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IATO

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Full Name: Jason DesJardin and Emily Holmes
Series Name: IATO
Nationality: American
Organization: IATO
Occupation Agent

Creator: Eliza March
Time Span: 2011 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jason DesJardin and Emily Holmes are agents with IATO.

That acronym stands for International Anti-Terrorist Organization, a secret group obviously dedicated to finding and bringing down those who would use terror as a weapon to get their way.

Interestingly, nowhere in the three adventures that currently exist for DesJardin and Holmes, I could find no reference to the organization. It is only in the blurb at the beginning of the collection explaining who they work for that the acronym and the breakdown are given. Its history is equally left to doubt. What we do learn is that a man named Avery Holmes was a 'Senior Agent' within the group and that the group dealt in 'black-ops' missions.

Also of some interest is the fact that DesJardin is not 'real' last name of the first half of this unofficial partnership. What it was originally is is unknown, back in the days of his teen years when he was a ward of the foster system. He and three others were 'privileged' to be under the 'protection' of Senator Adam Kincaid. Both words in quotes are so highlighted because both are how they are perceived to be but not at all what they are in fact. We are able in the first adventure to follow the evil of the Senator and how Jason had to act to save his foster-siblings. We also see how he came to become the 'nephew' of Avery Holmes which would in later years lead to his joining IATO. For a few years then his last name would be Holmes before it become DesJardin, likely when he joined IATO.

Emily Holmes, as said above, an operative with IATO as well. She came to the group a couple years after DesJardin, being seven years younger. She is following in her father's footsteps as an agent after turning 21, intent on being part of the investigation into the murder of her father a bit before the adventures begin.

The two operatives share in their determination to bring to an end the terrorist group that killed the elder Holmes, though Jason will be constantly concerned with Emily being "too young" to be put into such dangerous positions.

Of course, the fact that he is and has been in love with her for quite a while might also play a part. Luckily she feels the same way for him. Too bad they are both too stubborn to admit it to the other.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2011

1 Across A Room Crowded Across A Room Crowded
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2011

A collection of the three novella adventures of IATO agents Jason DesJardin and Emily Holmes. The tales are:
Innocence Lost
The Monte Carlo Affair
Cyber Seduction
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2018

1 Innocence Lost Innocence Lost
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2011

Jason Desjardin wants to find out who the mole was behind the explosion that injured his partner and killed his mentor, Avery Holmes. He also wants to protect that mentor's daughter, Emily, but Emily is determined to join IATO to catch the traitor as well. This will mean taking on a terrorist cell that has just stolen valuable nanotech chip technology used in weaponry.
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2 The Monte Carlo Affair The Monte Carlo Affair
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2011

Emily Watson is having to be a part of a treacherous assignment when she must get dangerously close to Mosel Reinhardt, a powerful arms dealer, to learn if he is selling the nanotech chip technology she has been guarding. Meanwhile Jason DesJardin is discovering his feelings towards Emily are growing to the point where having her close to Reinhardt is too difficult to take.
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3 Cyber Seduction Cyber Seduction
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2011

Having retrieved the missing nanotech chip technology, the mission for Jason DesJardin and Emily Holmes is to entice arms dealer Mosel Reinhardt back to the States to track his meeting with the terrorists and their man on the inside of IATO.
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4 Trouble in the Tropics Trouble in the Tropics
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2016

A separate IATO tale, not connected to Emily Holmes and Jason DesJardin.
"PhD student, Sage Deming committed herself to the NSA, but not until after spring break—her first—hot sun, white sand, and mindless sex, until a series of deadly encounters threaten to interrupt her plans for fun. After a two-year deployment, Colonel Ryan O'Malley returns with a goal to relax before his next cyber security assignment. Is it just dumb luck he's there when the first hot chick he encounters is almost run down and kidnapped? Facing danger and betrayal, Sage and Ryan discover a cyber terrorist plot to keep her from finishing her project for Homeland Security."
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5 Cyber Tracked: The Cobra Project Cyber Tracked: The Cobra Project
Written by Eliza March
Copyright: 2018

A separate IATO tale, not connected to Emily Holmes and Jason DesJardin.
"Rowan O'Malley is wealthy, brilliant, and beautiful, and over time, she's learned to keep her distance from dangerous men. The self-made business woman, one of the most exceptional cyber hackers alive, dragged herself out of the dark net and developed system security programs that can't be broken. When an anti-terrorist organization discovers what she created, they'll need her expertise to protect the international military security programs. But once the news about her program gets out, someone [goes after] her with a billion dollar bounty. Agent Cade James is assigned to get to her before the bounty hunters, keep her alive, and prevent her from completing her newest project…or better yet...buy it."
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MY COMMENTS

     This is a spy-romance series with a fair amount of action and excitement but a whole lot of angst. After a while I got the urge to smack Jason up the backside of the head five or six times because, ye gad!, that man be dense!

     I enjoyed the fact that the author had a couple of other adventures not related to the main two which worked in nicely with the organization. It gave the whole series a bit more breadth. The author seems to have had other things to write about but there are only these stories about IATO.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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