In honor of In from the Cold’s upcoming release, I was able to convince my CIA contact to pass along some files from the archives. I won’t tell if you won’t.
SUBJECT: Flynn, Robert
STATUS: Inactive; Honorably Discharged 1946; last held rank Lt. Col.
Born 1920 NYC to Irish immigrants. Orphaned at a young age and taken in by neighbors, avoiding becoming a ward of the state. Sponsored by Senator Kirby for admission to West Point, graduated top of class in '41 with B.A. in History, minor in English Lit. Commissioned 2LT, stationed Fort Belvoir, VA, recruited to 1st Special Service Force in '42. Swiftly climbed ranks via field promotions, outstanding service. Lt. Col. by '45. Resigned with little fanfare Jan '46 once post-war transition period ended. Off grid for three months before resurfacing in Brooklyn. No known romantic partners, no other living family. Combat experience, education level, and lack of personal connections ideal.
SUBJECT: Grant, Alexander, PhD
STATUS: Active; Special Agent, CIA; Project Lead, [CLASSIFIED]; former OSS.
Born 1920 to General August Everett Grant and wife Clara. Earned PhD in Mathematics at Harvard University by age 21. Groomed to follow family tradition, pursue military career as flyer. Undisclosed medical concern prevented Grant from securing wings; alleged falling out with general followed. Grant, regarded as fledgling inventor among peers if not the public, involved in intelligence projects and recruited to OSS in '42. Rapidly ascended ranks and made mark on numerous missions, earning regard and reputation as unorthodox but brilliant. Met Vivian Adler on assignment, married '46. Two children, Rosemary and Lawrence. Grant settled family in Connecticut. Currently assigned to New York.
Origin unknown. Training unknown.
Robert Flynn abandoned a sterling military career when his best friend and fellow soldier, Wesley Pike, died under his command. More than a decade later, Flynn’s quiet life is disturbed by the troubles of a fledgling CIA and Alexander Grant, a flashy agent with a lot to prove. As the space race between the United States and the Soviets heats up and the body count rises, the two men fight to find common ground. Grant knows Flynn believes in the cause, but all Flynn sees is the opportunity to fail someone like he failed Wes. An attack by a Soviet agent spurs Flynn to action and a reluctant association with the agency, and tilts Flynn’s world on its axis with a shocking discovery: Wesley Pike may be alive and operating as a Soviet assassin.
With Grant to bankroll the operation, his superiors looking the other way, and Flynn’s hard-earned peace officially forfeit, Flynn reunites his old team with the singular goal of finding Wes. But they get more than they bargained for—Wes is amnesiac and dangerous, brainwashed into becoming the perfect weapon. Flynn struggles to reach his friend, lead his team, and navigate his charged relationship with Grant—something neither of them expected and aren’t sure how to parse—while coming to grips with his long-buried feelings for Wes.
J.T. Rogers grew up wanting to be either a superhero or a spy—but rather than pick one over the other, she chose to become a writer instead so she could be both in her spare time. Her fiction reflects her childhood obsessions, blending together the distrustful, cloak-and-dagger world of spies with the high-octane action and camaraderie of her favorite superheroes.
The product of a bilingual education and an alumna of a handful of universities, J.T.’s passions include history, comic books, and Shakespeare. She has lived all over North America and loves to weave threads of authentic local color into her stories. Just ask her about Lucy the Elephant.
Currently, she’s living the dream of being overworked and underpaid. She writes to stay sane—or that’s the story she likes to tell, at least.