||1970 - 1973
ABOUT THE SERIES
Grant Fowler is an agent working directly for the President.
A roustabout for much of his adult life, Fowler has held many jobs prior to being hired by the President, including being a barker at a carnival. His greatest love seems to have been flying, although the number of accidents he has had would make you wonder.
While in his late 30's, Fowler was involved in a disastrous airlift of needed food and medicine to Biafra. Though this noble gesture nearly cost him his life, it did bring him to the attention, apparently, of the President and eventually the job as one of the several Special Agents.
Fowler is the proverbial blunt instrument. He pounds his way in, around, and finally out again.
The listed author, Paul Richards, is a house pseudonym for Award Publishing. The actual authors of the three adventures were young writers getting their start, two of whom had written books in Award's far more popular series, Nick Carter. The fact that two different authors worked on each book probably added to the unevenness of the series.
The first book is a disaster. Fowler is an overbearing, oversexed lout with little redeeming qualities. By the end of the adventure, with Fowler beaten and shot and close to death, it really was hard to care which way it went.
In the second adventure, the storyline improved. Wanting to create a more enjoyable scenario, the author has the Presidential Service establish the cover of an up-and-coming international entrepreneur. Fowler is now the head of a chain of resort hotels around the world and is looking to buy into an airline. Though his financial status was changed, however, his brusque, no-nonsense, demanding approach to everything remains. Still, it was an improvement.
The third and last escapade sees Fowler actually enjoyable to follow. His manner is almost normal and his actions are believable.
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