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ELEANOR BRAITHWAITE

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Full Name: Eleanor Braithwaite
Series Name: The Eleanor Trilogy
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Douglas Renwick
Time Span: 2015 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

Eleanor Lucille Titania Braithwaite is an agent with MI6.

"Eleanor, and I guessed she was born around 1960 and married in 1981 or 82. Her husband died about a year later in 'a boating accident'. I assume he was born in the late 50s."

"Eleanor probably went to a private school and was a boarder. She said she'd been Head Girl. At her school was a dinner lady known to the girls as Mrs Broad. Eleanor was keen on dance and drama, had a good voice and wanted to be an actress. She was sporty, a good swimmer and worked at Mr B's leisure centre as a swimming coach and life-saver. She had reddish hair, a lovely smile, was very beautiful and not easily forgotten."

These two snippets from stories about this interesting woman tells some about her but there is a whole lot more unsaid, such as why she disappeared and then years later came back.

Most of the first book in the trilogy deals with the discovery by a young man nearing his 30th birthday that his mother, Eleanor, who had vanished from his life when he was 14, was still alive. The second book recounts in greater detail why she found it necessary to leave. The third deals mostly with actions that take place once she is legally able to return to England and resume her old job - "They'd kept it open for me after I left without giving notice. Decent of them, really. Sixteen years is a long time, but I think they were quite pleased when I agreed to go back. Perhaps they were desperate."

The transition from operative to fugitive to returned agent will not stop there for Eleanor. Her final, for us readers, transition will be an amazing one.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 A Balance Of Evil A Balance Of Evil
Written by Douglas Renwick
Copyright: 2015

"Gerald Rayner spends the last two years of his life trying to find a mystery woman who could be dead. This gets him embroiled in the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, as it struggles to meet the demands of a changing and uncertain world in which terrorism takes over as the major threat to our daily lives. He writes his story for Dan, a ski-ing friend, to be read only after his death. It reveals some intimate truths about their relationship, and some disturbing secrets about governments and their agents doing terrible things. Sometimes they have to, in order to prevent a greater evil, but when it involves a loved one, can it be justified? Can it be forgiven? Or does it call for revenge?"
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2 A Burden Of Secrets A Burden Of Secrets
Written by Douglas Renwick
Copyright: 2017

"It's 2017. Sixteen years after walking out on him, Eleanor explains to her 'dearest darling' why she did it. It's complicated, because of her job and the succession of turning points in her life which led up to her disappearance. She starts by telling him how she herself lost a loved one, then realizes she needs to start right at the beginning when she went to be a boarder at a school in Kent."
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3 A Bodyguard Of Lies A Bodyguard Of Lies
Written by Douglas Renwick
Copyright: 2018

"It's March 2020. British secret agent Eleanor is on a skiing holiday in the French Alps with her partner, Robert, when disaster strikes in the mountains high above them. Terrorism is suspected and her boss asks her to retrieve some vital evidence before anyone else can. She and Robert succeed, but for some reason London seems more interested in destroying it. She is determined to find out why."
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MY COMMENTS

The concept of a parent leaving a family behind to become a "traitor" to infiltrate a foreign intelligence organization is not new. It was the basis for the terrific Bernard Samson series by Len Deighton and there have been several television shows in which it occurs. In each instance, my attitude towards that parent is: "You rotten, lousy #$@%#"

Can you say 'deadbeat dad/mom'? I do not buy the patriotic malarkey - never have and never will. This is a parent who found it easier to run away .... ah, you get the idea that I do not care for the plotline at all.

So, with that being the basis for this series, I was and remain not a fan.

The grade was a low-B because the writing was pretty darn good even if the plotline wasn't.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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