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Full Name: Phil Sherman
Series Name: Secret Mission Series
Nationality: American
Organization: -
Occupation: Businessman

Creator:Don Smith
Actual Time Span: 1968-1978

       Phil Sherman is a businessman.
       Standing 6'2, Sherman is one of the older men to play secret agent, acknowledging that he is in his late 40's during his first adventure. This is supported by that fact that he served in the military during WWII, probably in the Far East. After he was discharged in 1945, he remained in Asia to start a business. It is likely that he would have been in his mid-20's, he would be at least 47 in 1968.
       Sherman is the only member of his family still alive as his parents were killed quite some time ago, probably during WWII. His only sibling, a brother, lost both legs in a POW camp in Korea and spent 2 years in agony afterwards before finally dieing.
       Sherman is the sole shareholder of the Trans-Eastern Supply Company, an import-export company specializing in legal trade of computers with the Eastern Bloc nations, especially Czechoslovakia. The original Trans-Eastern Supply Company was created by Sherman in Shanghai upon being discharged from the military and handled trade between the U.S. and China. When, however, Mao and his group wrested control of China from Kai-Shek, most foreign investors were forced out. Sherman lost everything he had and was forced to start over. He chose Europe this time.
       At first the requests for assistance seem innocuous and the money was good for helping the CIA in their clandestine operations. As time passes, however, the situation often changes. At times Sherman is in need of money while at other times he is almost roped into helping. Still, his authentic role of an office-equipment distributor provides an excellent cover for his movements all across the world.
       Eventually, from adventure #14, "Death Stalk in Spain", Sherman becomes a full-time agent for the CIA, working for a special department headed by Sherman's old 'friend', McCullough.


Number of Books:21
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1978

1 Secret Mission: Peking Secret Mission: Peking      written by Don Smith     copyright 1968
Phil Sherman is asked to help by the State Department. It would mean a chance to get back at the Chinese government and make his company a nice profit. He was to help in the sale of the latest computer to Czechoslovakia, knowing it would be repackaged to China for work in a nuclear reseach facility. It was rigged with explosives.

2 Secret Mission: Prague Secret Mission: Prague      written by Don Smith     copyright 1968
Having helped the Agency once already, Phil Sherman was the natural man to approach for help in investigating a new group of gunrunners. While Sherman was to take the role of a seller to war-torn West Africa, the real goal was to find out who was behind the influx of serious weaponry to the Black Panthers and other black militants.

3 Secret Mission: Corsica Secret Mission: Corsica      written by Don Smith     copyright 1968
When the CIA, working with the drug agencies, became convinced that a noted French farm implement maker was smuggling massive amounts of heroin into the U.S., they need help from Phil Sherman whose investigations took him to the hostile island of Corsica. He learned the secret of the smuggling but then had to get off the island.

4 Secret Mission: Morocco Secret Mission: Morocco      written by Don Smith     copyright 1968
Take a sex-crazed sadistic woman, add in her ultra-rich tycoon lover, a pair of Berber brothers, and the deserts of Morocco, and you have a mixture for Phil Sherman. An agent for the Treasury Department approached Sherman to help in discovering what the millionaire is up to, he reluctantly agrees when the agent is murdered.

5 Secret Mission: Istanbul Secret Mission: Istanbul      written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
To Phil Sherman, the mission sounded too easy. A major KGB chief had defected to Istanbul and he needed someone to sneak into Bulgaria to leave a message for his wife to join him. That was it. But then someone betrays him, a team sent to extract the wife is ambushed, and Sherman is caught as a spy.

6 Secret Mission: Tibet Secret Mission: Tibet      written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
Someone has perfected a ray that is destroying the satellites of both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The likely suspect was Red China since the attacks probably originated in Tibet or Southern China. The only way to prove it was to bring in special detection equipment. Phil Sherman is asked by a NASA bigwig to be the one to handle the tests.

7 Secret Mission: Cairo Secret Mission: Cairo      written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
A nuclear bomb has been stolen. It belonged to the French and it was apparently stolen by a Frenchman. The question was who wanted it? Was it Egypt or Yemen or someone else? Phil Sherman is hired to get it back. He is confused why he is asked to get involved but his business was heading downward and he can use the money.

8 Secret Mission: North Korea Secret Mission: North Korea      written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
Phil Sherman is to lead a small band of his own dirty dozen to sail a vessel near enough to North Korea to get it confiscated. It is loaded with enough explosives to blow up their main port. Sherman was to set the timer and escape in a fast launch. Naturally, nothing works like it should, starting with a beautiful stowaway with a gun.

9 Secret Mission: Angola + Secret Mission: Angola      aka Angola     written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
The fighting in Angola, seeking independence from Portugal, was growing fiercer and fiercer. When his sometimes boss hears he is heading to Lisbon, Phil Sherman is asked to check on the political situation which in turn leads to a mission down south to find and capture a rebel leader before the Soviets and Chinese get their hands on him.

10 Secret Mission: Munich Secret Mission: Munich      written by Don Smith     copyright 1969
The flooding of Europe's economy with bogus greenbacks threatens not only the American economy but all trade throughout the West. Phil Sherman is hired to find out who is behind the counterfeiting and stop them but the task is a tremendous one as the culprits are a new band of old-style Nazis.

11 Secret Mission: Athens Secret Mission: Athens      written by Don Smith     copyright 1971
The CIA totally denounced their agent in Greece when he was found high on LSD in the same room as the wife of a major Greek official, raped and murdered. Phil Sherman's part-time employer didn't like the situation and asked him to help out as someone was clearly trying to disrupt Greek and American relations.

12 Secret Mission: The Kremlin Plot Secret Mission: The Kremlin Plot      written by Don Smith     copyright 1971
Phil Sherman was on a business trip, taking an Aeroflot flight from Riga to Moscow, when a hijacker sought to take control and force the plane to the West. In a short gun battle with a Soviet sky marshal, the hijacker was dead and Sherman was in possession of a pack of cigarettes passed by the dying man.

13 The Marseilles Enforcer The Marseilles Enforcer      written by Don Smith     copyright 1972
The CIA didn't want to be officially involved in the investigation so they turned to their unofficial agent, Phil Sherman, to help track down the source of a large heroin shipment hidden inside several new Renaults. They were certain the man behind it all was a Corsican named Perelli but it was Sherman's job to get the proof.

14 Death Stalk In Spain Death Stalk In Spain      written by Don Smith     copyright 1972
The people seeking to find gold in a cargo ship sunk by the Germans during WWII were being stymied most permanently with bullets. One was a Navy captain working closely with the CIA who didn't take kindly to that treatment. Phil Sherman is sent to help find the people responsible for the killings off the coast of Spain.

15 Haitian Vendetta Haitian Vendetta      written by Don Smith     copyright 1973
Having recently come onboard full time, Phil Sherman is unceremoniously shunned officially by the CIA as they send him into Haiti to investigate the actions of the reputed head of the notorious Tontons Macoutes. The CIA wanted to know if this band of secret police was being backed by the Cubans.

16 Night Of The Assassin Night Of The Assassin      written by Don Smith     copyright 1973
The rumors were strong that the Chinese had smuggled nuclear missiles into their puppet regime in Albania. The CIA wanted to know for sure so they picked Phil Sherman to find out. Unfortunately, it was all a plot to get him in a compromising position and eliminate him.

17 The Libyan Contract The Libyan Contract      written by Don Smith     copyright 1974
The thought of having to protect a wild man like Khaddafi seemed a bit much but that is what Phil Sherman finds he has to do to stop an American hitman from taking out the Libyan leader and starting a major diplomatic situation. Besides saving the leader's life, Sherman must also figure out who paid to have him killed.

18 The Peking Connection The Peking Connection      written by Don Smith     copyright 1975
A leading member of the Chinese government's delegation to the U.N. had a lucrative sideline going as he used diplomatic pouches to smuggle heroin into the U.S. The CIA told Phil Sherman to learn whether it was one man being very capitalistic or a plot by the communist regime to undermine the population.

19 The Dalmatian Tapes The Dalmatian Tapes      written by Don Smith     copyright 1976
The mission for Phil Sherman was simply to plant a bug on a Yugoslavian cabinet minister and monitor a conversation. It all goes bad as the secret police kill the minister and place the blame on Sherman. Fleeing, Sherman is at least gratified to know he had the required tapes - until he finds someone has switched them on him.

20 The Bavarian Connection The Bavarian Connection      written by Don Smith     copyright 1978
Someone wanted the truth behind Nazi thefts to remain hidden. When a young man came to Switzerland to claim a horde of his father's stolen gold, he is found dead. So is an art dealer tracking down the truth behind a painting. And others also die trying to learn the facts. Phil Sherman is then told to do his own investigating.

21 The Strausser Transfer The Strausser Transfer      written by Don Smith     copyright 1978
The kidnapping of an American student in France by the KGB was to coerce her scientist father to come over to their side. Phil Sherman was dispatched to bring her home safely. Another agent, anxious to solve matter his own way, decided to get involved and he had no interest in saving lives.


       The same publisher who brought us Nick Carter Killmaster, Award, brought us Phil Sherman. My, but what a difference!
       Phil Sherman is neither bombastic nor overbearing. He is a bit too easy-going when taking pretty hazardous assignments but otherwise he is a thoughtful and careful spy who would like to make it home and who knows well that a mistake or a rash action can keep that from happening.
       The writing is quite good and the action quite intelligent, making an enjoyable series you should like a good deal. I certainly did. There were a good deal of Sherman adventures written but I would not have minded a few more.


My Grade:   B

Your Average Grade:   A+


Thank you WHY for reaquainting me with this series! I had totally forgotten about it. That might suggest the yarns were forgetable...not the case. Tongue was firmly in cheek in the first several adventures. Big difference from Nick Carter. These are easy to come by on ABE.com. and cheap.

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