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Full Name: Adam Drake
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Lawyer

Creator: Scott Matthews
Time Span: 2012 - 2022


Adam Drake is an attorney.

He is also a special operative for Homeland Security tasked with taking the fight to the enemy. But officially he is an attorney and if asked about what he does, that is what the answer will be.

As the series begins, Drake is one year mourning the passing of his much adored wife, Kay, from a quickly spreading ovarian cancer. His law practice, once doing quite well, is suffering badly from the many days he fails to see any reason to go to the office, putting in an appearance largely when his much put-upon secretary can shame into it.

Before his wife's passing, he had built up a promising reputation in Portland, Oregon, proudly doing so without using the name of his highly influential father-in-law, a Senator from that state. Prior to that he had worked successfully in the district attorney's office for five years putting away guys that he knew did not belong on the streets.

But before that there was another period of his life he seldom discusses and which was not in official records, at least not those available to most citizens. He had just graduated from law school and had passed the Oregon bar exam two days before 9/11. When the Towers went down and the Pentagon was attacked, his plans for the law seemed not so important. Fighting back did. He enlisted in the Army.

His father had been a Green Beret and though his passing when Drake was young meant he grew up without a dad, he did not lack for a male example. And when the opportunity came after his own enlistment to become a member of the elite group, he was more than ready. His innate skills combined with his tenacity brought him to the attention of higher-ups and soon he was moved into the most elite of Army organizations, Delta. He served his country well for many years.

All things must end and his time in the military did just that. Eventually he reentered civilian life, worked as a prosecutor for a time, started his own practice, met and married Kay. Unfortunately, that too ended.

It is hard to say how long he might have continued his slow spiral downward after Kay's passing. When he got a call for a favor from his father-in-law to help investigate a suspicious death, it was with reluctance and very little motivation that he agreed. Then the people behind the killing decided he needed elimination as well and they came after him. Suddenly the motivation was there and the reluctance was gone and the old Drake was back and he was ticked.

Having someone who is capable of and willing to bend the law to do right is very useful. If that person is a lawyer well experienced on both side of the bench and knows well what he can and cannot justify is even better. Drake is such a man and when he is asked to work unofficially for DHS, he is now quite ready to say yes.


Number of Books:12
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Assassin's List The Assassin's List
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2012

To strike at America from within, a terrorist comes to the US to recruit criminals who have take up Islam and who want to strike back. Training them as assassins, the idea is to hit targets all over the country. Adam Drake is representing a man accused of murder when he gets wind of this mission and when no one listens, he falls back on his training to do something on his own.
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2 Oath To Defend Oath To Defend
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2013

It is not the sort of work Adam Drake does anymore but when radiation is detected in San Diego and the last place a major terrorist was seen was Tijuana, Drake joins the hunt.
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3 Dark Trojan Dark Trojan
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2014

A client of Adam Drake is a software firm writing security code to protect the nation's electric utilities. As a means of stopping them, an assassin is sent in but when she fails to kill a target, namely Drake, he takes up the chase.
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4 Call It Treason Call It Treason
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2015

The Muslim Brotherhood is mounting a campaign against civilian air travel. The President wants to go to war to stop it. Adam Drake learns that corrupt people in the nation's capital are involved and there may be terrorist camps inside the U.S. preparing to strike.
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5 Special Council Special Council
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2016

Two old empires acxious to regain their glory are looking to work together to take down a common enemy, the U.S. Adam Drake is the man to stop this latest attempt.
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6 Soft Target Soft Target
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2017

Someone want Adam Drake dead and has given the job to a very skilled and determined killer. Drake is more used to being on the offensive, playing defense is not his style.
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7 Sacred Target Sacred Target
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2018

Someone has sent a note to the parisoners of the Archdiocese of Portland stating they have three days to convert to Islam or die. The FBI thinks it is a hoax; the church does not. Adam Drake is asked to investigate and the clock is ticking.
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8 Tipping Point Tipping Point
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2018

Groups of anti-fascists are traveling America striking at anyone in authority they deem deserving. Adam Drake is asked to stop them but first he needs to find who is bankrolling them. He suspects a wealthy Russian with a grudge.
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9 Coverup Coverup
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2019

Having stopped the anarchists, for now, Adam Drake has learned that someone in the US government was aiding and abetting the mayhem and Drake wants to find out who. Unfortunately, that individual knows Drake is after him and plans on using considerable force to eliminate the threat.
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10 The Deterrent The Deterrent
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2020

It is not know who kidnapped the daughter of a biologist working on a deadly flu virus but the ransom was simple: hand over a live sample of the virus for the girl. Adam Drake agrees to help in finding the girl but wants to do it without the FBI getting in the way. But can he achieve his goal without the virus ending up in the wrong hands?
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11 The Skysage Affair The Skysage Affair
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2021

America has a new space weapon in development, one that could change how wars are conducted in the future. China wants it and they have an espionage team in place to get it. When Adam Drake accidentally learns of the plot, he because as much a target as the weapon.
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12 Black Dragon Black Dragon
Written by Scott Matthews
Copyright: 2022

"China wants revenge for the Opium Wars of the past. The CCP will achieve it with an opium war of its own. When Adam Drake hears a rumor of the plot on his honeymoon, he won’t rest until he finds out if it’s true. If it is, he vows to defeat it.
From a luxury resort in Australia, to a casino in Baja California, and an island off the coast of British Columbia, Drake chases after the billionaire head of a powerful and brutal Chinese triad to learn the truth."
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It is a lot of fun to find a well-written, thought-out series that is also filled with lots of action, bad guys that need whopping, and good guys that can get it done. That is what I found when I finally opened the first of the Adam Drake books and then just had to finish it and then just had to read the next and so on.

These books are meant, I believe, to entertain and that is exactly what they do. They also let me see a bit of why the villains are doing what they do while still leaving me with a desire to have Drake stop them from doing it. These baddies are guys with a deep-seeded mission to hurt a lot of people and Drake is even more determined to stop them and if that means stopping them with prejudice, so be it. No angst. No sleepless night filled with regret. These guys needed killin' and he delivered.

And the author delivers it all, as I indicated, in a very enjoyable way. The story flows well without hiccups or dull spots or periods where you yawn. No yawning here. Just a lot of good guys doing good guy things and I liked it and I hope the author keeps 'em coming.


My Grade: A-


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