James Flynn is an investigative reporter.
Much in demand for his impressive abilities to ferret out information that others might miss and for his dogged determination to not let the threats and warnings that come aplenty sway him. Having worked for many years in a far more dangerous career than this, he is not easily intimidated.
Prior to his present day gig as an ace contributor to The International magazine, Flynn was an agent with the CIA starting right after the Towers fell. After training he was assigned to the war zone of Iraq and it was there that he came up against numerous dangers that almost ended his life. Still with skill and luck he survived and frequently won.
Then he learned of a particularly disgusting activity by a Marine that screamed injustice. Flynn had no choice but to listen to his conscience and report it. And nothing changed. And he pushed harder and still nothing. Then he took the truth to a reporter friend and his life in the Agency was abruptly ended. With extreme reputational prejudice.
But Flynn was not a man to skulk away. Using his talents and his tenacity, he found another career and it is in this new line of work that Flynn finds success and comfort. He did not find peace and security, though. Danger liked following him. This is a good thing for someone who really does relish the excitement and the danger but not always a good thing for those around him.
One very interesting aspect to the recorded adventures of Flynn (at least as of the four as of this writing) is that each assignment finds the reporter digging into the not-so-distant past but ending up with a scoop, not to mention more than a couple bullets flying past him, from troubles happening right now.