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Full Name: Steve Graves
Series Name: Covert Ops: Gemini
Nationality: American
Organization: Covert Ops: Gemini
Occupation Agency

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 2014 - 2020


Covert Ops: Genesis is an autonomous department in the CIA.

Exactly how long the group has existed is not known but the first recorded adventure featuring the members of the team takes place in 1957 and for it to operate as it does in that mission shows that the groundwork had been lain quite a few years before which would have it not long after the formation of the Agency itself.

The premise is simple. A number of people from various walks of life, people firmly established in their particular area of expertise, have been recruited by the organization and then, probably after a short indoctrination, were told to go home and resume their normal lives. They would have no more to do with the CIA or Covert Ops until they were contacted and given the codename "Genesis". When so called upon, they would be instructed where to go and they had to do so immediately because invariably a situation existed where they were needed.

Exactly who would be chosen to take part in any particular mission and the planning and execution of that mission was left to the decision of one man, Steven Graves. Graves is described as 6'1" tall with "an athletic build, black hair, strong jaw, and rugged looks Steven Graves cast quite a formidable shadow". The fact that he was solely in charge reveals a great deal about both the man himself and the respect and trust his superiors place in him. It also shows that he and his people are deemed totally expendable should something go amiss. Neither Graves nor his civilian personnel have any official ties to or connection with the Agency.

Indeed, Graves never goes to Company headquarters. He receives his instructions and the details for the next mission in various ways, usually in the form of a tape recording, the voice on which is that belonging to a man we know only as Officer James, who supposedly starts each mission brief with "Good evening, Mr. Graves. Codename: Casanova."

One other interesting fact about this group and its leader is the fact that the first mission we know about happened in 1957 and the last one was on or after 1995. That is quite some longevity.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2020

1 Covert Ops: Gemini Covert Ops: Gemini
Written by Assorted
Copyright: 2014

A collection of three novellas:
The Havana Protocol by J. Walt Layne
Romanoff and Juliet by Tim Lasiuta
"Tear Down This Wall" by Wesley Smith
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2 Horror At Home Horror At Home
Written by Assorted
Copyright: 2020

A collection of six adventures:
Bridge Over Troubled Water by James Hopwood
The Dallas Incident by Steve Lewis
Shakedown 1979 by Shane McInnis
Tide Falling by Marie Beaud
Suicide Run by Mike Hintze
Swarm of Death by Ellen Thomasson
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Number of Stories:9
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2020

1 The Havana Protocol The Havana Protocol
Written by J. Walt Layne
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1955.
Steven Graves and his Covert Ops: Gemini team head to Cuba to infiltrate a Soviet lab to obtain a new antigen and its dispersion device.
Published in the collection Covert Ops: Gemini
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2 Romanoff and Juliet Romanoff and Juliet
Written by Tim Lasiuta
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1957.
Codename Stonemason, Jonesy was a comicbook artist until he gets his call for a mission. He is to go to Times Square to stop an assassination there of the visiting Prime Minister of Canada.
Published in the collection Covert Ops: Gemini
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3 "Tear Down This Wall"
Written by Wesley, Smith
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1989.
A very nasty crime boss nicknamed the Hungarian has his hands on a large number of canisters filled with very nasty VXP gas. The Covert Ops: Gemini team must get them from him before he can release it in East Berlin and blame West Germany for it.
Published in the collection Covert Ops: Gemini
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4 Bridge Over Troubled Water Bridge Over Troubled Water
Written by James Hopwood
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1971.
A known black markets arms dealer is coming to California. The Covert Ops: Genesis team is ordered to find whatever munitions he is sneaking into the country as well as find out who the intended purchaser is.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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5 The Dallas Incident The Dallas Incident
Written by Steve Lewis
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1995.
Eight years before, the US Navy submarine Dallas disappeared. The Navy thought it lost at sea though no wreckage was ever found. Now a team of operatives in Somalia have uncovered material with the same radiation signature of the Dallas's reactor. Bombs were made from that material. Covert Ops: Genesis must find those bombs before they can destroy a half dozen US cities.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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6 Shakedown 1979 Shakedown 1979
Written by Shane McInnis
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1979.
The mission the Covert Ops: Genesis team had been on went very badly and not only was the objective unmet, the team was in great danger. Wounded himself, Steven Graves must quickly put together a new team to save the old and get the job done.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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7 Tide Falling Tide Falling
Written by Marie Beaud
Copyright: 2020

The year is in the late 1980's.
Anna Broussard was codename Tide. She had been an agent called before and she had done well enough to be called back but not without admonitions, for which she referred to Steven Graves as Officer Killer of all Fun. This time it is to take on several crime bosses at once.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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8 Suicide Run Suicide Run
Written by Mike Hintze
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1990.
John Lawton was codename Rubicon. He was a killer many times over and when he was called, there was killing to be done. A desperate Steven Graves calls upon him now because the situation is dire and some very nasty Chechen need removal.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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9 Swarm of Death Swarm of Death
Written by Ellen Thomasson
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1968.
The mission sounded simple enough but things seldom are. A Nazi war criminal was sighted living in a small town in New Jersey and he may be working to create something very nasty, therefore the need to have him vetted and snatched quietly.
Published in the collection Horror At Home
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I for a short time considered entering these two collections of stories as Pastiches in the Mission Impossible entry for there is no doubt that is what they are but then decided the quality of the tales, and they are quite good, makes them deserve their own entry.

Make no mistake. These are homages to the IMF team in every way, just like Solar Pons was Sherlock Holmes in all but name.

But they are fun. And the terrific naming of the team leader as Steven Graves is genius. The first IMF leader was Dan Briggs, wonderfully played by actor Steven Hill. The second leader was Jim Phelps, portrayed by Peter Graves. Having Covert Ops: Genesis led by a Dan Phelps or a Jim Briggs would not have been as clever as Steven Graves. Well done, whoever did it.

I do not know who gets credit for the creation of this series. I hope someone will tell me so I can remove this paragraph.


My Grade: B+


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