Martinelli_and_Marshall2 Martinelli_and_Marshall1
Full Name: Julie Martinelli and Joseph Marshall
Nationality: American
Organization: Department of Defense
Occupation Agent

Creator: Joseph Massucci
Time Span: 1997 - 1998


Julie Martinelli is a genius. Joseph Marshall is a Special Forces officer.

In this two-book series, they are two individuals twice who come upon near-Earth ending situations and, by teaming up and working together, use their combination of high IQ and lightning reflexes to overcome impressive odds and save the U.S. if not the world.

Martinelli is a woman in her mid 20's as the series begins and is a graduate student working in a microbiology research facility as a theoretical biochemist while she prepares her doctoral thesis. In the second book, she has her Ph.D but is using her phenominal intellect as a high-level computer programmer and engineer. She has always been a prodigy, having mastered complex machine languages when seven and went on to learn the various forms of mathematics, calculus, and the like on her own. She is also a woman of incredible beauty who exercises and jogs almost religiously to keep her physical form in as peak a condition as her mind continually is.

Marshall is a Major with Special Forces in his mid 30's in the opening book but has gained a promotion to Lt. Colonel by the second. He does not have a genius intelligence like Martinelli but his mind is as sharp as anyone's when it comes to operational matters and his top physical shape and his dedication to not failing keep him a force to not ignore.

Though not partners at the start of either book, and not even knowing each other at first in the opening adventure, they eventually meet and combine their talents to take care of the problem. Along the way they establish a romantic interest in each other though their individual careers make a permanent arrangement somewhat elusive.

Neither of these two are truly agents but for most of the first book and all of the second, they are operative in all by name for the DoD.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1997
Last Appearance:1998

1 Code Alpha Code Alpha
Written by Joseph Massucci
Copyright: 1997

The man-made virus was called Sain Vitus and it was certainly the greatest threat to humanity's existance yet faced. It was the US's greatest secret until it was stolen and now the President is ready to do anything to get it back. That is where Martinelli and Marshall come in.

2 The Millennium Project The Millennium Project
Written by Joseph Massucci
Copyright: 1998

As the new century approaches, a genius with plans to wreck havoc on the economic world by unleashing a computer virus tied to the Y2K problem and Martinelli and Marshall are determined to stop him.


This is definitely a techno-thriller series with a fair amount of military action co-mingling with high tech gadgetry. It is very well written and very enjoyable, especially when the sassy and authority-thumbing Julie Martinelli is on hand. I liked Marshall and his "do-not-get-in-my-way" attitude to just about everyone but it is Martinelli who steals the show. This can explain why I have seen the series listed as hers alone. I chose to give them equal status on this site though I did have her lead. Not only is it ladies-first, Martinelli would not take the back seat to anyone. And that is why I liked her.

I do not know why the author did not choose to write any more about them. With her genius intelligence, she could get involved in just about any kind of high tech, especially with her fantastic skills with computers. And as a Special Forces troubleshooter, Marshall could be sent into any number of danger hotspots. Oh well.


My Grade: B


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