Full Name: Sam Archer
Nationality: British
Organization: NYC-CTB
Occupation Agent

Creator: Tom Barber
Time Span: 2012 - 2017

       Sam Archer is a member of the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Unit.
       Well, not at first. In the first three recorded adventures, Archer is a member in good standing with Britain's Armed Response Unit, an elite group put together to be a rapid responder to any crisis remotely involving terrorism. The members do not exactly have a license to kill but they can and do shoot without hesitation when necessary and when the unit gets called into action, it is usually necessary.
       As the series progresses, Archer will leave his post with the ARU and take a job with the New York Police Department. Through his late father, a decorated NYPD detective, Archer enjoyed dual citizenship and the job offer in the States was compelling though it came only after a particularly harrowing off-books mission.
       With the CTU, Archer is most definitely in his element. He is a man of action and with the Big Apple being such a magnet for all kinds of nasty miscreants, his life is never dull. Unfortunately, though, it is also never peaceful so having anything close to a normal life is something that is constantly proving to be a problem.
       At times, though, Archer will be pulled back into his old realm and a time or two thrown into totally different circumstances which keep him on his toes and keeps the action going strong. Luckily for him, when he is home, whether during his ARU days or his new CTU adventures, he is joined with people who, though quite a bit different than he, are every bit as interesting. And dangerous.


Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2017

1 Nine Lives Nine Lives
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2012

Nine terrorists are known to be in London about to make an attack, where and what unknown. The Armed Response Unit is ordered to find and stop them. Sam Archer, youngest member of the team is ready to prove himself.

2 The Getaway The Getaway
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2012

Sam Archer is in New York to attend a funeral. A five-man gang is pulling off violent and profitable bank heists in the city and the FBI is having trouble. One of the agents is an old family friend of Archer and asks him to somehow infiltrate the group.

3 Blackout Blackout
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2012

Three men have died on the same morning - one by suicide, one by strangulation and one by gunfire. To the Armed Response Unit, unaware of these events, the day started normally. It would not stay that way as each member would soon be fighting for their lives against a mysterious group out for blood.

4 Silent Night Silent Night
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2012

Seven months after having left the ARU, Sam Archer is now a detective with NYPD's Counter Terrorism Bureau. The case facing the team is a man dead in Central Park, killed by a toxic pneumonic virus and there is no known antidote.

5 One Way One Way
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2013

On his way home on a Sunday afternoon, Sam Archer is enjoying the day when two men show up with guns and all hell breaks loose. Archer and other witnesses take cover in a tenement but then so do the killers and the hunt is on.

6 Return Fire Return Fire
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2013

Sam Archer's current girl friend and fellow CTB agent, Alice, has gone to Spain for visit relatives. Days later, word comes she has been kidnapped. Archer and his teammates are determined to get her back.

7 Green Light Green Light
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2014

On their way home from work, Sam Archer and Alice Vargas witness an attack on a young woman, violence that is just the start of a gang war that got its start seven decades earlier.

8 Last Breath Last Breath
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2015

A sniper has killed three people in different cities in the last 72 hours. He is thought to be in D.C. and he is thought to be a police officer. Sam Archer arrives in town to visit relatives, not expecting to become part of the case but he is when panic and rioting start up.

9 Jump Seat Jump Seat
Written by Tom Barber
Copyright: 2017

The CTU team is being pulled in too many directions while looking into who is causing airliners to crash. The group that has shown such skill working together is temporarily split up and Sam Archer finds himself on his own investigating an on-going crime - at 30,000 feet over the ocean.


       I am a huge sucker for a no-holds-barred rockem-sockem adventure series and the Sam Archer one is definitely one of those I would recommend to anyone who likes his hero willing to meet danger head on. Another aspect of Archer that is commendable is that he is actually quite likable and that seems to be almost a rarity in the modern world of fiction warriors.
       The author has found an interesting range of adventures to throw at the hero. They are not all the same, monotonous "I hate America" dirge though he does find his share of those. You do not know what will confront Archer next and that helps to keep the series interesting and readable.


My Grade: A-

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