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Full Name: Solomon Vine
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matthew Richardson
Time Span: 2017 - 2017


Solomon Vine is an agent with MI6.

In the prologue of the first recorded adventure, he is an agent in good standing interrogating a major terrorist catch in Istanbul. Then a call from his head boss back in England results in the order to let the man go immediately, which confuses Vine quite a bit. Then finding the terrorist alone in the interrogation room dying from a gun shot wound comes as a major surprise. The last stunner was finding the evidence showed the last person to enter that room before the shooting was ... himself.

So, when the main part of that adventure commences, he is an agent on suspension and pondering, who knows how seriously, chucking it all away and heading somewhere other than England where the temperature was warmer and the Secret Intelligence Service was not upset with him. That is when he receives a message to meet the Chair of the Joint Intelligence Service in an out-of-the-way place, said message being delivered in an old-school manner such that electronic eavesdropping was not possible.

Vine has been with MI6 for going on 16 years by the time we meet him. A flashback to his introduction to the idea of "wanting to be a spy", taking place in 2000, shows Vine's response to that question by his recruiter, soon to be his boss, Cosmo Newton, was a non-answer of "I wasn't aware that I did". It was in that interview we learn Vine was a product of "state-run care homes", that his ability with languages stopped at "I've just about mastered English", and that he was pretty good with numbers. More importantly, we learn that when asked if he would serve his country and obey every command no matter what, Vine thought for a moment and said he would follow "loyalty under the law, never no matter what". Interesting answer.

The problem mentioned above which generates Vines suspension will cause him to take the odd job with the National Security Council, looking into little matters here and there, keeping his hand in the game while he and they decide whether he should stay in it.

Good Lines:
- About Solomon Vine it is written, "For a professional liar, he was always curiously inept at white lies, the small ones".


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 My Name Is Nobody My Name Is Nobody
Written by Matthew Richardson
Copyright: 2017

"Solomon Vine is a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon.
Three months later, MI6's Head of Station in Istanbul is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man's oldest friend: Solomon Vine.
On the run and determined to clear his name, Vine tries to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that there's much more at stake than the life of a single spy... "
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2 The Insider The Insider
Written by Matthew Richardson
Copyright: 2017

"A Russian defector is found brutally murdered in a London hotel.
Only four people knew he had turned - the four most important and powerful figures in Whitehall. There's only one conclusion. A mole has infiltrated the highest levels of the nation's security.
Operating in secret from within Westminster's darkest corners, former spy, Solomon Vine, must uncover the traitor. Because Britain's future hangs in the balance."
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I think we've all been there. At the top of our game and expecting things to keep going fine and then someone in our charge is murdered and we are blamed and ... okay, maybe those last parts did not happen to me and chances are they did not happen to you.

But, if they did, would you react like Solomon Vine? I probably would not BUT I would like to think that I would. Or would I? I mean, they treated him like dog doo-doo and then come calling for his help and what does the man do, eventually? Yep, helps them. He's a better man than I am.

And reading about him is way more interesting that reading about me.


My Grade: A-


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