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NICK BARON

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Full Name: Nick Baron
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Air Force
Occupation Military - Officer

Creator: James R. Hannibal
Time Span: 2010 - 2014

ABOUT THE SERIES

Nick Baron is a Major with the U.S. Air Force.

He has earned his bars through meritorious service for well over a decade in that branch of the military, a fair number of those years spent as "a field operative of the Triple Seven Chase squadron".

That detachment is said to have been in existence since shortly after the 9/11 attack and the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While its inaugural mission had been less than stellar in results, we are told that the next decade had been "ten years of training and fighting, of turning the Triple Seven Chase from a quiet embarrassment into the most effective clandestine unit in the DoD". If you have not heard of it, do not be surprised; it was said of the group that it was "the last Tier One special mission unit still unspoiled by Wikipedia".

Its HQ is named Romeo Seven and is five stories beneath Andrews Air Force Base; the facility was constructed from a defunct presidential bunker and boasted a wealth of resources, including a well-stocked clinic, an engineering lab, and its own freshwater supply.

Baron is one of the two main pilots attached to Triple Seven. He had been a Lieutenant stationed in Germany when the Towers fell and was always pushing to be given a chance to fly in action. He got his wish with the creation of Triple Seven and his transfer into the elite Stealth Wing and membership in a new covert team.

Baron is described as 6' tall with a slender by muscular frame, blond hair and steely blue eyes. He is married to Katy, his beautiful wife who has to suffer for some time with having no idea of the type of work that her husband has been assigned to do, and then later, when some of the details are finally revealed to her by his boss, she has to worry even more when he is called away.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2014

The series really begins with the novella mentioned below. It is strongly recommended by me readers start with it.


1 Shadow Catcher Shadow Catcher
Written by James R. Hannibal
Copyright: 2013

"An American operative—long thought dead and memorialized in the CIA’s highly classified Book of Honor—has just sent a desperate call for help from deep in the Chinese wilderness. There is only one plane for such a dangerous mission: the Shadow Catcher—a smaller, even less detectable version of a stealth plane. Only Nick and his team will be on board when the plane goes into action. 
But what Baron and his men don’t know is that an enemy is already among them—and that the Shadow Catcher itself may be the ultimate prize…"
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2 Shadow Maker Shadow Maker
Written by James R. Hannibal
Copyright: 2014

"When a suicide bomber shatters the peace of a winter afternoon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., former pilot and undercover Cerberus operative Nick Baron receives an eerie invitation from the chess app on his phone—a mysterious figure named The Emissary wants to play.
Nick and his covert unit—the Triple Seven Chase team—soon find themselves drawn into battle against an unknown opponent who has resurrected an ancient order of assassins: the legendary Hashashin. And there is a long-awaited prophecy being fulfilled by a series of violent attacks which may culminate in a final apocalypse over Jerusalem."
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2010

1 Wraith Wraith
Written by James R. Hannibal
Copyright: 2010

"After the towers fall on 9/11, Lieutenant Nick Baron and the rest of the 81st Fighter Squadron are desperate for action. But CENTCOM puts them on the sidelines, leaving the young Warthog pilots restless—and reckless. Then the unthinkable happens. During a high-risk training flight, a rookie wingman slams into the ground.
In the darkness that follows, Nick wonders if he will ever learn to trust a wingman again—or even learn to trust himself. He will soon find out. Despite the black mark on his record, Nick’s application to the elite Stealth Wing is approved. A recruiter for a new covert team has taken note of Nick’s unique combination of skills. Suddenly Nick is swept into Operation Cerberus—a top secret mission that will take him from a harrowing flight over a black testing facility to a fight for his life on the Iraqi Dunes."
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MY COMMENTS

Nick Baron is first and always an Air Force pilot, IMHO. Everything else comes as a distant second in his list of priorities. Still, he does get involved in a fair amount of intelligence work so his membership in this compendium is definitely warranted. I just want to make sure that any potential reader - and there should be a good number of them because this is an exciting series - knows that Baron is a pilot first and a spy, well, kinda third with no second in between, if you get my drift.

It has been nearly a decade since the second of the two main adventures came out so I would not be expecting there to be a third.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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