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Full Name: Patrick West
Series Name: Lies and Consequences
Nationality: British
Organization: NSLG
Occupation Agent

Creator: Daniel Kemp
Time Span: 2017 - 2019


Patrick West is an agent with the NSLG.

That obscure acronym stands for the National Strategic Liaison Group, a very hush-hush, seldom mentioned part of the British Intelligence community having its unadorned headquarters "at the end of Craig Court, a cul-de-sac leading off Whitehall at its Trafalgar Square end. "It was inside the inner concrete and lead-lined shell of a shabby red-brick building that at the beginning of the First World War years the oil lamps were burned late into the night and early morning analysing threats to the British Empire from its enemies. Other than the identity of those enemies little had changed in the fifty-eight years that had passed since then. Those that plunged their hands into hazy secrets had kept their oil burning until this day. The reasons for keeping secrets seldom change, it's the custodians that do."

More telling about the clandestine nature of the NSLG is: "The NSLG, or just plain Group as it was known throughout those who knew of its existence, had no classification within the intelligence community. It was answerable only to the Minister of Defence, or so it was thought." Tha closing phrase is particularly of interest.

West is, as stated, one of its operatives. He did not start out to be such a covert entity, having started out working as a police detective for the Met. "I was at Oxford when the offer to join the 'Job' was first put to me. I declined that offer, favouring to stay and follow my chosen path of studying analytical chemistry and my secondary recreational pastime; the science of psychology." The unexpected death of his father from a heart attack at 49 followed by his mother's death from sadness two months later changed his mind. "The security of a degree became less important to me on accepting another approach from a senior Metropolitan police officer named Barrington Trenchard. He spoke passionately about his desire to root out this criminality that was being linked to Members of Parliament. He wanted me and knew my weakness."

West wanted an opportunity to root out corruption in the upper ranks of the government. "I was about to find out that justice could be found in more places than a court of law, and bribes come in more ways than mere money."

Good Lines:
- Said by an interesting fellow to Patrick West regarding being precise in wording: "Precision can and often does save lives, but it can also cost lives when it confuses the enigmatic and ambivalent of this life leaving them lost to understand the rationality of thought."


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2019

1 What Happened in Vienna, Jack? What Happened in Vienna, Jack?
Written by Daniel Kemp
Copyright: 2017

"A robbery in London. The murder of a priest at the end of World War Two. A genocide in Namibia. The discovery of the remains of Hitler's secretary.
Something connects all this. Former British spy Jack Price knows the answer, and he's willing to die to keep the secret. The problem? He's not the only one who knows.
It’s the lies that are not heard, but kept as secrets, that own us all. Deep in the world of espionage and deception, how far is Jack willing to go to fulfill his mission?"
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2 Once I Was A Soldier Once I Was A Soldier
Written by Daniel Kemp
Copyright: 2017

"Francesca Clark-Bartlett, wife of the American Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, seeks more power than she already has. Meanwhile, the attractive yet naive Melissa Iverson wishes she had never inherited her family's vast fortune.
After they both become entangled with a 44-year-old, womanizing British intelligence agent, the two women find themselves in a web of deception and mystery. Threatening letters, dark family secrets and connections to persons of power all tell them that the path they tread is wrought with danger."
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3 The Widow's Son The Widow's Son
Written by Daniel Kemp
Copyright: 2018

"Three months before the invasion of Iraq, a member of a Masonic fraternity known as the Rosicrucians escapes from a British Intelligence holding station.
Orchestrated by the head of the Russian Federal Security Service, this event is somehow linked to a the highly classified CIA file only known as Gladio B. Tasked to destroy an unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, the chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee plans to bring the criminals to justice.
But he is running low on both time and allies, as mass annihilation threatens the whole planet. Who are the mysterious eight families that seem to be behind the mysterious events, and what do they have to do with the ancient 33rd degree level of understanding, only known by the mysterious Rosicrucian brotherhood?"
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4 A Covenant Of Spies A Covenant Of Spies
Written by Daniel Kemp
Copyright: 2019

"In 2007, intelligence operative Nikita Kudashov attempts to escape his native Russia after a series of top-secret spying operations.
Years later, Patrick West of MI6 is assigned to investigate the operations Kudashov took part in, and discovers a shocking connection between the former Soviet Union and the Foreign And Commonwealth Office.
Can West unravel the ambiguous connection - and the final clue that disguises the information Blythe-Smith never passed on to the Secret Intelligence Service?"
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I was instantly attracted to this series through the title of the first book. It is interesting that the 'Jack' in the title question is not the main character of the series at all - that falls to Detective Constable West - but there is no doubt that the title grabbed me and actually had me needing - not just wanting - to read the book to find out what did happen in Vienna. Curious? Read the book 'cause I'm not telling.

I am telling you that Patrick West gets involved in several very interesting and enjoyable (for us readers, not so much him) adventures,


My Grade: A-


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