FALK AND KOSKI

 
Full Name: Joseph Falk and Susan Koski
Nationality: American
Organization: Cerebus
Occupation Agent

Creator: A. G. Hayes
Time Span: 2011 - 2017
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Joseph Falk and Susan Koski are agents with CERBERUS.
       Cerberus is a "a covert federal agency that employed Falk's skills and, to a particular, mentally well-defined degree, enjoyed his loyalty." It was run by Tom Stewart who "Tom Stewart was not only Falk's primary contact but also director of Cerberus, a federal government agency so top secret that few in the Bureau, CIA, NSA and even Homeland Security knew it existed. Stewart never called him unless it was important."
       When not involved in actions on behalf of Cerberus, Falk's day job was as a veteran agent with the FBI. "He was a deep cover, roving agent for the little-known Rover Division, established after the government's 1993 debacle in Waco, Texas. Falk was a self-contained man, not unlike the OSS agents dropped behind enemy lines in Europe during World War II or today's Special Ops troops.
       "The federal government finally had become aware of its need to improve covert observation and control over potential terrorists and rogue paramilitary groups. As a rover, Falk's job was to infiltrate such fringe assemblages all over the western states. His aim was to be accepted among the ranks of such factions, keep to himself and report whatever useful information came into his possession to the Bureau."
       Falk is described only as a "handsome, chestnut-haired man in his thirties."
       Susan Koski, when we first meet her, is a crime-scene videographer. "Koski was about five-one. She looked like a person whose bathroom scale didn't need to register a hundred pounds. She had short, raked-back, ash blonde hair, full pouty lips and was pretty in a natural, no-fuss way. Falk later learned she recently had engineered a lateral transfer to BLM from Las Vegas PD and that she did her job well. She may be the best videographer in the district. Due to a particular circumstance in her not-too-distant personal past, she vacillated between numbness and rage."
       When it was remarked that Koski was no morning person, Falk observed that she also "did not appear to be an afternoon or evening person" and that she seemed to be merely going through the motions of living". While Falk is and has been an agent with CERBERUS while still working for the Bureau, Koski is not but that will change as the series go along.
       Another thing that will change is their relationship. In the first recorded adventure Falk had not yet met Koski and when he did he was less than thrilled. It would not take long for that attitude to change and they would become quite close as the missions progressed.

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2017

1 Who's Killing All The Lawyers? Who's Killing All The Lawyers?
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2011

The victims are all lawyers. All are involved in lobbyist work to stop the spread of Native American casinos. All have been killed by laser-directed arrows. It is the job of FBI agents Falk and Koski to figure out who is the shooter and stop him, her, or them.

2 The Judas List The Judas List
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2012

Lots of people are out after the last treasure of Herman Goering, said to be worth a fortune. That includes Cerebus agents Falk and Koski but they are not out for the loot as much as the Judas List, a compilation of those people and organizations who helped finance the Nazis before WWII and who are thought to be out to bring the Fourth Reich into existence.

3 Imminent Danger Imminent Danger
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2014

The American pop singer Jamul is also an Islamic extremist who dreams of a chance to show the might of his religion. He is planning a show of that power at an upcoming Hollywood Bowl concert using a biological weapon to destroy other religious leaders at an Easter celebration. It is the job of Falk and Koski to stop him.

4 The Chemical Factor The Chemical Factor
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2015

The weapon of mass destruction had been stolen years before. It had been hidden on the Queen Mary for quite a while. Now it is the job of Falk and Koski to find the bomb before it goes off and kills a whole lot of people.

5 Quantum Death Quantum Death
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2016

Just when their relationship is getting to the point where being apart is not desired, the latest mission forces them to go their separate ways as they deal with something as confusing as quantum physics.

6 The Solar Triangle The Solar Triangle
Written by A. G. Hayes
Copyright: 2017

'"We chose the place for its neutrality. The Brits opted for its inaccessibility and the Israelis agreed because of its impregnability," Agent Joseph Falk's voice crackled in the earphones of fellow Agent Susan Koski as she swept her binoculars across the vastness of the dark green sea below to focus on the jagged black rock that comprised the home of Flangenan Lighthouse. A lighthouse clinging tenaciously to the rocky outcroppings three miles west of Tiree Island for over one hundred years, once crisp and white, its conical structure embedded into the northernmost tip of land, was now weather-worn to a splotchy grey. Then she spied a concrete bunker recently added to the west curve of the lighthouse, then yet another built into the east face of the rock cliff… In their sixth adventure, Koski and Falk face what may be one of their most deadly assignments yet: Operation Solar Triangle.'

MY COMMENTS

       Good interesting and appealing characters coupled with solid adventures with a nice variety of plots and a definite enjoyable growth in the main players. That is what I found with these books and I really enjoyed them. Even better, I knew that I hoped the author would continue to give us these two in the kinds of actions they really thrived in.
       I liked Koski the better of the two but then I am also partial to strong capable women (I married one) but Falk is not bad by any means. In any equal partnership in fiction there is always one who is, to use the old expression, more equal than the other. In this case it definitely is Falk but that sort of makes sense since he is the senior more experienced operative. Given time, though ....
       Good series!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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