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Full Name: Kate Rees
Nationality: American
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Cara Black
Time Span: 2020 - 2023


Kate Rees is an agent with British Intelligence.

She definitely does not plan on working in that occupation and, truth be told, she is not, really. She might be better considered a voluntary conscript in that life shoved her into it. It, in this case, is Section D, "a group [that] does not exist officially". As Stepney, the man who recruits her puts it, "all our operations are deniable. But I never told you that".

The year we first meet her is 1940, the location is Paris, France, and the occasion is the attempted assassination of the German Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, while he was paying an abbreviated visit to that just recently conquered city. The visit was short-lived, according to these adventures, because Rees just narrowly missed putting a bullet into his head from a distance, wounding the man standing behind Hitler because at the moment of the sniper rifle trigger pull, the leader bent to pick up a little girl in the crowd.

I am not giving much of a spoiler here, by the way. This is information presented to us in the first page of the first recorded adventure. The rest of that adventure's contents will be the lead-up to the attempt and, even more harrowing, its aftermath.

Rees is an American, living on the Orkney Islands with her Welsh husband, Dafydd, and their 18-month-old daughter, Lisbeth, in the fall of 1939 when a Luftwaffe attack on a nearby British naval vessel would cause tremendous loss of life and considerable confusion in its aftermath and in that confusion, a terrible accidental explosion would take the man and the girl from her. The next eight months would be one of grief and just holding on.

And then would come the chance that would give Rees some hope of vengeance as well as the reason for her membership in this compendium. Rees, we learn early on, is an incredible shot with a rifle, an expert sniper whose only training had come at an early age. "I grew up on ranches in Oregon. My father taught me to hunt when I was a little girl." That is what she tells her supervisor in the testing facility on the island where she worked. Her job there was to test-fire randomly chosen Lee-Enfield rifles to ensure they were ready for duty. Her uncanny marksmanship would be noted by that man and he would offer her a better job. She declined then for family reasons. Now bereft of that family, she makes a call and her life will change yet again.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2023

1 Three Hours in Paris Three Hours in Paris
Written by Cara Black
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1940.
"When Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light - abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why.
Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.
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2 Night Flight to Paris Night Flight to Paris
Written by Cara Black
Copyright: 2023

The year is 1942.
"Three missions. Two cities. One shot to win the war.
It’s been two years since Kate Rees was sent to Paris on a British Secret Service mission to assassinate Hitler. Since then, she has left spycraft behind to take a training job as a sharpshooting instructor in the Scottish Highlands. But her quiet life is violently disrupted when Colonel Stepney, her former handler, drags her back into the fray for a risky three-pronged mission in Paris.
Each task is more dangerous than the next: Deliver a package of forbidden biological material. Assassinate a high-ranking German operative whose knowledge of invasion plans could turn the tide of the war against the Allies. Rescue a British agent who once saved Kate’s life—and get out."
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Kate Rees is a woman with a mission. The fact that she is prevented from carrying it out from the first chapter of the first book does not stop her from trying more than once. And even when she is shown it ain't gonna happen, she finds other ways to strike at the enemy.

For a while I wondered if she might have a death wish as she is constantly putting herself in danger but then I decided she just really wants vengeance. And deserves it, too.

We have two highly enjoyable adventures about Rees and I hope the author choses to give us more.


My Grade: A-


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