DAN TRACK

 
Full Name: Dan Track
Series Name: Track
Nationality: American
Organization: Military Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jerry Ahern
Time Span: 1984 - 1986
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Dan Track is an agent with American military intelligence.
       Growing up on the south side of Chicago, raised by an older sister after his parents dies, Track learned to survive by fighting. This meant joining a gang and taking part in gang-related activities and this brought him into court where an offer was made to serve time or serve the country. He chose the latter.
       Once the regimen of the military took over, Track learned that he could learn and he liked it. First came his G.E.D. and then several years of college during evening courses. His high IQ and his drive got him noticed, resulting in promotion into the officers ranks and eventual entry into their CID branch. When he finally retired from the military, he had the rank of Major.
       Though now a civilian as the series starts, Track is still working closely with the government as well as with a major insurance underwriter, a powerful British billionaire named Sir Abner Chesteron, a man with interests around the globe in need of someone like Track. In this capacity, Dan Track finds himself involved in a wide range of assignments all over the world. He also is a much-requested trainer in S.W.A.T. maneuvers, giving special classes to police forces and military groups.
       The main emphasis of the series' beginning is the hunt for one hundred nuclear weapons stolen by a renegade Soviet officer. Assisting Track in his quest for these bombs is the beautiful and resourceful Desiree, a smuggler and arms-dealer who confronts Track in the prologue of the first book and finds herself involved in the mission. It does not take long for Track and Desiree to fall in love and become a very potent weapon when working together.

BOOKS

Number of Books:13
First Appearance:1984
Last Appearance:1986

1 The Ninety-Nine The Ninety-Nine
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1984

Working for the U.S. Army's CID, Track in on the trail of an arms smuggler who has been raiding military depots across Europe. Soon, however, he discovers an even larger menace in the form of Johannes Krieger who has somehow managed to steal one hundred nuclear warheads, all to use to bring the return of the Third Reich.

2 Atrocity Atrocity
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1984

His struggle against Krieger takes Track, along with a beautiful arms smuggler named Desiree, to a Soviet research facility deep in eastern Siberia which is set for destruction unless Track can defuse a bomb that cannot be stopped.

3 The Armageddon Conspiracy The Armageddon Conspiracy
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1984

Krieger is trying to extort the American government with the threat of exploding several nuclear weapons buried beneath Washington, D.C. and several other eastern seaboard cities. Track is one step behind him.

4 The Hard War The Hard War
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1984

Track travels to Las Vegas on the trail of a group of Russian-backed Israeli mobsters who are trying to take over from the crumbling Mafia. This band, called the Malina, first kidnap and kill a powerful don's daughter and then attempt to take over the casino he owns with the threat of blowing it to pieces if they fail, killing hundreds.

5 Origin Of A Vendetta Origin Of A Vendetta
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

Even though Track had, a decade before, buried his sister who died in a car wreck with her scientist husband. Now an agent for the KGB claims that she is still alive and living in captivity in the Soviet Union. An offer to help find and free her sounds too good and Track has to wonder if it isn't a plot to capture him.

6 Certain Blood Certain Blood
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

The journey to rescue his sister, started in the previous mission, continues as Track learns that she likely has been brainwashed and blames him for deaths he was not involved in. Nevertheless, he continues to track her, taking him into Afghanistan.

7 Master Of D.E.A.T.H. Master Of D.E.A.T.H.
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

In the resort city of Acapulco, Track is trying to set a trap for the key KGB agent in the U.S. when his plans are ruined with the intervention of a mastermind determined to take over the world. This man is the master of an organization named the Directorate for Espionage, Assassination, Terrorism, and Harassment.

8 Revenge Of The Master Revenge Of The Master
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

The Master of D.E.A.T.H. returns with another scheme for breaking down the governments who opposed him, this time planning to use an upcoming space shuttle launch as a way to destroy the U.S. space program and set the seeds for his further plans.

9 The D.E.A.T.H. Hunters The D.E.A.T.H. Hunters
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

When a blizzard strikes the area of Idaho where Track and Desiree are staying, they thought they would only have the weather to worry about but soon it becomes clear that a relentless attack by D.E.A.T.H. agents is just starting. This is just a prelude to a new mad scheme by the Master to wipe out most of civilization.

10 Cocaine Run Cocaine Run
Written by Jerry Ahern
Copyright: 1985

With the daughter of an important U.S. Senator in the balance in a war against Columbian drug lords, Track is asked to step in. Rescuing her means, however, heading to that nation and fighting the enemy on his turf.

11 The Ghost Dancers The Ghost Dancers
Written by Patrick Andrews
Copyright: 1986

A call for an old army buddy brings Track to San Diego with the dream of deep-sea fishing and relaxation. Unfortunately, his friend is a chief of police on an Indian reservation fighting a mysterious man who claims to be the reincarnation of Geronimo, and who has a growing number of angry believers.

12 Drug Runner Drug Runner
Written by Patrick Andrews
Copyright: 1986

Track is brought in to investigate a new style of piracy occurring more and more often in the Caribbean where drug runners, needing fast vessels with no history of smuggling, are hijacking pleasure boats and killing the crews. It is Track's mission to find the ones behind the scheme.

13 Amazon Gold Amazon Gold
Written by Patrick Andrews
Copyright: 1986

The discovery of an priceless artifact known as Pizarro's Calendar brings out the worst in people and the chances of it getting to its rightful, legal resting spot seems unlikely unless Track and his group can pull off a miracle.

MY COMMENTS

       Aside from the fact that it is very difficult to figure out exactly who Track works for most of the time, these adventures are just a lot of fun to read. There is no great insight into motivation or character analysis. There is just a bunch of real bad guys being fought by a real good guy. Sometimes simplicity just works!
       Mr. Ahern is an acknowledged expert when it comes to weaponry so when he says that a character used a particular weapon and it acted a certain way, you can be certain that the information is solid, giving an extra level of realism to the tales.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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