For the final stop on the Audio Assault blog tour I thought it’d be fun to interview Theo Reese, the high school hockey player, computer genius, secret agent at the heart of the Codename: Winger series.
Imagine for a moment a covert organization having a company newsletter… that’s exactly where this interview appears--inside Tactical Operational Support’s TOS Today. This interview appeared shortly before the story in Audio Assault begins.
For this month’s “In the Field” interview, TOS Today caught up with Winger. At seventeen, Winger is our youngest agent, a distinction he’s had since he joined the agency at eleven. He’s a senior member of the IT department and his areas of expertise include security, extending the use of our iPhone apps and new gadgets.
TOS Today: You’re spending the first couple of weeks of your summer vacation at HQ training and working with the IT team, it must make for a strange summer vacation.
Winger: My friends go to hockey camp, get jobs or internships, or just hang out and I’m here working on some cool new tech and learning how to take care of myself in the field. It’s pretty cool. I was here last summer too, but only working with Doctor Possible and the techs. The field training is challenging but I’m glad to get it. Shotgun and Defender have worked with me over the past few months, but it’s good to get the real training because you never know when you’re going to need it.
And you would know that well because you’ve been in the field twice--once deliberately and once because the mission sprung up around you.
For sure. Honestly it was scary to be thrown into it. I’m glad TOS upped the training for the IT team since there’s benefit to having us in the field. Shotgun and Defender’s training was good, but the formal program is no joke. I thought hockey was intense, but it’s nothing compared to what I’m doing here--both physically and mentally. Some of the scenarios surprised me since I’m so used to dealing with the technical side of missions, but I can understand how I’d need to be prepared for anything.
Without breaking any security protocols, is there any one mission that stands out for you?
Oh yeah! Last Christmas with what’s come to be known around here as the Great Santa Hack. I would’ve never imagined working on something like that.
There are several couples who work for TOS as well as siblings. You have the distinction of being the first to be in the agency with parents. Hopefully this question doesn’t cause trouble, but what’s it like working with your parents?
It’s great. I learn so much from them, as well as Shotgun who is practically a member of our family. Sometimes it’s weird if I have to give them orders or have to do something they’d rather not have their son doing. We respect each other though. It’s hard for them when I end up in danger and it’s difficult for me when I can’t help them. Somehow, we make it work. It’s certainly brought us closer but it’s not something I’d wish on anyone because it’s not easy. I admit there are times I wish I could go back to when I didn’t know what they did but on the other hand we get to help a lot of people and I can’t deny that’s awesome.
Once you’re done here, do you actually get to enjoy summer vacation? We mentioned you’re seventeen so you’re on break between your junior and senior year of high school and your MIT classes.
Once I’m back in Boston, the plan is to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend while I also work with Doctor Possible and the IT team on some very cool tech we want to get out to the field by the end of the year. I’m also part of an MIT research team. Hopefully it turns out to be a great summer.
Theo’s interview is a perfect lead in to Audio Assault. You’ll see from the book’s blurb that Theo doesn’t get the summer he expected. Meanwhile, make sure to get your entries in the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win a free ebook or an autographed paperback of Audio Assault.
As for the Great Santa Hack Theo mentioned, you can read all about that in the free short story, A Very Winger Christmas, which makes its debut today. Simply download your free copy from BookFunnel and you can find out what went down on Christmas Eve.
I hope you enjoy both Audio Assault and A Very Winger Christmas.