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MATT HAWKINS

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Full Name: Matinicus "Matt" Hawkins
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Marine Diver

Creator: Paul Kemprecos
Time Span: 2013 - 2016

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Matt Hawkins is a marine diver.
       Well, yes but when we first meet him, he is the designer of undersea robots which require his knowledge of how things work deep underwater but he does a lot of his work on dry land.
       Several years prior to starting this interesting profession, Hawkins was a Navy SEAL for several years and a darn good one. Then a mission to Afghanistan went terribly wrong and some of the men under his command were killed and Hawkins was nearly one of them. Besides coming close to dying he saw one of his legs terribly mangled. When he pressed hard to find out what went wrong and why and who, the Navy fought back and gave him a psychiatric discharge and tried to forget about him.
       That was then and now he makes devices that work beneath the waves. At least he did until a super hush-hush government agency with no name comes asking for his help.
       Hawkins is described as having a "thick mane of salt-and-petter hair and a gray-streaked beard". "Hawkins had inherited his warm complexion, rugged profile, and lava-black eye color from his mother's Micmac Indian forebears. His big-boned physique, with its broad shoulders and six-foot-two inch height, were gifts passed down from his English-Irish ancestors."
       He has a very good sense of humor and generally liked and respected by those with whom he works but is still "considered a lone wolf and eccentric", largely because he "was wrapped in his shell as tightly as a barnacle and the hard edge behind his easy quiet-spoken manner made some people nervous". For his part, Hawkins knew he was known for being unsociable because of "his inability to trust in his fellow humans. He preferred dealing with robots. If they failed him, he could replace a part."

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Emerald Scepter The Emerald Scepter
Written by Paul Kemprecos
Copyright: 2013

The job that the unnamed agency asks Matt Hawkins to do in Afghanistan involves finding what happened to a Georgetown professor who disappeared while looking for the treasure of Prester John, long-ago Christian ruler of a Middle Eastern empire. Hawkins wants to use the opportunity to learn more of what happened to his fatal last mission.
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2 The Minoan Cipher The Minoan Cipher
Written by Paul Kemprecos
Copyright: 2016

Matt Hawkins was thrilled with the latest diving gig, surveying a shipwreck off the coast of Spain, one that might be a Minoan vessel long sought by underwater archaeologists. Unfortunately someone has decided that his, and anyone else's, presence is not welcome. That just makes Hawkins more determined so he pulls in his friends again for help. He will need it as they go up against the Way of the Axe, a dangerous cult determined to keep their secrets hidden.
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MY COMMENTS

     The author, Paul Kemperos, talks in a foreword to the first book in this series about the experience and knowledge he gained working for the master storyteller, Clive Cussler, and I fully believe it because of the quality of the writing in this sadly only two-book series.
     Smooth is the best word I can come up with how well all the pieces flow together and how easily it is to sail along with the story. Suddenly you find an hour has gone by. That is some really, really good writing and I am ready for more.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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