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Full Name: Sean Richardson
Series Name: The Failsafe Thrillers
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Jenkins
Time Span: 2018 - 2021


Sean Richardson is an agent with British Intelligence.

'Disgraced agent' is the way that the blurbs for each of the adventures describe him and that is pretty much the truth although it is interesting that while his name is not spoken with any welcome or affection in the upper levels of the management, they sure seem to call on him to take on near impossible missions.

We first meet him in a situation in 2001 when he is an agent in very good standing operating in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He "had travelled the world extensively in his role as a British intelligence officer. He was athletic, slightly tanned, adorned with slightly greying wavy brown hair, now in its long mode in a ponytail, and had the rugged features of an outdoor man. He was a tough, no-nonsense operator with a blend of charm and guile to suit his quiet but determined persona. Highly skilled, adept, harnessing a fierce loyalty and with talented spy tradecraft, he was quick-witted and comfortable amongst different people, cultures, languages and customs, and with the hidden perils his service brought."

In the same adventure, when the time setting jumps up to the present (2016), we have a totally different Richardson, the disgraced one mentioned at the beginning. He is "incarcerated in Kabul's most fearsome prison", now a "bald, gaunt" man who is "hurting emotionally, wounded physically, dejected at his demise, mentally on a knife edge". After having messed up a mission very badly, Richardson would find himself thrown into that prison for "having a huge stash of heroin blocks and illegal weapons in his hotel room". Fifteen years was the sentence and he would still be there now if his talents were not needed by his former employers.

Once he is somewhat 'rehabilitated' Richardson will find his services in need more than once but even though he will again prove he can deliver, he will always be on the outside.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2021

1 The Failsafe Query The Failsafe Query
Written by Michael Jenkins
Copyright: 2018

"Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favorite in the British parliamentary system."
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2 The Kompromat Kill The Kompromat Kill
Written by Michael Jenkins
Copyright: 2019

"Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.
As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands."
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3 The Moscow Whisper The Moscow Whisper
Written by Michael Jenkins
Copyright: 2019

"A top-secret clique of former spies meet for dinner to hatch a plan to murder a competitor, not knowing that they are under surveillance from a covert arm of British Intelligence. Hours later, with bodies strewn across a terrace, a piece of secret intelligence reveals an international plot of colossal magnitude. For disgraced agent Sean Richardson, this is the beginning of a deniable mission to infiltrate and disrupt a group of Russian mercenaries who are working clandestinely to take over a nation state. Acting covertly as an illicit arms trafficker, Sean is dropped into a deadly cauldron of terrorism and high-tech weaponry that will take a nation down. As the bullets fly and the chaos rains in, can Sean take down the merchants of death…or has he finally met his match?"
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4 The Third Avenue The Third Avenue
Written by Michael Jenkins
Copyright: 2021

"When three eminent scientists are kidnapped by a shadowy global organization, disgraced agent Sean Richardson is called in to conduct a simple mission – to track down and rescue a whistle-blower who holds the secrets to their startling conspiracy.
After witnessing her assassination, Sean is propelled into a game of audacious espionage, determined to infiltrate a secret society and disrupt a plot that would lead to terrifying acts of war."
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I have a sort of a soft spot for poor Richardson. The man is dealt a pretty lousy hand and still does a fine job handling it, and yet he is still tagged with the 'disgraced agent' moniker. It ain't fair, you know. He knows. And yet the man still is willing to put his life on the line. Guess that is what true heroes do.

The writing is very enjoyable and easy on the eyes and the stories move smoothly and take the reader along nicely.

The series has the nickname of 'The Failsafe Thrillers' and while I do not understand the significance of the term, I do know that these are good stories about a good character and I hope there is a good chance there will be more to come.


My Grade: B+


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