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GEORGE RAVEN

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Full Name: George Raven
Nationality: American
Organization: American Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: John D. Trudel
Time Span: 2012 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

George Raven is an agent with American Intelligence.

That nebulous description of Raven's new employer is about the best I could come up with. Raven was hired by an older gentleman named Goldfarb, once with the CIA but now "officially out of the game" though not so much that he could not set up a "special task force" at the behest of the US President.

First, though, it is important to note that George Raven is a made-up identity, given to a well-seasoned CIA operative named Wayne. That is his last name. What his first name is does not seem to have been mentioned, though we learn that he was codenamed 'Cowboy' and that was often used in its place.

At the beginning of the first recorded adventure of Raven/Wayne, we follow a very unpleasant dressing-down of Wayne for supposedly torturing an Iranian who was, according to Wayne, deeply involved in that nation's nuclear weapon program. Since the incident had become somewhat public and even a congressional hearing was suggested, a fall guy was needed to clear the Agency and Wayne's career would be brought to a very abrupt end with a permanent firing, as in good-bye and don't come back.

Officially, though, we learn that "Cowboy Wayne didn't make it. He had a tragic heart attack after being dismissed by the CIA. Another sad case of a burned out agent who couldn't make it back to the civilian world. There will be a small funeral service with a closed casket. Wayne will be deemed to have died honorably on active duty. His accrued Agency benefits will be put into a fund for [his] two children. They can use it for college and will have full access to the money when they reach twenty one."

Thus was the demise of Wayne and the birth of George Raven, now offered that position with the President's task force.

Joining him will be several key people including John Black, an engineer and skilled pilot and pseudo-operative himself (see his own series page), Rudy Rogers, Terry Coston, Pat Barry, and Vinnie Russelle, all good people to have Raven's back. He will also have the use of impressive technology coming out of Cybertech, about which there are a couple of solo adventures written.

And then there is Josie Lynch, about whom several adventures could and should be told all by herself. Lynch is a paranormal, a person with extraordinary skills. In her case it is remote viewing which gives her limited ability to see "future events from a great distance".

Josie Lynch is described, when we first meet her, as "five foot two and perhaps a hundred and ten pounds soaking wet, which was how she had been last night in the moonlight climbing out of the fountain at the conference center, stoned silly. She was a challenge at times. Lately, too many times." Another more colorful description of her is "ninety pounds of girl, mostly tits". Not particularly PC but certainly evocative.

Readers will quickly learn that there is a whole lot more to this woman than her chest. Though Lynch "abhors violence and is even physically and psychically sickened by it", she will become a partner with Raven in his adventures, as well as some intimately closer.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2019

       The Raven series is part of the author's larger universe which consists of it and a companion series, John Black, as well as two books in a thriller series, Cybertech. The two books in that series are listed below just before the actual Raven adventures because characters in those stories play important roles in some of Raven's missions.

0 Privacy Wars Privacy Wars
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2012

Book 2 in the overarching series.
William Giles and his father, Iron John Giles, "establish Cybertech. It sells security protection for private citizens. When John is abducted and presumed dead, Cybertech is attacked from all sides. Will stands alone, tortured by remorse and falsely accused. With all he loves at risk, he runs for safety, fleeing wrongful charges, and relentlessly pursued by UN paramilitary forces.?
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0 Soft Target Soft Target
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2013

Book 3 in the overarching series.
Gerry Patton (nee Giles), working at Cybertech, has created a project that "could ensure government survival if Washington was destroyed, but it’s being sabotaged." Mike Mickelson  is brought in to provide protection for her. "Unknown enemies are watching. A bioweapons attack is planned, a coup orchestrated by officials in our own government. Gerry’s program could hamper their plans. Why take a chance?  She’s a Soft Target,"
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1 Raven's Run Raven's Run
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2014

Book 4 in the overarching series.
"A patriotic rogue agent, RAVEN, is saved by JOSIE, a gentle woman with mystic powers. They face terrorists with Iranian nukes. When Raven is terminated with prejudice by the government, they must work together to rediscover censored history, expose high treason, solve two historic assassinations, and prevent an apocalyptic attack that would destroy America."
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2 Raven's Redemption Raven's Redemption
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2016

Book 5 in the overarching series.
George Raven had felt his main job was to protect Josie Lynch but he failed. Now he has to find a way to redeem himself and that will involve stopping Islamic terrorists who have a new plan of action - "directly attack America’s leaders and the thin black line of agents that protect us. Remove the protectors and the sheep will be helpless."
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3 Raven's Resurrection Raven's Resurrection
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2018

Book 6 in the overarching series.
Iranian Quds operatives are active in the States, teaming with a Mexican drug cartel as well as "Cal-Exit" radicals who want their state to become its own nation. To combat their plan of action, George Raven and Josie Lynch will have to team up with a beautiful Russian spy that they know they cannot really trust.
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4 Broken Oath Broken Oath
Written by John D. Trudel
Copyright: 2019

Book 7 in the overarching series.
"A threat is growing along the invasion corridor from Venezuela up into Mexico and across America’s southern border. Venezuela has replaced Syria as the global chessboard. The players are a toxic mix of enemies: drug cartels, Russian spies, Cuban thugs, socialist dictators, and some traitors in Congress." Combating the danger is George Raven and his team.
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MY COMMENTS

This is a solid series of good action and really good characters, especially the co-star of the adventures, Josie Lynch.

I have always been a fan of authors who take the time to create a universe in which to operate - providing a stable of supporting characters worthy of knowing and following. This author did this in an unusual way by writing three adventures, one a solo adventure character John Black who would become a major player in this series, and two related books dealing with a company and its founders which will be interacted with by this series' heroes.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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