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Full Name: Drummond Clark
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Keith Thomson
Time Span: 2010 - 2011


Drummond Clark is a former agent with the CIA.

For nearly thirty years, Clark had been one of the top operatives the Agency had, operating throughout the world handling a wide assortment of missions with tenacity and with intelligence. He had attained a tremendous reputation as a man who got the job done, and done right, and who never caused trouble except to the bad guys.

Early in his career he was often teamed up with the same female agent, usually pretending to be husband and wife and as seems inevitable, they frequently consummated their faux nuptials. After a couple years, son Charlie was conceived. The couple got married and tried to settle down while still working as agents. The real marriage did not work out as well as the fake one and after a few years, she "died", leaving just Drummond and Charlie.

The relationship between father and son was often a chilly one. There was definitely love between them but Drummond was often gone on assignment and when he was home, he really did not know how to connect with his son. For most of Charlie's upbringing, they were polite with each other; there were no real problems but no real connection, either.

To Charlie, his dad was a boring, anal-retentive father whose day job was traveling the country selling appliances for a third-rate manufacturer. Nothing in the first 30 years of Charlie's life ever gave him reason to doubt these facts.

When Drummond passed 60, his mental health took a sudden downturn as he began to suffer from premature Alzheimer's and the prognosis was not good. He retired from the Agency, or the appliance business, and began needing special care. Charlie, who had long since moved out, helped on occasion but Charlie had his own problems, having never seen a horse race he did not want to bet on and finding himself more than twenty grand in the hock to a loan-shark.

As the series opens, Charlie is assisting him father to visit a social worker when some one tries to kill them. Charlie thinks it is the loan-shark out for blood. A suddenly lucid Drummond knows the truth. Someone in the Agency is afraid of what a babbling Drummond might say to the wrong people and a dead Drummond would not have that problem.

So the situation becomes that a highly experienced agent suffering from acute memory lapses is on the run with an intelligent but untrained man trying to elude an incredibly powerful world-wide intelligence agency. Charlie knows the odds are not with them.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2011

1 Once A Spy Once A Spy
Written by Keith Thomson
Copyright: 2010

When someone tries to kill Drummond Clark and his son, the son feels it is gangsters out to collect gambling debts but his father knows it is more likely the CIA wanting to shut him up for good.
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2 Twice A Spy Twice A Spy
Written by Keith Thomson
Copyright: 2011

The Clarks are in Switzerland trying treatments to help the elder's Alzheimer's when the younger's NSA operative friend Alice is kidnapped and they go into action to get her back.
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When I first started this book, I was a bit nervous. I like my spies at the top of their game and I do not have much use for gambling addicts. Drummond is no longer the agent he once was and Charlie definitely has problems staying away from the track.

By ten pages, I knew I did not have a problem. By forty pages, I knew I could not put the book down. The scrapes these two get into are always intelligent and realistic. The ways they get out of them are often inventive and sometimes lucky but never silly or unbelievable.

And along the way, Charlie sees a side to his father he never expected and gained a respect he would not have bet on before the trouble. On the other side, Drummond learns that his ne'er-do-well son is smart, capable, and often fun to be around. And they both rediscover the love they had for each other.

I hope these two live long enough to have several more scrapes together.


My Grade: A-

Your Average Grade:   A+


Vadernator A+ 10/15/2012 9:24:33 AM

Good solid story line, very interesting characters. I read the first book in one sitting I enjoyed it so much. Not sure how much legs the story of an agent with mental problems can have but enjoyed the books none the less.

GoldenI A+ 2/24/2013 11:16:49 AM

The premise of this series begs for a screen play! Think Harrison Ford as Drummond and Michael Cera or (for a good laugh) Seth Rogen as Charlie. I thought the premise played better than the actual story...but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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