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JONATHON STONE

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Full Name: Jonathon Stone
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: James Moushon
Time Span: 2010 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jonathon Stone is an agent with the CIA.
       Exactly how long Stone has been with the Agency is not mentioned though from the way he describes things, it has been a fair number of years and most of that time has not been idly waiting for action. Stone is the sort of operative that attracts danger and excitement to him.
       In his own introduction to us, Stone explains that he has as his primary cover being "a writer for the Real Sportsman Magazine". It is just a cover though he tells us that the phone number on his business card rings in the office of his CIA boss and the secretary there knows how to handle things from there. Stone goes on to tell that "being a writer seems to afford a realistic, workable cover" and while there may be times it could make someone question why a sports reporter might be asking questions at, say, a murder scene, no one has yet bothered.
       Stone tells us that he is assigned to a special department inside the Agency known as the Domestic Operation - Terrorism (DOT), more exactly the Far East Operation Center "located in an undisclosed location in Long Beach, California. His boss in this group is a man named Russ Evans, someone that Stone has known for a long time and become close friends with. "He was my first boss when I joined the CIA right out of the service. We were in Europe then, stationed in Algiers. He was an excellent leader. At one time he had been in charge of the CIA Western European operations. He had moved rapidly up the CIA's organizational ladder, now holding the title, Far East Section Chief. He is based in our San Francisco offices." It was Evans that ordered the creation of the DOT's southern office. "Our direction was to take care of any open assignments in the U.S. that had originated out of the country. The CIA wanted to make sure there were no loose ends left by DHS."
       According to Stone, the DOT is not on any of the Company's organization charts, though he does work regularly with other governmental agencies, especially the FBI.
       Stone tells us that he is "an avid hunter and gun collector. My hobbies include restoring old guns, fooling around with computers and gambling and the ladies". We never see much of his gun hobby and only some with computers but his love of gambling and the ladies is confirmed over and again. Stone loves being a ladies' man but there seems little doubt that he is biggest love, and likely his biggest problem, is his love of gambling.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2016

1 Call Off The Dogs Call Off The Dogs
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2010

OUT OF PRINT - there is no copy available for this book and it appears the author has chosen to keep it that way - [plot unknown]

2 Black Mountain Secrets Black Mountain Secrets
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2012

Someone or ones is stealing classified info from a secret Army base in the Mohave. The CIA agent sent to check out who is murdered. Jonathon Stone is sent by the Agency to learn who was behind the killing and bring them to justice.
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3 Game of Fire Game of Fire
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2014

Jonathon Stone's investigation into the arms dealing of a family named Minh in California merges with the FBI's look into an explosion and fire at a mall during the Tet New Year. Stone's gambling, drinking, and womanizing go up against the lead FBI agent, Jodi Shannon and her no-nonsense style of work.
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4 The Cajun Ghost The Cajun Ghost
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2016

Jonathon Stone of the CIA buys an old rifle from a gun dealer and then finds himself looking into the owner of the weapon. That search will get him mixed up in the murder of a Senator and Presidential hopeful as well as going up against the Cajun Ghost.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:17
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2020

1 Operation No Sanctuary Operation No Sanctuary
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2017

Joining FBI Agent Jodi Shannon in an investigation of a new gang war in East LA between MS-13 members and a Mexican cartel, Jonathon Stone is especially interested in finding and taking down Raul Romero, a cartel kingpin Stone has been after for years.
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2 Operation Camp Navajo Operation Camp Navajo
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2017

The robbery of the Camp Navajo Weapon Station in Arizona brings Jonathon Stone and fellow agent Dale Oak there to make sure the CIA's cache is safe. The FBI quickly catch the thieves and all is right again, except that Stone feels something else is amiss.
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3 Operation Asian Tiger Operation Asian Tiger
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2017

Jonathon Stone is in Singapore with fellow agent Chuck Chun, doing routine surveillance work. It turns violent when a terrorist attack takes place and Stone begins to feel the police there are looking in the wrong direction.
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4 Operation Sundowner Operation Sundowner
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2017

The job looked simple but important. Jonathon Stone and Chuck Chun are to bodyguard their boss, Russ Evans as he attends a retirement party. An attack leaves several dead, Evans injured, and Stone determined to get answers.
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5 Operation Little Havana Operation Little Havana
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2017

Jonathon Stone travels to Miami to join FBI Agent Maria Sanchez in a case involving a murder attempt on an exiled Cuban baseball player. When yet another sports figure is targeted, Stone follows the evidence from the city streets to the swamps of the Everglades.
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6 Operation Listen Close Operation Listen Close
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2018

A dead body in the trunk of a cab in downtown LA proves to have a link to Jonathon Stone. The victim is a Special Agent from China and Stone and Chuck Chun have their hands full.
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7 Operation Red Dragon Operation Red Dragon
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2018

When all he was planning was a quiet time of serious gambling, Jonathon Stone is less than pleased to spot a Mexican paid assassin in the area, letting Stone know a hit of someone important was about to happen.
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8 Operation Deadline Operation Deadline
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2018

A man on the CIA's watch list is killed in a hit-and-run. When Jonathon Stone and FBI Agent Jodi Shannon investigate, it quickly proves to be an accident. A Mid-East study group is involved.
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9 Operation Runaway Operation Runaway
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2018

Jonathon Stone and Chuck Chun head to Hawaii to look into an ongoing leak of information from the NSA.
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10 Operation Hidden Truth Operation Hidden Truth
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2018

When a deadly terrorist goes missing in LA, all law enforcement goes on alert. Jonathan Stone is one of those especially determined to catch the man.
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11 Operation Misdirection Operation Misdirection
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2019

The death of a female CIA agent in LA and the fact that the prime suspect is her husband brings Jonathon Stone into the case. One thing he has to figure out is why she had a series of unexplained trips to the Middle East.
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12 Operation Adrift Operation Adrift
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2019

Why did the cargo ship suddenly show up in LA Harbor, empty of content and with nobody on board? Jonathon Stone is part of the investigation because it seems the CIA had been tracking the vessel from its Far East origins.
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13 Operation Key Witness Operation Key Witness
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2019

A woman willing to testify against her terrorist husband needs to be escorted from the Philippines to LA and Jonathan Stone and Chuck Chun have the job.
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14 Operation Raging Bull Operation Raging Bull
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2019

The FBI believes that American troop information is being leaked to Syrian rebel. Unfortunately it is happening in Detroit, currently considered a sanctuary city. Jonathan Stone is asked to take over.
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15 Operation Baja Special Operation Baja Special
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2020

In San Diego on the 4th of July, three Syrian terrorists attack a church conducting mass and kill over 50 people. Jonathan Stone and Chuck Chun are sent by the CIA to assist the FBI.
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16 Operation Arrow Drone Operation Arrow Drone
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2020

Jonathan Stone is teamed with FBI agent Jodi Shannon to look into the death of an FBI agent who was auditing a classified project that was having troubles. The agent died during a mass shooting at a Navy base.
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17 Operation Bank Withdrawal Operation Bank Withdrawal
Written by James Moushon
Copyright: 2020

FBI Agent Jodi Shannon is investigating a string of bank robberies in the LA area when a fingerprint found causes Jonathon Stone to get involved.
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MY COMMENTS

       I got a kick out of these stories. Mind you, I have no patience for Stone's addiction to gambling but the man definitely can leave it behind when people start trying to kill him, which a lot of folks do a lot of times. I have no problem with his attention to the fairer sex.
       The author apparently started out writing three full-length novels and then switched to the shorter novella length and that works really, really well for this series. There are so many adventures that do not take 300 pages to resolve and the Jonathon Stone series shows that 60+ is better. I really wished more authors would take notice.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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