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SCOTT HUNTER

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Full Name: Scott Hunter
Nationality: British
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Mathematician

Creator: Duncan Swindells
Time Span: 2019 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

     Scott Hunter is an unemployed code-breaker.
     Unemployed because having graduated from university with a 2-1 in Mathematics, Hunter had discovered much to his dismay and even more so for his girlfriend and roommate, Amy, there was not a huge demand for math grads in the work force.
     The code-breaker part comes from a fascination (Amy would likely call it an obsession and she would be closer to the truth) with cracking any type of code. We are told early on in our introduction to Hunter that his love of the history of code breaking had taken him from the year days of Babbage and Kasiski up through time to the work at Bletchly Park and Hunter's latest avocation - breaking the Enigma codes.
     Apparently there were still large numbers of unbroken coded messages left over from the end of the Second World War and Hunter was enjoying the painstaking work of cracking these, even as he supposedly was searching in earnest for a real job. He had even go so far as become a member of an ad-hoc group that called itself Enigma and whose members routinely exchanged emails about this activity.
     This fascination with and impressive skills at breaking these codes will change the life of Scott Hunter in ways he never expected while ending the lives of some people very close to him. This will be caused by the interest into Hunter's activity by one person, a man going by the almost foreboding name of Lazarus.
     Scott Hunter is not a trained agent; he is a normal person with a gift for code-breaking. Unfortunately, he will wish he either was trained or did not have that gift.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2020

1 Birth Of A Spy Birth Of A Spy
Written by Duncan Swindells
Copyright: 2019

Scott Hunter is out of work. In his free time, of which he has a lot, he breaks Enigma codes from WWII. Receiving a fresh one on his doorstep, Hunter has no inkling that cracking this one will change his life forever as he uncovers something that has been hidden for many decades.
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2 Absent Friends Absent Friends
Written by Duncan Swindells
Copyright: 2020

Scott Hunter is heading to Hong Kong to locate an American newsman and then to find a traitor that is said to be long dead but who might still be around.
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MY COMMENTS

     Back in my Navy days working at and for the NSA, I had visions of becoming a code-breaker. For a few days. Then I discovered how much math was really required to tackle the modern, computer generated systems and that rightly put an end to that dream.
     I never had the skillset or the stick-to-it-ness of Scott Hunter but it was fun for a brief time while reading these adventures to imagine that I could have done what he did. The author certainly did a good job of making me believe it without getting too into the minutia.
     Still, considering the exciting and way too scary things that happen to Hunter as a result of his skills, I am quite content to just read about them. Hopefully there will be more adventures to come.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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