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JASON STEED

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Full Name: Jason Steed
Nationality: British
Organization: Unknown
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mark A. Cooper
Time Span: 2010 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jason Steed is an agent with SYUI.

If you have not heard that acronym before, do not feel alone. Steed certain had never had any inkling of it before he was literally waylaid on a road at night by its director, George Young, with a request that Steed join the organization. Steed would soon learn that it stood for "Scotland Yard Undercover Intelligence".

That will not be the only British intelligence organization that Steed will have contact with; the first he dealt with was likely, though never specified, MI6 as they were out to recover a casette tape which, if in the wrong hands, could lead to nuclear explosions killed hundreds of thousands.

All that is pretty heady stuff for any operative. Imagine what it would be like for an 11-year-old boy! That is what Steed is when we first watch him get involved in cloak and dagger activity.

We actually start up with Steed in his earlier years. The only child of Raymond Steed, an officer in the Royal Navy, his mother had died in child birth and he was raised by nannies in the British Colony of Hong Kong for the first decade of his life as his father was constantly away on duty cruises. We are there in 1969 when at age 5 he was passing by a window of a dojo and saw people inside practicing martial arts. He was immediately fascinated. 

Over the next couple of years his studies in hand-to-hand combat would progress phenominally with black belts earned in karate, judo, kung fu, tae kwon do, and jui jitsu. In what spare time he had, he found a way to sneak into a military facility with flight simulators and he taught himself the basics of how to fly.

Steed's involvement with SYUI will come from his already making a name for himself in the first recorded adventure where he helps prevent a nuclear war. True, he did not start out that day planning on doing that. He was in the wrong place at a very wrong time. Staying alive was a particularly high priority; he just took it upon himself to help others which resulted in his saving the day.

The amount of notoriety, which he worked hard to keep to a minimum, would bring him to the attention of SYUI and some interesting missions on their behalf. Said assignments taking place when there was no schoolwork or he was not spending time with his girl friend, Catherine. Oh, did I mention she was the daughter of the Queen of England and therefore a princess?

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2021

1 Fledgling Fledgling
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2010

"Jason Steed is looking for a place to call home. He finds what he's looking for in the Sea Cadets-an elite group of British youngsters being groomed for lifelong service in the military. But when a routine training exercise goes awry, Jason finds himself in the middle of a secret mission. The future of the world hangs in the balance...and Jason might be the only one who can save it."
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2 Revenge Revenge
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2012

"Martial arts expert and undercover agent Jason Steed is on the run, hunted by a crew of vicious criminals. To survive, he must rely on his training-to be faster, smarter, tougher. Jason will do whatever it takes to defeat the Triads. But when his own government turns against him, does he have more enemies than he can handle?"
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3 Absolutely Nothing Absolutely Nothing
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2013

"After going under cover and uncovering a child trafficking organization in Britain, 12 year-old Jason Steed settles into an elite American Military School for boys and finally feels normal. When a peacekeeping force working for the United Nations are taken hostage, it was just another boring news story that Jason ignored until he is informed his father is among the captives."
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4 Royal Decree Royal Decree
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2014

"The weapons and arms trail lead Jason to Istanbul, Turkey where he unearths the largest illegal weapon smuggling operations in the world. However, those involved in the lucrative business are determined to defend it at any cost. After he defeated their plans for global chaos, and Jason’s true identity is discovered, he plunges once more into the face of death, and he finds himself face-to-face with someone he once trusted. Protection is on its way by royal intervention, but is it too late?"
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5 Face Off Face Off
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2016

"Teen spy Jason Steed is under surveillance. His every move is being watched. On what turns out to be his most dangerous mission yet, a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy throws him once more in the path of death. Can Jason prevent his old nemesis’ dastardly plan? A woman who has lost everything she cared for and who just happens to have a deadly weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. She will stop at nothing and is after more than just his life..."
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6 Nautilus Nautilus
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2018

"Teenage spy Jason is sent to Asia to confiscate the Nautilus, a revolutionary submarine with catastrophic potential. Jason’s mission looked predictable, but deep below the surface of China Sea something stirs making plans go disastrously wrong."
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7 Fatal Wrath Fatal Wrath
Written by Mark A. Cooper
Copyright: 2021

"Jason Steed is sent undercover to infiltrate a multi-billionaire weapons manufacturer and makes a discovery more terrible than he could have imagined. Despite warnings over the years regarding his temper, he finally goes too far and finds himself crossing the thin line between right and wrong. Can Scott help pull him from a darkened path?"
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MY COMMENTS

This is a series designed for young adults. That is my opinion, of course. I would not have recommended it for anyone not yet in, say, middle school (what we called junior high). However, Amazon has them listed as for 9-12 year olds, grades 3-7. This is surprising because there is a fair amount of violence in them including the main character, Jason steed, aged 12, killing two enemy soldiers and maiming a couple more.

The writing, though is definitely geared for that age group and if I were a kid being handed one of these, I would have scarfed it down immediately and asked for more. I say this because I am six decades beyond the target audience and I scarfed that first one and went looking for the next.

Yes, it is a juvenile-oriented series with some very much unrealistic characters and yet ... I loved it and I do not care who knows it. So there!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

Your Average Grade:   A+

YOUR OPINIONS

stevefincher@gmail.com A+ 2023-12-07

This is my favourite Teen spy series, I put it level with Alex Rider. It is very much real life, Jason seems normal, has a bad temper, gets into trouble but has saved the world a few times and saved his dad. I hope they write more.


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