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Full Name: Jeff Bradley
Nationality: New Zealander
Organization: None
Occupation Adventurer

Creator: Ryan Thomas
Time Span: 2015 - 2018


Jeff Bradley is a vineyard owner.

He admits that when he was left the vineyard in New Zealand by a grandmother, he was not a particularly avid vintner. Still, he had promised the elderly lady he would maintain it and so even though it was in poor condition when he got it, he put his back into restoring it and he had been moderately successful at it, ending up with a pretty impressive award-winning Merlot and Chardonnay which had generated a few praising articles.

His determination at the task came from not only a fondness for the lady but also for something to do now that he had retired from his former career with the SAS. Bradley was a man of action for all his adult life, action that seemed to constantly put his life in danger and test his resolve. Now that those days were over, he needed something to occupy his time and his mind and the hard work came in handy.

Bradley's new life with the West Auckland vineyard is not, of course, the reason for his adventures being mentioned here. That comes because of his service at the end of his former life in the war-torn region of Kosovo. Enemies made while trying to keep the peace in that unpeaceful land have returned to strike back at him and even after some of that gets resolved, other things rise up to pull him from the vines.

His sense of duty and obligation to his former SAS mates and their families will not let him just ignore requests for help. Plus they do offer a chance to do something he was good at and which takes hid mind off the machinations of his ex-wife and her desire to get a nice chunk of money from the forced sale of the vineyard.

Bradley, though considered 'an old man' when looking at how long it has been since his service, keeps himself in excellent shape with constant visits to the pool and the gym. This is important not only for his health and his state of mind but also because considering the sort of trouble he gets into, he would be dead otherwise.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 The Field of Blackbirds The Field of Blackbirds
Written by Ryan Thomas
Copyright: 2015

Jeff Bradley had no desire to go back to Kosovo now that he was retired but his old friend, Arben, who he had brought from there to run his vineyard was missing while visiting the old country. Bradley knew he was needed to find and rescue his friend but the warlords in that country were angry so his life was in danger every minute. And a mysterious group was waging a terror campaign from there with bombs going off over Europe. To get his friend, he had to stop the violence.
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2 The Mark of Halam The Mark of Halam
Written by Ryan Thomas
Copyright: 2015

When Jeff Bradley's friend from the USAID is almost killed in an assassination attempt, Bradley was certain that it had to do with an old enemy from his time fighting in Kosovo. Looking into the matter, he finds there is a lot more going on than just revenge on him and it involves a terror group going after a state-of-the-art American nuclear submarine.
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3 The Ottoman Conspiracy The Ottoman Conspiracy
Written by Ryan Thomas
Copyright: 2017

Determined to put an end to the vendetta that the warlord in Kosovo is waging on him, Jeff Bradley is dealing with the Italian mob for leads when he gets word that an old friend is on a tour bus that was hijacked by terrorists and is heading across Turkey enroute the borders with Syria and Iraq and Iran. The government of Turkey will not negotiate and the hijackers are willing to die if they cannot cross the border when they arrive. Bradley decides to step in.
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4 The Bomb Maker's Daughter The Bomb Maker's Daughter
Written by Ryan Thomas
Copyright: 2018

The 11-year-old girl was picked up in a raid on a massage parlor. She was not working there but she was hiding there and she was definitely afraid. Some very nasty people were after her, bad men who were in possession of some of Saddam Hussein's hidden WMDs and she had unfortunately learned of it. She had made her way to New Zealand when she was grabbed in the parlor raid. Jeff Bradley was brought in not because he knew the girl but because she had a note from an old friend telling her that for safely, she could always trust Bradley. That would get Bradley mixed up in a fight with some very nasty terrorists and their even nastier plans.
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I've never been divorced, having to deal with an ex who wants to make trouble largely just be be able to make trouble. If I did, and if I was a man of action like Bradley, I'd likely avidly go looking for the kind of trouble that Bradley gets into. To be fair to him, the trouble seeks him out but to be fair to the trouble, he does not seem too upset about facing it.

I really appreciate the honor that Bradley shows and his dedication to help his friends. I also appreciate the terrific writing skills of the author who makes very entertaining, smooth stories.


My Grade: B+


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