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LIST OF CHARACTERS

THE RAREST CUT

London: 

Sir Charles Robertson

Founder and owner of the Groots Corporation with high-end diamond stores in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Beverley Hills, Chicago and Vancouver. His family is his rock. His wife Catherine runs the international expansion of the diamond business assisted by his daughter, Sarah. Charlie's son, Andrew, is running diamond mining and production in Australia.  Charlie is now on first-name terms with the US President, Frank Santini; the British Prime Minister, Amanda Huntington; and the Prince of Wales, Charles Windsor. But Charlie begins to wonder, "What is the point of it all? Selling more and more diamonds to people with more money than sense and getting richer and richer, but for what?" 

Catherine Robertson

Charlie's second wife and Director of International Marketing for the Groots Corporation worldwide with plans to open more diamond stores around the world. She is a sophisticated and intelligent woman who doesn't suffer fools gladly learnt from her time being the Chief Concierge at the Savoy Hotel in London. She speaks passable French, German and Italian and works closely with both Sir Alan Kingston and Gustav Bergstrom, the Architect. She is also Charlie's best friend, confidante, and lover who will do anything to protect her man. 

Andrew Robertson

Charlie and Rebecca's (his first wife) son. A taller and better-looking version of his father, and he has had a few girlfriends in the past but now he doesn't have time for a relationship and is not looking for one. Now running the whole Australian mining operation, but he has regular trips back to London and around the world. A great swimmer—Charlie taught him to swim in the ocean at Perth when he was growing up—and now a great snow skier. He took up skiing when he was at Sydney University with regular trips down to Perisher valley in the winter. Now he likes to grab a few days skiing whenever he can around the world, with his favourite places being Zermatt and Whistler. 

Sarah Robertson

Charlie and Rebecca's (his first wife) daughter. A stunning-looking blond, Sarah Robertson could easily be a model, but she will only model Groots & Co jewellery for her Dad. Sarah is rapidly learning about the Groots business working with Catherine, and will one day take over the business along with Andrew.  She is highly intelligent and a wiz with technology. She has had a few relationships, both male and female, but at the moment, prefers to be on her own travelling around the world. Most people she meets underestimate her—men just want to seduce her, and women just want her looks and figure. She has learnt to use this to her advantage.    

Sir Alan Kingston

General Manager, Groots & Co Hatton Garden London. Kingston is tall, elegant and sophisticated, a demeanour he learnt in order to sell diamonds to the rich. He also knows the diamond industry inside out from a lifetime of experience in it from the ground up. Originally a Cockney like Charlie, but he lost the accent to sell diamonds. He is single and gay and likes to play golf for relaxation.  

Isaac Galinsky

A Jewish jeweller who knows more about diamonds than anyone. Now Chief Jewellery Designer for Groots & Co, but his role is much broader than the title suggests. He has employed the best jewellery designers from around the world, and using the latest 3D laser technology, can produce some spectacular designs. Galinsky also has an extended network of family contacts to alert him to new developments in the diamond industry. 

Bill Stephenson

Tall and solid, he is an ex-SAS sniper and ex-SO19 Metropolitan Police marksman. He is now Head of the Groots Corporation’s Security Group and he takes his job very seriously. Now married to Synnove Karlstedt after divorcing his first wife who went off with a banker, although Bill always spells that word with a 'w'.  

Synnove Karlstedt

Part of Groots Corporation Protective Group and married to Bill Stephenson. She was an agent with the Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) or Danish Security and Intelligence Service in Copenhagen before Charlie offered her a job, in was then, the Robertson Corporation.  

Anne Sullivan

Charlie Robertson's invaluable Personal Assistant and Secretary. She can anticipate what Charlie wants particularly a G&T. Single and plans to stay that way because she loves her job too much and it doesn't leave time for relationships. She lives in a flat in Kennington, London.  

 

Lynette De Fries-Baker

Independent journalist now working in London. Started her journalism career in Perth, Western Australia before moving to London. Has worked for most of the big Papers before turning independent to work on big stories. Divorced with no children and likes her independence. 

 

Dr James Grosvenor

A brilliant chemist, biologist and pharmacologist. Established the Grosvenor Pharmaceutical Corporation in London and turned it into a global, multi-billion pound business.  

Dr Susan Davenport

The Research Director for the Grosvenor Pharmaceutical Corporation developing new drugs with a team of scientists behind her. A GP by training, James Grosvenor persuaded her to become the Research Director by saying she could save a lot more people with new drugs than by being a GP. He also persuaded her to marry him.   

 

Dr David Ackerman

A mid-fifties, retired Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at University College, London, now a Consultant in Biochemistry for the Groots Corporation. Balding, pudgy and naive, he is easily led astray.   

Dr Anne Summers

A Consultant Molecular Biologist for the Groots Corporation specialising in pharmacodynamics—the effects of drugs in the body.   

 

Dr Elaine Butler

A Consultant Molecular Biologist for the Groots Corporation specialising in pharmacokinetics—the movement of drugs in the body. 

Mikhail Andreev

Senior Agent of the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR), Russia's External Intelligence Agency based in London and running the Bachmann Gerber Project in Switzerland, aka:

Andrei Mozorov

A Russian ex-pat multi-millionaire, who escaped from Moscow years ago and recently moved to London.

 

Christina Baladin

Special Projects Agent of the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR), Russia's External Intelligence Agency working for Andreev, aka:

Natasha Mozorov

The affluent daughter of Andrei Mozorov recently moved to London from Switzerland.

 

Groots & Co, Fifth Avenue, New York:  

Alison Saxby

Executive Manager, Fifth Avenue Signature Store. 

David Rabinowicz

General Manager, Groots & Co, North America. 

Larry Evans

Head of Security for the Fifth Avenue Store. Ex-Marines. 

Bridgette Taylor

A detective with the San Diego Police Department, ex-Corporal with the US Marines—served under Larry Evans.

Australia:

Michael O'Connor

Resources Manager, Groots Corporation, Western Australia.  

David Perkins 

Manager, West Australian Mining & Engineering Consultants, Perth.  

UNESCO Palaeontology Research Team:

Professor Janet Harcourt

Director of the Earth Resources Program, UNESCO, Paris.

Associate Professor Fred Vine

University of Western Australia (School of Earth Sciences).

 

Dr Caroline Bouchard

University of Toronto, Canada.

 

Dr Lena Muller                               

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. 

 

Professor Sungho Kwon              

Seoul National University, South Korea.

 

Dr Arjun Varma                              

The University of Delhi, India.

 

Professor Jozef Barczak                

Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.

 

Professor Akira Takahashi          

Hokkaido University, Japan.

 

Nicholas Hyun

A minerals and precious metals trader based in Singapore. Specialising in titanium, magnesium and molybdenum and the hard-to-get-minerals, rhenium and uranium.

 

 

Washington, D. C. :

Frank Santini

The President of the United States of America (POTUS).

Dianne

Frank Santini's loyal secretary.

Admiral Robert J Nemcheck

Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  (JCOS).

Howard Patterson

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Rudi Sanchez

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Ralph Morgan

Secretary for Homeland Security.

Nancy Kowalski

Director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

 

Jack Nelson 

CEO of REM Mining, the largest producer of rare earth metals in the United States with mines in Utah and California, and a processing plant near the coast north of San Diego.

White Sands Missile Base, New Mexico:

Dr Larry Jackson

Lockheed Martin's physicist in charge of their laser program in their Advanced Development Program, more commonly known as their 'Skunk Works Division' based in Palmdale, California.

Moscow, Russia:

Fyodor Petrov

President of Russia. A cunning and ruthless operator.

Yevgeni Tereshchenko

Russian Defence Minister under Fyodor Petrov.

General Konstantin Suvorin

Chief of the Russian Defence Staff, Moscow. 

 

Plesetk Cosmodrome, Northern Russia:

General Sergei Zaitsev

Director of Space Command, normally based at the Space Mission Control Centre in Moscow. Sycophantic towards President Petrov and not too bright.  

Konstantin Sidorov 

Head of Technical Development, Votkinsk Research, normally based at the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant, in Votkinsk, 1,000 kilometres east of Moscow.

St Petersburg, Russia:

Admiral Krayevsky

Head of the Russian Navy.  

Switzerland: 

Heinrich Strasser

CEO, Bachmann Gerber AG, a large pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland. 

A playboy who enjoys the finer things in life, but also cruel and ruthless. 

Gerhard Strasser

Heinrich Strasser's granndfather. Gerhard Strasser was born Leopold Strauss and by 1941 had risen to become a Standartenfuhrer or Colonel in the SS, but then changed his name to hide his Nazi past.  

Maxim Abramov

A Russian working for the SVR undercover in Switzerland as a banker in Zurich.  

Anton Zurcher

A research chemist at Bachmann Gerber AG, in Basel.

 

Elias Keller

Public Relations Manager for  Bachmann Gerber AG, in Basel.  

Dr  Marcus Toussaint 

Laboratory Manager for the Bachmann Gerber virus project. 

Chuck Mason

CIA Field Agent based in Bern.  

Steve Clements  

CIA Field Agent based in Bern and partner of Chuck Mason.  

Warsaw, Poland: 

Joseph Friedmann

Rabbi at the Nozyk Synagogue, Warsaw.

Professor Jan Rudzinski

Department of  Geology & Palaeontology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (retired).

Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk:

Captain Tom Mayweather

Captain of the Arleigh-Burke destroyer, USS Winston S Churchill.

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