Bowden Cable was a member of SpecOps-27, the LiteraTecs, working under Victor Analogy and alongside Thursday Next. He was sensible, with no sense of humour, but a good person who helped Thursday on several missions.

At one point, he had romantic feelings for Thursday, but got over them when she married Landen Parke-Laine.

In First Among Sequels, he ran the undercover SpecOps.