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BURT KENNEDY

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Full Name: Burt Kennedy
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1940 - 1940

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Burt Kennedy is an agent with the British Secret Service.
       The time period of the activities of this operative is during the Second World War although exactly when is not known. Also not totally determined is whether the organization that Kennedy belongs to is a civilian-run one or actually part of military intelligence. It is likely the former but his ability to call up on the latter for assistance is noteworthy.
       Kennedy is described more than once as a "young man" though how young he is is not known. He cannot be really young because it is shown by the narrator as well as the reaction of a deep-cover German spy who encounters him that his name is already well known to the opposition, enough to have "struck terror to [the man's] very soul" when Kennedy identifies himself (that and the fact that at the time Kennedy is seated at the man's dining table with two handguns pointing at him).
       Kennedy is referred to as "Great Britain's master-spy, the one man above all others the Nazi regime wished to see dead". He likely earned this distinction through a series of successes aided by his mastery of disguise. He is shown to have the skill to assume the identities of other people, such as a captured German agent, going so far as to use makeup and prosthetics to look like the real person. With this impressive ability we have to assume that he is a native German speaker as well.
       In addition to his makeup skills and his demonstrated strong intellect, Kennedy enjoys very quick reflexes and lighting reactions times coupled with superb agility making him a force to be reckoned with in a fight. And based on his reaction to the likelihood of such encounters, he relishes them.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:1940
Last Appearance:1940

       The weekly publication The Triumph was a British magazine for boys which ran from October, 1924 until May, 1940. It was a well respected vehicle for an assortment of titles running from one-shot adventures, short tales of a series with an issue holding a complete adventure, and longer tales told in serial form over numerous issues.
       These stories about Burt Kennedy are apparently in the middle style where each of the four issues in which he appeared held a complete story.

1 Within the Nazi's Web Within the Nazi's Web
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1940

Appeared in The Triumph #796, Jan 20, 1940
Knowing that German submarines were constantly operating in the waters around Great Britain, it is feared that there was actually a resupply base in the UK. It falls to Burt Kennedy to track down the truth and if so, to find where the base is.
Click here to read the story.

2 The Invasion That Failed The Invasion That Failed
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1940

Appeared in The Triumph #803, Mar 9, 1940
[plot unknown]

3 The Mystery of the Marked Foreheads The Mystery of the Marked Foreheads
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1940

Appeared in The Triumph #804, Mar 16, 1940
[plot unknown]

4 Bearing the Nazis in the Siegfried Line Bearing the Nazis in the Siegfried Line
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1940

Appeared in The Triumph #805, Mar 23, 1940
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       These comments are written with only one quarter of the available stories actually read by me so take what I say with that in mind. 
       The adventures of Burt Kennedy are fairly tame fare because of the audience to whom they are addressed and the times they were written but even with that in mind, Kennedy is quite capable of inflicting damage to the bad guys as needed. He was operating during a major War against some pretty nasty opponents so that is to be expected.
       The stories are decently crafted and reasonably interesting. Kennedy is never more than he was designed to be - a young male secret agent having adventures designed for teenage boys - sans any mention of the opposite sex, of course.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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