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Full Name: Eric Steele
Nationality: American
Organization: The Program
Occupation Agent

Creator: Sean Parnell
Time Span: 2018 - 2021


Eric Steele is an agent with the Program.

In that organization he is known as an Alpha - "a clandestine operative assigned to a unit [that] traced its lineage to World War II and existed because there were enemies that the President of the United States couldn't handle with diplomacy or all-out war. In these events the Commander in Chief needed a third option." The organization had "a proud history that took America's best soldiers and forged them into weapons ... with a singular purpose - to protect America from [those] enemies".

There is not a lot of information given about the Program but considering the fact that the people involved with the Program answer directly to the President, it is not surprising that the tactical operations center, given the odd-sounding "Cutlass Main" as its designation, is housed in the White House. There it is "staffed by the best and the brightest the United States had to offer. The techs and analysts had one job: to track and support Alphas and their keepers in the field. The techs were responsible for coordinating land, air, and sea assets as well as monitoring and maintaining the myriad of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets the Program used for operation". From that last statement it is apparent that Steele is not the only Alpha in the Program though how many there are is not revealed.

Prior to going to work for the Program, Steele had served his nation honorably for several years as a Green Beret, a tradition he followed from his father who was suspected KIA when Steele was nearly high school graduation. He joined shortly thereafter and until the offer to move to the Program came along he had never entertained thoughts of anything else.

"At six foot two, he moved with a predatory grace that seemed impossible for a man of his build. Steele hadn't seen the inside of a gym in years. His physique, like his light, measured step, had come from the mountains of Afghanistan, where he had hunted terrorists..."

According to Meg Harden, a very interesting and extremely capable woman that Steele meets in the first adventure and who becomes a major player with the Program soon thereafter, Steele "had the quiet reserve of a Green Beret, but the macho nonchalance of a SEAL mixed with the skill set of a Delta operator". For that reason it had been difficult for her to know his background, something he seemed pleased with.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2021

1 Man Of War Man Of War
Written by Sean Parnell
Copyright: 2018

An old acquaintance of Eric Steele, someone he might have called friend, has gone rogue, attacked a military convoy, stolen a nuclear weapon, and is now thought to be headed to the States. Steele is put on the hunt for the man before he can cause massive destruction.
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2 All Out War All Out War
Written by Sean Parnell
Copyright: 2019

A terrorist once held in a Russian prison has escaped and is planning on using a hidden WMD to make a statement. Eric Steele will be the man to hunt him down. Back home, however, someone has broken into the home of Steele's mother, beat her, and stolen his father's pistol and Steele wants to know why.
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3 One True Patriot One True Patriot
Written by Sean Parnell
Copyright: 2020

Hearing that a fellow Alpha operative was in danger in Paris, Eric Steele headed there immediately but arrived too late. The agent was dead. Steele discovers he had been seen repeated with a good looking art historian who has not vanished leaving word that no one try to find her. Steele tries anyways and will wind up uncovering a new plot against America.
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4 Left For Dead Left For Dead
Written by Sean Parnell
Copyright: 2021

In a lab in western China, a research team has come up with a virus worse the COVID-19, capable of killing in minutes. Just as they were pondering whether to destroy it, the facility is attacked, everyone slaughtered, and the virus stolen. Now it falls to Eric Steele, still on a mission of vengeance against those who attack the Program and killed many operatives, to go after the virus and those who threaten the West with it.
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I would not imagine trying to tease someone like Steele; if he did not take it well, it would not go good for you. But in one of the adventures, after he tells Meg Harden that he had been absent because he was visiting his mother, she teased that he was "a mama's boy". She could get away with it.

Steele is a very cool, capable character that is a lot of action-packed fun to follow and I hope to keep following him for some time. I mean, the man drives a GTO for goodness sake. How cool is that? The man has style.


My Grade: B+

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dbuhler A 2020-09-29

I double dare you to read an Eric Steele adventure and dispute my assertion that Steele and Mitch Rapp are interchangeable. Both triumph over impossible odds. If I give Rapp a 93%, A, then Steele gets a 94%, because his exploits are slightly more believable. And Steele's tales often involve a lethal lady, which adds to the fun.

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