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Full Name: Devin Gray
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Other - Countersurveillance Expert

Creator: Steven Konkoly
Time Span: 2022 - 2023


Devin Gray is a countersurveillance expert.

He is not a CIA operative even though in the fact sheet above I list that organization as the one he is associated with. It is listed there because even though he isn't an agent, his estranged mother, Helen, is. Or was.

On our introduction to him he is working for a private company named MINERVA, described as "a Beltway-connected boutique countersurveillance-counterespionage firm". He is on his first field operation with them and he quickly decides he might not be with them for long since on that assignment he took on three members of the opposition and left them hurting and unconscious, not exactly the low-key approach he was told to take. And not the sort of non-combative role he was expected to have.

Certainly it was quite a bit different from the work he had once done for the FBI, twelve years spent 'ghosting' foreign intelligence officers and spies for the Bureau's Special Surveillance Group. Considering his history, he knew he was lucky to now be employed by MINERVA. "Being the son of a psychotically paranoid former CIA officer came with a few drawbacks. Losing his security clearance, a requirement to remain employed at the FBI, had turned out to be one of them. Going radioactive was another. A lot of good people at the Bureau cashed in serious favors just to get him through the door for an interview. Quitting MINERVA this soon after joining would ensure he never worked in the counterintelligence industry again".

Returning to the subject of his mother, who remains a factor in these adventures in one way or another, Helen Gray is a woman obsessed. She had acquired a personal albatross and devoted her life to destroying it; in doing so she knew she had "thrown away her career, destroyed her marriage, and - most painfully - alienated her children". It will be this obsession and the fallout from her actions that will play such a major role in the career path of her son, Devin, and the adventures we have of him.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2023

1 Deep Sleep Deep Sleep
Written by Steven Konkoly
Copyright: 2022

"Helen Gray, a paranoid and disgraced former CIA officer, believed she was on the verge of preventing a national catastrophe—a mission worth dying for.
Others, including Devin, believe she was chasing delusions. Until he finds what she left behind.
With the help of longtime friend and former Marine helicopter pilot Marnie Young and a loyal team of covert operatives Helen summoned just before her death, Devin is propelled into a high-stakes chase across the country."
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2 Coming Dawn Coming Dawn
Written by Steven Konkoly
Copyright: 2022

Devin Gray has inherited his late mother's struggle against "a vast, previously undetected Russian sleeper network [operating] in the United States since the Cold War. he cells aren’t just embedded in every level of state and federal government. They’ve penetrated corporations that supply crucial technology to the Department of Defense and various intelligence agencies. With the network’s true scope still unknown, the only way to drive a stake through the heart of the conspiracy is to dispatch a covert crew to Moscow and eliminate the oligarch bankrolling it."
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3 Wide Awake Wide Awake
Written by Steven Konkoly
Copyright: 2023

"After taking out a sleeper network, Devin Gray and Marnie Young are picking up the pieces of their disrupted lives. But the gravity of the conspiracy they helped to cripple is sucking them right back into the black hole of violence and subterfuge that nearly consumed them. Another sleeper network is awake."
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I have no way of knowing what it would be like to live with a "psychotically paranoid" parent. My adult children might have some inkling but my parents were wonderfully normal. Not so with poor Devin Gray. His mom was a nutcase - until he found out that in truth she wasn't. That must have been, well, interesting.

When you look at the bibliography of the exceptional author of this series, Steven Konkoly, you have to admire the way he can craft adventures in several different genres and do so with a good amount of regularity. His list of darn fine tales is quite impressive and he is still going strong. Luckily for us readers. 


My Grade: B+


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