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ALEX THORNTON

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Full Name: Alex Thornton
Series Name: Unit 28
Nationality: American
Organization: Unit 28
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jennifer Haynie
Time Span: 2015 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Alex Thornton is an agent with Unit 28.
       That is a small department inside the huge umbrella of Homeland Security. It is said to be one of the elite sections of the huge Cabinet Department. The 5-cent description of their mission is that they "were tasked with gathering recon information to protect the homeland. Often, their field agents and research staffs were [loaned out] to other agencies to help them on projects".
       Alex Thornton is described by one person as being a vixen, something that is readily agreed to but that individual also mentioned that "she barely scrapes five-three. But I'd never want to run tinto her in a dark alley". She is also mentioned as being both a "good-looking cookie" and a "smart cookie" but the use of the term cookie is not one she would have appreciated. Her father is David Thornton, Congressman with some senority in the House.
       We first meet Roya Alexandra Thornton in the prequel short adventure taking place in 2007 in which Unit 28 operatives, one of whom was the "newly minted Unit 28 agent Alex Thornton", were taking part in a sting operation to net the capture of terrorist bigwig Hashim al-Hassan. She will prove to be successful in that assignment though it will leave her with a very powerful enemy.
       Our following of Thornton picks up a decade later. During the first six of those years, Thornton had continued to be a valued member of Unit 28 and shown herself capable and competent on several occasions but then an action on her part apparently deviated from the script and she was 'let go', or was fired depending on the teller. It happened during a press conference which not only made it official but also pretty public.
       One important fact from that trouble was that the man she had become quite close to, fellow agent Jabir al-Omri, had, to her thinking, abandoned her in the process.
       In the four years since then, she has had some changes in her life. Right after the separation, she met someone, had a brief courtship, got married, and then divorced three months later. Then she moved back to her home state of North Carolina and went to work for her parents. She tells herself she has left all the past behind but she knows the truth. She also knows she misses the excitement. Since her new job is with her sister-in-law as a building contractor, she lamented once that "helping someone choose the perfect design for their house or the perfect paint color doesn't compare to collecting intelligence that will foil a bomb plot".
       What will bring her previous life back is the kidnapping of one of her best and longest friends. And with that problem will come old enemies and old loves and suddenly, as the saying goes, everything old was new again.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 Panama Deception Panama Deception
Written by Jennifer Haynie
Copyright: 2015

Alex Thornton is in Costa Rica meeting up with friends on a vacation when one of the group, Melanie, fails to show up. Tracking her to Panama, the former operative learns her friend has been grabbed by kidnappers and to get her back she must work again with Jabir al-Omri, a man who abandoned her four years earlier
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2 Loose Ends Loose Ends
Written by Jennifer Haynie
Copyright: 2018

Happy to have her first Unit 28 mission behind her, Alex Thornton is eager to start a new life with Jabir al-Omri, not knowing that an old enemy from a decade before is planning to get revenge on her and people start dying around her.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2018

1 Orb Web Orb Web
short story
Written by Jennifer Haynie
Copyright: 2018

New to Unit 28, Alex Thornton is in Baghdad for one more mission before heading home. That task will prove to be extremely dangerous as the goal is to take down the very dangerous Hashim al-Hassan. Takes place a decade before Loose Ends.
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MY COMMENTS

       When you pick up this series to read, and you should because it is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours and Alex Thornton is a character I hope to read more of, please do so from the novella to the books and do them in order. These are not really stand-alone adventures. I mean, they could be but it would not be as much fun. Things in the first full-length adventure will not be as understandable or fun without having read the novella and the second adventure really builds on the first.
       Other than reading order, the only advice I can give for this series is to read it. I liked it.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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