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HARRY BAUER

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Full Name: Harry Bauer
Nationality: American
Organization: Cobra
Occupation Agent

Creator: Blake Banner
Time Span: 2020 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Harry Bauer is an agent with Cobra.
       Cobra is an unofficial organization created by the Five Eyes nations (US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) to "take out the trash". As was explained to Bauer, the Director of Cobra, Russell Bertrand, convinced people in high places in those nations to allow and to fund Cobra.
       "We are not officially recognized, but we sit uneasily within the gray area of national security, where the executives of the member nations have special powers. We identify targets that we feel should be eliminated, we propose them and, usually, we eliminate them. Sometimes member governments come to us and ask us to take out a particular target. Our criteria for elimination is that the target in question should be truly and unambiguously evil beyond any doubt, they should be a significant threat to other human beings, and must have committed a crime, or be, demonstrably, about to commit a crime, that is truly and unambiguously evil."
       To carry out the mission of Cobra, it needs highly trained and capable agents like Harry Bauer to be its assassins. Bauer would take a good deal of convincing to join, largely because while he knew he had the skill and the talent for what Cobra was looking for, he had issues with what Cobra was all about.
       Bauer was born and "raised" in New York City. The quotes around raised is because he did most of his raising himself. Being left at an orphanage as a baby, named by the people there, he left the institution as soon as he felt able to take care of himself and spent his teen years living on the streets. It was there that his sense of outrage at the frequent incidents of injustice he routinely saw started eating at him and he started to do something about it. To help him survive this new avocation, he studied tae kwon do, getting a black belt in it, and then becoming good enough in jeet kune do to be an instructor.
       When a personal issue pushed him to leave, he left the country and worked his way across the Atlantic on a ship. Once in England, he applied for and got accepted to try out for the Special Air Service (SAS). He discovered that as incredibly difficult as the training was, he relished it and he was good at it.
       And the eight years he would go on to serve were the best years of his thus far unhappy life for in the Regiment, he had found the family he never had before. Which is why when his actions fell afoul of Whitehall and he was given the choice of resigning or getting thrown out, he reluctantly chose the former and made his way back to the States.
       Being a trained and experienced killer as he had been with the SAS made Bauer a valuable asset (until he wasn't) but that sort of skillset does not translate at all to the civilian life. Unless you want to work for organized crime, like he was doing when a job for the Russian Mob came along. It does, though, make you a candidate for working for the ultra-covert Cobra.

Awesome Line:
Talking of his leaving New York a decade before, Bauer tells us, "I had left ... a pregnant wife. If she had been my wife I would have stayed."

Good Line:
Replying to Bauer's request for who she was and who she worked for, Cobra bigwig Jane Harris replies, "I don't have to tell you anything or explain anything or abide by any rules or protocols. I don't exist. I am not even here, and never was."

BOOKS

Number of Books:8
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2021

1 Dead Of Night Dead Of Night
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2020

After trying to kill the man known as the Butcher of Al-Landy, Harry Bauer is tossed out of the SAS and returns to New York. Not sure what he will do to earn a living, Bauer is suddenly given two options; work for the Russian mob to take down the Albanian one, and the job from Colonel Jame Harris to work for Cobra.
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2 Dying Breath Dying Breath
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2020

The job in Manhattan for Cobra was quite simple - eliminate two of China's top biochemists, men who had very bad reputations. But then Cobra asked Harry Bauer to find out why those two were in New York in the first place and the job got very complicated, and dangerous.
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3 The Einstaat Brief The Einstaat Brief
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2020

Considering his life and his occupation, Harry Bauer never figured romance to be a part of his future but when he finally met the right woman, he changed his mind. Then a kill squad came looking for him and he knew he needed help. Cobra said it would protect the woman he loved if he took one last job. It was to get into a gathering of the top experts in AI and take them out before their plan could go into effect.
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4 Quantum Kill Quantum Kill
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2020

Taking considerable pride in being the best there is at assassination, taking out the very worst of the human garbage, Harry Bauer is more than a little annoyed when his boss at Cobra tells him his latest mission is to bodyguard a woman from Canada to D.C. This is not what he does, he thinks. That's when the hit squad attacks and Bauer knows he needs all his killing skills to keep someone alive.
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5 Immortal Hate Immortal Hate
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2021

Harry Bauer's latest target is Colonel Marcovic, one of the leaders behind a horrific hospital massacre. The man has taken refuge on St. George Island in the Caribbean, the same spot where a Columbian cartel leader is using to open a new drug pipeline to the US. Bauer wants to get the Colonel. He really needs to get a strike in against the cartel.
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6 The Silent Blade The Silent Blade
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2021

Harry Bauer had just finished his latest mission in the Caribbean when he learns that he is suddenly the target for a whole lot of powerful people and organizations, from the CIA and MI6 to the Russian Mafia to the drug cartels. Some want to know who he is working for. Some just want him dead. Some want both.
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7 LA: Wild Justice LA: Wild Justice
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2021

Senator Cavendish is not only a power in the government, he is a billionaire who runs a renowned Foundation known for charitable works all over the world. He is also a secret sponsor of terror groups and Cobra has decreed he be eliminated. Considering that he lives in a heavily armed compound in LA, this might prove more than Harry Bauer can handle.
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8 Breath of Hell Breath of Hell
Written by Blake Banner
Copyright: 2021

Colonel Jane Harris, The Head of Operations for Cobra, the organization Harry Bauer works for, has been kidnapped and the Director of Cobra assigns the task of getting her back to Bauer. This will put him up against a particularly nasty and violent secret organization.
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MY COMMENTS

     I am a big fan of this series and really enjoy the fact that the author is still giving us exciting adventures following Bauer.
     The action is hot and heavy and almost constantly present, enough to make me exhausted just reading about what Bauer is doing.
     Add to that the fact that some of the dialogue is really a hoot to follow and it is easy to see why I am a fan and why I keep snatching up new adventures the minute they come out.
     I was a fan of the author's other series, Lachlan Walker, and continue to be so but I really like Bauer.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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