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Full Name: Sarah Black
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Lucy Hooft
Time Span: 2022 - 2023


Sarah Black is an agent with MI6.

We are told quite a bit about her from the blurb of her first recorded adventure where we learn, "Sarah Black is young, naïve, inexperienced, and the latest recruit into the world of international espionage. Thrown into a world where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted, Sarah must learn the rules of the game quickly, just to survive." What that does not say is that at our actual introduction, she tells Michael, the gray-haired mature man who has been grooming her to be an operative, that she has decided to not pursue a career in the intelligence field; she has come to feel the cloak and dagger world and the decisions that the line of work would force upon her would not be in keeping with the kind of person she feels she is.

Of course, at that meeting, the always devious and scheming Michael will have already placed on the table between them a folder which she knows in her heart will have something that will change her mind. And it does, although since it is a graphic photo of a decapitated man, it would not have been surprising if it sent her running away. Well, surprising for someone else, perhaps. Black's response to the gruesomeness was to ask for more information. Both she and Michael knew she was hooked.

Black is not taught the intricacies of spycraft. She is given a NOC and thrown into the thick of things in an area of the world she had read about but not known well. What Michael was thinking, and the man is well known by his operatives to never do anything without thinking it through twice, is puzzling to more than just Black.

She has her wits and her skill with languages and her earnestness. She also has a determination to not fail.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2023

1 The King's Pawn The King's Pawn
Written by Lucy Hooft
Copyright: 2022

"When MI6 hear rumours of a potential attack on a new oil pipeline across the Caucasus, Sarah finds herself thrust into the middle of a web of deceit and intrigue. Alone and without support in an unstable Eastern Europe, can Sarah foil the plot before it’s too late?
Can she draw on all her ingenuity and courage to survive in a world where everyone thinks they are a king but actually all are just pawns?"
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2 The Head of the Snake The Head of the Snake
Written by Lucy Hooft
Copyright: 2023

"Sarah Black is back and—with or without her MI6 handlers—is hungry for revenge. Scarred from her exploits in Tbilisi, she still has unfinished business in the murky world of global espionage. Namely the mastermind behind the foiled attack and the man who always seems to be one move ahead.
Tracking her foe to the civil war in Sierra Leone, where he is financing the ruthless rebel leader, Foday Sankoh, Sarah uncovers an even deadlier masterplan. Cut off from MI6, Sarah decides to take matters into her own hands, but soon finds herself out of her depth, in a lawless land where everyone is either aggressor or victim."
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This series hit home quite a bit with me although I was never an operative and never ever in as much danger as Sarah Black was. Still, as a young 'un thrown into a totally unknown situation without adequate preparation ... I guess we have all been there so we should all identify with Black on some level. The doubt that we really do not know as much as we wished we did about what we are supposed to do - and then pushing our way through anyways.

Luckily for us, it is she that is thrown off the cliff (literally and figuratively) right out the door and not us. After that, things get tricky. Again pretty bad for her but awesome for the readers. I hope we have not heard the last of Ms. Black.


My Grade: A-


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