Aggie & Agent X - The Mandarin Mystery

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Aggie & Agent X - The Mandarin Mystery. The second mission for young CIA officer Agnes Westfeld and her alien detective partner, Agent X is a baffling mystery with more danger and excitement than the first. A science fiction mystery with humor, thrills and chills. More

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About Gary Alan Ruse

Have been a professional writer of science fiction, mysteries and "techno-thrillers" since the 70's, and served as an Army reporter in Vietnam. I have five previous novels published, "Houndstooth" and "A Game of Titans" in hardcovers by Prentice-Hall with foreign editions in Great Britain and Japan, and "The Gods of Cerus Major" in hardcover by Doubleday, and original paperbacks "Morlac: The Quest of the Green Magician" and "Death Hunt on a Dying Planet" by Signet/New American Library. Also a number of stories published in magazines and anthologies, and more than 900 newspaper articles in Community Newspapers.

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Tony Cole reviewed on Aug. 6, 2016

Once again our unlikely pair of heroes (Angie the young woman CIA operative and Agent X, an alien who has become involved in the CIA after his arrival on earth) find themselves asked to solve some very puzzling mysteries, the first mystery being how on earth did the dead body of a CIA operative who was apparently killed in Mexico turn up in the USA about 45 minutes after he was killed… And it gets weirder and weirder from that point on.

Thanks to the perseverance of Angie and the astonishing collection of unlikely “super-powers” that Agent X has, it all comes to a happy end, well not for the villains obviously, but for the rest of us, it is a happy ending.

Both Angie and Agent X have all manner of totally human and likable quirks, which Gary Ruse gives free rein to as the story meanders along its cheerful way. My favourite character trait of Agent X is his love of food, of all sorts and cuisines, a love I can identify with very easily. Basically he has set out a sort of map of the world in his life, which is almost exclusively centered upon good restuarants of one sort or another. So when he uses his Matter Transference ability (being able to go to anywhere in the world instantly through Hyperspace provided he has already been there at least once before by other means), it is almost always to a street near to one of his many favourite restaurants.

Not only does he have that ability, but he can also be invisible at need, change how other people see him (handy if you are an alien and you wish to remain unobserved) and a whole slew of other abilities. Angie on the other hand is simply an intelligent and extremely game young woman who knows how to work with Agent X to extremely good effect.

As with the first of these books, this one is good fun, silly, engaging and extremely readable, and I recommend it to anyone of any age as a great and enjoyable ebook.
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