||2013 - 2019
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Charity Styles is an agent with Homeland Security.
A woman nearing her 30s, she has seen quite a bit in her still young life and with the occupation she now holds the amount she is likely to see is going to be even more though whether her life will last long is another matter. Doing what she does, namely killing enemies of the country, is a lonely and very dangerous job.
She has not been a government assassin for long and she most definitely did not start out to be one. She was an avid swimmer and loved the water. She also loved competing in it and made the American team for the 2000 Olympics, taking home the bronze in the 400 individual medley.
Her father, a veteran of the Vietnam War, had been a crop duster and has taught her to fly. It was not just planes, though, for she also became quite skilled with helicopters. Whether she would have gone into the line of work her father did became a moot point with the planes hit the Twin Towers. She never hesitated for a moment before joining the military. Within a few months, she was in Afghanistan.
Her job was, since at that time females were not allowed in combat situations, was to fly a medevac chopper bringing wounded men to help. It was in Zabul Province that her helo was hit and dropped. She survived, though injured, and managed to stay free for a few hours but eventually she was snared by Taliban fighters. what they did to her over the following days was horrific but she survived and when Coalition Forces came, she was able to kill her one guard in the confusion and make her escape. Months of rehab followed. Physically she was mended. Mentally, not so much. Eventually, she'd been quietly mustered out with a medical discharge.
At some point she found she was also quite good at the martial arts. Likely she had trained in it before her military service but after her traumatic experiences, she became extremely good at it, making sure that the next time people came to abuse her body, she would dole out some abuse of her own.
"... after more than three years as a martial arts instructor for Miami-Dade police, Charity had been invited to join a new counter-terrorism team based out of nearby Homestead Air Reserve base. She'd jumped at the chance. Her experiences at the hands of her captors had left a mark, but Charity had learned to turn that part of her brain on and off at will. Unleashing that part of her mind where the demons dwelled made her very dangerous, a fact which hadn't gone unnoticed."
Eventually, the head of the Caribbean Counter-Terrorism Command, a Colonel Stockwell, approached her with an idea. She could do more things to help her country as a solo agent than she could as part of the team she very much enjoyed. It was a hard decision but she agreed. Officially she went rogue and stole a helicopter and vanished, possibly crashing into the ocean.
Unofficially, and actually, she was given a fast one-person sailboat named Wind Dancer and a new identity. She was free to travel the region of the Caribbean and Central America and quietly eliminate her assigned targets. She would become very good at the elimination. Not so good at the quiet part.
|Number of Books:||8|
The character Charity Styles is first introduced in the series, being a part of the team that McDermitt agrees to help from time to time. She appears in four of those adventures before going off on her own. She is mentioned in a couple more but does not appear. Those four in which she does have a part, albeit small in a couple, are listed below before her own series officially begins.
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