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SANDRA MAXWELL

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Full Name: Sandra Maxwell
Nationality: British
Organization: Special Branch
Occupation Agent

Creator: James Hume
Time Span: 2017 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Sandra Maxwell is an agent with Special Branch.

In that organization, the members are police officers so calling one an agent is incorrect, of course. Maxwell is an Inspector in that spy-and-terrorist hunting organization when we first meet her. Thanks to her superb helping of the main character of the first recorded adventure we have with her in it, she will get promoted to Superintendent and be put in charge of the West of Scotland sector, stationed in Glasgow.

She is described initially as being "tall with dark hair and a pretty face, but with hard eyes, in her mid-thirties."

Through most of the time we follow the activities of her and her well trained team of investigators, Maxwell lives in Glasgow with her mother. They have, from the little mentioned of it, a good relationship but it is not the manner she had expected to be living during the the days just after the end of the Second World War.

That expected existence ended when "the love of her life had been killed in an RAF flying accident". In typical Maxwell honesty and abruptness, she had chafed at her church minister's attempt to comfort her with the platitude of it being God's Will. "In her grief, she'd snapped back, 'Nonsense! It was a maintenance error, and avoidable. That's not pre-ordained,' and walked out of the room in anger. In her job, she saw daily examples of lowlifes doing nasty things to innocent people. To think of all that as pre-ordained was just absurd. People were responsible for their own actions."

Maxwell is the focal point of this entry but she is by no means the only player in it. These adventures comprise both a spy series and an enjoyable police procedural as she first is part of an investigative team of spy-hunters and then becomes the head of that team. Additionally, she will need to interface with American investigators, including several men from the CIA.

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2023

1 Hunting Aquila Hunting Aquila
Written by James Hume
Copyright: 2017

"During World War 2, Churchill stumbles across a leak of vital information from the UK to the enemy and calls in Commander Jonathan Porritt to catch the mole. Porritt has no leads until Jane, a young British translator, unwittingly gets caught up with a German spy trying to flee the country.
Can Porritt use his Special Branch teams in Glasgow, Yorkshire, London and Belfast to rescue Jane and smash the undercover spy organisation before Churchill's invasion plans get leaked?"
Note: Sandra Maxwell has a major, though supporting, role in this adventure.
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2 Chasing Aquila Chasing Aquila
Written by James Hume
Copyright: 2019

"Just after World War 2, Superintendent Sandra Maxwell of the Special Branch, checks if a suspicious death in Glasgow is linked to Aquila, a German spy organisation, that flourished in the UK during the war.
She finds that Aquila has now morphed into a sinister new organisation. Can she and her colleagues in London catch the killer by chasing him across Holland and Germany, capture the head of the organisation, and smash their new activities before they spread to every major UK city?"
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3 Killing the Captain Killing the Captain
Written by James Hume
Copyright: 2020

Book 1 in the Captain Trilogy.
"Just after World War 2, Adam Bryson lip reads a conversation between two men planning a murder. It sets off a series of events that involve Sandra Maxwell, Head of Special Branch in the West of Scotland, her colleagues in London, and Colonel Chuck Campbell, Head of the USAAF base in Scotland. Can she identify and save the target, capture the crooks, and deal with the aftermath before anyone gets killed?"
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4 Avenging the Captain Avenging the Captain
Written by James Hume
Copyright: 2022

Book 2 in the Captain Trilogy.
"Just after World War 2, Gary West, Head of CIA Operations in Europe, is puzzled by sinister activities of staff at Soviet Embassies. Their latest seems to focus on Glasgow, Scotland. Can Sandra Maxwell, Head of Special Branch in the West of Scotland, her colleagues in London, and Colonel Chuck Campbell, Head of CIA Operations in Scotland, help him solve the puzzle, capture the crooks, and deal with the aftermath before anyone gets killed?"
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5 Finding the Captain Finding the Captain
Written by James Hume
Copyright: 2023

Book 3 in the Captain Trilogy.
"Just after World War 2, Gary West, Head of CIA Operations in Europe, is faced with horrific demands for a prisoner swap from a secret Russian group. He has no choice but to agree. Can Sandra Maxwell, now Head of Special Branch in London and her colleagues in Glasgow, help the CIA to find this group, capture them, and deal with the aftermath before anyone gets killed?"
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MY COMMENTS

The author had, IMHO, a really interesting idea and ran with it in the first book in the series and along the way, created a support character who was just too good to not use again. So he did, making her the main protagonist in the sequel. Then he really threw her into the limelight when he made her the star in a follow-up trilogy that was even better than the first duology.

I write these comments just after reading the third of that trilogy which has just come out so there has not been time to know if the author, James Hume, intends to let us follow Sandra Maxwell on further cases. I hope so. I like his writing and I really like Maxwell.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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