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REB ROGERS

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Full Name: T. R. 'Reb' Rogers
Nationality: American
Organization: FBIS
Occupation Other - Charter Boat Captain

Creator: J. B. Black
Time Span: 2016 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       T.R. 'Reb' Rogers is a charter boat fishing captain.
       He is also loosely connected with the Federal Bureau for Internal Security (FBIS).
       Regarding that highly classified agency, we are told that some time after 9/11 the President's advisors convinced him that a black-ops department dedicated to hunting down any jihadist terror cells in the States was needed. This agency would be authorized to use any and all means to stop further attacks. Congress added the condition that the new FBIS would also aid in the war on drugs. Both branches of government knew keeping the FBIS secret was vital.
       Prior to either his current occupation as a fishing guide or his part-time work with the FBIS, Rogers was "a member of the 4th Scouts - an elite unit of special operators". He held the rank of Captain having earned his commission shortly before 9/11 by graduating from ROTC at Alabama College.
       Thanks to having dated for some time a British girl attending Alabama College who had lived in several countries with her diplomat father, Rogers had picked up a good deal of Pashto. Since Rogers had been born and raised on a farm in Alabama, his ability to ride a horse was second nature. Once the Army found out about those two details, "Reb became an active participant in America's war on terrorism when he was assigned to a Special Forces unit that was working with the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in the fight to overthrow Al Qaeda and the Taliban. When Reb wasn't acting as an interpreter, he found himself on horseback participating in cavalry charges against enemy positions in the wilds of Afghanistan in the early stages of the war."
       For eight years he served with distinction in the war in Afghanistan, earning the Silver Star along the way. Then came the events that unfairly earned him the nickname of Butcher of Lashwan. A small band of Taliban rebels attacked a schoolbus of girls and set it afire, killing all occupants. Rogers saw the horrific results shortly afterwards. He then learned the location of those perpetrators. He made his displeasure known. He also, apparently, broke new Rules of Engagement and received a reprimand and his time in the Army was over.
       
       So then came the new life with fishing and the FBIS. In the Taliban fight he had been joined by Jake Gant, then CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer with Rogers' outfit and he had saved Gant's life in the firefight. A bit after the event, Gant was offered a position with the FBIS and he took it. He also found a way to funnel more than enough money to Rogers for the purchase of his new boat and equipment, understanding that on occasion there would be a need to help out.
       Which brings us to the present and Reb Rogers enjoying his new life aboard Reb's Revenge, a 35-foot sportfisherman. And having the pleasure of the company of Honey Brown, a "statuesque six feet tall" model with "all of the right curves in all of the right places".
       An idyllic life. Except for the occasional foray back into the War on Terror and the War on Drugs and a band of Taliban sympathizers who still very much remember Reb Rogers.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

1 Reb's Revenge Reb's Revenge
Written by J. B. Black
Copyright: 2016

After being forced out of his life in the U.S. military, Reb Rogers has started a charter fishing business in Seaside Beach, Florida. He is trying to leave that previous life in the past, especially the event with the Taliban that ended his career. Unfortunately, someone from that past wants to take time from a planned terrorist attack on the Pensacola air show to get revenge on him.
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2 Reb's Rampage Reb's Rampage
Written by J. B. Black
Copyright: 2017

Reb Rogers wants to run his charter business but his friend, Billy, learns that a sub is being used to smuggle drugs near them and he asks for Reb's help capturing it. As that takes place, Rogers' girl Honey, in Cancun on a modeling gig, is kidnapped so Rogers has no choice but to go get her.
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3 Reb's Retaliation Reb's Retaliation
Written by J. B. Black
Copyright: 2019

Reb and Honey head to Miami where Honey has another modeling gig. They had hoped it would be a working vacation but with the FBIS looking for a cargo ship filled with a bioweapon meant to be using in the States and enemies Megan and Hassan getting out of Gitmo and planning more trouble, vacation is not even in their dictionary.
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4 Reb's Rendition Reb's Rendition
Written by J. B. Black
Copyright: 2020

Think nuclear weapons left over from the Soviet Union days. Think Iranian Quds Force commandos in the States. Think a major 4th of July fireworks display. Think Reb Rogers and Honey and their friends having their hands full.
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MY COMMENTS

       Judging a Book by its Cover Department: The covers of this series are a fantastic throwback to the wonderful, exciting covers of the 60s and 70s and I loved them. They made me sit up and take notice, which they are meant to do. Great job to whoever did them.
       As for the books, I am glad the covers made me notice because I like these a lot. The writing and the action is also reminiscent of the action/adventure books from the 70s with a hero who is not afraid to take a stand and who has a healthy (well, maybe a better word here is needed) for danger and excitement. Since I was a huge fan of such fiction back then and remain to this day, IMHO this is a very good thing.
       Mild warning: this series has no interest in being PC. Bad guys, clearly shown to be bad guys, are eliminated by Reb Rogers and friends without the least bit of due process. A lot of people would put that under the negative column. On the positive side of the ledger, they feed a good number of sharks.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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