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Full Name: Yuri Kirov
Nationality: Russian
Organization: Military Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jeffrey Layton
Time Span: 2016 - 2020


Yuri Kirov is an officer in the Russian Military Intelligence.

When we meet him he holds the rank of Captain-Lieutenant and is assigned to a new, secret submarine operating off the coast of the state of Washington and in terrible trouble inside American territorial waters. If it were not for this trouble which could result in the total loss of life on the vessel stuck on the bottom of the sea and unable to move, we would never have known of this man and we would not have been able to follow the adventures of this highly intelligent and exceptionally resourceful man.

Thanks to his influential grandfather, an admiral, and no thanks to his perpetually absent father, Kirov had received an excellent education and had done quite well, including becoming fluent in English. He had joined the Russian navy out of love and respect for his mentor grandparent and "After earning his commission, Kirov received a year of postgraduate training in electronics and communications at a technical institute in Moscow. Then spent sixteen weeks training with a naval dive unit based out of Sevastopol on the Black Sea." He became "some kind of underwater Intel expert".

Kirov was very happy with his life in the submarine fleet, considering the crew with whom he has been serving his family, and would not have sought any change to that. Unfortunately, to save his submates he has to make certain decisions which will change his life completely. That change will include his agreeing, eventually and reluctantly, to work for his new home, America. Unfortunately for him, his former home, Russia, has not forgotten about him and how useful he can be, either, so they, too, will come to call for help.

When Laura Newman, the woman who would soon become the most important person in Kirov's life, first sees him, she sees a man "standing at least an inch over six feet, he had a muscular build, slate-gray eyes, and dense jet-black hair cut short. His angular face sprouted several days' worth of black stubble. She guessed his age around her own - early thirties [she was close, he was 29]".

Kirov shows over and over just how resilient and resourceful he can be. Considering the things both Russia and America want him to do, he needs to be.


Number of Books:40
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

1 The Good Spy The Good Spy
Written by Jeffrey Layton
Copyright: 2016

A Russian naval submarine on a top-secret mission is marooned in American waters near the US-Canadian border. Yuri Kirov is the experienced security officer responsible for the success of his assignment. In order to save his men and his mission he must undertake a perilous underwater escape, make it to shore, and convince a total stranger, software engineer Laura Newman, to help him stop a war.
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2 The Forever Spy The Forever Spy
Written by Jeffrey Layton
Copyright: 2017

Beneath the ice of the Arctic, a massive oil spill is about to cause unimaginable harm to the planet. Yuri Kirov is the best man to help resolve the situation and he is blackmailed into taking part at the risk to his new family. This will mean taking a crew into the extreme icy waters to repair the situation even as someone powerful is doing everything to force a war between the US and Russia.
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3 The Faithful Spy The Faithful Spy
Written by Jeffrey Layton
Copyright: 2018

Yuri Kirov thought he was living in hiding in the US with his new family but his former employer, the Russian Navy, has found him and ordered him to perform one final mission for them. He must sneak into a Chinese naval base and plant spy paraphernalia on that country's newest nuclear submarine. Reluctantly he agrees but soon discovers there is another purpose behind his mission.
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4 The Vigilant Spy The Vigilant Spy
Written by Jeffrey Layton
Copyright: 2020

Since he was granted asylum in the US, Yuri Kirov thought he would have a peaceful life ahead of him and his family. Then the CIA comes with a request for help on a mission - travel with other operative to Hainan Island in China to learn what they can about China's newest weapon system called SERPENT. No mission ever goes easy. Easy is not in this one's vocabulary.
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The item that, to me, stands out the most and which is the factor I enjoyed and will remember of this series is the humanity that Kirov displays. At the beginning of the series when he is pretty much forced to take hostage Laura Newman, he never once approached the situation as anything other than a decent man forced into his actions.

And that decency stays a major part of him throughout his adventures. As a result, it is why I liked Yuri Kirov from the beginning - not because he was a dynamic action hero, though he does achieve some impressive goals now and then, but because he is so real and so decent.


My Grade: B+

Your Average Grade:   B


dbuhler B 2020-11-08

It has been a challenge and a bit of a struggle to get through the first two books of the series and I doubt I will read more. Yuri is ordinary in almost every sense, certainly not an action hero. He is a decent enough guy surrounded by helpful friends and family, but simply not very interesting. The scenarios are hard to believe, with USA, Russian, and Chinese boats and subs playing havoc off the coast of Alaska and Canada. The most interesting character is a Russian agent, Elena, but since Yuri is happily married, nothing comes of that, either.

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