JASON KING (2)

 
Full Name: Jason King
Nationality: American
Organization: Black Force
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matt Rogers
Time Span: 2016 - 2018
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jason King is an agent with Black Force.
       Black Force is an unofficial American military operation, conceived and created by upper echelon officers, "top of the food chain" as King refers them, to take on the missions that they felt needed to be done but which few in their right mind would attempt and certainly none would admit to. As a completely off-book organization but financed through funneling from legitimate projects, it sent its men all over the world to handle "things that never would have ordinarily been sanctioned".
       King is likely around 30 when first we encounter him. As he explains it, he joined the army at a young age and within a couple of years had made it into Delta Force when he was just reaching legal drinking age. "Everyone else hated me. I was at least five years younger than any of them. They accelerated me through the ranks quicker than most." The reason for the rapid advancement was that "in training drills I was noticed by a few higher-ups. They watched me. Ran some tests. Turns out I have close to the fastest reaction speed on earth."
       After just a couple of years in Delta, these men of the nascent Black Force approached King to be their first operative and he, looking for excitement and challenges, agreed.
       "There's zero evidence that anything I did ever happened. They sent me into the worst hellholes on earth. Often alone. I was their freak science project. I saved a lot of good people, killed a lot of bad people. I was Black Force's main operative for eight years. I don't know how many others there were. No-one told me anything. I was a ghost, a secret independent contractor. They paid me enormous sums of money to do the things that never would have ordinarily been sanctioned."
       Then, two months before the first recorded adventure, "everything was beginning to catch up to me, and I couldn't take much more of it.' Not the killing so much though that was part of it. "It was how close I kept coming to death, over and over and over again. I knew it wasn't sustainable. Sooner or later, I'd be too slow. I'd get caught from behind. I'd find myself in open ground, with no cover. Something like that. It ate away at me until I finally mustered up the nerve to call it quits."
       So he quit. Told his bosses he was done and left. That is when we first meet him as he is wandering the world looking for something he cannot quite name. Life will throw things at him, including an eventual return to Black Force, and he will react as he always does, decisively and often permanently.

BOOKS

Number of Books:11
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2018

       The full-length adventures of Jason King belong in two groups.
       The first are those things which happen to him immediately after his resignation from Black Force, following his travels around the world until he is eventually enticed back to Black Force.
       The other is in the sub-series called the Jason King Files and recount the first few missions he had shortly after joining Black Force in the first place.

1 Isolated Isolated
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2016

Two construction workers are murdered on a lonely Australian mountain road. The only witness is a man camping nearby. The killers and their colleagues are determined to find and eliminate him. He is Jason King, recently a U.S. black ops operative. They have no idea the hell about to come down on them when they pick this fight.

2 Imprisoned Imprisoned
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2016

Jason King is in Venezuela when he is snatched by the authorities and thrown into a horribly overcrowded prison charged with murder which he did not commit. He wants to know why but learning anything while inside is impossible. So might be just staying alive.

3 Reloaded Reloaded
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2016

Jason King has been trying very hard to stay off the grid and lay as low as he can. He bought a small villa on Corsica and runs a small seaside bar. Then some unfortunate things happen and he is no longer so hidden and his old group, Black Force, decide he knows too much.

4 Betrayed Betrayed
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2017

Reluctantly Jason King returns to the fold of Black Force. He has hardly arrived when a mission arises needing his talents. Two of his colleagues have vanished while on assignment in Cairo and King must brave the Egyptian underworld to learn what happened.

5 Corrupted Corrupted
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2017

To learn why a party of international relief workers have disappeared while working in a remote village on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Jason King must head there and go up against a ruthless ex-KGB operative who is using slave labor in his mine.

6 Hunted Hunted
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2017

When the boss of the black ops division for whom you work turns bad, it is bad for everyone. Jason King and a couple of colleagues are grabbed by the government and thrown into a Navy super-carrier as a prison. If that wasn't bad enough, the Russian oligarch they just hurt wants payback big time and can reach anyone anywhere.

7 Cartel Cartel
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2017

Book 1 in the Jason King Files, this adventure takes place in 2007 when King, a new recruit in Black Force, is on his first solo mission, this one is going up against a new cartel leader in Mexico killing anyone who might pose a threat.

8 Warrior Warrior
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2017

Book 2 in the Jason King Files finds Jason King sent to Mogadishu, Somalia to learn the truth behind a Marine Force Recon soldier who went off-book to stop a smuggling ring. The soldier's bosses want him hung out to dry. King's bosses want to consider him for service.

9 Savages Savages
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2018

Book 3 in the Jason King Files has a recuperating Jason King, torn up during his last two missions, sent back to training camp in the Congo. Even as King is pushed harder than he has ever been, and that's saying something, he and his trainer come up against vicious South African mercenaries.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2018

       In addition to a novella about Jason King in his early days with Black Force, there are (so far) two novellas about Black Force operatives other than King. Since they are set in the same universe as King, they are included.

1 Hard Impact Hard Impact
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2016

A prequel to the main adventures of Jason King, this takes place five years before the first book. A drug gang in Peru, trying to evade the authorities, race into the US embassy and take three hostages with them into the jungle. It is Jason King's mission to get the captives back. Sounded easy enough. It wasn't.

2 The Victor The Victor
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2018

1st of the Black Force Shorts series of adventures. Operative James Wu arrives in Greenpoint section of Brooklyn to infiltrate a shady tournament. He knows he is in for a lot of trouble. He had no idea it would be this much.

3 The Chimera The Chimera
Written by Matt Rogers
Copyright: 2018

2nd of the Black Force Shorts series of adventures. In the Paro Valley of Bhutan for some much needed sole searching, Spec Ops soldier Colt Griffin is contacted by Black Force to investigate a monastery where some very bad people are concocting a very, very bad virus.

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