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MASON WALKER

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Full Name: Mason Walker
Nationality: American
Organization: Onyx
Occupation Agent

Creator: Alex Howell
Time Span: 2019 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Mason Walker is an agent with Onyx.

He will be, at least. Shortly after we first meet him he will be offered a position with that organization and will accept it. Before that, he is a civilian trying his best to raise his daughter, Clara, now nearing high school graduation, as he believes his late wife, Bree would have wanted.

Gone for some years now are the days he spent as one of the most elite fighting forces on the planet, the U.S. Navy SEALS. He gave up the action and the excitement, both things he knows he enjoyed, to devote his time to something a lot closer to home and while he does miss the being a part of something bigger, he has no regrets over his decision.

Before he could walk away from the SEALS, however, there was still the matter of five years remaining in his enlistment. Because of his exceptional capabilities and his performance to date, Walker was offered a special placement. His CO put it, "We have a shadow team within the SEALs. Not even the other SEALs know about it. We'd like for you to join. Less years, better pay, earlier retirement". Walker took the deal and then spent three very full years conducting missions all over the globe.

Now the story of Walker jumps ahead fifteen years later to the year 2028. In that time, Walker's wife, Bree, had given birth to Clara, had a bad bout with cancer, beaten it, and then, a few years later succumbed to a powerful return of the disease. Walker had fulfilled a promise to his wife, stayed out of danger, and raised their daughter to be the fine young woman she is when we meet them.

That is when trouble from his distant path will come back to cause trouble for the both of them and the only way he could find to save them was to seek help from old friends. This help would result in an offer to join Onyx.

One aspect of Walker that will make him both an exceptional operative and a major pain in the backside of whoever has to try to lead him is that Walker, as his superiors in the SEALS put it, had a "tendency to freelance [which] would someday put his men in a precarious spot". By that they meant that "compared to the rest of them, Mason could rise above the fray, make a critical decision within a millisecond, and execute upon that, even if it came at the risk of 'mission protocol'. While such a role was common amongst leaders back at the base, for a soldier to possess it on the ground in as quick a manner as Mason had left many dumbfounded - and infuriated when he went off schedule. Mason always called it his superpower, much to the chagrin of his superiors, but it always worked out for him. ... Because not only was Mason Walker tactically sound, proficient in all types of firearms, and a useful soldier, he was a quick thinker, an improviser of the highest degree, and creative to a fault. He could make any commanding officer flinch from afar, but at the end of the day, it usually worked".

Note: one oddity I have not figured out is that Walker is called 'Sergeant' in one adventure and refers to one of his SEAL teammates as his former 'Sergeant'. The SEALS are in the Navy. There are no sergeants in the Navy.

Good line:

"There was no such thing as a calm mission for a Navy SEAL - and if it was calm, it wasn't a mission, it was a task."

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2021

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Initiation The Initiation
Written by Alex Howell
Copyright: 2019

A prequel tale recounting the time that Mason Walker had with his beloved Bree, taking place long before his Onyx days

MY COMMENTS

     If you are looking for an action-adventure series with a pretty kick-butt main character, this is a good find. Walker is a do-it-his-own-way kind of guy and to heck with you if you argue. He is usually in the right, luckily for him, but I have to admit wondering a time or four, why can't you just, you know, keep your mouth closed? Results speak pretty well and Walker gets good ones. Then he ticks someone off and, well, there he goes again.

     I did get to like the support characters and I applaud the author for making a couple that are worthy of their own series.

     Clara starts out as a mentioned-but-not-seen part of Walker's life and grows (literally and figuratively) into an interesting character on her own.

     And then there is the beautiful and very capable Raina. IMHO, if I needed someone to help me in a tight situation, I'd pick her. Probably over Walker because she is just about as good as he and a good deal easier on the eyes.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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