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JACK WHITFIELD

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Full Name: Jack Whitfield
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: John W. Mefford
Time Span: 2022 - 2022

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jack Whitfield is an agent with an unnamed organization.

We learn very, very little about the group of people who dictate which people they will send Whitfield to either eliminate or seriously mess with. Whitfield is as much in the dark as we are. He bemoans that fact numerous times but knows that initially at least all he knows about them is that their representative is named Simon and they are utterly ruthless, just ask Whitfield's wife, Anna.

Actually, you can't because in the very first couple of pages where we meet him, he walks into his home where he is quite happy with Anna and their five-year-old daughter, Maddie, only to discover the wife is dead from a slit throat and the daughter is missing. An incoming text informs him, "We have your daughter. Leave your house and get into the black car waiting for you outside. Do it now or your daughter will die." With that ominous statement, Whitfield is directed to a waiting car, has a bag put over his head, and then driven hours to an undisclosed location (in or around Atlanta [he peeked]). 

Why Simon and his group picked Whitfield is not mentioned (as far as I could find) and what made him the candidate they just had to have so much so that they murder without hesitation and kidnap a child and then leap right into threats remains a mystery. He does not seem to ponder that oddity and we never hear him challenge anyone as to why him and why did his wife have to die and not get kidnapped like his daughter. He just accepts it.

Just as he accepts the fact that once at his secret destination, his life is altered even more with days and days of intense physical training and conditioning, lessons in a wide variety of fields including acquiring a convincing British accent. He even saw his body inked to a fantastic amount with "a one-eyed tattoo artist who jammed to Megadeth as he inked almost a third of my body". At each new twist in his forced metamorphosis, he is threatened repeatedly with harm to Maddie and a promise that should he complete his upcoming assignment, he would be reunited with her at last.

Of course, he does succeed and they do renege on their promise and there is yet another mission that he must do or she will be hurt and if he does everything will be peachy. Rinse and Repeat.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2022

1 Never Go Back Never Go Back
Written by John W. Mefford
Copyright: 2022

"Jack Whitfield must rescue a girl half a world away If he ever wants to see his daughter again. The foreign theater is unlike anything he’s ever experienced. The moat of bad actors too numerous to count—all with motivations that could doom his mission’s objective. 
Even worse, the shadowy group he represents operates without a thread of humanity. With little time and less leverage, Jack traverses a geopolitical mine field while running straight into a den of snakes. But it’s the venom of one that could thwart the mission and destroy his life forever."
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2 Never Say Die Never Say Die
Written by John W. Mefford
Copyright: 2022

"A SPY IS BORN...
The mission is clear.
A secret emerges, the plot implodes…
Will Jack survive his greatest fear?
From Lyon to Cairo and back again, Jack Whitfield exposes a conspiracy that could topple a government and ignite a new war in the Mideast. 
But it's the actions of the enigmatic organization he works for that could end Jack's life today."
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MY COMMENTS

There are a fair number of questions about the character and the group controlling him and why him and such. Maybe some of that gets answered deeper into the series than I went. I freely admit that I did not go that deep as the author committed one of my biggest pet peeves in the first page and though I tried to get past it, I must not have tried very hard because I failed and I did not care that I failed.

The peeve? Hey, we really, really want you to do something for us so to get you to do it we are going to kill your spouse and make sure the evidence points to you being the killer. That is so ... well, stupid comes to mind.

Then we are going to kidnap your daughter and threatened horrible things to her if you do not play ball. Never mind the question of 'if you killed your spouse and left her body in the living room to be immediately found, what happened to the daughter?

Of course, I peeked at the second book and saw that after the character pulled off a miracle and succeeded, the group say, hey we got another mission for you and if you don't do it ...

Oh, another pet peeve - lets train an agent so well that he can go after anyone at any time and take that target out ... and then make that agent absolutely hate us. No way he's going to come after us!

How is the writing and the plotting and the pacing? I didn't notice.

GRADE

My Grade: C

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