L. T. Ryan
||2012 - 2017
ABOUT THE SERIES
Jack Noble is a freelance agent.
He is a contract killer for hire with the people doing the hiring usually intelligence agencies who need someone removed without it getting out they were behind the hit. The operative word here is usually because he also works on the odd job for others. There was no decision on his part on day to become an assassin but when circumstances forced his hand, he showed he was very, very good at it.
When his desire to be a football player did not work out, he joined the Marine Corps. This might not have been his smartest moves as in Basic Training he showed his ability to tick off just about everyone. Many of his fellow recruits at Parris Island took a dislike to him, probably because he was very good at everything. All of his instructors disliked him because he could take what they dished out and still smile. It looked very quickly like military life and he would not be a match. That's when the CIA stepped in.
The powers-that-be had an idea of using Marines in conjunction with CIA operatives in hotspots all of the world. They needed men who could do more than just take care of themselves but they also wanted people who were not totally set in the ways of the military. The solution to this need was to look at the new trainees and pick out the ones that look promising. Further training at their own facilities would tell if the prospects measured up. If not, they were sent back to the Service without trouble. Jack Noble made it. So did his new-found friend, a giant of a man nicknamed Bear.
For nearly a decade, Noble and Bear worked all over the globe backing up the Company's men. Then 9-11 happened and they were sent into Iraq ahead of the troops and someone somewhere got the idea that these two would watch an innocent family get massacred - or perhaps they were setting Noble and Bear up. Whatever the cause, the actions that the two took to try and save the people got them on someone's naughty list, a list whose members usually died. Noble and Bear did not.
After the trouble that got them so unpopular was over, Bear and Noble went parted on friendly terms and Noble got a job working an American Intelligence group called the SIS (not the same as the British MI6). A couple more years of action around the world would pass before Noble decided he needed to part ways with the SIS and reunite with Bear to form their own company. Contracts came in once it became known how good they were. Soon a fair number of groups and governmental agencies wanted their help. A fair number wanted their heads on a platter. Sometimes the two groups were the same.
As the series evolves, Noble will work for several different "employers". His allegiances will never vary, though. He is loyal to his friends. Everyone else just pay the rent.
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The author has taken an interesting approach to the publishing style of this series - he has made it really two different tracks.
The first is comprised of his Episodes. Much like a serialized television series where the storyline is extended beyond a single viewing, he extends the plot and the action to encompass 5. He sells online each new episode and they come out at a decent pace. He then wraps all 5 into a single volume and sells it that way. That is the way I present them here. He has stated on his website that these tales are told from various viewpoints, Noble's, of course, but also other characters such that we see what they are up to while we follow Noble.
The second has his Novels. These are fully contained lengthy adventures that deal with matters 'outside' the flow of the Episodes. The first talks of how Noble got into the business he currently has. The second talked of his employment with the SIS and how he eventually went freelance. A third depicts what happens when he has to go home on an emergency. These tales are told almost exclusively from Noble's point of view.
The numbering of the books I have given is totally my own for now. I am listing them in the order in which they occur, not the order of their publication. The sequence represents my suggested reading order.
NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES
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Written by L. T. Ryan
This prequel shows how Jack Noble first meets and becomes friends with the man known as Bear even as his days in Marine Basic Training has him making enemies with virtually everyone else.
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