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ECHELON 6

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Full Name: John Clark and Mike Charles
Series Name: Echelon 6 Series
Nationality: American
Organization: Echelon 6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Kevin Hunter Orr
Time Span: 2010 - 2015

ABOUT THE SERIES

       John Clark and Mike Charles are agents with Echelon 6.
       The small department is a brand new group created by the President to handle "oversight and coordination of domestic and inter-national intelligence operations". Trying to come up with a way to handle the "whole hydrant-pissing" problem that plagues the community, he signed a secret directive forming this way of cutting through the red tape that each official agency invariably used to keep their secrets inside.
       Each of the major organizations were "directed to offer three candidates for consideration" but for reasons known only to the President, two of those three had to have no background in intelligence. "Strictly civvies" but people who "not only think outside the box but in fact live outside the (intelligence) box."
       Mike Charles is already a CIA agent when Echelon 6 is formed. He is the man from the inside the Agency picked and his recommendation of his old college friend and now noted newspaper sportswriter, John Clark, brings that man into the fold.
       When we first meet the two, it is many years before the Echelon 6 days, back when both were in college and both had not a whole lot more on their minds than occasional study and constant chasing of skirts. The adventure they would have together would cement an already solid friendship and lay the groundwork for what would come a decade later. The second adventure brings them back together in another wild and unplanned escapade but this time Charles is used to it. After that, the two would find themselves reunited occasionally for even more dangerous jobs.

BOOKS

Number of Books:8
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2015

1 Hiroto Hits The Ground Hiroto Hits The Ground
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2013

Two brash college kids, John Clark and Mike Charles, taking part in a research-study in Hawaii come across a secret from the beginning of WWII and come up against one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Army.
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2 Daddy Disarray Daddy Disarray
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2010

John Clark has become a sportswriter for the Savannah newspaper when a rafting accident takes the lives of several close friends and leaves him the legal guardian of several children. That is when old friend and Echelon 6 agent Mike Charles with a surprising offer.
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3 Misdating Normal Zeal Misdating Normal Zeal
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2011

Having a great success with his first novel, John Clark must now deal with fame and still being an Echelon 6 secret agent. And then there is his mother who is not happy with his behavior and a one-night stand has unexpected results.
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4 Pulling Down The Dark Pulling Down The Dark
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2011

An old adversary, General Breedlove, has a strange mission for John Clark: find his former chief-of-staff who is about to divulge classified information. What Clark has yet to learn is that intel deals with yet another shady part of Breedlove's past. Clark calls upon Mike Charles for help.
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5 Running For The Door Running For The Door
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2013

When his adopted daughter is kidnapped by a colonel in the Chinese army, John Carter, backed by Mike Charles, is on a mission to get her back.
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6 The Rape Of El Mirador The Rape Of El Mirador
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2015

Still reeling from the tragedy in China, John Clark is suddenly accused of treason and goes into hiding. Even his best friend, Mike Charles, is unable to find him. Clark is not completely laying low. He is working with a beautiful archaeologist who might be a lot more than she seems.
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7 The Cuba Contenders The Cuba Contenders
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2015

John Clark and Mike Charles have discovered that a weapon once in the possession of Ernest Hemingway is being sought by agents from around the world for it was created by the greatest scientific mind in history.
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8 The Bone Priests The Bone Priests
Written by Kevin Hunter Orr
Copyright: 2015

Back in 2002, an archaeologist finds an airtight chamber in the the desert of Iran. Coming out of it, he holds two sealed cylinders and enough radiation to kill him several times over yet does not. Then he vanishes. Over a decade later, Mike Charles and John Clark try to solve the mystery.
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MY COMMENTS

       What an interesting series this on-going set of adventures is. First it starts out before the main characters are in college. Then it jumps ahead quite a few years and the two main characters, inseparable in school, have gone their different ways but remain friends. Then their lives push them back together. It kind of sounds a bit haphazard but it does not read that way. It reads like real life in that regards.
       Another fascinating aspect is the unlike most series where the turmoil may change from book to book, the character largely remains the same, these two guys see a whole lot of change from mission to mission. I mean a lot. So predicting what may be coming is not possible. That is both good and bad and I will let other readers decide for themselves which is more.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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