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Full Name: Manny Martinez
Codename: Sinatra
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Marshalls
Occupation Agent

Creator: Alan Lee
Time Span: 2019 - 2022


Manny Martinez, codenamed 'Sinatra', is a part-time agent of JFIC.

That acronym stands for the Joint Federal Investigations Commission. The organization is "unreported within the opaque hierarchy of the FBI". "Their mission - arrest the untouchable and do it without attracting attention". That mission sounds impressive, albeit purposely vague. Put another way, "we apprehend high-priority fugtives. Domestic". That clarifies things a tad but it also indicates the work is criminal apprehension and not spy-related except some of the people that JFIC and Martinez will be going after pulls it back into the fold.

A bit more informative is "JFIC is a top secret Special Access Program, hidden within the FBI's intelligence hierarchy. We are unacknowledged and unreported by the FBI, or any other agency. Very few know of its existence for deniability concerns." Add to that, "It begins when our oversight board becomes aware of a target or situation threatening volatility. Our government hates messes. Most messes, they want gone and don't want to know how or why. So I am contacted. I use the considerable resources extended to me by all five agencies aforementioned to do my research and make a decision; is this a job for my department or not? I handle fugitives who are high-profile, high-risk, politically connected, or extremely dangerous-not the kind advertised on the FBI's most wanted list. There is a secondary list, a worse brand of monster. These are fugitives the public is better off remaining ignorant of, and sometimes these targets are best handled without the use of overwhelming force."

The "I" in the above paragraph is FBI Senior Special Agent Weaver, the former Marine officer who runs the day-to-day operations of JFIC. "It is a small organization," she tells Martinez when they first meet. "How small? I am the only full-time staffer. No Christmas parties, no commemorative badges, no office potluck - we're lean and mean." When the oversight board nominates a target, that name is passed to Weaver. "If I decide the target fits JFIC's criteria, I select one or more of our agents and we get to work. The operation is buried deeply within the veils of secrecy politicians provide to keep their hands clean. Don't ask, don't answer." At that point, "I coordinate independent agents nationwide. Think of them as sleeper cells, ready to be activated for temporary assignment".

Which explains a bit the "part-time agent" moniker mentioned above.

First and foremost, Martinez is a U.S. Marshall and has been for two years. Prior to that his life is a bit vague and he has had to deal with PTSD from time to time as a result of it. He took to the action in the Marshall's Service quickly and loved it though after a couple of years he has found a few too many periods of sitting a desk being bored or worse yet doing paperwork. That's why the chance to pulled away from time to time to handle especially tricky and dangerous missions so attractive.

Martinez loves action. He loves flashing cars (he drives a slicked-up Camaro when we first meet him) and routinely clothes himself in Brooks Brothers suits. He is glib and educated though he loves to fall back on a "lowly Puerto Rican" background to make himself seem less so. Most importantly to him, is, as mentioned, the action!

Oh, the codename he uses - Sinatra. He picked it when he was first approached to be part of JFIC. He insisted on it, as a matter of fact. It was a deal breaker. "he's one of the great Americans of the twentieth century. Hardworking, stylish, and tough. I love his music, plus white people relax around a guy named Sinatra rather than Martinez."

Good Lines:
- When Martinez's partner in the Marshalls comments in jest that Martinez is "an ass", Martinez responds, "Word you're searching for is hero."


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Supremacy License The Supremacy License
Written by Alan Lee
Copyright: 2019

"An international terrorist slips through the East Coast and takes up residence inside an impregnable mountain chateau—within American borders but beyond legal reach.
Her name is El Gato and she’s a top priority for both the DEA and FBI. The situation is dicey and politically explosive, perfect for Agent Sinatra.
Sometimes a scythe works better than a hammer. Sinatra doesn’t realize the dangerous waters into which he wades. This terrorist holds the key to his past and his future. He and the mysterious El Gato have tangled before..."
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2 Wild Card Wild Card
Written by Alan Lee
Copyright: 2019

"The celebrated governor of Maryland has been compromised at the MGM Casino in National Harbor. His situation is dire, and the implications for the country are brutal. Sinatra and Beck, secret agents for the Joint Federal Investigations Commission, are activated and sent undercover to the high-stakes poker tables. Just how much is Sinatra willing to wager? For America, he'll risk it all. But for a corrupt governor?"
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3 Paradise Royale Paradise Royale
Written by Alan Lee
Copyright: 2020

"There's treason brewing in the ranks of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Vital documents are pilfered and the Sinatra team is activated. In pursuit of the thief, Manny and Beck will rampage through paradise and clash with a mysterious foreign agent, a beautiful woman chasing secrets and toying with Manny's heart. The sparks that fly could set the entire Caribbean on fire."
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4 Martinez Martinez
Written by Alan Lee
Copyright: 2020

"When his closest childhood companion locates him in America, Manny Martinez must embrace his past and outwit his old ally, now a professional hitman bent on revenge. He's promised that Manny will only die after he watches his friends perish first. It's a fight that will spill into the streets and demand an answer--how much does it cost to be a Martinez?"
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5 Desert Eagle Desert Eagle
Written by Alan Lee
Copyright: 2022

"An American living in Abu Dhabi has been targeted by a terrorist group hellbent on damaging geopolitical relations in the Middle East. The American is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is destined to die a grisly death unless Sinatra and Noelle Beck get there first. Like a fish out of water, Sinatra finds himself in a culture not his own, relying on people he can't understand, and working in a makeshift team on foreign soil."
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Oh, my goodness! Did I get a hoot out of this series! It has a lot of droll humor throughout its largely action-packed pages and the writing of both the subdued wry comments and the rapid-fire action is terrific.

When I first saw this series and saw it was about "Sinatra" I was leery as I did not want to read that Ol'-Blue-Eyes was suddenly a secret agent, much as that might have been interesting considering his vaunted ties to the JFK and the Mob.

Luckily, it is about Martinez who, when he asked to have a codename and was told he could pick his own, chose Sinatra. He liked the man's singing (so do I).

What I really like is these adventures. I hope they keep coming.


My Grade: A-


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