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Full Name: Bai Hsu
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Erika Mitchell
Time Span: 2015 - 2017


Bai Hsu is an agent with the CIA.

When we first meet him, he is going by the alias of Alan Broccoli, which Hsu puts down as the result of letting "juvenile case officers pick their own aliases for low-priority missions". In this case, the case officer is Hsu so he only has himself to blame for the Anglo-Italian name being used by a Chinese-American. Then again, Hsu tells us in the same paragraph that Bai Hsu itself is a name he was given by the CIA. "When you swear your oaths to God and country, the CIA does away with the name your parents gave you and gives you a new one." What his real name is remains a secret to me so far.

Hsu has been working for Langley for six years when we first pick up on his activities. "When I joined the CIA six years ago, I thought I'd be stationed overseas, chatting up diplomats at swanky parties and trawling for agents in seedy clubs." Instead the mission we join him on is monitoring things at an exclusive, high security high school located in San Diego but officially and legally considered Swiss property attached to its Embassy.

Prior to becoming an operative with the Agency, Hsu earned a law degree at Stanford. At least that is what he tells us but in the same breath, he boasts about being very good at obfuscating.

Hsu is proud of keeping himself in excellent physical shape and in holding a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also tells us that he has "picked up Muay Thai and Krav Maga after joining the Agency". He also jokes that he "bore a passing resemblance to James Bond ... assuming, of course, that James Bond was tall and Chinese".

Good Line:
- "Lying through my teeth is an integral part of being a counterintelligence officer. Not to brag, but I'm pretty good at it."
- Forced to shoot someone he has been trying to capture, Hsu muses, "I'd rather have a dead suspect than be dead myself."
- "A stranger is a potential enemy until proven otherwise."


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2017

1 Bai Tide Bai Tide
Written by Erika Mitchell
Copyright: 2015

The assignment was expected to be an easy one - work at a high-security private school monitoring for any suspicious activity. And it was for several months. Then an agent tied to North Korea tried to break in during a school event and Bai Hsu mission suddenly gets very dangerous and will take him eventually to Pyongyang during a blizzard.
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2 Take The Bai Road Take The Bai Road
Written by Erika Mitchell
Copyright: 2017

Stuck at headquarters in Langley after the trouble of his previous mission, Bai Hsu is bored and worried he will never get another assignment. Be careful what you wish for. He is told to investigate a secret organization called the Ghost Cartel. To do this he decides to infiltrate it but that will put him in the middle of a constant war between rival Mexican gangs as well as the target group with its tentacles inside the U.S. government.
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I enjoyed both of these adventures because they were a) well written, b) had interesting plots, and c) Bai Hsu.

He is a pretty entertaining fellow to follow. Perhaps less so to his superiors who seem to have trouble finding anything remotely like a sense of humor and since he has such a droll dry one, many of the things he says either bounce off them or are received in a less-than-pleased manner.

I have no idea why the author did not create any more of this series as Bai is pretty interesting. Perhaps she will some day.


My Grade: B+


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