Born to loving parents, he had a childhood many could only dream about. His father was in the Diplomatic Core for the State Department, and his mother was a financial advisor. Living in over a dozen countries from Asia to Europe, and from South America to the Middle East, provided a solid foundation for his world view. Attended junior high and high school while they were at the consulate in Stuttgart Germany and while at the embassy in London, England, he completed his degree at Eaton College.
Wanting to get out from his father’s coattails, and causing much concern for his parents, he entered the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst. First stationed in D.C. at the Defense Intelligence Agency and then served a year at the Joint Analysis Center in the UK and a year at Headquarters European Command in Stuttgart (HQEUCOM). While there, his parents died in a tragic accident on their way to Norway for a summit. They were flying in a small plane and it went down during an unexpected storm over the North Sea.
Soon after this, he jumped at the chance when approached about joining CIA. His career there was astronomical, as his past travels and education allowed him to travel covertly within Russia and the former Soviet Union countries. Comfortable working in multiple places around the world, he was soon working covert operations worldwide. But Russia and the former Warsaw Pact countries were his forte, and he had multiple contacts living there.
With his slight British accent, picked up while in the UK, many joked he was the American James Bond. But he was quick to point out, James Bond was an American and an Ornithologist. Meaning he studied birds. Robert preferred to study people. Especially the female kind, and he had ample volunteers for this.
Even as an adult, he lived the life most men envy. Most outside the intelligence world saw him as an international playboy and this worked well for him. There was always a beautiful woman on his arm which ran the gambit of actresses, models, TV personalities and top business women. Not to mention several daughters of foreign dignitaries, and a few wayward wives, he came across. Recognized on sight in top hotels and restaurants around the world, he seldom needed a reservation. His income and the portfolio, built by his very successful mother and left to him on his parent’s death, allowed him to live very well. The one thing he excelled at more than being the best Operations Officer was living well. And he lived very well.
Then one day he receives a package containing a computer listing from an associate. There’s a message saying this could be something big. He doesn’t question it for a second and dives right in. Little does he know how big this will be and how it will impact his life.