Jeff Pride is an occasional agent for the Phoenix Security.
He is also a travel agent. Really. That is what he works at and that is what he tells people. He just does not act like one, especially when people point guns at him and try to blow him up or otherwise cause injury. Then he acts like the highly trained operative he was for many years.
Soon after graduating from law school and having no desire to practice law, Pride joined Phoenix Security, an international business specializing in both keeping secrets and extracting them, all for a high price. Pride was one of their best agents until, as he puts it, three bad guys each shot him and he killed each of them. In public. In the hospital he was told his services were no longer needed.
That is when he started the travel agency. It was not too long, however, before Phoenix remembered why they used him in the first place. Pride was good and he, time after time, came through for them.
Pride is accompanied on his excursions around the world with his young ward, Cherry Kobayashi. The daughter of a good friend and fellow agent, she was entrusted to Pride's care at the age of six when her father was killed on assignment. Now seventeen and deeply in love with Pride, she is a dynamo ready to devour him, except to him she is his daughter and that just is not going to happen. Acting as his secretary, she is sometimes the tool used to force Pride to get involved in cases. Other times she is what saves his bacon. At all times she is a sexually aggressive consternation for a decent guy who is, so far, able to hold her back from ravaging him.
The first four books were published under the penname of Archie O'Neill. Three years later, the fifth and final book came out under the author's real name.