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Full Name: Arch Patton
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: James Strauss
Time Span: 2016 - 2017


Arch Patton is an agent of the CIA.

Patton says in the first recorded adventure that he is 60 years of age. He is rather pleased to acknowledge that he did not look anywhere near that age but he was, nevertheless, just days from reaching the mark.

He also indicates that he is no longer with the Agency, stating:

"He'd retired ten years ago before coming to be lying alone in the mud. Retired from being a field operations specialist. A real spy. A spy who had to get in and get out with almost no help, and accomplish missions which were too bizarre to be written into movie or television scripts. Spying wasn't a believable occupation. Not in the culture of modern America. So he portrayed himself as a retired professor, which he resembled much more than the public's idea of a spy."

He adds, sadly, that "he had nothing to show for his work. A small retirement from the Agency. A family, strewn across the landscape of his life, broken and dysfunctional." And, "Arch was left with no real life, and he knew it."

Which is a tad hard to understand considering that when it is determined he is needed again, the Agency assures a Senator that Patton is the very best man for the job, "experienced, resourceful, trained in multiple martial arts and weaponry". Of course it might have something to do with his having less than nice things to say about them. Who knows.

Nevertheless, as down as Patton makes his life after retirement sound, he will hook up with an old flame and will find himself back in the action, whether he wanted it or not.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2017

1 Down In The Valley Down In The Valley
Written by James Strauss
Copyright: 2016

Retired agent Arch Patton finds himself working with the woman he secretly loved, Virginia, and a group of Hawaiian Natives, member of the Sovereignty Movement, all trying to prevent the islands from becoming contaminated by nuclear waste.
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2 The Bering Sea The Bering Sea
Written by James Strauss
Copyright: 2017

Arch Patton is given the very difficult and sensitive mission of rescuing the son of a very powerful US Senator. The man is held on an island called Little Diomede, just over two miles from Russia's Big Diomede Island. The trickiness also includes the fact that the young man is a drug dealer and the Senator not much better.
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3 It Was 1993 It Was 1993
Written by James Strauss
Copyright: 2017

"Arch Patton finds himself fired from the CIA in 1993 and is looking forward to a peaceful respite and write his first novel. Finding a PROMIS file shatters those plans and life becomes embroiled in cloak and dagger with a bunch of ‘misfits’."
Note: this story is available online at the author's website at It Was 1993.


Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Arch Patton, Thunder Marine Arch Patton, Thunder Marine
Written by James Strauss
Copyright: 2017

"Arch Patton, the slightly aging CIA operative, finds himself assigned to the Caribbean after being on a six months forced vacation. Arch was sent home for ‘Post-Traumatic Stress’ counseling and a ‘sabbatical’ after a slight mishap in a Blackhawk helicopter. The action takes place between the Florida Keys and the Caribbean Islands. It deals with Big Boats, Booze, Drugs and the DEA."
Note: this story is available online at the author's website at Arch Patton Thunder Marine


The stories in this series are entertaining. They were, for me at least, a bit confusing in parts because I could not make out at times whether certain characters were good guys or bad guys. That could be, of course, because the main character, Arch Patton, also had such trouble. Other than that quibble, the writing was pretty good and as someone who is on the other side of the 60 years of age that Patton is, I found following a sexagenarian to be a terrific change of pace from those much younger, spryer fellows. Admittedly, Patton at his 60 was in far better shape than I was, so a bit jealous here.


My Grade: B


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