Jake Kruse is an agent with the FBI.
He is a specialist in undercover work, having been deeply involved in such activity, almost the entire time he has been with the Bureau since he graduated from their academy. Much of his earlier assignments dealt with fairly standard criminal behavior but that gets ratcheted-up a bit when the first recorded case we have of him starts out looking like a killing-for-hire but is revealed to have deep international ramifications and attracts the attention of the CIA and the Secret Service. It is because of this case and his subsequent one that he is a member in this compendium.
We first learn of him by reading in the first recorded adventure an internal FBI document detailing an interview Kruse had with an official of the Undercover Employee Safeguard Unit who seems concerned about Kruse's fitness for going yet again into an undercover operation. By his responses, Kruse was not very enthused about the requirement.
Kruse came to the Bureau after his time as a rifle company commander in the Marines serving in Iraq during the War there in 2003 came to an unfortunate end with injuries severe enough to put him in the hospital for a time. Having suffered from his wounds and even more from having seen too many of his friends and subordinates die in combat, Kruse knew he needed a change. His CO suggested he try the Bureau and Kruse agreed it was a "better fit" because he would no longer be "responsible for the lives and safety of hundreds of other people".
In the Bureau he found he was able to go after people out to hurt his country and innocent people, and being undercover meant he has a lot less immediately supervision as to how he went about doing so.
- When asked about his feelings for those he has had to kill in the line of duty, Kruse says, "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about who they were before they tried to kill me".
- More on the subject, he adds, "The Marines never asked me 'touchy-feely' questions about killing enemy combatants, but the Bureau gets all sensitive about it".