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Full Name: Stephen Connor
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Connick
Time Span: 2016 - 2017


Stephen Connor is an agent with the CIA.

He will be.

Before that he is a computer tech for the CIA. This is in the wee early days of computers in the Intelligence community. He is a techie, not an agent at all though he has somewhat grandiose plans which, oddly, will come true.

Before that he is a computer tech for the NSA. NSA was the main front-runner in the field of integrating computers into intelligence gathering and analysis and was constantly taking technology from all over the spectrum and finding ways to meld it into use by them.

Before that he was a college student at San Francisco State with his graduation coming up and knowing that Vietnam was a very likely graduation present heading his way and wondering what his options were. That is when he is approached to become part of that Intelligence community.

The recorded adventures about Connor deal with three distinct period in his life.

The first goes over all that I mentioned above; how he went from college to the NSA to the CIA as a computer nerd and then to being an actual field agent, a span of time from 1968 to 1982. The second and third will deal with periods after shorter periods after that.

During those periods we will follow Connor as he transitions from being what he considers the antithesis of an athlete, "I could not accurately throw, hit, or catch any type of ball." to becoming a fitness enthusiast. He moves from being a person who would cross a street a block before any chance of a 'situation' to being someone who eagerly learned and practiced krav maga. And he will slowly evolve from being the type of guy we would now refer to as "the guy in the van" to being the guy going into the dark alley for a dangerous meeting.

It's an interesting road he takes.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2017

1 Trapped In A Hall Of Mirrors Trapped In A Hall Of Mirrors
Written by Michael Connick
Copyright: 2016

This book moves from the late 60's through the 70's as it describes how a "naive ... nerd" working for the NSA gets transferred to the CIA and then manages to "accidentally" make the KGB very angry with him, make an East German "seductress" get interested in him, and make a KGB mole in Austrian intelligence want very much to kill him.
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2 Funhouse Mirrors Funhouse Mirrors
Written by Michael Connick
Copyright: 2016

The year is 1982. Stephen Connor is pleased to be working as a CIA operative stationed in beautiful Vienna. That is where a Soviet defector tells him a horrible secret that could being the US and USSR into a nuclear war.
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3 Afghan Mirrors Afghan Mirrors
Written by Michael Connick
Copyright: 2017

As the Soviet-Afghan war rages on, Stephen Connor is continuing his career with the CIA. He is excited to have fallen in love with, and been loved by, a beautiful woman named Jo. He has also made a terrible enemy inside the CIA who is determined to destroy him.
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I had a lot to empathize with this character and, according to the bio, the author. I worked at the NSA during the early 70s as a linguist. I later between quite good as a computer programmer and intelligence data analyst. I sometimes daydreamed about being the kind of espionage operatives I read about in books. Luckily that is where the similarity ends.

Reality check! Nobody tried to kill me (well, that I knew of). I like it like that.

These are solid, enjoyable books. I strongly recommend them to anyone who enjoys really good writing combined with really good storytelling about a really good character. I guess you can see I liked them!


My Grade: A-


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