Pete Maddox is an agent with the CIA.
Well, for a while. Then he makes the mistake of doing what is right and getting caught and suddenly ... but I get ahead of myself.
When the first recorded adventure happens, the year is 1998 and the place is Venezuela, firmly in the control of the "beloved" Hugo Chavez. Maddox has been working as a field analyst in the Agency's Crime and Narcotics Center. With the drug business in next door Columbia going so strong and the incredible amount of petro-dollars around in oil-rich Venezuela, he has been incredibly busy. Throw in several years working in Mexico and handling assignments all through Latin America, Maddox is extremely knowledgeable about the area and the players.
A successful rescue mission again brings him to the attention of the brass at Langley and with that notice comes a promotion to Chief of Station in Venezuela. It is there that his life, both professional and personal, will undergo considerable change but that is best read about in the pages of the books.
Maddox is likely in his late 30s when we meet him. He has been an agent for just over ten years and had served in the military as an Airborne Ranger prior to leaving the service to join the CIA. He was raised as an army brat, born in Panama when his father was stationed there and moving with his family to "Santo Domingo, the Philippines, and Germany". He speaks Spanish like a native and with his upbringing coupled with his years in Latin America, his knowledge of the whole region is impressive. If it wasn't for being 6'3" tall with "his fair skin, brown hair and piercing blue eyes" which made him look "more like his Minnesota farm born father than his Panamanian mother", Maddox could have passed as a native anywhere south of the U.S. border.
Over the course of the adventures, Maddox's life and career will change but one thing stays constant - he is a sharp, dangerous, highly motivated operative no matter who he works for.