Hank Frost is a mercenary.
He does not try to pretty his profession by calling himself a paramilitary expert or operative. He does not try to go the romantic route and call himself a soldier-of-fortune. He is a mercenary in the ultimate definition, namely "a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army". Frost uses that term when asked, that and the term 'mermadon' which he says 'means about the same thing but then nobody'd have a snowball's idea in hell what you were talking about". This attitude fits Frost perfectly.
The question as to why a training soldier who travels the world, often in Africa, putting his life on the line for people or countries he does not know or really care about while fighting other people or countries he is equally ambivalent to, belong in this compendium. He is here because in just about every tight spot he works, the level of international intrigue that he deals with more than qualifies anyone. Safeguarding this head of state or finding a way to topple that one. Going into enemy territory to free some innocent or perhaps not so pristine person or persons. Acting as courier for this item or that or finding a way to intercept another courier for what they are transporting. And dealing with shady people lurking in dark alleys and back rooms, spies and double agents and saboteurs and assassins.
Frost may not be a spy but he definitely acts like one far more than he would want to admit and definitely a whole lot more than he would care to. Frost loves being a soldier and has no aspirations to be anything else but that does not keep the world from often making him do non-soldier work.
Frost is easily recognizable with his now trademark black patch over his left eye. How he lost the use of the eye and started needing a patch is unknown though he is asked by different people at least twice in each of the adventures we have recorded of his - and each of those inquiries will be answered with a short but always interesting explanation, amusing and intriguing but invariably fiction.
Which leads into one of Frost's more notable traits. For a man who deals with violence on an almost daily basis and who earns his daily bread frequently ending the days of the enemy, he has a wry and highly entertaining sense of humor. It is sometimes on the more macabre side but not usually. He would make a fascinating case study for a psychiatrist but should someone suggest he visit one, he would undoubtedly agree he could use one and then never once consider going.
One aspect of his life that we discover in the first recorded adventure who will play a major role in the rest of his escapades is very attractive and more than a lot capable Bess Stallman. This blonde-haired beauty is a reporter for the INB Telecommunications Service. He saves her life in a very nasty matter in village suffering the effect of a civil war in its country. Some very bad men were trying to add her name to the list of rape and murder victims there and she was doing her best to stop them when Frost showed up and helped out. Their relationship will grow over time and they will become extremely important to each other.