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Edward S. Aarons
Edward Sidney Aarons
(1916 – June 16,1975) was an American writer, author of more than 80 novels from 1936 until 1975. One of these was under the pseudonym "Paul Ayres" (Dead Heat), and 30were written using the name "Edward Ronns". He also wrote numerousstories for detective magazines such as
Detective Story Magazine
and
Scarab
.Among other works of fiction, Aarons is known for his spy thrillers,particularly his "Assignment" series, which are set all over the worldand have been translated into 17 languages. The 42 novels in thisseries starredCIAagentSam Durell. The first "Assignment" novel was written in 1955, and Aarons continued writing the series until up to hisdeath.Aarons was born inPhiladelphia,Pennsylvania, and earned a degree in LiteratureandHistoryfromColumbia University. He worked at various  jobs to put himself through college, including jobs as a newspaperreporter and fisherman. In 1933, he won a short story contest as astudent. InWorld War IIhe was in theUnited States Coast Guard,  joining after the attack onPearl Harborin 1941. He finished his duty in1945, having obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Assignment / Sam Durell series
Fictional CIA agent Sam Durell is the protagonist for all of the stories inthis series and so while the publisher listed this as the “Assignmentseries” it is well known as the “Sam Durell series.” In later editions thepublisher also used “Sam Durell” in the blurb immediately after thefront cover - For example
 Assignment Ceylon
has “This is numberthirty-six of the famed Sam Durell novels—one of the bestsellingsuspense series in the history of publishing.” One consistent element isthat all of the story titles started with the word “Assignment.” The stories were written over a span of 28 years from 1955 to 1983with each more or less being set in present time at the time it waswritten.When initially issued the stories were not numbered and the publishershowed the list of available stories in the Assignment” series inalphabetical order though often the alphabetical list did not include allof the previous stories. Later re-prints numbered the stories based theorder in which they were first published though the list of stories just
 
before the title page was still in alphabetical order. The list is shown innumbered/published order here. Each story is a standalone work andwhile they can be read in any order reading them in the order givenhere will provide some continuity as there are occasional references topeople or incidents from previous assignments. The publications were inconsistent in their formatting of the title withmany editions using five dots as in
 Assignment . . . . . Angelina
on thetitle page though some used a dash, others used a colon, and a fewbreak the title on two lines with no punctuation. The formatting on thefront covers was also mixed with most editions breaking the title ontotwo lines though a few had two lines with the
 Assignment 
followed by adash or colon. The spines tended to use a dash though a few use acolon and
 Assignment Ceylon
had no punctuation. For consistency, allof the titles are listed here with a dash.
1.
 Assignment to Disaster 
(1955)
2.
 Assignment—Treason
(1956)
3.
 Assignment—Suicide
(1956)
4.
 Assignment—Stella Marni
(1957)
5.
 Assignment—Budapest 
(1957)
6.
 Assignment—Angelina
(1958)
7.
 Assignment—Madeleine
(1958)
8.
 Assignment—Carlotta Cortez 
(1959)
9.
 Assignment—Helene
(1959)
10.
 Assignment—Lili Lamaris
(1959)
11.
 Assignment—Zoraya
(1960)
12.
 Assignment—Mara Tirana
(1960)
13.
 Assignment—Lowlands
(1961)
14.
 Assignment—Burma Girl
(1961)
15.
 Assignment—Ankara
(1961)
16.
 Assignment—Karachi
(1962)
17.
 Assignment—Sorrento Siren
(1962)
18.
 Assignment—Manchurian Doll
(1963)
19.
 Assignment—The Girl in the Gondola
(1964)
20.
 Assignment—Sulu Sea
(1964)
21.
 Assignment—The Cairo Dancers
(1965)
22.
 Assignment—School for Spies
(1966)
23.
 Assignment—Cong Hai Kill
(1966)
24.
 Assignment—Palermo
(1966)
25.
 Assignment—Black Viking
(1967)
26.
 Assignment—Moon Girl
(1967)
27.
 Assignment—Nuclear Nude
(1968)
28.
 Assignment—Peking
(1969)
29.
 Assignment—White Rajah
(1970)
30.
 Assignment—Star Stealers
(1970)
 
31.
 Assignment—Tokyo
(1971)
32.
 Assignment—Golden Girl
(1971)
33.
 Assignment—Bangkok 
(1972)
34.
 Assignment—Maltese Maiden
(1972)
35.
 Assignment—Silver Scorpion
(1973)
36.
 Assignment—Ceylon
(1973)
37.
 Assignment—Amazon Queen
(1974)
38.
 Assignment—Sumatra
(1974)
39.
 Assignment—Quayle Question
(1975)
40.
 Assignment—Black Gold
(1975)
41.
 Assignment—Unicorn
(1976)
42.
 Assignment—Afghan Dragon
(1976)After Edward S. Aarons' death in 1975 his brother, William B.Aarons (1914-2002), continued to publish the series as executorof the Edward S. Aarons' estate. Volumes 43 to 48 state Will B.Aarons as the author but were ghost written by LawrenceHall.
 
43.
 Assignment—Sheba
(1976)
44.
 Assignment—Tiger Devil
(1977)
45.
 Assignment—13th Princess
(1977)
46.
 Assignment—Mermaid
(1979)
47.
 Assignment—Tyrant's Bride
(1980)
48.
 Assignment—Death Ship
(1983)
Gérard de Villiers
Gérard de Villiers
Life
De Villiers is the son of Jacques Adam de Villiers and a graduate of theESJ Paris(Superior School of Journalism in Paris).He is the author of thespy novelseries
SAS
, from 1965 which tells theadventures of the Austrian prince andCIAagentMalko Linge.
SAS
is aplay on initials:
Son Altesse Sérénissime
(SAS) is the French version of "His Royal Highness" (HRH); and the BritishSpecial Air Service(SAS);the principalspecial forcesunit of theBritish Army. As of 2007 171 novels of the franchise have been penned, with usually the locale of the story featuring in the title (like
Les amazones de Pyongyang'
or
Putsch à Ouagadougou
).Miles O'Keefeplayed Malko in the 1983 film

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