MATT DRAKE

 
Full Name: Matt Drake
Nationality: British
Organization: SPEAR
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Leadbeater
Time Span: 2011 - 2018
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Matt Drake is the lead agent with SPEAR.
       That acronym stands for Special Response and Recon. Good name with a very catchy nickname, it was the tight group of people who were sent in when something immediate needed handling. Unfortunately for the people in the team, that invariably meant there was no time for decent preparation and no time to have backup available when the inevitable happened and the bad guys did not cooperate with Plan A.
       Drake's path to membership in this group was a very rough road, a major leg of it being the time he spent in the British SAS. That had ended seven years before the events in the first recorded adventure and Drake had found the transition from the regimented life of the SAS to the civilian world was considerably tougher than he had anticipated. He finally found a handhold with photography and he was in that line of work when he was pulled sharply back into the sphere of bullets and bombs.
       Drake is described as "an easy-going, capable man with a soldier’s sense of camaraderie and humor. Someone had once called him ‘James Bond in jeans’. Though flattered, Drake wasn't exactly comfortable with the comparison." There would be no doubt in his mind, though, that action was something that came as natural to the former soldier as his thick Yorkshire accent. And he did not truly seek to change that any more than he tried to mellow his sometimes hard to understand brogue.
       Joining Drake in the dangers that are a natural part of SPEAR are a small but highly capable and even more interesting cadre of fellow warriors, a couple male and a couple female, and all as tough as they could be. One of them, Alicia Myles, is so kick-butt that she will eventually get her own series though she lives long enough in Drake's sphere that she is at home in both.

BOOKS

Number of Books:189
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2018

1 The Bones Of Odin The Bones Of Odin
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2011

Needing something to do with his life, Matt Drake has landed on photography and this latest photo mission results in his being in the search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Once reunited, they are said to point the way to the Tomb of the Gods and there are a fair number of dangerous people who want there first.

2 The Blood King Conspiracy The Blood King Conspiracy
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2012

The Blood King is that name used by an underworld figure who is bold enough to attack America. Somehow the mysterious person is out to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle to use its power to cause tremendous destruction. Matt Drake and his friends are as determined to stop him.

3 The Gates of Hell The Gates of Hell
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2012

Stopping the Blood King's audacious plan only caused personal loss for Matt Drake's friends and he is determined to get revenge. The enemy is now preparing to enter the Gates of Hell. Drake would like to send him there a different way.

4 The Tomb of the Gods The Tomb of the Gods
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Bringing to a close his war against the Blood King, Matt Drake will risk everything to keep the man from finding the lost weapon of Odin and using it on a modern world.

5 Brothers In Arms Brothers In Arms
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Now with a new agency and starting a new career, Matt Drake is given an incredible assignment - take on the government of North Korea. His first move gets him blown out of the sky and marooned on a desert island with his colleague, Mai Kitano.

6 The Swords of Babylon The Swords of Babylon
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Matt Drake's latest job gets him captured and sent to a remote Russian prison. And that is the good news. The bad news is that someone is again going after Odin's doomsday weapon and is planning on using the 7 Swords of Babylon to get it.

7 Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

The news is pretty bad. The Blood King is back. Washington is being attacked. The President is kidnapped. Matt Drake and his team have their work cut out for them.

8 Last Man Standing Last Man Standing
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2014

Matt Drake and his SPEAR team is very good at survival. They will have to be even better when they are thrown into an extreme tournament against eight of the deadliest assassins in the world.

9 The Plagues of Pandora The Plagues of Pandora
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

A new enemy comes to the attention of Matt Drake as that power is out to try its hand a world domination, this time involving the ancient Greek gods and the legendary Pandora's Box. This is a crossover event also involving The Disavowed group as well as Alicia Myles.

10 The Lost Kingdom The Lost Kingdom
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

The Irish gang called itself the 27 Club. It is working for a secret force that is out to use the Niven Tablets to find a Lost Kingdom, and not for any nice reason.

11 The Ghost Ships of Arizona The Ghost Ships of Arizona
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

While Matt Drake and his team are in search of a fabled ghost ship of the desert, other people are out to find a fantastic treasure, and to destroy West Coast power stations, bringing darkness to the region.

12 The Last Bazaar The Last Bazaar
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

When Matt Drake and his team learn of a terrorist's "arms bazaar" they are interested. When they discover it is also being attended by some in the CIA, they are really curious.

13 The Edge of Armageddon The Edge of Armageddon
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Without a chance to rest from their last crazed mission, Matt Drake and company are thrown into a series of attacks on New York City and there are several different groups wanting to stop the SPEAR team.

14 The Treasure of Saint Germain The Treasure of Saint Germain
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Was Saint Germain really as remarkable as legend has made him to be? One very determined man is certain of it and plans to do anything he must to get his hands on the Elixir of Life that was said to have been created by the mysterious figure of old.

15 Inca Kings Inca Kings
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Some pretty unusual relics from long ago are popping up one at a time on the black market. Matt Drake is curious who is selling them and how were they obtained. Finding out the truth will put him and many others in mortal danger.

16 The Four Corners of the Earth The Four Corners of the Earth
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2017

Four horrific weapons are said to have to power to end the world as we know it. The secret to their locations is rumored to be the graves of the Four Horsemen. Matt Drake and team have their work in store for them to keep these items out of the hands of some very bad people.

17 The Seven Seals of Egypt The Seven Seals of Egypt
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2017

When Matt Drake and team make enemies, they do not mess about. America has disavowed them and Luther, that country's most lethal assassin is sent after them. And he is just the beginning of their troubles.

18 Weapons of the Gods Weapons of the Gods
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2018

Throughout his time leading the SPEAR team, Matt Drake has been involved in finding numerous lost tombs. Someone has been raiding those locations and combining the items looted to make one very nasty weapon.

19 The Blood King Legacy The Blood King Legacy
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2018

A very angry and powerful man in Russia is determined to get revenge and that means going after and kidnapping the President of the U.S. while visiting London. Matt Drake and team are taking a well deserved R&R in that capital and are the ones spearheading the rescue.

MY COMMENTS

       I enjoyed this series a lot.
       I state that up front because I also want to say I am not often a fan of relic hunters looking for ancient artifacts that can rule the world. I mean, if they were so powerful, how did the owner lose them? Mind you, just because I profess to not be a fan does not mean I do not read a lot of them.
       So I saw right away that Drake belonged in my compendium because he fights a lot of people who want to take over this planet and have the wherewithall to pull it off. But I hesitated for a long time because most of the bad guys are out looking for these relics I just said I did not like reading about.
       When I finally forced myself to open the book (well, crank up the e-reader) I found I really liked Drake a lot. He is a kick-butt kinda guy who is also far more down-to-earth than most I have read. The plots are often over the top but then they pretty much are meant to be and you know they are going to be before you start them so it is not such a big deal. (So why am I mentioning it? Cause I'm me!)
       I have not read all of these books yet. There are a lot and I have dozens of other series to read and write about but I find myself coming back to these because I do like 'em.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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