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Full Name: Richard Prince
Codename: Agent Laertes
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Alex Gerlis
Time Span: 2020 - 2021


Richard Prince is a police detective.

He is a Detective Superintendent with the Lincolnshire police department. He has obviously been with the department for some time to have risen to the rank that he has and to earn the respect and reputation that he enjoys.

Two years before we first encounter him, Prince lost his wife and 8-year-old daughter were killed in a motor accident, being hit by an army lorry. He was left with his now 3-year old son, Harry, who had not gone on the outing due to a cold. As a result, Prince molds his police work around being the best father he can and spending as much time as he can with the boy, letting work often take second place.

The year of our introduction to Prince is 1942 and England is, of course, very much in the war with Germany. Because Prince had a critical job with the police, he was needed more at home than on the war effort but as we will see in the adventures told of him, his expertise as a detective will prove invaluable in the hunt for both spies infiltrating his country and as an agent in foreign lands.

In the first meeting of Prince we are told by the Chief Constable in the area where Prince was stationed that "Richard Price was the best detective on his force - indeed, by far the best one he had ever worked with".  Prince was said to be "notably younger than .. expected, probably no more than his mid-thirties". He possessed "matinee idol looks" as well as "a presence about him, and a purposeful stare" though "with a very slight air of superiority about him".

It will be shortly into the first recorded adventure, after Prince is pulled from his normal police detective work to assist in the hunt for a German spy and the British traitor working with him, that Prince is asked to take his talents overseas on behalf of MI6, "on secondment, I think you'd call it".

Prince will find that he is as good as an undercover operative in foreign lands as he is as a detective back home.

Playing a major role in Prince's life from their meeting in that first adventure through the rest of the adventures is Hanne Jakobsen, a Danish police officer who will come to work with Prince and then soon become far more important to him, both professionally and personally. 


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2021

1 Prince of Spies Prince of Spies
Written by Alex Gerlis
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1942. Catching a German spy who has come ashore in a deserted part of Britain, police detective Richard Prince is noticed by MI6 who has a use for such a capable man. There are rumors being told of a new weapon being created by the Germans and they need someone to head to Copenhagen to start looking for evidence. Prince is their man.
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2 Sea of Spies Sea of Spies
Written by Alex Gerlis
Copyright: 2020

The reports are coming in of Turkey, supposedly neutral in the War, supplying much needed materials to Germany. MI6 sends an agent to that country to learn more but he soon disappears. Detective turned spy Richard Prince is sent there to use his investigative skills to find what the man learned and what happened to him. Prince would rather spend his time looking for missing son.
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3 Ring of Spies Ring of Spies
Written by Alex Gerlis
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1944. A group of British paratroopers are routed on a mission into Germany and one of the survivors, a shell-shocked officer, is certain that they were expected, showing that there was someone back at Headquarters in Britain that was a traitor. Detective-spy Richard Prince is asked by MI5 to help investigate.
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4 End of Spies End of Spies
Written by Alex Gerlis
Copyright: 2021

The year is 1945. The War is over. "Richard Prince and the Danish spy Hanne Jakobsen come together for a vital mission: to find a Nazi war criminal responsible for the murder of fellow British agents. The hunt takes them on a perilous journey through Europe, a continent living on its nerves in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. They unearth a secret Nazi escape line funded by British traitors – and it’s one which could lead them to Hitler’s trusted deputy, Martin Bormann."
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My goodness, what a terrific series this is. The writing is so smooth and flowing that the pages fly by with tremendous ease.

Both Prince and Jakobsen are wonderfully interesting characters and each are quite capable of being the star of the series. Prince is, of course, the main one, but Jakobsen could easily have taken the spotlight and does often in a couple of the stories.

The title of the last adventure (4th as of this writing) indicates that it is the End but the author left open the possibility that some day in the future either or both could be enticed back into the fold. That would not be a bad thing.


My Grade: A+


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