Carl Johnson, the American Terrorist, is a real estate agent.
That is so false on a couple of levels but it is also kind of a little bit true.
When we first meet him, Johnson has just taken a hot-shot female television interviewer pretty much hostage when he showed her he had already snatched her husband and children and if the interview did not go through as he wanted, they would pay.
Definitely the work of someone using terror as a weapon, that is, a terrorist. In Johnson's case, however, that would be "the American terrorist". That is the sort of notoriety that will come Johnson's way as the story evolves.
But Johnson also makes a living in New Mexico as a property agent for higher priced commercial land. He makes a decent living at it and enjoys it so other than his having two failed marriages, he was pretty content and wished ill on no one.
We learn not too long into the first recorded adventure that he is the unfortunate victim of mistaken identity. It was reasonable that it happen since he looked so much like a notorious Mexican drug lord named Reyes. Of course, he had no idea that he looked like Reyes, or vice versa, and the federal agents looking for Reyes did not know either.
The authorities were after Reyes because he and his people had just executed an extremely daring and audacious kidnapping in America's capitol, snatching off the street the daughter of the President. And then they disappeared. So naturally it was all hands on deck to find any sighting of Reyes anywhere in North America.
And someone saw a camera feed image of Carl Johnson going about his business four hours later in Albuquerque.
And things went downhill from there.