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KINGSLEY & HARMON

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Full Name: Jennifer Kingsley and Jack Harmon
Nationality: American
Organization: FBI
Occupation Agent

Creator: Dane Schiffmann
Time Span: 2015 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jennifer Kingsley is an FBI agent. Jack Harmon is a covert operative.
       First about Kinglsey. This experienced federal investigator is also a good looking woman. "Kingsley was the kind of woman who turned heads when she entered the room. She had long auburn hair, dazzling blue eyes and a trim figure most women would kill for. She had fought hard to be taken seriously at her work. To not to be treated as a good looking woman who her colleagues secretly thought was sleeping with the boss. She wanted only to be treated as a competent colleague."
       That is on the positive side. Flip the coin and the negatives show easily. 'Caustic' would be a gentle adjective for her and around the FBI office where she had her desk she had no one should would consider a friend, or they her, and "her temper was legendary". She was very good at her job but her ability, or willingness, to play the bureaucratic rung game kept her isolated.
       One fellow she encounters early on in the first recorded adventure, a chap that was getting to see the negative side of her up close, asked if she 'just hated men', to which she replied, "Not all men but a significant number." Not surprisingly, she is unattached.

       Jack Harmon is also unattached. He wasn't always. Despite having a very dangerous and time-consuming job as a black-ops agent, he had found time to fall in love and get marry and help create a 5-year old daughter. Both the wife and the daughter flew out of Logan in Boston on September 11. Now he is alone and can and does devote all his time to finding and eliminating enemies of his country.
       Harmon "was recruited by an organization that has the power and the ability to reach into untold scores of databases and alter them in any way they wish". He tells Kingsley when they first meet that he "was hired to solve problems the government of the United States and its law enforcement agencies could not handle". When she described him as an assassin, he responded, "I will not argue semantics with you, Jennifer. I prefer to think of myself as an expeditor. A situation that would take a government or the FBI years to rectify, I handle in a matter of weeks or months. I may destabilize a company that is financing our enemies, or I may retire an arms dealer sending weapons to men that should not have them. I work alone, and can move from country to country undetected. I was trained by the army to live off the land in hostile territory without leaving behind any sign of my existence."

       The two meet when a female murder victim, thought to be one of a serial killer's work, turns out to be a whole lot different and pushes the two towards terrorists with a nuclear weapon. They meet up again in a different case some time late. They would both find need of a change of career so the two began a very unlikely partnership.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 The Black Chamber The Black Chamber
Written by Dane Schiffmann
Copyright: 2015

Things have gone from bad to worse for FBI agemt Jennifer Kingsley. She was on suspension when she and covert op, Jack Harmon, someone she does not trust, come across evidense of a terror cell in the U.S. When they check it out, they get framed for the killing of two cops and now all law enforcement is after them. They are being manipulated by a secret government organization called the Black Chamber.
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2 The Devil's Whisper The Devil's Whisper
Written by Dane Schiffmann
Copyright: 2017

When Jennifer Kingsley had to shoot to save her partner, she did so without hesitation. Unfortunately it was videoed and she suddenly is a PR nightmare. The FBI quickly sends her to Iraq to help hunt down a terrorist leader called Iblis. Jack Harmon is also in country looking for that man. Iblis, though, is setting a trap for Harmon using Kingsley as the bait.
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3 Survival Protocol Survival Protocol
Written by Dane Schiffmann
Copyright: 2018

Charlie was a man who loved conspiracy theories. He knew them all and believed them all. When he is murdered, his wife became a believer, certain he was being silenced. When former FBI agent Jennifer Kingsley and her partner, Jack Harmon, are asked to check into it, they become the interest of the group guarding the secret Charlie had learned and they are not happy Kingsley and Harmon are looking into things.
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MY COMMENTS

       As of this writing I have not finished the third adventure but I absolutely positively will because I freely admit I could not not finish. I adore these two and that takes some doing when it comes to Kingsley. Prickly cacti move out of that woman's path, I did you now. Harmon is a lot friendlier person but that is saying a python is not as scary as a cobra. What a deliciously fun read it is when these two get together.
       A lot of the parts with Kingsley comes across as a police procedural which is wonderfully apt for her. She is decidedly by the book, though this is the one written by her and not the official FBI manual. When Harmon shows up, things kind of blow up a lot or bad guys fall down a bunch. When the two of them are on the 'stage' at the same time, it's unpredictable what will happen but a lot of fun finding out.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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