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ALEX MASON

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Full Name: Alex Mason
Nationality: American
Organization: ODIN
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Archer, Blake Banner
Time Span: 2021 - 2022

ABOUT THE SERIES

Alex Mason is an agent of ODIN.

That acronym stands for "the Office of the Democratic Intelligence Network, a cooperative enterprise between the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - the so-called Five Eyes." We learn right away that "?ODIN was housed on the eighteenth floor of the Commonwealth Building at 1300 Wilson Boulevard, in Arlington, Virginia. The fact that the Commonwealth Building did not have eighteen floors did not seem to be an issue for most people who, in any case, had no idea what ODIN was".

ODIN is said to be a very secret organization, known by those in the know in the intelligence community but largely unknown to the general public. When Mason needs to present identification, he produces some showing he worked for the Office of the Director of Intelligence".

Running ODIN is an interesting man known only "as the Chief (with a capital 'C') or occasionally as Nero" for a particularly amusing reason. This Chief stands "six-foot-six in his stockinged feet and I estimated his weight at about 420 lbs. Some of it was muscle. Most of it was very good food." He also is said to have "two eyebrows that could have doubled as an impressive handlebar moustache".

We are given a good idea of Mason's lifestyle when he talks about waking and immediately going for a morning swim in his "covered pool" and soon he is heading into the office in his Aston Martin DBS (MSRP $300k+). [Do not read derision into that sentence - read envy!]

Mason is very much a ladies' man but he is good-natured about it, willing to take a turn-down without any bad feelings and with a good amount of humor. He is decidedly a confirmed bachelor and quite happy to live alone, except for Manny Pacquiao, his cat who tolerates him. "If routine is the reason I am still alive, my cat is probably the reason I am still single."

Good Line:
- "In a life which is ruled by chaos it is important to have a solid routine, especially breakfast."
- Regarding a rumor Mason had heard about his boss, "It was probably not true, but the point of rumors like that is, they could be true."

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2022

1 Odin Odin
Written by David Archer
Copyright: 2021

"When an ODIN 5i agent based at the US Embassy in Manila, goes missing, and his encrypted laptop disappears with him, the whole ODIN structure is put in peril. Then the agents he was managing start to disappear one by one, and things start to look ugly. So Alex Mason is sent to Manila, and what he finds there is the growing shadow of Chinese imperialism threatening not only America’s presence in the Pacific, but the security of the whole Western World…"
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2 Ice Cold Spy Ice Cold Spy
Written by David Archer
Copyright: 2021

Why was Dr. Robert Magnusson murdered? More to the point, why was he murdered five hundred miles from anywhere, in the frozen wilderness of Greenland? And then there is the question of what he was doing seventy miles north of the UCLA base camp, where he should have been - and what were the instruments he had secretly set up and housed in the shack out there? And then again. there is the question of who killed him. When Alex Mason is sent to Greenland to find answers to these questions, what he finds is something far more harrowing and far reaching than anyone could have expected."
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3 Mason's Law Mason's Law
Written by David Archer
Copyright: 2022

"To most people the threat of a nuclear holocaust was something that belonged to the years of the Cold War, something they associated with the United States and the Soviet Union, something that was laid to rest by Gorbachev and Reagan, back in the ‘80s, when the Berlin Wall came down. So when Alia Gallin’s murder was reported to ODIN agent Alex Mason, the last thing he thought of was that this could be part of the build up to a nuclear war. All Mason could think of was his rage, finding the killers and punishing them. Only his boss, the man they called Nero, had ordered him not to touch it: It was the Mossad’s investigation and the Mossad’s jurisdiction, not ODIN’s. But wherever he looked and whomever he turned to, all he could find were lies and betrayal."
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4 Assets And Liabilities Assets And Liabilities
Written by David Archer
Copyright: 2022

"Top ODIN agent Mira Finn was murdered in Paris, her tortured body dragged from the Seine. A handful of people knew she was in France, fewer than that knew what her mission was. Two of them were Alex Mason and Nero, the chief of Odin itself, the other two were General Patrick O’Connor, chief security advisor to the President, and the President himself.
One of those four men was the traitor who had leaked Mira’s mission. Of the remaining three, only two were innocent. The other was the scapegoat."
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MY COMMENTS

The pedigree for this series is a darned impressive one. Two authors got together to create the protagonist and his three (so far) adventures. These two fellows already had a couple of different action-packed, exciting series to their credit and yet they have found the time to give us Alex Mason. I think thanks are in order.

Mason as a character is a hoot. Bit too good at times, and a bit too full of himself at times, maybe. But then he does pull off the seemingly impossible so maybe a touch of hubris is called for.

Whether he is justified in his attitude, the tales about him are well worth spending a few hours reading.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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