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Full Name: Martin Calvary
Nationality: British
Organization: The Chapel
Occupation Agent

Creator: Tim Stevens
Time Span: 2012 - 2015


Martin Calvary is an agent with The Chapel.

That group is a small agency in the British Intelligence community which is so secret that not even the Prime Minister knows of its existence. Its mandate is to hunt down and eliminate enemies of the state no matter who they are or where they hide.

Calvary is very good at his job but as he rapidly nears the age of 40 at the time of the first recorded adventure, he is feeling each battle a lot more than the previous one. He still has what it takes to do the job but he is a realist who knows it cannot go on much longer. Many of his opponents seem to be younger each mission and while experience counts for a great deal, older muscles move slower.

Add to that the tiredness that his profession brings and it is easy to understand why Calvary would want out. Unfortunately, when you are as good as Calvary, is it not easy for your employer to just pat you on the back and say farewell. But to just say no to someone like Calvary is not a good thing either so they offer him a deal - one more mission is all we ask. This from an organization that does not exist so has no accountability and one whose main weapons are deceit and trickery. Calvary is definitely on to them, of course, because he is really quite smart. But he is also human and the glimmer of hope of a real life is just too appealing to give up.

What ensues is a terrific sequence of events where Calvary must deal with the duplicity of his employers and the deadliness of his targets all while trying to maintain what remains of his soul.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2015

1 Severance Kill Severance Kill
Written by Tim Stevens
Copyright: 2012

Wanting it to retire from his job as assassin for the Chapel, Martin Calvary is told 'just one more job' or evidence of his killings on previous missions will be released to the authorities. This job takes him to Prague to take out a British Cold War traitor but he is not the only one wanting to get the man.
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2 Annihilation Myths Annihilation Myths
Written by Tim Stevens
Copyright: 2014

Hiding from the Chapel in the French countryside of Brittany, Martin Calvary meets an old army buddy who wants his help to free his daughter from a growing social movement that has some scary goals. Calvary initially refuses but life pushes him into the job nevertheless.
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3 Redemption Road Redemption Road
Written by Tim Stevens
Copyright: 2015

Once more working for the Chapel, Martin Calvary is put onto the trail of an assassin that is wanted by many intelligence agencies but who is extremely elusive. One of those is the Russian SVR and Calvary is told to work with them but trust is a hard thing to maintain, especially when your life depends on it.
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I was a huge fan of the author from his John Purkiss series which I rated very high because it deserved it. The Calvary tales rank almost that high which is pretty darn good and shows, I hope, that they deserve not only your dollars but also your time.

I really admire the author's pacing. He does not get bogged down but neither does he rush the reader. By that I mean he gives the time to the things that really matter for the story to flow without leaving the reader to stop and go back a couple of pages asking, 'wait, what just happened?'.

The character of Martin Calvary is also an interesting one because he is a man who has been around the block a time or three and is just plain weary. Luckily, he is also stubborn (read strong-willed) and cannot leave a job unfinished. You get that feeling in the way the story moves - Calvary may not want to be doing what he is but he cannot abandon it either.


My Grade: A-


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