Jackson Black is an agent with the CIA.
He has been a field operative for quite a few years by the time we first encounter him. He has wisely spent that time becoming friends with the inventive and imaginative folks at DARPA, especially a tech geek named Mitch, head of the Tactical Technology Office for that DoD division. This will get him access to some pretty nifty toys which will not only come in extremely handy for keeping him alive, they will also up his wow-factor a lot.
The abilities and successes of Black have made the news, so to speak, in the intelligence communities around the world enough that when the President of Russia is told Black was involved in a matter, that leader not only was familiar with the name, he knew that "he's their best from what I've heard". His top Intelligence man corrected him with "he's the best there has ever been", adding that some of his exploits are required study in their training classes.
Considering the fame that would cause the Russian leader to know the man's name and successes, it is not surprising that American's Chief Executive is also well aware of Black and his abilities such that he seems somewhat relieved to know that Black has been put onto a sticky situation. And sealing the deal on Black's reputation is the fact that even the Chinese Premier is quite up on the history of Jackson Black and knows that the CIA must really be serious if they put him on a matter because they would not "throw him under the bus".
I now turn our attention to a man named Genesis Motlow. We first meet this Seminole Indian, long before we come across Jackson Black, when he is a constable for the tribal on their land near the Big Cypress reserve. Genesis (he almost never uses his last name) is described as a man with "severe, weather-beaten features" who "liked like the meanest man alive" though we are told "underneath his stoic and foreboding features was a kindness that knew no bounds".
He was a former sergeant it the U.S. Army where he was a part of its specialized Long Range Recon Patrol seeing considerable action in Afghanistan before heading to other areas before ending up back in his native southwest Florida. We meet up with Genesis when he comes to the aid of a friend of his named Billy Panther, a tribal councilman who is having trouble with some unscrupulous 'investors' who have a landfill scheme going.
We keep up with Genesis as he, and Billy, have a follow-up adventure with some folks from Hong Kong who are involved in quite a bit different activity but one that brings with it a whole lot of action and mayhem, much from the hands of a woman named Li Na Lui.
Why are we discussing Genesis when the subject of this entry is Jackson Black? We watch this deadly woman Li Na become very close to Genesis and together they make a very formidable team. In the third adventure we have with Genesis a part, we learn that Genesis apparently takes the occasional time off from his being a constable to go on "many missions" for the CIA working under the immediate control of its Director. During these operations, he used the alias of JB. We would soon learn that this "JB" was in fact "the infamous" Jackson Black.
Before closing this entry, I want to discuss a bit more about Li Na. We learn very early this woman is not someone to trifle with because she plays her own game and she wins. She is a very capable and extremely experienced operative, formerly with the Hong Kong police in their Organized Crime and Triad Bureau. While working undercover, an op went wrong and her identity became known so she "quit the force and joined the private sector where [she could] work on long-term strategy, security, and intelligence protocols", which seems to be a euphemism for some pretty gnarly activity.
Standing at 5'8" with ivory pale but quite muscular legs, "voluptuous breasts [which] looked small on her frame", jet-black hair falling to her waist, and tiger-brown eyes that "noticed everything", she is described as "dominating". This beautiful woman is not only quite athletic and agile, she is apparently also very nasty with a sword. When she talks about sometimes needing the use of a ornate walking cane, do not take that at face value.