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Full Name: John Van Der Beer
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Alexander Greentree
Time Span: 2019 - 2019


John Van Der Beer is an agent with the CIA.

At least he will be. When we first meet him he is a hedge-fund manager at a major brokerage firm enjoying a meteoric rise up the ranks in the days before the 9/11 attack. Though still young he was both fearless and determined when he came up with an idea and the impressive successes he has so far achieved stood as proof that his ideas were sound and well thought out. Already incredibly rich from that successes and with a beautiful woman at his side, his future was assured.

Then after settling yet another gigantic win for his company, he took what was him a now normal walk along Wall Street in the early morning to help unwind. He had just bought a breakfast sandwich from a vendor a few blocks from his office in one of the World Trade Center buildings when the first plane struck one of the towers. He never finished that sandwich.

The same meticulous planning and determination, and yes, ruthlessness, that made him nearly a legend in the financial world would come into play when his life's goals changed in an instant. He hired one of the best military trainers to teach him everything he could about weaponry, explosives, and tactics, or as he succinctly put it - "teach me to kill". He paid one of the premiere experts on Islamic terrorists to instruct him into the why's and how's of organizations like Al Qaeda. He similarly approached turning his admittedly soft body into a lean, hardened tool. And he studied relentlessly the languages of his new enemy, first Arabic and then Russian and anything else used by the Chechens.

When despite several months and many, many calls to the CIA to talk them into accepting him, he switched to Plan B and "boarded a plane to Chechnya" with his normally short trim beard already longer and bushier.

He was heading to work - just in a different vocation.

Good Line:
- When a CIA station chief threatens to waterboard him when he will not reveal what he knows without a pardon, Van der Beer comments, "I fooled [Al Qaeda] for six years. How long do you have?"


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Bear and the Wolf The Bear and the Wolf
Written by David Alexander Greentree
Copyright: 2019

The Al Qaeda terror leader Al Dhib - aka the desert wolf, has possession of a cache of Nazi chemical weapons and is planning on using it to start his push to create the Islamic State of Europe. Embedded inside Al Qaeda, though, is the Bear, John Van Der Beer, a CIA operative even more determined to see the Wolf fail.
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2 The Bear and the Jaguar The Bear and the Jaguar
Written by David Alexander Greentree
Copyright: 2019

The Jaguar is one of Mexico's fiercest drug lords. He is also a man with a vision - to take back from the US that which they took from his country 100 years before. When he begins his push with the backing of other cartels, the US President and the California governor seem powerless to stop him. That is when John Van Der Beer, aka the Bear, decides to step in.


So far I am enjoying the meticulousness of the main character; the determination this man has to strike at the enemy even if it means joining the ranks of those he despises to do so. His determination is downright frightening.

The storyline leaps ahead five years after his heading to the rebellious region of Russia but even after that much time, his fervor remains unaltered. When he decides it is time to resurface to share his knowledge with the CIA, this time as a member of the team, the story really takes off.

The series is billed as a military thriller and there is a bunch of that but there is far and away enough spy thriller as well to warrant it being in the compendium.


My Grade: B+


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