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Full Name: Andrew Keeton
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Stephen Langford
Time Span: 2017 - 2019


Andrew Keeton, is an agent of the CIA.

More specifically, Keeton is a part of Department 229, a small group of highly trained operatives tasked with rescuing civilians, i.e., those not actually in the espionage world, who have found themselves in danger from the Iron Curtain.

The year is 1964. Communism is a constant and growing threat with easily a third of Europe and most of Asia under the control of either the Soviet Union or Red China. Forays into South America and Africa are happening all the time. The need to pull key person out from under those totalitarian regimes seems never ending. Hence the need for a specialty group like 229. In keeping with the concept of coming to the rescue, this cadre of highly dedicated men and women have been given the nickname of 'the Cavalry'.

Keeton is one of those few. His codename within the organization is Orange. We learn early on that he is the "Cavalry's most tenured field agent, and he has the saves and the scars to prove it." He has learned the hard way that violence is a part of his profession and he had to become good at it early or succumb to it. He does not like taking a life but he knows it is often unavoidable. When early on a person he was rescuing comments, "I suspect you don't kill indiscriminately", Keeton responds, "No, but it's not always in self-defense, either." Rather chilling and telling.

But violent activity is not really where Keeton shone. "What made Keeton so good at being a spy and had kept him alive all these years was his ability to study the minutiae of human behavior: the trembles and tics of the muscles, the involuntary dilation of the pupils, the movement of the eyes, the inflection of an answer. It all added up to motive and intent, good or bad." Being able to read others, either those being helped or those causing the trouble, has kept Keeton alive in numerous very scary situations.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2018

1 Agent Orange Agent Orange
Written by Stephen Langford
Copyright: 2017

The year is 1964. Andrew Keeton, codenamed Orange, is given the dangerous assignment to extract a captured fellow agent from an East German interrogation site before the man breaks and reveals what his mission was, which had been to himself rescue a dissident Russian poet hiding from the KGB.
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2 The Schoolboy The Schoolboy
Written by Stephen Langford
Copyright: 2017

The year is 1965. The Schoolboy is the codename given a Polish bishop who has defied the communist anti-religion rules and is posed to present an image of hope for his countrymen, if Andrew Keeton, Agent Orange, can keep him alive.
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3 Jetsetter Jetsetter
Written by Stephen Langford
Copyright: 2018

The year is 1966. Agent Orange, Andrew Keeton, is given the assignment of tracking down a world famous adventurer named Chase Hawkins who has been traveling throughout the Iron Curtain nations. What makes him so important is he is a "human recording device" and what he has seen and heard he remembers. Unfortunately, the KGB is very suspicious.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Jungle Of Death The Jungle Of Death
short story
Written by Stephen Langford
Copyright: 2019

Taking place between the adventures described in Agent Orange and The Schoolboy
Describes Andrew Keeton on his first mission into the steamy region of South Vietnam in 1965. Keeton is worn out and still bitter about how the previous job went down. Now he sent into expanding war effort in Southeast Asia to learn more about Soviet agents embedded in the intelligence circles of the West in that area.


If you are interested, and I often am, in jumping back in time, in this case 50 years, for some "kick-a-Commie's-butt" action, this is a fun series to check out. Fun as in full of action and adventure but with a hint of humor as well. The main character, Andrew Keeton, loves the excitement and he definitely gets a lot of it. As we see in the third adventure, he even takes time to find a good deal of trouble while on vacation back home.

The writing is easy and fast-paced. The author does not bog the story down with lengthy descriptions, giving us just enough to set the scene and let us fill in the rest.


My Grade: B


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