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Full Name: Dennis Collins
Series Name: The First Trumpet
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Jefferson Flanders
Time Span: 2014 - 2015


Dennis Collins is a reporter.

When we get introduced to this young veteran of the newspaper trade, he has passed the up-and-coming phase and would be considered by most to have made it in the industry. He works for the New York Sentinel, a daily which is especially popular in the blue-collar areas of Brooklyn and the Bronx, and he has earned a position writing a weekly column for that publication. His beat tends to be divided between frequent stories in sports and politics in the city.

Over the course of the three recorded adventures we have of his, that comfortable job will change, but he will secure enough in his occupation that even the occasional rough spots will not cause too much trouble. He is a talented and respected journalist and has no desire to try anything else.

That will definitely include any aspect of the clandestine world. Sure, if a story took him in that direction, he would go for a ways but he had no asperations to change jobs and actually get involved in cloak and dagger activity. Unfortunately, those sorts of decisions are made for him. The challenge then for Collins is to live to tell about it, except since most of it is classified, he would not be allowed to.

The fascinating part of the Collins story is that since he is a reporter, his ability and his tendency to observe is pretty good which means that the readers are able to observe as well. Whether it is the streets of New York City with its bustling cabs or the riotous avenues of Budapest with its Soviet tanks, the feel of the times are richly provided. In an amusing side note, while Collins will find himself involved in these shadowy matters as well as a stint during the Korean War following an infantry unit for six months, Collins will still insist that he is largely a sports reporter.

Good Lines:
- About loyalty to ones beliefs, Collins is reminded that "a dog can't have two homes".


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2014

1 Herald Square Herald Square
Written by Jefferson Flanders
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1949. Dennis Collins is finding life quite good as a reporter in NYC. Then at a fight at Madison Square Garden, he is approached by an old friend named Morris and asked to hold some microfilm he says will prove his innocence in a State Department investigation. Then Morris disappears. That is when the FBI start asking questions and when both OSS and KGB agents come looking for the microfilm.
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2 The North Building The North Building
Written by Jefferson Flanders
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1951.
Dennis Collins has just returned from reporting on a horrible battle in Korea to find his newspaper has shut down and he needs a job. He also finds himself pulled into an investigation about leaked military secrets and the ongoing investigation into Maclean and Philby over in England.
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3 The Hill of Three Borders The Hill of Three Borders
Written by Jefferson Flanders
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1956.
Dennis Collins is pulled into the repatriation of a State Department official who had defected to the Iron Curtain years before. It is Collins' boyhood friend Morris Rose. After reluctantly agreeing to help, Collins heads to Budapest to meet with Morris. And then the Soviet tanks arrive in country to put down the riots.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

1 Mooney Harbor Mooney Harbor
Written by Jefferson Flanders
Copyright: 2015

The year is 1957.
"Dennis Collins is on vacation with his family in the Key West inn owned by his wife Maria's father. When he learns that hiding in that resort is a cousin of Maria, Rafael, who is hiding in the US from the Cuban authorities of Batista for having taken part in a failed coup. Collins becomes involved when Cuban secret police come to the key looking for him.
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Okay, the first thing I got out of this series is that if an old acquaintance shows up out of nowhere and asks you to hold on to something in secret, it really is not a good idea to say 'yes'. Granted, I have not thought how bad things would turn out if Collins has said 'no'. He might still be tossed headfirst into the thick of the cloak and dagger stuff but ... well, we will never know. He said yes and the next thing he knows, he is knee deep in alphabet operatives mad at him.

This is all be for Collins but great for us readers.


My Grade: B+


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