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Full Name: Jake Keller
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Ricciardi
Time Span: 2014 - 2021


Zac Miller is an analyst for the CIA.

Jake Keller is a field operative for the CIA.

Put like that, it would seem two men are involved in this series but there is just the one.

When we first meet this gentleman, he is Zac Miller, a "strategic weapons analyst" and is considered one of the best at what he does but he is decidedly not a field agent. When in the first recorded adventure he volunteers to take the place of a blown agent on what Miller believes to be a very important op, he goes in knowing he is not trained and therefore not really ready but he believes he has a good chance of pulling it off. It goes very wrong.

So wrong, in fact, that when it all ends, it is necessary for Miller to disappear and so Zac Miller becomes Jake Keller. And Jake Keller has proven that he can survive really, really harsh conditions and come out on top and the CIA does not like missing such an opportunity.

And in that lies the problem for Miller/Keller. As his "handler" comments to him at the time of his "transition" from one person to another, "You had no language skills, no survival training, no money, and no backup plan, yet you successfully completed the mission after being arrested." He would add, "You have gifts that no amount of training can teach. There are people like you who risk their lives every day to keep this country safe. You know firsthand how ruthless our enemies can be. The field is your true calling. Zac Miller died in that van yesterday for a reason. Your new life in operations starts today."

On the one hand that sound like a good thing in that the CIA was providing a whole new identity to the newly created Jake Keller. The CIA was also holding onto all the proof needed to show that Jake Keller was really Zac Miller. Having something as powerful and, many would say, heartless as the Agency have that kind of power is never a good thing.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2021

1 Warning Light Warning Light
Written by David Ricciardi
Copyright: 2014

When an agent gets his cover blown, Zac Miller, an analyst - not a field operative - pushes to take his place rather than see the mission dropped. He learns how tough the field can be when he gets snatched in Iran by the Revolutionary Guards and his own team thinks he has gone rogue.
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2 Rogue Strike Rogue Strike
Written by David Ricciardi
Copyright: 2014

In Yemen to help guide a couple of Hellfire missiles in to blow up an al Qaeda meeting, Jake Keller and Curt Roach watch in horror when the drone refuses to obey their signals and disappears. Then the drone is next seen attacking pilgrims in Mecca and the U.S. government needs someone to blame and who better than the two men who last controlled it, Keller and Roach.
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3 Black Flag Black Flag
Written by David Ricciardi
Copyright: 2020

Piracy is back in vogue but with a new style - one that hits like a SEAL team with precision and order. To destroy the new gang running things, Jake Keller decides to attack from within by going undercover.
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4 Shadow Target Shadow Target
Written by David Ricciardi
Copyright: 2021

Someone is eliminating CIA field operatives and apparently Jake Keller has his name next on the to-be-removed list. When a small plane crashes in the Alps, Jake is the only survivor. When the rescue chopper comes for him, its occupants are obviously not out to help but to finish the job. Who is behind it and why is something Keller has to find out quickly before they get lucky.
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When I finish a good series, especially one that is relatively new, I always look at when the last book came out. If there are more than a couple of years since it was released, I know there is a better than fair chance the series is likely over. I looked when I finished the 3rd in the Keller series and saw it was just a few months ago. There might be more coming.

That's me in a nutshell. Greedy. With an exciting series like this one with a character that was fun to follow, I am not the least bit ashamed of the greed. Hopefully there will be more Keller adventures.


My Grade: A-

Your Average Grade:   B


dbuhler B 2021-06-23

Keller is one of those cartoon-character-like action heroes that defies nature and imagination. He escapes too many inescapable situations, has far too many sci-fi gadgets, and while not unlikable, I really do not care if he survives or not. There are limited twists and turns. There are so many other authors far more interesting and imaginative.

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