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Full Name: Faydra 'Spider' Green
Nationality: American
Organization: JAG
Occupation Other - Lawyer

Creator: Norm Harris
Time Span: 2001 - 2022


Faydra 'Spider' Green is a officer with the USN JAG.

That acronym stands for the Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Navy. It is the military justice branch of the Navy, responsible for handling all legal matters pertaining to that Service and any of its personnel. Its people handle both civil matters, such as preparing contracts or reviewing those created by other, and criminal, handling both the prosecution and the defense side of a case.

Green is a Lieutenant Commander and as such she has been with the organization for several years, handling largely contractual matters. When we meet her in the first recorded adventure, she has just been handed, for reasons she is not given or does she request, her first homicide case. This is a major change in her career path and will result in major changes to her personally.

Being an officer with JAG hardly qualifies her for membership in this compendium. Not even the fact that this tall, athletic blonde woman is also the daughter of William Green, former President of the United States, would be enough to offer her a position. What does is the fact that this first case, as well as the next couple that will come her way, all involve matters of international intrigue and threats of war, not to mention more than a couple of run-ins with espionage agents on her side and otherwise.

Green is described as a tall, athletic blonde woman who is definitely not a morning person; when awakened too early by a phone call, "her first impulse was to pick up the cell phone and beat the alarm clock with it". Attractive to most, her approach to grooming was that "appearances matter in society ... she tended to [hers] the same way she would research or try a case, with as little personal involvement as possible".

Good Lines:
- She tended to her appearance the same way she would research or try a case, with as little personal involvement as possible.
- "Mysteries intrigued her. Any mystery beckoned her, like a clam closed tightly, and she brought a sea otter's ambition and patience to cracking one open."


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2001
Last Appearance:2022

1 Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree
Written by Donald Seaman
Copyright: 2001

The murder of a Navy SEAL looked like it was committed by a Marine Corps war hero. Faydra Green was the JAG officer assigned to investigate and she came to the conclusion that the Marine was innocent. She also realizes that some powerful forced want the matter to disappear, immediately, and she does not appreciate being made a party to that. She also learns that there is far more at stake than justice for the deceased and the accused - three nations stand at the edge of war.
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2 Arid Sea Arid Sea
Written by Donald Seaman
Copyright: 2021

"Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and to see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral who has vanished – seemingly into thin air – from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon." The matter will involve "an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her."
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3 Deception Pass Deception Pass
Written by Donald Seaman
Copyright: 2021

"A woman’s past comes back to haunt her. Now she must travel to Moscow to kill a man, again." The woman is Faydra Green, experienced and highly capable JAG attorney. The man is Roman Justine, a mobster she thought she had killed. Involved in a strange mystery is a US Naval vessel and its crew in the Pacific, a team of Marines accused of murder, and the Russian Navy.
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4 The Girl Who Knew Death The Girl Who Knew Death
Written by Donald Seaman
Copyright: 2022

"Navy lawyer and former First Daughter Faydra Spider Green is no longer quite so haunted by the dark events of her recent past and is hoping for some well-deserved rest. But her world is once again turned upside down when a shocking secret about her adopted daughter, Katrinka (Kat), is revealed. But before Fay can help Kat make any decisions about her future, Kat is captured and thrown into an Egyptian prison. She manages to escape but must flee to safety across Europe, trying to stay one step ahead of several mysterious pursuers. Soon, Fay and Kat discover they are being chased by more than ordinary forces – Azrael, the Angel of Death, has taken a puzzling interest in their situation and a dangerous demon appears to be stalking Kat’s every move."
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I love a series concept that brings with it a special hook to make it just a tad bit different and the adventures of Faydra 'Spider' Green have that with Green being the daughter of an ex-President. Estranged, of course, but still able to draw upon her heritage is she chose. To her credit, she choses not to.

In the case of this series, though, there is an added hook in that she is a JAG officer whose cases push her into the spy-fi world without her wanting it in the least. That in itself would have been enough to grab my interest.

There are, as of this writing, four really enjoyable adventures and seeing how much I enjoyed them, I hope there will be more.


My Grade: A-


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