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MITCH KEARNS

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Full Name: Mitch Kearns
Nationality: American
Organization: Gideon
Occupation Agent

Creator: J. T. Sawyer
Time Span: 2016 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Mitch Kearns is an agent with Gideon.

That is an Israeli-based company specializing "in rescuing kidnap and ransom victims" becoming very well known and respected in the growing field of K&R operations. It was founded and still run by a man named Anatoly, a older fellow who is still spry and game enough to take part occasionally in actual field work. Considering the three decades he had spent in that field for Mossad's special operations division, the expertise he presents is impressive.

Our first meeting with Kearns takes place while he is an FBI agent with all the impressive training that occupation brings. He is also considered by all who knew him to be an expert tracker; likely one of the very best at mantracking.

Kearns is from Arizona and lives there as much as he can, relishing the wide openness of the state and leaving the confines of Phoenix at a moment's notice. He "had learned his trade initially growing up on a ranch in southern Arizona. Later, as a combat tracker in the 1st Special Forces, he refined his tracking skills in Afghanistan and Africa on a daily basis running counter-insurgency operations". His love of his work is his driving force and he relishes any chance to teach others out in the field. He also "had an utter disdain for office work. This had "kept him from rising up through the ranks during his six years on the FBI's HRT" but he "was content to stay in field operations". 

His time with the Bureau will come to an end, voluntarily for the most part, as a result of the first recorded adventure and that will be followed by an invitation to consult with Gideon on an extended basis. He will find the offer desireable for a couple of good reasons. The pay would be good. The work would be interesting and sure to be varied. And there was one other huge draw.

That is Devorah Leitner, a four year veteran of Gideon. What she brings to that company is shown in the very first scene we have of her, taking part in a rescue in Turkmenistan and having to deal with an armed guard who got the drop on her. What she did to that man in the next few seconds, including smashing his trachea, gouging his left eye, and slamming his face onto her rising knee, was followed by her getting serious at putting him down. 'Dev', as she prefers her friends to call her, is as beautiful as she is deadly, and she is very, very deadly. Leitner is also the daughter of Gideon, trained from an early age to be tougher and more dangerous that those she might have to combat.

Together Kearns and Leitner will make one impressive partnership.

BOOKS

Number of Books:10
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

1 Dead In Their Tracks Dead In Their Tracks
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2016

"Combat tracker Mitch Kearns is well past his glory days and spends his time teaching the feds how to pursue fugitives on the run. Fresh out of teaching a class for his fellow FBI agents, he runs into his mentor’s daughter, who’s in possession of plans to obliterate the U.S. Mitch then faces an impossible task: get her to the authorities before hardened mercenaries can kill them."
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2 Counter-Strike Counter-Strike
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2016

"Mitch and Dev .. head across the globe in pursuit of a deadly pathogen that has fallen into the wrong hands. From the boreal forest of Sweden to the jungles of Indonesia, the two warriors must pool all of their skills to overcome an adversary bent on releasing a virus that can level humanity."
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3 The Kill List The Kill List
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2016

"This time Mitch is back in the U.S. visiting a friend at a secluded home in Colorado. Little do they know that there is a killer in their midst who is plotting against them for actions connected with a man-tracking case Mitch was involved with a year earlier. With a storm moving in and one of their group dead before nightfall, they must work together to figure out who the traitor is and escape the perilous canyon where they are trapped."
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4 Blindsided Blindsided
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2016

"Eleven years ago, three Mossad operatives embarked upon a rescue mission in Africa that would have a ripple effect on their lives and the futures of their loved ones. Now, years later, Dev, Mitch, and their Gideon team are framed for a killing by an unknown assailant whose grasp extends beyond international borders."
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5 Deadly Harvest Deadly Harvest
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2017

"Mitch Kearns tests his physical and mental endurance during an extended wilderness survival course with his Special Forces unit which culminates in a thrilling showdown between Mitch and two notorious bear poachers."
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6 Borderlands Borderlands
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2017

"When an abduction by cartel members along the Arizona border goes horribly wrong, Mitch Kearns is pulled away from his family ranch near Tucson to help track down the suspects. When it’s discovered that the captive is a high-level U.S. government official who holds the key to unlock codes for the Southwest power grid, Mitch and Dev are in a race against time to prevent a catastrophe."

7 Without Mercy Without Mercy
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2017

"When Mitch, Dev, and the senior Gideon staff head to Thailand for a conference, they think the rest of the week is going to be spent enjoying the sights with one of their colleagues. Instead, they cross paths with human-traffickers who have abducted some foreign tourists."
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8 High Risk High Risk
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2019

"A high-value target has been captured and is being held in a Belarus prison where he awaits execution. Mitch’s objective is clear: snatch the inmate and evade on foot through the forest to the Polish border then flee the country with Dev’s assistance. What could go wrong?"
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9 Blood And Honor Blood And Honor
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2020

"Dev and Mitch head to a remote section of the Philippines to consult with Ryoko Yamada, a past client of Gideon as the woman brokers a deal with the government that will enable her father's Japanese energy firm to begin sustainable production in the Pacific. 
Only a Yakuza hit-team arrives first and will stop at nothing to bring the Yamada Corporation down."
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10 Ballistic Ballistic
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2020

"Mitch is thrust into a CIA-sanctioned manhunt, tracking down Fulcrum and its rogue mercenaries while dispensing his own brand of justice along the way. With the discovery of a deadly bioweapon in the works, Mitch and an eclectic team of operators must go to desperate lengths as they pursue the terrorists before a crippling attack on the U.S. is unleashed."
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2021

1 Blood On The Mesa Blood On The Mesa
short story
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2020

"Back in Mitch Kearns’ FBI days, when Mitch utilizes his mantracking skills to help a fellow field agent solve the murder of an informant in the high desert south of Winslow, Arizona. Together, they find themselves navigating a murky trail of suspects in the lucrative black-market trade of prehistoric artifacts, in a criminal manhunt that will put their own lives at risk."
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2 Manhunt Manhunt
short story
Written by J. T. Sawyer
Copyright: 2021

"When a botched heist goes horribly wrong, three thieves are forced to flee into the rugged wilderness in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Soon, Mitch, along with his mentor and a fellow classmate, are thrust into a federal manhunt to track down the murderous trio before they can escape."
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MY COMMENTS

I would happily read the adventures of Mitch Kearns even if the delightful, and frankly very deadly Devorah Leitner were not a major part of them. But I know I would not enjoy them as much.

But Kearns is the main protagonist of these tales so let me say that I do like following him and I especially enjoy that writing style the author uses which make the adventures fly by and keep me interested. And keep me picking up the next book when it comes out.

Still, when Leitner steps into the picture, I know that someone somewhere better watch their step. And that makes the stories really that much better.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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