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Full Name: Briggs Tanner
Nationality: American
Organization: Holystone
Occupation Agent

Creator: Grant Blackwood
Time Span: 2001 - 2003


Briggs Tanner is an agent for US Intelligence.

He has been one for over fifteen years by the time we first meet him and through that time has had some amazingly close calls, surviving by his wits which are many and his skills which are more.

While serving in the Naval Special Warfare department, Tanner was selected for an elite detachment called the Intelligence Support Activity Group. These "warrior spies" were a combination of soldier willing to engage in black ops if necessary and spy able to fit in any surroundings. Two years of rigid training followed, honing his skills to the limit. Tanner not only excelled, he seemed to thrive on the challenges.

When the program was scrubbed due to policy changes, Tanner, suffering the loss of his wife from disease, decided to resign his commission for the civilian world. Without his mate and without the excitement that came from his dangerous work, though, the civilian life was far too empty to be endured long. He did not fit in. He was in his late 30's, had seen far more action and trouble than anyone around him, and had few friends to socialize with and certainly no one with whom to relate.

Which explained his willingness to again accept an offer for a chance to risk his life when he was asked to join a new intelligence agency called Holystone. Established by President Reagan, this small bureau was tasked with handling special cases where "military action was too much, diplomacy was too little, and standard intelligence measures were indefensible." It would take only the best.

That meant people like Tanner.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2001
Last Appearance:2003

1 The End Of Enemies The End Of Enemies
Written by Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2001

While vacationing in Japan, Briggs Tanner has a stranger die in his arms, grasping a key in his hand. Not one to just walk away, he starts an investigation that leads him from the Pacific to Beirut and beyond, uncovering a secret hidden since WWII.

2 The Wall Of Night The Wall Of Night
Written by Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2002

Years before Briggs Tanner had tried to sneak a Chinese general out of China but at the last minute the mission was blown and Briggs barely survived. The general and his family disappeared. Now he has resurfaced, wants out again, and will only trust Tanner.

3 An Echo Of War An Echo Of War
Written by Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2003

Near the end of WWI, a quartet of Allied soldiers discover a horrific biological weapon that could devastate the world. They chose to hide it and keep its existence a secret. Now Bosnian terrorists who have learned of it have kidnapped the wife of a former CIA director, demanding its release to them. Briggs Tanner must free her.


If you don't like the three-book Tanner series, you must not like darned good action, tremendous writing, fast paced excitement, and a hero who is human and awesome at the same time.

I congratulate Mr. Blackwood for his skill and his creation. I like Briggs Tanner. I wish there were more of his adventures. I realize Mr. Blackwood is having success working with other authors like the incomperable Clive Cussler but please do as another writer is doing, namely Jack DuBrul. As time permits, keep your man going!

Selfish but heartfelt.


My Grade: A


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