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XANDER KING

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Full Name: Xander King
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Bradley Wright
Time Span: 2013 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Xander King is a freelance agent.
       Sort of. He works for himself, on missions he feels he should go on, when he feels the time is right to go on them. No one can really dictate what he does. In that regard, he is a freelancer because he is independent. The iffy part is whether is it proper to regard him as an agent as opposed to an adventurer. I opted for the former but the matter is open to debate.
       To the world, according to one description, Xander, short for Alexander, is "a handsome, charismatic, and successful young businessman who was able to rise above a violent tragedy in his past". That tragedy was the murder of his parents more than a decade before. The public knew, as much as they ever could know, that he had inherited control of his father's oil business and was now, along with his younger sister, extremely wealthy. It was also known that he enjoyed a very pleasant life style living in a gorgeous Kentucky mansion on his thousand-acre horse farm, being involved in numerous charities as well as owning a championship race horse that he doted on.
       Not a bad life all said.
       The CIA, and other intelligence agencies around the world, know a totally different Xander King. This one was a man determined to get justice for his parents so rather than go to work at the oil company, he chose to sell it and to acquire fighting skills and hone them by joining the military. The Navy, to be exact. And then to become one of the elite SEALs. The combat skills learned there were exactly what he wanted and he soaked in everything they had to teach.
       After his time with the SEALs came to an end, he started his real occupation - seeking out who had murdered his parents to make them pay. And in the meantime, he found a fair number of other extreme low-life's who had done horrific things and managed to elude justice. King brought it to them as judge and jury and executioner all in one.
       Along the way, King had come across Samantha Harrison, an MI6 operative he became friends with and when she grew tired of the bureaucracy of her organization, she left it to become King's partner in whatever you might choose to call what they do.
       The CIA learned about this activity and instead of feeling it necessary to stop him, the Director opted to do whatever it took to get such a splendid killing machine on his staff.
       The thing about being a fierce warrior with seemingly unlimited resources is that no one can really make you do something you do not want. You can, and the CIA learns, ask nicely and hope for the best.

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2018

1 Whiskey & Roses Whiskey & Roses
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2013

Attacking the home of Xander King is a great way of getting his attention and his anger so if you do it, get the job done. They didn't and now King is after them with all his resources and his skills.
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2 Vanquish Vanquish
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2016

The time on his yacht off the Virgin Islands was supposed to be recovery time but then Xander King is attacked and put into the hospital and he knows that whoever came after him is still out there and still wanting him dead. Then there is the CIA who will help him find the ones behind the attack but for a price.
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3 King's Ransom King's Ransom
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2017

At first the attack that killed his racehorse and almost killed him and ended with his girlfriend being kidnapped looked like another strike at Xander King but as he goes into action to free her and get revenge, King learns it was just the first blow in a major strike against America.
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4 King's Reign King's Reign
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2018

Seven young girls from America have been kidnapped south of the border and their journey into slavery has started. Xander King is determined that it will stop but when those providing the intel have been compromised, the odds look very bad.
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5 Scourge Scourge
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2018

How does one fight an enemy so tiny as to be almost impossible to see but which can kill so easily? That is what Xander King and his friends are up against as one very inventive scientist has created nano-weapons that an angry pair of wealthy Greeks are using to attack America.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Vendetta Vendetta
Written by Bradley Wright
Copyright: 2017

The homicidal gang leader broke out of prison, killing several guards. Then he kidnapped the prosecutor who put him away and did so while she was on the phone with Xander King asking for his help re-catching the killer and his mob. King had not wanted to leave his Christmas Eve festivities but he knew he had no choice.
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MY COMMENTS

       At first glance at a synopsis of Xander King you get a young, very rich man traumatized by the murder of his parents and determined to train himself to become the ultimate in vigilante justice advocate. If that sounds like Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, you would be right. You would also be correct if you picked King. A lot of similarity in the genesis.
       Quite a bit difference in the execution, though. The former dons a spiffy costume to mask his identity. The latter does not and just tries to keep from being noticed. And King is a whole lot more social than the typical portrayal of Batman.
       Both have some pretty cool toys, though, and while Batman has Alfred to back him up, King has Sam Harrison and she is not only a fine warrior in her own right, she is a darn sight prettier than Alfred.
       That being said, the Xander King tales are exciting and fun and fast to read. They are a bit much over the top with how great King is but it is easy to look past that and just enjoy the stories.
       I sure enjoyed them and I hope there will be more to come.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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