Full Name: Steve Case
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Phillip Strang
Time Span: 2015 - 2015


       Steve Case is an agent with the CIA.
       On our first encounter with Case, indeed the first page, second chapter, we are given a useful chunk of information that helps us quickly get an idea of the gravitas that the man brings to his adventures: "Steve Case, from Rock Hill in South Carolina, was tall, well over six feet, in his late thirties, ex-U.S. Special Forces and employed as a civilian communication engineer in the country [Afghanistan]. Chairing the hastily convened meeting, there was a report to prepare. He had a secondary and more discreet position as a CIA operative."
       This series is really in two parts with the first book taking place at one point in Case's life and the next two likely occurring possibly as much as a decade later. For that reason I recommend reading them in order.
       The Case who is the CIA agent while undercover in Afghanistan will evolve into Steve Case, head of Counter-Insurgencies, a private company whose main line of work is helping companies keep their people safe while traveling in very unsafe locales and, more importantly, in finding way to get those people out when things go wrong as they often did.
       The earlier Case has a girl friend named Megan from Australia whom he meets while serving in Afghanistan. The later Case has a much loved wife of several years named Megan which shows that after leaving the Agency, Case not only created a company, he started a family. There is no indication of children, however.
       Whichever Case we follow, though, the calmness and the intelligence with which the man goes about his business is impressive. He is not without his emotional side, naturally, but he is a fellow who thinks first and then acts.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

       Sometimes it is a little tricky to come up with the order of presentation for adventures. This is one of those.
       BookSeriesInOrder has The Haberman Virus, Hostage of Islam and A War Begun For No Fine Purpose.
       His own website has it Hostage of Islam, The Haberman Virus, Prelude To War (aka A War Begun For No Fine Purpose).
       I have it A War Begun For No Fine Purpose, Hostage of Islam, The Haberman Virus. I disagree with the other two sources (one of whom is the author who knows better than I) because major activity in AWBFNFP is mentioned in HOI and a major character is working for Case in HOI and talks of being a former employee in THV.
       However .... It might be best to listen to the author. I mean, he wrote them!


       This series enjoys solid writing and plotting and a couple of characters that make each scene they are in fun just for their presence. Steve Case is one largely because of his solid-ness even when things go badly as they do more than once. Yinny is the other because she is such an enjoyable character. She deserves an adventure or two all on her own and could easily carry it off. In my opinion, she steals the scene whenever she enters it, upstaging even Case.
       Because it has been a few years since we got the three adventures we do have, it is not likely to be any more, though. That is a shame for us spy-fans but probably not for detective fans since he has been busy with his DI Tremayne.


My Grade: B+


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