Full Name: Dale Maurer
Series Name: Ronin
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Security Consultant

Creator: Mordecai Flint
Time Span: 2016 - 2020


       Dale Maurer is a security consultant.
       That's what his business card would indicate since it states "RONIN SECURITY". It helps pay the bills.
       More people would think of him as a martial arts instructor. That is how most people see him and what he enjoys doing when he is not putting his neck into a noose, which seems to be quite often. Since he does the self-endangering to help others who cannot help themselves, though, he is seen for the hero he is, not a thrill-seeker. He might earn a living as a security consultant but in truth he would do what he does for free.
       Maurer likes to think of himself as a Ronin. As mentioned in the opening pages of the first adventure, Maurer "is a student of the samurai, the medieval Japanese warriors. Most of the samurai pledged loyalty to a feudal lord, just as the western knights did in medieval Europe. Either by fate or by choice, some samurai found themselves without a master. These were known in Japanese as the ronin. A ronin could use his fighting skills as a mercenary, or as a bandit, or to help the common people-employing his martial prowess to provide justice, when no one else was willing or able to do so. These latter ronin were described by a Japanese word that translates as 'street knights'."
       As one of these street knights, Maurer is not a spy by any means but since the people he goes up against prove to be international in nature, he might as well be especially since he spends so much of his time helping out his best friend from his military days in Afghanistan, Tony Wei, who shortly after the series starts gets deeply involved with fighting terrorists, both foreign and domestic. The relationship between Maurer and Wei is a bond closer than brotherhood as they both like helping and they both detest bullies and they both love a good adventure.
       Maurer is, when we first meet him, 36 years old but his looks routinely deceive people. He is said to have a baby face, looking far younger than he is while at the same time he prematurely has silver hair giving him the appearance from a distance of someone far older.
       Some people say they are a 'lover, not a fighter' but Maurer would probably claim to be both, and be right.


Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

       There is an action series about a man named Dale Maurer, the Ronin. It is about a man who gets involved in helping other people who have no other hope. He has a dear friend and close confidant named Tony Wei. That is where we first meet Wei (as far as I can tell). Then Wei gets involved with the FBI and fighting terrorists and his buddy Maurer helps out - a lot. Then after Wei is firmly in the consultancy business with the Feds, he pops off to help Maurer with a gig of his own. And then back at the ranch, it is Wei with the FBI and Maurer helping out. Then ...
       You get the idea. Two different series. Same people, different roles. It is fun.


       I first did not plan to include Dale Maurer at all in my entry on Tony Wei. Then I made him a supporting character in my write-up. Then I had another change of heart and decided to give Maurer his own entry while still keeping him in Wei's pages. I would check out Wei's entry for more on the whole combined series.
       Interestingly, I got into the Maurer books because of the Wei books but once I got there, I enjoyed my stay a whole lot. Maurer is a lot of fun as Wei's go-to-guy. He is even more interesting when the roles are reversed.


My Grade: B+


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