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Full Name: Neil Thorpe
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: E. Howard Hunt
Time Span: 1973 - 1985


Neil Thorpe is a former agent with the CIA.

Out of high school and almost certainly some military service, Thorpe was invited to join the Agency. The work sounded exciting and interesting and he jumped at it. For nearly a decade he worked both at Langley and out in the field but he found that the work he was doing for them did not give him the satisfaction that he thought it would. After a while, he decided to try something else.

Enrolling into college proved a dramatic change as he was ten years older than the students in his class which made him an outsider, unable to relate. Still, he had his eyes set on his new career goal which was to become an architect. That line of work had always interested him and now, wanting something firm and permanent, he chose it. After graduation, he got a job for a respected architect in New York and proved worthy enough after a couple of years that the man, who was passing fifty and thinking of retiring, offered Thorpe a junior partnership.

As the series opens, Thorpe is in his early 40s and has a prosperous practice going. He is well liked and respected in his profession which sees him traveling a lot. He has not close ties to anyone, certainly no family nor any glimmer of one in sight. Until the first part of the adventure in the first book occurs, it never dawned on Thorpe that there was a bit of discontent in his otherwise good life.

He was bored. If he had not been, he would not have given a young woman a ride from an airport and his life would not have changed like it did.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1985

1 The Berlin Ending The Berlin Ending
Written by E. Howard Hunt
Copyright: 1973

Giving a stranded young woman a ride on a lightly snowing night was the opening to an adventure that would pull Neil Thorpe from his architect world into the clandestine world in a fight with East German spies.

2 The Kremlin Conspiracy The Kremlin Conspiracy
Written by E. Howard Hunt
Copyright: 1985

Working in Europe because of a murder charge pending in the U.S., Neil Thorpe had greatly regretted his missteps three years before but now he is offered a chance to correct his mistakes and possibly fix his broken life.


I wonder what prompted Mr. Hunt to resurrect a character from a book more than a decade old and brush off the dust and move the story along. He wrote many other books, both singlets and in three different series, so he had lots to choose from. Yet he decided to take a former agent who had failed at his previous adventure and was still picking up the pieces and give him another shot at happiness.

The first book was published in 1973, within a year of the Watergate break-in and while he was under investigation. The second came out in 1985, some years after he had served his 33 months in prison.

Could be a coincidence that he chose to bring back a character whose life has had such dramatic ups and down, much like his own.

Whatever the case, these are darn good stories.


My Grade: B


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