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Full Name: Dragan Kelly
Nationality: British
Organization: MI5
Occupation Agent

Creator: Peter Alderson Sharp
Time Span: 2021 - 2021


Dragan 'Dan' Kelly is an agent with MI5.

When we first meet him, he is nowhere close to that career path. He is a relatively new Second Lieutenant serving aboard a British frigate in the frigid waters off Norway, the ship being part of the extremely hazardous convoy protection detail trying to keep vitally needed cargo ships safe from U-boats. A run-in with one of those feared menaces of the deep would change his life completely.

Kelly is, as one man put it, certainly not English. "Irish father, Serbian mother. Born in Wales, raised in attitude, beliefs, and convictions he is most definitely British." Through his mother, he spent several summers working in the vineyards of the Mosel Valley, from where he learned to speak German as a native. He is an educated man who had attended Cambridge prior to the war continuing on to do postgraduate work. That was interrupted when the hostilities began and he joined the Royal Navy.

Playing a major role in Kelly's life after she helps rescue him, joining him eventually in his adventures, is a Norwegian woman named Sybilla Thorstaadt. She is married, though not so happily, to Gunnar. When we first meet her, it is said that "she moved with the grace of an athlete and had a classical figure which was slim rather than thin. She was a little older than [Kelly], he guessed that she must be in her mid-twenties. The most notable feature of the woman was her face. She smiled frequently, displaying perfect white teeth when she did so, but she didn't just smile with her mouth, her whole face lit up and her beautiful blue eyes sparkled. Her face was prettily edged by hair that was cut to shoulder length with a light natural wave. It was the almost white blonde rarely seen outside of Scandinavia. Her skin was lightly tanned and flawless. She was quite exquisite."

Also pretty important in his life and his missions is Wolfgang Rahn, a 'mad' priest who has had his share of adventurous living (think French Foreign Legion) and then got the 'call from God'. Now a man of the cloth, he is a key player in the local Resistance movement.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2021

1 Cast No Shadow Cast No Shadow
Written by Peter Alderson Sharp
Copyright: 2021

The year is 1942. The HMS Visigoth on which Lt. Dragan Kelly is serving is torpedoed off the coast of Norway and lost with all hands except Kelly. He is now alone in German-controlled lands but is helped by the Resistance. As they prepare to get him to freedom, they mention a secret Nazi research facility with rumors of a horrific weapon being built there. Deciding to try and learn more about the place will put young Kelly in considerable danger and will start him down a new career path. Part of that journey will include the beautiful resistance fighter Sybilla.
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2 Shadow of Evil Shadow of Evil
Written by Peter Alderson Sharp
Copyright: 2021

Rumors have come in of mention by Eva Braun in the bunker of her lover, Adolf Hitler, of a 'priceless treasure'. Dragan Kelly is determined to find it before anyone else and to that end he puts together his old team of the lovely but mysterious Sybilla as well as the 'mad' priest Wolfgang Rahn. More interesting are his quite capable and deadly rivals in the search.
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I found both these books at the same time so was pleased when finishing one to be able to move to the next right away. More importantly to say, that is something that I did, which says good things about them and about the author.

Now, I grabbed them initially because I thought they said the character's name was Dragon Kelly and I was intrigued. Still, even after learning my error, I kept them and was not disappointed.

These are well-written looks into the past with interesting characters and lots of thrills.


My Grade: B+


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