalgamation of two worlds that was distinctive enough to catch the attention of certain people within the Company."

When we catch up with her, she has had two years of constant missions with SOG/SAD and shows no signs of slowing down.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 One Fate For Failure One Fate For Failure
Written by J. Goodson Dodd
Copyright: 2015

In her training, Madeline McCallister learned that she should always be ready to fend for herself when things went wrong. On a mission south of the border it did just that and now McCallister is running for her life with some very nasty people after her. From Juarez to London and then on to Boston and then Paris, the chase is on and she is the hunted.
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2 Too Close To Kill Too Close To Kill
Written by J. Goodson Dodd
Copyright: 2018

The very nasty people who call themselves D.E.A.T.H. do not pay any attention to the fact that Madeline McCallister has left the CIA to start a life with the person she loves, wanting out of the business completely. They have a vendetta against her and she decides that to survive, she must fight back.
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I loved the fact that the two books in this series, and I really wish there would be more!, both start with the two words, "I hate".

Told in the first-person perspective, both of these tales then go on to delineate what she hates and then spend a bit of time explaining why she has less than thrilling thoughts about them. And reading her reasons, I would agree.

I really liked Madeline McCallister and I had a hoot of a time reading her adventures and, even better for me, her descriptions of the people, problems, and best of all organizations she works for or against. They are well worth the time.


My Grade: B+


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