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Full Name: Chance Hughes
Nationality: American
Organization: OGO
Occupation Agent

Creator: Lora Moore, Julie Zuehlke
Time Span: 2013 - 2014


Chance Hughes is an assassin for the CIA.

When we first meet him, he is a prisoner of the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan, drugged and tortured on a daily basis by a rag-tag group of Al Qaeda wannabees and certain he had been given up for dead. After being a 'guest' of the terrorist cell for over half a year, he was rescued by Navy Seals who brought him back to safety and another opportunity to serve his country.

The second of two sons of a former Marine who went on to become a Senator from a Mid-West state, Hughes was 13 when his parents were killed in a terrorist attack. He was raised by his older brother, James, until he reached 18 and joined the Marines. His desire to do something to stop the mentality that took two-thirds of his family was too strong to let him consider anything else and while he knew he would not be able to get the actual people responsible for their deaths, he could at least work to stop other kids losing their parents.

One thing that Hughes did not know was that he was being studied by a group created by a former CIA Special Operations Division chief who saw a need for an organization which could operate outside the bureaucracy of Washington. He put together the team to make up what he called the Off-Grid Operations, or OGO, and found the funding for it. Numerous people chosen to be a part of this off-the-books group gave it an impressive level of sophistication and expertise but one thing badly needed was an operative to take care of business in the field. Someone like Hughes.

An expert with languages, a sniper with exceptional skills, and a man whose operational awareness bordered on the spooky, Hughes was a perfect candidate to be asked to join. Then, of course, he got captured on a mission that went horribly wrong and though he had been the key instrument in saving many of his team-mates, he paid the price with the torture he endured for many months.

Now back State-side, Hughes is offered that chance to join and he agrees. Gunnery Sergeant Hughes will be assisted in his work by his brother James, a computer whiz, and will work directly under CIA case officer Gabrielle O'Connor, herself also secretly a member of OGO, as he takes his style of war to the enemy.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2014

1 The Second Option The Second Option
Written by Lora Moore, Julie Zuehlke
Copyright: 2013

After the horrors of being a Taliban prisoner, Chance Hughes is given a new career as a hunter of terrorists. With his brother James, he is sent into Moscow to take out a high-ranking Russian.
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2 American Shadows American Shadows
Written by Lora Moore, Julie Zuehlke
Copyright: 2014

After an injury sidelines him for longer than he wanted, Chance Hughes is put with a new team. In Iraq, they find evidence that the American Secret Service has been compromised and that takes them into a region they have never fought in before - the U.S.
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There are three main characters in this series, as there often are. Chance Hughese, of course, is the main guy who gets the attention but Gabrielle O'Connor deserve attention because she is really the one providing the leadership and I like this older woman who must have been something in her 20s because she is definitely something special in her 40s. And brother James is good solid backing which almost deserves his own show. He is not the man of action that Chance is but he is a whiz at the computer and he is an anchor for Chance to hold onto.

I would not have minded another story or two from this pair of authors who definitely entertained me with the couple they gave me.


My Grade: B


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