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Full Name: Randolph Lowe
Nationality: British
Organization: MI5
Occupation Agent

Creator: Colin Galbraith
Time Span: 2009 - 2013


Randolph Lowe is an agent with MI5.

Lowe does a considerable about of foreign travel on behalf of his agency, odd for a department devoted to Britain's internal security. When he is abroad, he uses the cover of a salesman bottled water under the brand name of Foreign Spring; "bottled water was something every nation needed. It was boring and entirely uninteresting; perfect for intelligence officers working undercover".

Lowe is 46 years old when we meet in the first recorded adventure - 51 in the second of the two tales we have of him. He has become of the last few years a night owl - or practically a vampire as he sometimes thinks of himself - and when he sleeps, it is with one hand on a pistol under his pillow. "His natural suspicion of everyone and everything he came into contact with had left him paranoid; a downside to the job, but one he had learned to live with."

This exaggerated sense of concern will make him an interesting candidate to be put on the trail of Stella.

In truth this series should be a partnership of sorts as the other half of this couple is that Stella. According to the dossier that Lowe is shown about her before they actually meet, she is of medium height and weight, which tells us nothing, and that she is "tidy and classy" which says a bit more but not much. To most people, and especially to Lowe from the moment he was handed her dossier, she possessed exceptional beauty. One other detail that is more informative is that this blonde-haired woman "looked more like an A-class Hollywood actress than an MI5 target".

And target is exactly what she is to Lowe at first. It will be after he goes after her and catches up with her that they both realize working together is going to be a whole lot better for their survival chances than going after each other. Especially when you consider the fact that the reason Lowe is sicced on her in the first place is that she is a very accomplished assassin.

Lowe was not certain why he was put on the trail of Stella and his confusion will get even more pronounced when some of the very strange things about to happen to him, and her, start. The kind of enemy the two will be soon fighting is unlike anything he had ever encountered.


Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2009
Last Appearance:2013

1 Stella Stella
Written by Colin Galbraith
Copyright: 2009

The year is 1985.
"When a middle-aged British Secret Agent is sent to kill one of the world's most wanted and sexiest female assassins, sparks were bound to fly. Who really is pulling the strings in the shadowy world of international espionage, and is it possible for true love to flourish in such devilish circumstances?"

2 Baccara Burning Baccara Burning
Written by Colin Galbraith
Copyright: 2013

The year is 1989.
"Randolph Lowe and Stella are sent to Scotland to uncover the secret behind a series of strange murders. But they get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with one of Scotland's most notorious ghosts, still active, and still with a lot on his mind."


This two-novella series is both a work of spy fiction and one of the paranormal. The evil that Lowe and Stella will be up against is pretty nasty and quite a bit spooky and not the sort spy-fi fans are used to. Which makes it a nice change of pace.

The writing is quite good and there is a lot of action so do not expect any downtime while reading these two short-ish pieces of work. I liked the character of Lowe but I really liked Stella. There's just something about a beautiful woman who can kick butt as well that appeals to me - which is bizarre because I know in real life I would be so intimidated. Reading about her, though, especially as the author presents her, that's pretty cool.


My Grade: B


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