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ANTOINE SPRINGER

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Full Name: Antoine Springer
Nationality: American
Organization: The UNIT
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Karner, Isaac Newton Acquah
Time Span: 2015 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

Antoine Springer is an agent with the UNIT.

Now, it is important to point out that in some places, the organization is known by that acronym while at other times it is UNI. What exactly either officially and for certain stands far seems to be up for debate. One place we are told that UNI was the abbreviation for United Nations Intelligence but a different place led me to believe that might have been one member's attempt at a name. Then I read a different name, United Nations Intelligence and Tactics, hence UNIT.

Either way, the more commonly used name for the group is the Agency which, considering several members are former employees of the CIA, also frequently referred to as 'the Agency'. That has to be confusing.

A middle-aged woman named Rose Appiah created the UNIT. She started out working with MI5 heavily involved in the last days of the Cold War. Then when that came to an end with the fall of the Soviet Union, the emphasis turned to both the War on Terror and the War on Drugs. It was at that point that Rose felt her allegiance wane and she quit, took a gap year, and came back to found the organization which she describes as "a globally independent spy agency, free of any affiliation to countries".

As stated, Springer is one of the UNIT's operatives and a very respected and valued one. Before he came to work for Rose and the UNIT, though, he was - and here it is a bit confusing - someone else.

I believe that someone is a CIA agent named Dwayne Carter, married to Kerrie and father to young boy named DJ. The confusing part is the fact that someone comes to tell Kerrie that Dwayne was killed in action. Then we find out Antoine regrets the loss of his previous life but there was no other choice (why? No idea).

So, apparently Antoine used to be Dwayne.

But there seems to be two Antoine's. One is a dangerous and effective agent who get the job done and then finds his relaxation wherever he can. The other is an agent who has relaxation (i.e., the opposite sex) as his one and seemingly only priority.

Beyond all that - things gets even more confusing.


BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2017

The one short story listed below should be read before the two/three books. It might make things a bit less confusing. Probably won't but it might.


1 Love Is For Tomorrow Love Is For Tomorrow
Written by Michael Karner, Isaac Newton Acquah
Copyright: 2015

"Antoine is a man who doesn't exist: Left for dead and buried in Mexico, he starts a new life in Austria to protect his family.
But while his former employer, the CIA, still wants him dead, Antoine is hell-bent on stopping a female Russian spy from an attack on an unthinkable target: her own motherland."
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1.5 Love Is For Tomorrow - Redux Love Is For Tomorrow - Redux
Written by Michael Karner, Isaac Newton Acquah
Copyright: 2017

The Director’s Cut version of Love Is For Tomorrow - extra-length and a completely different storyline makes this a novel on its own and an exclusive entry into the spy-series.
On his way back from his last mission, Antoine Springer stops in his favorite city Istanbul to do what he loves best - chasing women. His personal mission is interrupted by a dubious bombing and he is thrown right back into the field." 
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2 Witch Hunt Witch Hunt
Written by Michael Karner, Isaac Newton Acquah
Copyright: 2015

"Antoine is a man who doesn't exist: Left for dead and buried in Mexico, he starts a new life in Austria to protect his family.
But while his former employer, the CIA, still wants him dead, Antoine is hell-bent on stopping a female Russian spy from an attack on an unthinkable target: her own motherland."
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

1 Love Is For Tomorrow: Reunion Love Is For Tomorrow: Reunion
short story
Written by Michael Karner
Copyright: 2015

Taking place before the books, this tells of how Dwayne Carter is reported dead and Antoine Springer is alive and operating for the UNIT.
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MY COMMENTS

I read somewhere that the novella should probably be read first to avoid confusion. Okay. Didn't help but, okay.

Then I read the first book - the original first book, not the redux version of the first which one of the authors tells us is the same book but with a different storyline. Now, doesn't that tell us it is a different book? 

Then I read the redux version and, um, yep! A different book. Some parts are the same but most - not so much.

Then I tried to read the second (or third) book and got a ways in and quit.

GRADE

My Grade: C

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