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WILLIAM KENDALL

 
Full Name: William Kendall
Nationality: American
Organization: Joint Chiefs Of Staff
Occupation Agent

Creator: Philip Chase
Time Span: 1976 - 1976

ABOUT THE SERIES

       William Kendall is the chief Troubleshooter for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
       As such this experienced Colonel is given operational control over a group of highly trained officers, dubbed the Special Unit. The purpose for this highly secret unit is to strike at the enemies of the country, foreign or domestic.
       The field leader of these men, and nearly warranting a co-billing, is Kendall's friend, Lt. Colonel Aaron Eisenberg. Together they decide which missions are to be taken and then lead them. At times it is Eisenberg in the field while at times it is both Kendall and Eisenberg. Eisenberg is a highly capable officer who might have made full colonel if he didn't have a habit of baiting superiors, like the Chairman of the JCS.
       Kendall does not have such a problem. By no means a yes-man, Kendall nevertheless is willing to hold his tongue long enough to make what he said less biting. But diplomacy flies out the window when his path is hampered by bureaucracy or pass-the-buck mentality.
       The origin of the men and the people to whom they answer is the military but the actions they perform are far closer to traditional covert intelligence work than true soldiering.
       While much of the activity in the four-book series is military in nature, Kendall was the chief Troubleshooter for the JCS before the creation of the Special Unit and is only just getting used to working with a group. Prior to it, he was a loner and still thinks about hitting the field himself before passing the assignment to others.

MY COMMENTS

       This series, well written and very enjoyable, edges the line between spies and soldiers but, IMHO, stays on the spy side far, far more than the other and so definitely belongs here.
       This is especially true when either Kendall or Eisenberg goes off alone. I would have liked to work for Kendall as he was very smart operative and a pretty good leader. I would have liked working with Eisenberg because, except for his sharp tongue, took care to cover his butt in action.
       The action is well presented and fast paced. It can be troubling remembering all the military acronyms but just go with. The author knew what he was writing about.

GRADE

My Grade: C+

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