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Full Name: Wallace Mahoney
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Sean Flannery
Time Span: 1979 - 1989


Wallace Mahoney is an agent for the CIA.

He is, in fact, very much a veteran CIA agent, trained in all form of spy craft, and having years and years of thankless service with a very solid reputation for getting the job done and the ability to work well with others, both in the Agency and with outsiders.

At the beginning of the series, Mahoney, at 61 years old, is happily married to Marge and has been for 39 of those years. with two grown sons, grandchildren, and retirement on the horizon. He knows he has many flaws such as drinking more than he should, smoking cigars when they are bad for him, although he does take pleasure in knowing they are at least Cuban, not as much exercise as he really should, and not being able to handle stupid people well. But in quiet analysis, he is pleased with his life.

As the series proceeds, life will deal him a harsher hand than he does when it starts but through it all Mahoney's honesty and sense of justice never falter. Despair will understandably set in but he never gives up nor does he become bitter.

Through the five recorded adventures we have of this operative, Mahoney remains what his wife calls him on more than one occasion, a romantic. He is a man who feels that wrongs should be righted, that people should be treated fairly, and that his country was worth the sacrifices he and his colleagues make.

One interesting development that sets this series apart from most is the role his son John will play in the latter books. This is one of the few series where family plays an important role in the spycraft itself.


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1979
Last Appearance:1989

1 The Kremlin Conspiracy The Kremlin Conspiracy
Written by Sean Flannery
Copyright: 1979

The noted Soviet scientist Sakharov has disappeared, possibly kidnapped. Also missing is his invention, a portable laser. Both the KGB and CIA are furiously searching for both as the President is en route for a summit conference.

2 The Hollow Men The Hollow Men
Written by Sean Flannery
Copyright: 1982

Retired and very alone since the death of his wife, Wallace Mahoney was surprised to be visited by the lovely Sonja, once an agent with the CIA and now working for Mossad. She came because there was a mole in the Israeli organization and she needed an outsider to find him.

3 False Prophets False Prophets
Written by Sean Flannery
Copyright: 1983

John Mahoney wanted to know who had killed his father, Wallace, but that determination put his life and the lives of his family into more danger than he ever could imagine.

4 Broken Idols Broken Idols
Written by Sean Flannery
Copyright: 1985

The director of NATO's Nuclear Defense Affairs Committe has vanished and with him the top secret Genesis Plan. Unless the Mahoneys can find the missing diplomat, at least one European country is at risk of being destroyed.

5 Crossed Swords Crossed Swords
Written by Sean Flannery
Copyright: 1989

Forty years of hatred for each other must be guardedly put to the side when the KGB leader Chernov comes to Wallace Mahoney with information of a plot to kill millions on both sides.


If you read my reviews of the Bill Lane and the Kirk McGarvey series, you will see that I am a fan of Sean Flannery, or more properly, David Hagberg. His pacing is tremendous, his action superb, his spycraft top-notch.

He got that way through working hard and this series demonstrates his progress. These stories are darn good ones making it easy to see how he got as good as he is. They are not at the level of Lane or McGarvey adventures but they are still good enough to be read on their own merit.

It is a compliment to be called good when there are so many fair to poor out there.

Once again, Mr. Hagberg, thank you.


My Grade: A-


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