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Full Name: Mike Recker
Series Name: The Silencer
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mike Ryan
Time Span: 2016 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Mike Recker is an agent with the CIA.
       Was. Now, not so much.
       Was as in the first page of the first recorded adventure but when you are shot, apparently by your own side, and you know they want to finish the job as quickly as they can find you, continued employment with them seems not such a good idea. He tells a tending nurse at a hospital in London after having a gun shot wound stitched up, "I used to be one of them. ... Up until last night."
       Our first introduction has him calling himself 'John Smith' and not caring that it was a phoney sounding as it was. He would meet up with a man who would become his new employer, a man with an almost as phoney-sound name of David Jones. Jones is a computer expert who knows quite a bit about Smith and is kind enough to share his knowledge.
       "You went into the military straight out of high school, became a member of Delta Force, spent eight years in the military, then when your enlistment ended, wound up at the CIA. I know you've been there the last six years, the last four of which you were in a top secret project called Centurion in which you were a foreign assassin. I also know that Centurion knew you were growing tired of your role in the agency and were seeking to get out, but with all you know about the organization, couldn't just let you leave and sought to terminate you in London six months ago."
       Concerning the man named Jones, we learn from him that he has been with the NSA for quite a while as a computer expert with the highest of clearances and access. In that time he has come to the realization that most of the intelligence the NSA learns about normal citizens is ignored because it did not deal with national security. Jones was dismayed to realize that there was abundant evidence of people needing help which was not part of the mission therefore those people were left to suffer. [The invasion of privacy does not ever come up as an issue.]
       Jones wants to do something about that lack of help but he has discovered having some muscle, especially experienced muscle like Smith, is needed more often that he would want. Smith, of course, is a bit interested in staying alive but also earning a living since his former employers want him dead.
       Thus the job offer and the identity change. Smith had already taken care of the latter, having a new life prepared under the moniker of Mike Recker.
       Oh, on the matter of money to pay salary and expenses, Jones has come up with a simple plan to start with. "I identified some individuals known for criminal activity, mostly drug players, and hacked into their bank accounts. I took around a million from five different people...I engineered it to look like the money went into accounts by their rivals, and sent anonymous messages stating that fact. Meanwhile, the money was transferred into several other accounts before finding its final resting spot in mine. I used some hacking skills to conceal the actual whereabouts of where the money went to. I then went into the rivals' accounts and made it look like they had additional money that they didn't really have."
       One small matter that concerns Mike Recker about his new employer is the fact that Jones might be a bit squeamish in Recker's approach to problems. ""I'm a little set in my ways. Violence tends to follow me around. I'm not a wallflower who believes in turning the other cheek," he tells Jones. Jones says he understands. Jones is about to get an awakening.

BOOKS

Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

1 The Silencer The Silencer
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2016

John Smith was a CIA agent when he barely survived his latest assignment. After lying low for months, he was heading back to the States in secret when he was approached in Philly by someone who knew a lot about him and recruits him. Now under the new identity of Mike Recker, he is out to find Agent 17, the man who betrayed him.
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2 Fully Loaded Fully Loaded
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2017

Ambushed and barely surviving, Mike Recker is out to get back at his attackers but that does not mean refusing to help Tyrell with a personal problem or not agreeing to help Mia locate a missing friend.
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3 Hard Target Hard Target
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2017

While Mike Recker lets the professor know how annoyed he is at lack of progress finding Agent 17, Mia goes looking on her own for the one who killed her friend and that investigation upsets a lot of people.
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4 Blowback Blowback
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2017

The CIA is very upset about the death of Agent 17 so they bring in a specialist, the Centurion, to track down the man they are certain is responsible, John Smith, aka Mike Recker.
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5 Point Blank Point Blank
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2017

Away in Detroit for half a year, Mike Recker and Jones return to Philly to pick up what they were doing before. One of the crime bosses decides to force Recker into helping him by threatening Mia. Bad mistake.
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6 Double Tap Double Tap
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2018

The professor decides having someone join their group is a good idea and he enlists former CIA agent Chris Haley. Working together is not easy and Mike Recker soon finds himself hauled away by the police.
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7 Hollow Point Hollow Point
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2018

Someone in Philly is hunting the police and so far there has been no good leads. A homicide detective reaches out to the Silencer and Mike Recker and team have to wonder if they are not being set up.
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8 High Velocity High Velocity
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2018

There is a new player in the crime business in Philly and Mike Recker and team are out to learn who it is. So are the police and when both teams arrive at the same warehouse to investigate, they learn it is an ambush.
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9 Close Range Close Range
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2019

With things in the city at a lull, Mike Recker is willing to listen to an old friend from the CIA with an offer - help out on one mission to find an arms dealer who has proven to be very slippery.
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10 Trigger Pull Trigger Pull
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2019

They had barely unpacked from the CIA mission when Mike Recker and team are ambushed, tossed in the middle of the gang rivalry in Philly. Finding out who is at fault is the first stop - the second is making it stop.
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11 Lethal Force Lethal Force
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2019

The Tri-State Scorpions is a gang from New Jersey wanting to invade Philly. A shootout with home gangs results in one of the Scorpion leaders put in the hospital which the rest of the gang then take over. Mike Recker is not happy about it since Mia is working a shift there at the time.
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12 Zeroed In Zeroed In
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2020

The Tri-State Scorpions are very upset about the way things went down at the hospital and want revenge against Mike Recker for it. To get it, they take Recker's partner, Haley, as prisoner - and bait.
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13 Double Barrel Double Barrel
Written by Mike Ryan
Copyright: 2020

The drive-by shooting was the first indication that someone was out after Mike Recker. The evidence points to someone connected with Vincent's organization so they have to wonder if Vincent is out to get them or has his organization been compromised.
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MY COMMENTS

       The similarities between the concept of Person of Interest, a show I absolutely adored, and the Mike Recker adventures is inescapable. At least to me. Computer hacker learning about people having problems and wanting to do something to help, needing muscle to step in when muscle is needed. Great concept that I really fell.
       Now the author did do enough to make the idea his own and the Recker series comes into its own through very enjoyable writing and some cool characters to help Recker over time and a lot of very bad people needed taken care of. In that regard there is more than a bit of The Equalizer. Again, though, the author keeps his own uniqueness.
       There are a lot of adventures in this series and as of this writing, they are continuing. I like that!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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