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Full Name: Stephen Fletcher
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Geoffrey Davison
Time Span: 1967 - 1969


Stephen Fletcher is an agent with British Intelligence.

A tall man described as having a "strong, tanned face, black hair, and steel blue eyes which belied his toughness", Fletcher is in his early thirties when we first meet him. He is considered "quite handsome" with "a deep resonant voice and a confident manner".

A British citizen via his Scots father as well as having Greek citizenship thanks to his Greek mother, Fletcher had been born in Greece and "had spent his childhood and youth in the consulates of the Balkan countries". His formal education in foreign languages at a university in Turkey was paid for the Foreign Office and from the time of his graduation he had been employed by MI6.

"The Balkans were his home and his own particular responsibility. He moved freely through the various countries as if boundaries did not exist, and his contacts were many and varied." Toss in the Greek isles as well as Turkey's Asia Minor and you get a sense of his area of expertise.

Operating out of Athens, his familiarity with the region allows him to move freely and blend in easily. Less easy are regions such as the Levant and North Africa but he knows enough to cope anywhere.

Very little of Fletcher's background or his personal life is revealed in the short series but what is shown is his determination to come through regardless of the obstacles. Whether it is going undercover deep inside the Iron Curtain with no one to have his back or in the alleyways of Cairo where those behind you could just as likely stab you there as help you, he knows that he has to rely only on himself and he is comfortable at doing that.

What is known is that Fletcher is good with a gun and a knife and pretty capable of handling himself in a fist fight. He is not afraid of charging into a dark alley at night or entering a bar filled with low lifes or going into a Warsaw Pact country pretending to be someone else. Fear is not a stranger to him but Fletcher is apt to ignore it while he gets the job done.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

1 The Spy Who Swopped Shoes The Spy Who Swopped Shoes
Written by Geoffrey Davison
Copyright: 1967

British agent Stephen Fletcher is ordered to take the place of a slain KGB agent, a man killed on a train going through Bulgaria to help the substitution. The plan is to have Fletcher join other KGB agents heading to London. He must use the cover to find out who is a British traitor.

2 Nest Of Spies Nest Of Spies
Written by Geoffrey Davison
Copyright: 1968

As the British government works to bring a lasting truce between Greece and Turkey, Stephen Fletcher is sent to that region to find out who is working hard to disrupt their efforts.

3 The Chessboard Spies The Chessboard Spies
Written by Geoffrey Davison
Copyright: 1969

Stephen Fletcher for MI-6 works closely with a CIA agent to go against a major Turkish arms dealer in a case that involves treacherous Americans and deadly Soviet agents and a woman who was a brilliant as she was beautiful.


The three-book series about Stephen Fletcher has two quite different feels to it, depending on the book. The first, wherein Fletcher must go behind the Iron Curtain impersonating a Communist agent, is quite nerve-racking and tense as would definitely fit the situation where the operative is all by himself surrounded by people who would kill him or worse should he be caught. The atmosphere is thick and compelling. The second and third books, however, are far more open-air feeling as Fletcher, still relying on himself, at least knows much of the territory and is on far firmer ground.

Both books are interesting and worth reading but the first will leave you looking over your shoulder and wondering if the person seated next to you suspects anything and that is a fun feeling to have from reading a book - unless you really have something to hide.


My Grade: B


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