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Full Name: Elliot Kane
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Oliver Harris
Time Span: 2019 - 2021


Elliot Kane is an agent of MI6.

We are given an interesting peek into the type of work that he does for the Firm in a blurb about the first recorded adventure we have of him: "Elliot Kane reflects the dark side of MI6. He is the instrument of an agency that puts two years and more than £100K into training recruits to steal cars, hack bank accounts, strip weapons, and employ everything from blackmail to improvised explosives in service of Crown and Country. After fifteen years overseas embroiled in events that never make the news, Kane is a ghost in his own life, assuming and shedding personalities with each new cover story."

Kane himself gives a version of the above when we first meet him and he adds with some regret there was no teaching another very useful skill; "no one tells you how to go home".

Described as being 36 years of age standing 5'11" and weighing 160 lbs., Kane has ash-brown hair which has faded from a good number of years serving in the Middle East. As handsome man and quite fit as would be required for his strenuous life, he admits that he "started operations looking well: groomed, trim but not so worked-out that I could be mistaken for military" but he usually "ended them haggard and bloodshot and with a wired edginess that triggered attention".

Ghosts like Kane are not supposed to have attachments; they must be free to come and do their assignment and then vanish but Kane has gone against rules and cared about someone. That will be considered a problem.

Good Lines:
- "People who believe in nothing still believe in oil".
- "The fabled license to kill is nothing beside the very real license to die".


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2021

1 A Shadow Intelligence A Shadow Intelligence
Written by Oliver Harris
Copyright: 2019

"Kane has spent fifteen years managing events overseas that never make the papers. He is a ghost in his own life, assuming and shedding personalities as each new cover story comes into play. But when the woman he loves, another operative named Joanna Lake, vanishes without a trace in Kazakhstan, he is forced center stage in his own life."
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2 Ascension Ascension
Written by Oliver Harris
Copyright: 2021

"Despite uncovering a deep plot to incite a new world war, Elliot Kane has been on probation with the service since his misadventures in Kazakhstan. Having taken up a job teaching college literature and linguistics, he surprisingly enjoys living a conventional life and wonders if he would even go back to spycraft. Then a colleague from an ages-ago mission reaches out with a request. One of her tech specialists was on a long-term mission, in deep cover, but has suddenly killed himself. The agency is afraid to finish this vital mission without knowing what prompted this seemingly healthy man to take his own life. The carrot in this offer is helping his old friend; the stick is a worse punishment from the Agency if he doesn't comply. So Elliott poses as an academic..."
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I knew going into this series that I was going to be intrigued by Elliot Kane; I just didn't know in what way. I had had experience with the pretty impressive writing style of Oliver Harris from his, to me, out-of-the-ordinary detective series about Nick Belsey who is both cynical and dedicated. That interesting combination, combined with the fact that Belsey does things his own way, make that series something unpredictable and I was pretty certain this new spy series about Kane would be just as unpredictable. I was right.

And now I am looking forward to his next adventure.


My Grade: A-


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