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ALICIA MYLES

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Full Name: Alicia Myles
Nationality: British
Organization: SPEAR
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Leadbeater
Time Span: 2011 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Alicia Myles is an agent with SPEAR.

Well, eventually she will be but when we first meet her, she is a freelance agent working for whoever will pay the kind of money she demands, which is substantial, and who will provide the kind of constant excitement and action that she thrives on, which is tremendous. Then she would go to work with a unique team of skilled operatives working for a very wealthy man with a love of finding and recovering lost artifacts. Finally she takes a job with Matt Drake, leader with a Special Investigation Team, a "small but prolific sub-unit of Special Activities Division formed to investigate, track down, and, if possible, bring home missing CIA operatives." (To understand why Brits like Drake and Myles would be working for the CIA, check out his write-up.)

To get an idea of Myles and the impression she makes on people, literally as well as figuratively, it takes but a few snippets of conversation with those with whom she has fought with or against over the years. Her old friend and sometime lover, Drake, who says, "That girl's a law unto herself. Crazy as all hell and as loyal as a bulldog...Wild and beautiful." He would add, "Taught her everything she knows. Literally, at first. Then she went way past me. And she's never been a lady, that's for sure." Another telling quip is "Stay clear of Alicia Myles. She's. . .blue-eyed disaster."

As was written in the first few adventures, Myles was a Londoner who was once in the prestigious British S.R.T. (Special Reconnaissance Team), "a secret regiment within the SAS, inside the covert British entity known as the Ninth Division. They were the best of the best. Patriots. Hand-picked by those that had been hand-picked themselves." It was also said that "women had to be better than men in the Special Forces to get even half as far. And Alicia had gone right to the top, the first female member of the SAS."

Still more interesting observation are a) "only one thing motivated Alicia - money", b) "she might live for danger and money, but she had no real agenda save for constant stimulation. The journey was everything for her, not the destination.", c) she "was an uber-warrior blessed with a cop's sixth sense of suspicion", and finally d) she "didn't really care if she was dressed in denim or lace, leather or silk, or anything for that matter."

Quite an interesting woman, Alicia Myles.

BOOKS

Number of Books:39
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2023

1 The Bones Of Odin The Bones Of Odin
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2011

Book 1 in the Matt Drake series. Needing something to do with his life, Matt Drake has landed on photography and this latest photo mission results in his being in the search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Once reunited, they are said to point the way to the Tomb of the Gods and there are a fair number of dangerous people who want there first. Alicia Myles is working for the other side. Or is she.
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2 The Blood King Conspiracy The Blood King Conspiracy
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2012

Book 2 in the Matt Drake series. The Blood King is that name used by an underworld figure who is bold enough to attack America. Somehow the mysterious person is out to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle to use its power to cause tremendous destruction. Matt Drake and his friends are as determined to stop him. Once again Drake's seeming nemesis, Alicia Myles, is there to be his recurring nightmare.
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3 The Gates of Hell The Gates of Hell
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2012

Book 3 in the Matt Drake series. Stopping the Blood King's audacious plan only caused personal loss for Matt Drake's friends and he is determined to get revenge. The enemy is now preparing to enter the Gates of Hell. Drake would like to send him there a different way. Yet again, Alicia Myles is there but is she a help or a hindrance.
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4 The Tomb of the Gods The Tomb of the Gods
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Book 4 in the Matt Drake series. Bringing to a close his war against the Blood King, Matt Drake will risk everything to keep the man from finding the lost weapon of Odin and using it on a modern world. As seems his curse, where he goes, Drake finds Alicia Myles, deadly as ever.
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5 Brothers In Arms Brothers In Arms
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Book 5 in the Matt Drake series. Now with a new agency and starting a new career, Matt Drake is given an incredible assignment - take on the government of North Korea. His first move gets him blown out of the sky and marooned on a desert island with his colleague, Mai Kitano. Helping him instead of fighting him is his old friend and often nemesis, Alicia Myles
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6 The Swords of Babylon The Swords of Babylon
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Book 6 in the Matt Drake series. Matt Drake's latest job gets him captured and sent to a remote Russian prison. And that is the good news. The bad news is that someone is again going after Odin's doomsday weapon and is planning on using the 7 Swords of Babylon to get it. To get him out the team must have the skills of Alicia Myles.

7 Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2013

Book 7 in the Matt Drake series. The news is pretty bad. The Blood King is back. Washington is being attacked. The President is kidnapped. Matt Drake and his team have their work cut out for them. Alicia Myles has an extremely personal stake in this one.
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8 Last Man Standing Last Man Standing
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2014

Book 8 in the Matt Drake series. Matt Drake and his SPEAR team is very good at survival. They will have to be even better when they are thrown into an extreme tournament against eight of the deadliest assassins in the world. Working side by side with Drake is Alicia Myles.
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9 Aztec Gold Aztec Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2014

With a new job and a new team, Alicia Myles is sent out to find a huge treasure the Aztecs had hidden from the Spanish but there are a good number of others out to stop her any way necessary.
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10 The Plagues of Pandora The Plagues of Pandora
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

Book 9 in the Matt Drake series. A new enemy comes to the attention of Matt Drake as that power is out to try its hand a world domination, this time involving the ancient Greek gods and the legendary Pandora's Box. This is a crossover event also involving The Disavowed group. Alicia Myles is no longer working with Drake but at least this time she is not working against him either.
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11 The Lost Kingdom The Lost Kingdom
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

Book 10 in the Matt Drake series. The Irish gang called itself the 27 Club. It is working for a secret force that is out to use the Niven Tablets to find a Lost Kingdom, and not for any nice reason. Once again working for her own side is Alicia Myles.
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12 Crusader's Gold Crusader's Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

Her boss wants her and her Gold team to find a lost crusader's treasure but keeping them from reaching their gold is a ruthless ex-Mossad agent and a former colleague of her boss, a man especially dangerous.
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13 The Ghost Ships of Arizona The Ghost Ships of Arizona
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

Book 11 of the Matt Drake series. While Matt Drake and his team are in search of a fabled ghost ship of the desert, other people are out to find a fantastic treasure, and to destroy West Coast power stations, bringing darkness to the region. Needing help, he calls on Alicia Myles who, having just finished an assignment, was now getting bored.
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14 The Last Bazaar The Last Bazaar
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2015

Book 12 of the Matt Drake series. When Matt Drake and his team learn of a terrorist's "arms bazaar" they are interested. When they discover it is also being attended by some in the CIA, they are really curious. Alicia Myles is asked to assist.
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15 The Edge of Armageddon The Edge of Armageddon
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Book 13 of the Matt Drake series. Without a chance to rest from their last crazed mission, Matt Drake and company are thrown into a series of attacks on New York City and there are several different groups wanting to stop the SPEAR team.
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16 The Treasures of Saint Germain The Treasures of Saint Germain
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Book 14 of the Matt Drake series. Was Saint Germain really as remarkable as legend has made him to be? One very determined man is certain of it and plans to do anything he must to get his hands on the Elixir of Life that was said to have been created by the mysterious figure of old.
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17 Caribbean Gold Caribbean Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

The job this time for Alicia Myles and the Gold team is to track down a missing hoard belonging to the pirate Captain Morgan. Naturally, there are others looking for it and they do not mind hurting anyone in their way.
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18 Inca Kings Inca Kings
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2016

Book 15 in the Matt Drake series. Some pretty unusual relics from long ago are popping up one at a time on the black market. Matt Drake is curious who is selling them and how were they obtained. Finding out the truth will put him and many others in mortal danger.
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19 The Four Corners of the Earth The Four Corners of the Earth
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2017

Book 16 in the Matt Drake series. Four horrific weapons are said to have to power to end the world as we know it. The secret to their locations is rumored to be the graves of the Four Horsemen. Matt Drake and team have their work in store for them to keep these items out of the hands of some very bad people.
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20 The Seven Seals of Egypt The Seven Seals of Egypt
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2017

Book 17 in the Matt Drake series. When Matt Drake and team make enemies, they do not mess about. America has disavowed them and Luther, that country's most lethal assassin is sent after them. And he is just the beginning of their troubles.
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21 Weapons of the Gods Weapons of the Gods
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2018

Book 18 in the Matt Drake series. Throughout his time leading the SPEAR team, Matt Drake has been involved in finding numerous lost tombs. Someone has been raiding those locations and combining the items looted to make one very nasty weapon.
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22 Chasing Gold Chasing Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2018

The Star Spangled Banner has been stolen by terrorists. Then her boss, Crouch, gets kidnapped. Then things start to get really dangerous for Alicia Myles and the Gold team.
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23 The Blood King Legacy The Blood King Legacy
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2018

Book 19 in the Matt Drake series. A very angry and powerful man in Russia is determined to get revenge and that means going after and kidnapping the President of the U.S. while visiting London. Matt Drake and team are taking a well deserved R&R in that capital and are the ones spearheading the rescue.

24 Devil's Island Devil's Island
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2019

Book 20 in the Matt Drake series. In order to rescue Mai Kitano, Matt Drake and team must head to the Devil's Island, a private island owned by the Devil, the world's most ruthless contract killer. Besides the assassin to contend with, there are several groups of people also attacking the place out to kill anyone they find.
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25 The Fabergé Heist The Fabergé Heist
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2019

Book 21 in the Matt Drake series. A bus heading for LA has a bomb hooked to it; if the engine is shut down, the vehicle goes boom. This is just a distraction by a highly skilled heist team out to steal a large collection of priceless Fabergé eggs which Matt Drake and team are to protect
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26 Four Sacred Treasures Four Sacred Treasures
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2019

Book 22 in the Matt Drake series. Relics known as the Sacred Treasures of Japan are on display for the world to see but those are actually fake. That fact is connected to the attack by shinobi warriors on Matt Drake and friends and the kidnapping of some close to Drake.
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27 Galleon's Gold Galleon's Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2019

Treasure hunters had found a Spanish galleon sunk off Acapulco but the goodies they discovered was stolen out from under them. Alicia Myles and her Gold team are asked to look into it. The person behind it all is very powerful and very unhappy with their snooping.

28 The Sea Rats The Sea Rats
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2020

Book 23 in the Matt Drake series. The notorious assassin called The Devil is back and is somehow connected to the hijacking of a cruise liner by Somali pirates. Matt Drake and team are sent to get the liner back and the hostages free but that means going up against The Devil.
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29 The Blood King Takedown The Blood King Takedown
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2020

Book 24 in the Matt Drake series. The insane criminal known as the Blood King has hidden a nuclear bomb in America's capital and Matt Drake and associates have the chore of locating it before it can go off. The odd twist to this problem is that it can only be deactivated by the President.
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30 Devil's Junction Devil's Junction
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2020

Book 25 in the Matt Drake series.
Following the calamity of the previous adventure, Matt Drake and his people have been ostracized by the government. At a great low in morale, they look to a surprise invitation by their old friend, G, for a party on an upper floor of an L.A. skyscraper. What they do not know is that G is already dead and the festivities are a trap set by an old enemy, the Devil.
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31 Voodoo Soldiers Voodoo Soldiers
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2020

Book 26 in the Matt Drake series.
Alicia finds herself in more trouble than she can handle. "Marinette has a dark and carnal reputation. She lives in Black Snake Swamp, a legendary no-go area for locals. She smuggles guns, people and drugs, and indulges her need for fresh body parts. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Marinette has a more sinister master—Baron Samedi, the Voodoo God of the Dead."
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32 The Carnival Of Curiosities The Carnival Of Curiosities
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2020

Book 27 in the Matt Drake series.
"When Drake’s team respond to a desperate message sent by Cam’s sister, they find themselves thrown into the middle of a volatile, fifty-year-old feud about to ignite the warring traveling clans of Romania. Cam’s father has controlled the mysterious Carnival of Curiosities for half a century, managing a dreadful criminal conspiracy behind its entertaining façade. Surrounded by myth, magic and death, the carnival tours Romania, attracting huge audiences but hiding a terrible secret. Dahl and Alicia storm across the country, trying to rescue Cam’s sisters, who have been abducted by a rival clan, whilst the others infiltrate the carnival. Betrayal, bloodshed and murder reign in the shadows cast by the Ferris wheel, the Wall of Death, and the burlesque."
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33 Theatre Of War Theatre Of War
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2021

Book 28 in the Matt Drake series.
"The SPEAR team face their worst enemy yet: The President of the United States ... From coast to coast an old, vengeful entity known only as the Scourge launches a series of devastating attacks upon America, attacks designed to bring the country to its knees and turn its people against each other. Looting and violence breaks out in every town and city. From a nightmare attack in New York City to a fierce confrontation with the Relic Hunters at the Grand Canyon, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and Washington DC, Matt Drake and his team race to thwart a plan decades in the making."
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34 Shattered Spear Shattered Spear
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2021

Book 29 in the Matt Drake series.
"Team SPEAR: shattered, captured and interrogated. Five nuclear weapons across the globe, primed to explode. When Kenzie’s name appears on a list of the world’s top black marketeers, the SPEAR team are targeted by a group of vicious, beautiful assassins who possess skills on a par with their own. Drake and his team are seized and taken to far-flung reaches of America and Europe to be interrogated and tortured for a wealthy madman’s viewing pleasure."
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35 Ghost Squadron Ghost Squadron
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2022

Book 30 in the Matt Drake series.
"When Matt Drake and his team are tasked with transporting the world’s most important man across the globe from Tokyo to Washington DC, they are unaware that the combined might of all the shadow societies that control our planet are set against them. They will face deadly onslaughts and countless epic struggles, forcing them to gain ground from country to country to make any headway."
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36 A Cold Day in Hell A Cold Day in Hell
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2022

Book 31 in the Matt Drake series.
"When Matt Drake’s team is assigned a new role bodyguarding a movie star’s two-week vacation in Hawaii they don’t exactly jump for joy. Babysitting Haley Rose is not their usual kind of assignment and not something they can get their teeth into.

But when the actress is abducted one night a terrible ultimatum is issued. The authorities are given a time limit in which to release Hawaii’s most notorious and ferocious gang leader, or Haley will be murdered live on the Internet. It’s up to Matt Drake’s team to save her as the minutes tick down."
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37 The Winged Dagger The Winged Dagger
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2022

Book 32 in the Matt Drake series.
"Matt Drake and his team return to Washington, DC to find themselves targeted by a deadly, unknown assailant who calls himself the Paymaster. They know they are about to be tested to their limits.

More than that, the Paymaster appears to know Drake from their days together in the SAS. Is Drake the target, or all of them, and why does this man want to hurt Drake so badly?"
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38 Two Minutes To Midnight Two Minutes To Midnight
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2023

Book 33 in the Matt Drake series.
"Matt Drake and his Ghost Squadron are enjoying a relatively calm lull in their lives when they learn that someone has stolen a nuclear weapon from an obscure facility in the old Soviet Union. The powers-that-be want Drake’s team on the mission and, within hours, they are winging their way from Washington, DC."
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39 Hawaiian Gold Hawaiian Gold
Written by David Leadbeater
Copyright: 2023

"When a low-level criminal stumbles across one of Hawaii’s greatest treasures, a lethal and intensely hostile hunt begins.
The criminal betrays his gang and goes on the run after telling them he knows where a fortune in gold and artefacts are buried. He’s stalked and hunted at every turn. Alicia is called to Hawaii to help her old boss, and finds herself thrust into the middle of a breakneck chase across the glorious islands, racing crazily to stay ahead of their enemy, searching for the young thief every step of the way."
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MY COMMENTS

I really enjoyed the Matt Drake series so it is a no-brainer I would go for the Alicia Myles one since most of the books with her in them are the Drake books. But she does have 4 adventures on her own which is why she deserves her own entry in the compendium.

Numerous comments by other characters in the series make frequent reference to the fact that Myles is, well, bat-s**t" crazy and seeing the sort of things she does, one would be tempted to believe it except she is so good at what she does and pulls off her wild schemes so is she crazy and lucky or just wild and effective?

I do not know, of course, if the author plans on having her go it alone much in the future but as long as she sticks around with Drake, I'll be happy.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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