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Full Name: Quint Cord
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Betty J. Vaughn
Time Span: 2017 - 2020


John Quinton 'Quint' Cord is an agent with the CIA.

Not a traditional field agent in the normal sense, though his vocation does put him out into the field on occasion.

Cord was a code breaker and an exceptional one at that. His skills at it were so impressive because he not only had incredible talent at it but also because he loved it more than anything else.

"Code was his friend...had been the only one for a long time.  He couldn't afford friends in his business.  Friendships require intimacy and he was in no position to offer it.  As an expert at encryption and an international spy, he kept to himself to avoid emotional entanglements that could cloud his judgment.  Lapses in judgment were a quick method for finding oneself in a starring role in the cemetery."

"He was 32 years old and at times he tired of living in the shadows of the night like some non-existent entity.  He was wealthy enough that he never needed to work, thanks to very generous trusts established for him in infancy.  He worked because it amused him.  He had become enmeshed in government intrigue because of his reputation for cracking the toughest of codes and writing even tougher ones.  He relished that reputation.  He had earned it by cracking a code that led to the foiling of a Taliban attack on the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.  The head of CIA was impressed enough to hire him on contract and had used him several times for code breaking.  Soon he was sent on location to various European cities.  His language skills and ability to blend in allowed him to get closer to the source of some of the codes that were of increasing concern to the CIA, especially after the rise of more militant factions in the Muslim brotherhood.  On those assignments, he was essentially operating as a spy with very specific goals."

"He wasn't handsome.  He wasn't ugly.  Not tall, nor short, not fat, nor skinny.  He decided the best description was non-descript." This would be a benefit for him out in the field because plain people do not get noticed and they do not get remembered. While his plainness did not help in the romance department, it did aid in keeping him unnoticed and thus still alive.

We learn an intriguing aspect of Cord immediately in the first recorded adventure. "Quinton had an aversion to touching raw flesh.  Under the counter [in his kitchen] were two new boxes of latex gloves as he had a horror of running out.  He didn't even want to think about the reasons".

His quirks, and he has more than one, are interesting to monitor and border on the edge of paranoia and obsession, occasionally crossing the line, but though they make his life more difficult, they also save his life more than once.

Life will change quite a bit, and for the better, when in that first adventure he is pushed to renew a relationship with Lila Carson. She "was as beautiful and smart as they come.  And [an] expert in computer coding". She will play a major role in his missions and in his life.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2020

1 Tiger's Code Tiger's Code
Written by Betty J. Vaughn
Copyright: 2017

A very powerful and extremely ambitious political leader has decided to join with a Saudi prince in a scheme to forcibly take over the US presidency and then greatly weaken the West. Quint Cord's discovery of the plot puts him in grave danger.
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2 Dragon's Sword Dragon's Sword
Written by Betty J. Vaughn
Copyright: 2019

An extremely gifted hacker has come up with a plan to use a GPS satellite virus he developed to take control of all transportation around the globe and thus control of governments. When Lila, Quint Cord's fiancee, gets on his trail, she becomes a target and Cord turns to the CIA again for help.
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3 Lyon's Claw Lyon's Claw
Written by Betty J. Vaughn
Copyright: 2020

While on their honeymoon in the South of France, Quint and Lila Cord are the targets of a man named Lyon Owens who wants to use Lila's skills with computers to drain the financial resources of a powerful US Senator. This puts Owens as well as the Cords in the sites of a very angry politician with even bigger goals.
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Back in the day I loved trying to break codes. I can't say I was ever very good at it, certainly not even in the same ballpark (or county) as Quint Cord, but I did enjoy trying. Which is why I was intrigued by this series from the beginning.

I also have, as most of us do, my share of quirks and oddities but once again, I am nowhere near Cord in that regards. The man can be more than a bit odd.

But he does some three interesting adventures for us to enjoy and enjoy them I did. Enough so that if the author were to give us some more, count on me to snatch them up.


My Grade: B+


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