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LAYNE PARRISH

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Full Name: Layne Parrish
Codename: Boy Scout
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jim Heskett
Time Span: 2018 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Layne Parrish is an agent with an unnamed organization.
       Was an agent, when we first meet him. He has quit and quit for good and vowed never ever to go back to work for the people he has served for so many years, doing things that he does not want to have to think about and would be greatly saddened if his daughter ever learned of them.
       Very telling about the type of work that Parrish did for the department is when Daphne tells him he is in Australia because someone is going to assassinate the governor of Victoria in four days, Parrish's first question is, "Am I killing the governor or stopping the person who's going to kill him?" (For the record, it was to stop the killing.)


       On that first encounter, Parrish is living in the small town of South Fork, Colorado (population 350) happily no longer being an operative sent throughout the world fighting the country's enemies. He had had enough of that life, joining the group when he was 24 years old and staying with them for 15 years.
       Parrish is a 40-year-old man with light-colored hair threaded with gray, crow's-feet are around his eyes with wrinkles lining his face like bitter scalpel slashes. He is still in impressive shape considering his age and the fact that he was more or less retired. Of course the kind of work he is doing about his mountain home is grueling so his muscles remain toned. The question that arises when he is forced back into his former occupation is whether his mind is still as sharp as it was. For reasons I have yet to learn, he has tattoos of a cherub on each of his forearms.
       The main reason Parrish quit, other than he was very tired of the killing he invariably had to do on his missions, was 3-year-old Cameron. That little girl, his daughter, was his pride and joy and, he knew it was not just sentiment, his life. Her mother had left for California and a new life but Cameron stayed with him much of the time and he treasured every moment.
       All of which makes it more and more annoying when life comes calling and pulls him back into that former life.

BOOKS

Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2021

1 Shadow Soldiers Shadow Soldiers
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2018

When he retired to the mountains of Colorado to raise his daughter, Layne Parrish was put the killing behind him, leaving the agency he once worked for in the past. Then the late night calls and finally the knock at the door and he is pushed into just one more mission - find and eliminate a ghost from his past before that spectre kills again.
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2 Snow Blind Snow Blind
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2018

Once again a mission that just could not be ignored is pushed into Layne Parrish's face, this time dealing with an organization group of human traffickers specializing in children. To learn enough to bring it down, Parrish must go undercover at a meditation retreat as a client.
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3 Omega Trap Omega Trap
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2018

The death of a teenager from a sniper's bullet pushed Layne Parrish into looking into the killing but then his former government handler warns him to step away from the matter. Parrish is not that kind of guy and follows the clues to a vicious organization in Colorado and to learn more, he must becomes friends with the lead man.
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4 Snake Bite Snake Bite
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2019

When Layne Parrish's best friend, the computer expert Harry, is kidnapped, Parrish knows he has only a very short period of time to get what the snatcher demands, a classified government dossier.
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5 Knife Point Knife Point
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2019

While Layne Parrish, retired assassin, is no stranger to people disappearing, he is not used to having long gone individuals suddenly showing up again but that is the case with his former partner, Jonah. When Jonah claims to have no idea who Parrish is, the mystery deepens.
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6 Shotgun Mine Shotgun Mine
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2020

With some trepidation, Layne Parrish travels back to the city he grew up in to finally make some peace with his father. He was not surprised to find the community still held the same lies it always did but when he makes the mistake of asking questions, he finds someone has put a bounty on his head.
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7 Clockwork Soldiers Clockwork Soldiers
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2021

For someone who has been determined to live a live of peace and solitude in the mountains of Colorado, Layne Parrish certainly is quick with his agreement to help his former boss who came calling for a favor. Soon he will find that a double agent is very interested in his activities.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2021

1 Museum Attack Museum Attack
novella
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2018

While visiting a large multi-building art museum with a woman named Jasmine, Layne Parrish is one of the hostages taken prisoner by a well-organized paramilitary group which has no hesitation to kill, having initially exploded two of the buildings as a prelude to the insane mission they have in store for the captives.

2 Salt Shaker Salt Shaker
short story
Written by Jim Heskett
Copyright: 2021

Published as an email freebie to subscribers to the author's newsletter.
When Layne Parrish stepped into the diner, he was looking for something to eat. That was all. Maybe some quiet time. Certainly not someone he didn't know sitting at this table calling him by a name he had never heard before and then spending way too long apologizing. And fiddling with the salt shaker. Constantly fiddling.

MY COMMENTS

     I really enjoyed the Layne Parrish adventures. They were filled with action and excitement and a good amount of variety in how they came about, i.e,, how poor Parrish finds his determination to stay out of trouble being thwarted.
     The fun thing was that it was not always his old boss wanting just one more little mission handled. Everywhere this dude wanders, someone is set to give him grief or to ask to be saved from grief, or, I swear, grief just falls from the sky on him.
     And he handles it, regardless the source, and does so in well-written style.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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