CORPS JUSTICE

 
Full Name: Corps Justice
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Agency

Creator: C. G. Cooper
Time Span: 2012 - 2016
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Corps Justice is an official title for a group of security specialists.
       Technically for legal purposes they are employees of Stokes Security International (SSI) and their normal activity is the standard but still exciting and dangerous work you might imagine. If one needed a lab or factory made more secure they might call SSI. If a traveling executive was heading to a potentially troublesome area, an SSI bodyguard team might be procured. Should a small army be needed for protection, the detachment from SSI might not be huge but each member was worth a dozen troops. One more important job SSI did was provide intelligence on anything and everything when normal channels were closed, insufficient, or just too dicey to use.
       SSI was founded a few years before 9/11 by Calvin Stokes sr., a career Marine Corps officer who upon retirement had used his contacts and the growing need for a private military. Stokes' company was successful from the first day and just grew bigger and better and more in demand over the next few years. It was the senior Cal Stokes who initiated the Corps Justice "contingent" inside SSI for the special missions that it was sometimes called on to perform or which just seemed something that needed doing.
       The tenets of the Corps Justice were simple to state but full of meaning:
1. Protect and defend the Constitution.
2. Protect the weak and punish the wicked.
3. When laws hinder the first two tasks, let a moral compass guide to the completion of the job.
       Stokes and his wife died in the 9/11 attacks. His son, Cal Stokes jr. joined the Marine Corps as a tribute to his parents and to help get justice for all those killed. He might have gone the officer route like his father but chose instead to enlist and serve his country as a just another grunt, a title he was more than a little proud to be called.
       Though the junior Stokes must have known he would some day become part of SSI, he was not finished with his duty to his country when on leave tragedy struck him, told in the first recorded adventure. He and his fiancée, Jessica, were the targets of a stupid gang initiation. Several young but dangerous punks attacked them planning to use their deaths to become 'made men'. Jessica would die from her wounds and Cal Stokes almost as well but not before he killed four of the attackers and injured a fifth. The injuries that Stokes suffered and his determination for justice against the gang leader brought an end to his military career. Waiting to help, though, were his soon-to-be family at SSI.
       
       SSI had not floundered after the death of its creator but had actually thrived and grown even more in the capable hands of the young Stokes' older cousin, Travis Haden, a former SEAL and now CEO of SSI. When the heir to SSI needed help mending and then getting back on his feet and starting a new life, Haden and his team were there and in the years and adventures that followed, SSI and Stokes made a very good combination.

BOOKS

Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2016

1 Back To War Back To War
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2012

When a gang initiation goes very wrong, Cal Stokes's fiancée is murdered and Stokes is severely injured. Wanting justice, he is surprised to find he has the backing on his late father's security company.

2 Council of Patriots Council of Patriots
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2012

Cal Stokes and the group from SSI are in Sin City to reveal a covert group that wants to take down the Democratic National Convention en route their own form of government.

3 Prime Asset Prime Asset
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2013

A friend and colleague of Cal Stokes from SSI has disappeared and Stokes wants to find him. This take him to Jackson Hole but as he and the SSI team looks for the friend, the enemy is awaiting their arrival.

4 Presidential Shift Presidential Shift
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

The President needs the help of Cal Stokes and SSI to ferret out the leak in his administration and stop those wanting to steal the government.

5 National Burden National Burden
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

The new President has lots of people pushing for his failure both inside the country and out. To help him, he asks for the talents of Cal Stokes and SSI and their first task is to find who is messing with the nation's economy.

6 Lethal Misconduct Lethal Misconduct
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

One of the world's deadliest diseases has been cured but someone wants to keep that discovery hidden. Cal Stokes and SSI are sent by the President to keep the inventor alive.

7 Moral Imperative Moral Imperative
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

ISIS is making tremendous headway in Iraq destroying whole villages. Cal Stokes and SSI wants to strike back and is given permission by the President to make a stab at it.

8 Disavowed Disavowed
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

A Marine major on loan to the CIA in Afghanistan is captured and the Agency has disavowed any connection. He was able to get one call out and that was to his friend, Cal Stokes, who is now involved.

9 Chain of Command Chain of Command
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

The new Marine Corps Commandant is very concerned about a growing problem in his branch of the service and he appeals to Cal Stokes and his team to help look into it.

10 Papal Justice Papal Justice
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

The Pope wants to strike out against the terrorists who are targeting Catholic priests. He appeals to the President who asks Cal Stokes and team to work with the Pope's own group of warrior monks.

11 The Zimmer Doctrine The Zimmer Doctrine
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

Just when President Zimmer looks like he needs the help of Cal Stokes and his team the most, Stokes is suffering from a feeling of dread and failure.

12 Sabotage Sabotage
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2016

An elite team of operatives is sent by the President to spy on another superpower but on the way home, the team is shot down and must ask for help from Cal Stokes and his group.

13 Liberty Down Liberty Down
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2016

Cal Stokes and his team are taking a well-deserved vacation in Europe when they are attacked by a group out to destroy Stokes and company as well as also take down the President.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015

1 Chosen Chosen
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

"This is Willy Trent's story from before his time with the rest of the Corps Justice team. See where Willy began and why the former #1 football recruit in the nation made the decision he did."

2 God-Speed God-Speed
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

"September 11, 2001 --- Colonel and Mrs. Calvin Stokes, USMC (Retired), board American Airlines Flight 77 departing Washington Dulles International to fly to Los Angeles. They've just left their son Cal after a short visit in Charlottesville, VA, where he is attending the University of Virginia. A loving family, none of the three are prepared for the events that will soon unfold."

3 Running Running
Written by C. G. Cooper
Copyright: 2015

"A simple phone call starts a chain of events that will probably spell the end of Recruit Calvin Stokes's time at Parris Island. Will they find out his secret in time, or will his pain and rebelliousness push him over the edge?"

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:1
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2016

1 Back To War Back To War
Published by Regal City Media
Contributors: David Snelson-Smith (illustrator), Fred Satterfield (illustrator), C. G. Cooper (writer)
Copyright: 2016

A 2-part graphic novelization of the first adventure. A street gang initiation ends with Cal Stokes' fiancée dead and he severely wounded. Justice is not forthcoming so he and his new team go after it themselves.

MY COMMENTS

       I had a lot of fun with the Corps Justice series and since it is still ongoing, I hope that enjoyment continues for some time.
       The folks at SSI are perhaps a tad too perfect but that is part of the fun. Yes, they do get their behinds kicked once in a while but it is never really that bad a whuppin' and they always give better than they get. Not realistic, truthfully, but a lot of fun nevertheless and since I read for enjoyment, well, there you are!
       The first couple of books had me wondering, as much as I liked them, whether they 'qualified' for a site devoted to 'spies' but in the course of the saga the main character, Cal Stokes, created the Jefferson Group at the behest of the President and began handling secret assignments for the Chief Executive. Tada! It definitely now fit.
       This series is meant for people who want fast action, wild conspiracies, and dynamite excitement. And those readers get what they came for and then some. They do not get long-winded descriptions or overdrawn contemplation. They get bad guys causing trouble and Stokes and company showing them error of their ways. I like it!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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