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Full Name: Bob Nolan
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Bradley West
Time Span: 2016 - 2019


Bob Nolan is an crytoanalyst for the CIA.

When we first meet him, it was while he was in Rangoon, Burma, and had just announced he was leaving the Agency after nearly 33 years of working for them. Nolan was tired of the lousy treatment he was getting from his Station Chief who, seeing that Nolan was no one to help advance his career, saw him as someone to treat like a servant. Of course, Nolan was telling this to his friend, Hecker, and the two of them had just finished off a bottle of "blended brown nector" so maybe truths were told that were better kept unsaid and plans were made that were best kept as thoughts.

Nolan is actually based out of Singapore and it is there he has a house and a wife and a plan to keep both long after he separates from the CIA, assuming he ever does because whiskey-talk is not gospel. Still, he is 55 years old and being that long in one line of work and having to deal with a lousy boss and the hope that whatever is just around the corner is almost certainly better, well that does tend to give a person a short-timer's attitude.

He might have taken that "leave it for the next guy" approach in the adventures we follow him in except for that annoying trait that would not let go: he had been "motivated to solve problems his entire life". For years he has "broke unbreakable codes, designed unstoppable computer worms, and conquered almost every professional challenge". He abhored the idea of leaving a question unsolved. In that regard, he was a true professional.

On the other hand, as we are told at one point, there is the "Anti-Nolan", the man who "nearly ended his marriage with a disastrous inter-Agency affair" not to mention that "sex-free but doubly dangerous debacle" a year later that almost ended his employment right then. On any given day, it seems, Nolan was not quite sure if he still had what it took to be the man many of the newcomers to the Company thought of him as: "a latter-day CIA Renaissance man - code breaker, cybersecurity expert, competent electronic surveillance field man".

As he told himself once, "sometimes you have to live up to your own press clippings".

Good Lines:
- Said about the insanity of drivers in Buddhist countries, "the prospect of reincarnation surely added to the recklessness".


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2019

1 Sea Of Lies Sea Of Lies
Written by Bradley West
Copyright: 2016

"Flight MH370 disappears. Finding out what happened could ignite WWIII. American, Russian and Chinese agents vie to discover the truth. Or bury it. CIA cryptanalyst Bob Nolan finds the secret airstrip where MH370 landed. A beautiful Chinese spy joins Nolan on his quest, but will his new lover be his salvation or ruination?"
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2 Pack Of Lies Pack Of Lies
Written by Bradley West
Copyright: 2017

"Flight 370 appears in Balochistan, Pakistan instead of on the seabed. A corrupt Malaysia Prime Minister, a devious CIA director and Osama bin Laden’s former guardian conspire to thwart former CIA cryptanalyst Bob Nolan as he seeks the plane’s fate. Instead, he uncovers a devil’s bargain with global terrorists, faces down the world’s most dangerous hacker, and finds himself in the middle of the Taliban’s attempted heist of nuclear weapons."
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3 End Of Lies End Of Lies
Written by Bradley West
Copyright: 2019

"Russia interferes in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. A North Korea nuke is on the loose in the US compliments of China. The right wing deep state plots a coup d'état under the direction of an anonymous emperor-in-waiting. Burned out CIA cryptanalyst Bob Nolan is on the trail of Higher Love and its sinister leader, but the conspiracists kidnap his family and two arch nemeses—one ex-KGB and one ex-CIA—aim to kill them all."
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Wanting to learn more about the author and what else he had crafted, I went to the man's website and read what he said about this series. He tells us there that it is a trilogy, which I had already learned, and that he would recommend to new readers of his work that they possibly start with the third book and then try the first two. I was a tad surprised at his suggestion, to say the least.

This series is really good for lovers of conspiracy theories. The reader will encounter a fair number of them in the exploration of these adventures and some will kinda stick around - at least they did with me.


My Grade: B+


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