Michael J. Foy: Cord Devlin is here. Over the last several years he has been repeatedly commended by homeland security for his contributions to successful intelligence gathering operations that have saved thousands if not millions of lives.
It is said that he and his colleagues perform a stressful and thankless job due to the covert nature of their activities. But he claims that the encyclopedic knowledge he’s compiled from studying the iconic TV show, Star Trek, has taught him valuable coping skills.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about him is that he operates as a completely fictional character in an upcoming series of books, Ghosts of Forgotten Empires. I’m pleased to have Cord Devlin at this table for the first time. Welcome.
Cord Devlin: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Michael J. Foy: How did you first get into intelligence work?
Cord Devlin: Well, sort of by accident. When I was a kid my family traveled the world due to my Dad’s military career. We rarely stayed in one place longer than 6 months but I suppose it taught me how to deal with people from other cultures. As an adult it felt natural to join the diplomatic corps but that got old after a while. It seemed that my friends in intelligence led a more exciting life so I guess you can say the rest is history.
Michael J. Foy: You were exposed to the intelligence community growing up?
Cord Devlin: Not so much then. Although I remember my dad going to meetings with naval intelligence. No, I formed bonds with them while working the diplomatic channels in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan in particular.
Michael J. Foy: Is that normal? Diplomats and intelligence operatives working together?
Cord Devlin: Probably not in normal times. But given the manhunt for the most notorious mass murderer in history, diplomats and spies shared information.
Michael J. Foy: Osama bin Laden.
Cord Devlin: Or UBL as he was known to the government.
Michael J. Foy: And Star Trek, where does that come in? Seems like a stretch to connect those two disparate interests.
Cord Devlin: If you can deal with Klingons and Romulans how hard can it be to deal with Europeans and Asians? (He laughs.) But seriously I was impressed with the patience that Kirk and Picard displayed in the face of unknown situations. I guess I learned to listen and consider options before acting. And I welcomed the challenge of applying that to real life situations.
Michael J. Foy: Are there any of those situations you can talk about? Any that led to saving lives on a large scale?
Cord Devlin: The NSA…
Michael J. Foy: The National Security Agency?
Cord Devlin: Yes. They’re vetting a book that’ll be out shortly. If they green light it in whole or in part you’ll be able to read about one of the more bizarre assignments I’ve ever had.
Michael J. Foy: Bizarre? In what way?
Cord Devlin: (He pauses) I’m trying to decide how much I can reveal. Maybe the best way to answer that is to say that it involves the old Trekism, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Michael J. Foy: Really? Someone threatens a population with the abuse of absolute political power.
Cord Devlin: Not political power. But I’ve probably said enough already.
Michael J. Foy: Atomic power?
Cord Devlin: (He smiles) Atomic power would be quaint relative to what I’m talking about. But I’m really not at liberty to say much more. I might already be in trouble with Homeland Security.
Michael J. Foy: Where and when will readers be able to read about your exploits?
Cord Devlin: Assuming the NSA doesn’t scrub it you can read about it in Ghosts of Forgotten Empires which is available on Amazon at least at the moment. Or for an update people can write me on my gmail account.
To see the live interview on youtube go to:
Ghosts of Forgotten Empires, Volume 1: A Cord Devlin adventure