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Full Name: Andy Karan
Nationality: Indian
Organization: The List
Occupation Agent

Creator: Kulpreet Yadav
Time Span: 2014 - 2015


Andy Karan is an agent with The List.

When we first meet him, Karan is a reporter gainfully employed by the New Delhi Today magazine. 30 years old at the time, Karan has worked there happily and successfully for three years, coming there after he had left his previous occupation serving in the Indian army for five years.

It was actually when he was leaving the military that he, when conducting his exit interview, was asked if he "wanted to work for the country if it was threatened by national emergencies. He said yes and was immediately asked to fill out a form and take an oath of secrecy. He had never thought much about it until last year, when they had tested his alertness and suitability".

"Andy had never told anyone at [work], not even Monica [his boss], about his agreement with Army Intelligence. The truth was he himself wasn't sure about his role. He was also under oath not to speak of it. So there was no guilt. In any case, his employment status was only when needed. And this was only the second time he had been approached like this for a meeting. The first one, a year ago, had turned out to be a practice run."

What he was told when approached was, "You will be tasked when necessary. Only when our national security is compromised and we are not convinced the police and other peacetime intelligence agencies are capable of tackling the situation on their own". He would learn that there were others in the group but as it was a secret organization, each operative tended to work independently and were called upon only when truly needed. The unofficial department was known as The List and counting Karan, numbered around two dozen agents, each an ex-army officer like him.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2015

1 The Girl Who Loved A Spy The Girl Who Loved A Spy
aka Catching the Departed
Written by Kulpreet Yadav
Copyright: 2014

In his cover as a reporter for the New Delhi Today magazine, Andy Karan is asked to look into the murder of a lawyer. As he delves deeper into the facts he starts to see a link between the killing and the type of people he goes after with The List.
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2 The Girl Who Loved A Pirate The Girl Who Loved A Pirate
Written by Kulpreet Yadav
Copyright: 2015

Andy Karan is determined to find out who murdered one of his associates. To accomplish that he needs the help of a major criminal called the 'Pirate of the World'. He knows how to get the assistance of the man but trusting him is a different matter.
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I was very much not disappointed in this series. I enjoyed it a lot.

I was disappointed that there was no more books in this series other than the two that exist.

This was an enjoyable series about an Indian operative and for such a huge country with a whole lot of people, it is surprising we do not have more such series. 

Now, I grant you that the whole "different language" thing plays a part. I would not be surprised to learn there are oodles of spy series published in Hindi. But there are translators out there! I would love to learn more about that fascinating place via a genre I adore.


My Grade: B+


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