Agent Borealis is a spy thriller / assassin thriller pulp fiction series written by Charles Moffat that is set in the 1950s 'Cold War Era'. As a historical fiction the Agent Borealis series touches on the politics, technology, fashion and culture of the 1950s - especially the guns and the cars, as they pertain to the story.
"Agent Borealis" is just a codename. The character's real name is Samson. Samson George Walter. The son of Welsh parents, Samson's maternal grandfather is Silesian and when he was 6 years old he was visiting family in Silesia when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. Trapped behind enemy lines he spent the next six years trying to get back to England and to his family. During the war he stayed alive by stealing food, weapons, cars, hiding in the woods, and eventually made his way to the Netherlands where he stole a boat and headed back to England.
The first book of the series starts in the Summer of 1955, when Samson is 22 years old and now working as an art thief / cat burglar. His unique skills at stealth and survival, and his ability to speak English, French, German, Russian, Silesian, Spanish and Welsh make him very valuable to NATO Intelligence. Polyglots often make the best spies.
Building upon the traditional spy thrillers of James Bond/007 (Ian Fleming) as well as more modern novels like the Jack Ryan series (Tom Clancy) and the Dirk Pitt adventure series (Clive Cussler), the Agent Borealis series harkens back to the pulp fiction books of the 1930s, 40s and 50s while providing a modern perspective on morality, realism, and alternative history.
In addition to his skills at languages and stealth, Samson is also skilled at the following:
The First Mission: Hunting Hitler
Someone has been sending a poisonous powder (from a rare poisonous orchid found only in Argentina) to politicians in Washington D.C. and London. Agent Borealis / Samson is tasked with finding who has been sending the rare poison, but the trail of bodies leads him to a ski resort in Patagonia where he learns that Adolf Hitler is still alive and well, his death having been faked by the Russians / KGB.
Driven on by his own nightmares of the war and a sense of injustice, Samson has no choice. He has to find him and kill him. He has to kill Hitler.
Release Date: May 1st 2021.
The Car: 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Recruited for his unique skills Samson insists on keeping his car, despite it being stolen: A 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe.
With its 6-cylinder 2996cc/240hp engine and "Super Light" tubular frame construction the 300SL Gullwing Coupe was one of the fastest cars of the era, with a top speed of 263 km/h (163 mph). When it was first made it was fastest production car of its time. The 300SL would later be voted the "sports car of the century" in 1999.
Samson sometimes talks to his car. The car doesn't talk back, but this is an unusual quirk of the character. This personal attachment to his car is just one of Samson's traits.
The Gun: NAACO Brigadier .45
During his first mission Samson is equipped with a NAACO Brigadier .45 pistol, a Canadian-made gun which was part of a small series of prototypes that was discontinued.
With a standard 230-grain (15 g) bullet, the .45 NAACO cartridge produced muzzle velocities of up to 1,600 feet per second (490 m/s), or almost twice as fast as the .45 ACP. The magazine held eights rounds, but the Brigadier was also very heavy - clocking in at 1896 grams (4.18 lbs). Today it is a very rare gun in the display cases of gun collectors.
At first Samson doesn't like the Brigadier, believing it to be too heavy and he often prefers knives anyway, but he ultimately decides he likes the extra weight and accuracy the gun offers.