ROBERT STARK

 
Full Name: Robert Stark
Nationality: American
Organization: -
Occupation Other - Security Consultant

Creator: Mark Schorr
Time Span: 1988 - 1990
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Robert Stark is a security consultant.
       In the opening section of the first book taking place in 1975, it is stated that Stark was 34 years old and had been an agent for the CIA for nine years, most of that spent in the jungles of Cambodia and Vietnam, When the Vietnam War ended, Stark was transferred to Japan.
       It was there that the incident which forced him out of the Agency occurred. When a man he was running was set up for death by the CIA for being a double agent, a decision made without Stark's knowledge, Stark was furious. When the real double agent defected soon after that, Stark knew he was finished with that part of his life.
       An expert in the martial arts already, he chose to enter a Japanese monastery to regain his balance and to hone his skills. Three years he lived there until he felt he could again face the real world.
       A short time later, Stark met Halliwell, a recently retired Secret Service agent now looking for something to do with the rest of his life. The two hit it off immediately and began to see how their skills could work together. Halliwell-Stark Associates soon became a highly respected security consultancy. Whether it was keeping a client safe or rescuing a soon-to-be client from kidnappers, they were the ones to call when quality mattered.
       The majority of the action takes place starting in 1987, twelve years after he had first quit the Agency, making Stark at least 45 years old. He is still in top physical condition and has maintained his martial arts training so that now he is one of the very best in the world in jujitsu.
       For a man who had quit the Agency many years before and had no desire to associate with them again, this series is proof that you can run but you cannot hide when they need you.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1988
Last Appearance:1990

1 Overkill Overkill
Written by Mark Schorr
Copyright: 1988

An industrialist already worth billions, working with his son who is a bit insane, is creating a horrific weapon for the Soviets. A Russian scientist flees to reveal the plot to the world. It is up to Robert Stark to figure out how to keep her alive long enough to get the word out.

2 Seize The Dragon Seize The Dragon
Written by Mark Schorr
Copyright: 1989

Robert Stark was well rid of the CIA until they produced evidence indicating his old sensei in Japan might be involved in a three-way compact of American mobsters, Japanese Yakuza, and Chinese tong to profit from the transition of Hong Kong.

3 Gunpower Gunpower
Written by Mark Schorr
Copyright: 1990

In rescuing a kidnapped daughter of an American publisher, Robert Stark begins to learn of a world-wide conspiracy to control the arms business. As he learns more, he becomes a target for the arms sellers and for the CIA.

MY COMMENTS

       WHY???? Why did Mr. Schorr not continue this series. Darn it, I liked it. A lot. The characters are interesting. The plots are exciting and fairly realistic. The action is there many times over. I want more!
       During the same time frame that the author was giving the world Stark, he was also giving it Red Diamond, a New York cabbie who likes to think of himself as a hard-boiled detective. That series, also three books long, is funny and thrilling at the same time. I would have liked more of it, too.
       Apparently Mr. Schorr heard the show biz adage of always leave 'em wanting more. He did so in two series.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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