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Warren Pace, CIA

by Sonny Zae

About the Author: Sonny's fantasy short story "Battle for the Dragon's Egg" was published in Mystic Signals Issue 20 and online in Sorcerous Signals. The fantasy novellas "Unholy Matrimony" and "Love Elixir Antidote," and fantasy short story "Plague of Cats" are available from Roane Publishing. Sonny's short story "Beelze-Bubba" was published in the October 2014 "To Hell With Dante" anthology by Martinus Publishing. The short story "Ninja Nuns in Flying Color" was published online August 28, 2016.


"Clandestine Service Sub-Director Thompson jiggled a stack of papers to get the attention of the man behind the desk. “Warren, this is your new partner, agent Steve Hammond. Steve just completed agent training.”

“I was second in my class,” Steve volunteered.

Sub-Director Thompson gestured toward the man. “This is Warren Pace, the most senior field agent in the CIA. You’ll learn a wealth of information from him. Some of it might even be helpful.” Thompson indicated the many framed awards and citations on the wall behind Warren. “He was the lead field agent in discovering and foiling the plot to assassinate the president in 1971. He’s uncovered four moles over his career. He infiltrated organized crime groups including the FFA, the PLGA, and the Bazlani Radicals.”

“Very impressive.” Steve stared at Warren, who didn’t look up. “That’s why I requested Warren as a partner. He’s a legend! Infiltrating a foreign security service posing as a Bohemian accordion prodigy bent on personal revenge due to funding cuts to the arts? That took guts!”

“It took more than guts,” Warren replied without looking up. “It took the hearing in my right ear. You know how much feedback an amplified parade accordion can generate?”

Steve nodded somberly. “You gave your hearing in the service of your country.”

“I’ve given more than that,” Warren growled.

Story Comments

Dec 3 - Jessica Soldwell

Witty, charming and true of the older generation. Done with an interesting and humorous voice.

Dec 14 - Elizabeth Varadan

This was a really fun story. Moved well. Characters very humorous. Great ending.

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