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JANE BROWNE

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Full Name: Jane Browne
Series Name: Knight Agency
Codename: Ice Queen
Nationality: British
Organization: Knight Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Cay Reet
Time Span: 2016 - 2-10

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jane Browne is an agent with the Knight Agency.

Learning exactly what the Knight Agency is can prove to be an interesting project. Throughout the good number of adventures we have in which to follow Browne, we get numerous references to the Knight Agency but very little in explanation as to what exactly it is. "We are the thin red line which separates order from chaos." That is a line from a blurb somewhat briefing us on the organization, followed by "For a thousand years, the Knight Agency has secretly kept watch, protecting mankind and society from innumerable threats". That sounds rather ominous though the indication from that statement that these are the good guys is borne out by their actions in striving to help and protect a society that does not know the group exists.

Browne, nicknamed the Ice Queen because "my blood goes cold in a crisis and I kill without remorse", is an experienced operative with the Agency having been with them for several years and already with an impressive number of successful missions on her record. She feels totally at home with the organization and treats several of its members as her closest friends, especially Steven, her mentor and handler. As she admits to him concerning her attitude, "I knew even before you came to pick me up that I would never be able to live a normal life. Without the Knight Agency, I would have turned into a criminal sooner or later ... running away from the who-knows-how-many foster homes, turning to crime to survive ... and for the thrill."

Now that excitement need is satisfied seemingly daily with either very dangerous assignments putting her regularly into harm's way or with the rigid exercise regimen she keeps in order to make sure her body is in the best condition it can be. She also has to keep up the constant training because her personal life is an interesting one on its own; one filled with a fair amount of partying and late nights.

As indicated, Browne is the product of the foster system as she is an orphan who apparently never knew her parents; even her name is one given her when it seemed Jane Doe was not a good one to keep.  When she was discovered by her recruiter and trainer, Steven, she was given the name of Browne. Once she showed she was going to live up to the expectations of Steven and the Agency, she was given this new identity which came with it the legend that she was a well-to-do heiress complete with a doting Uncle who kept her well supplied with needed funds and a frequently ailing Aunt who gave her regular excuses to duck out of social engagements when a mission demands.

The Knight Agency is headed by Sir Howard Blythe. It is divided into four distinct Branches, each of which is controlled by a titled man. It appears that Branch One deals in strong arm work and elimination. Branch Two is involved with infiltration, breaking and entering and whatever is needed after entry is made. Branch Three is data analysis and forensic accounting. Branch Four is the tech gurus, handling everything from cars to computers to nifty gadgets.

Jane Browne is assigned to Branch Two as she is so good at working her way into almost any clique but as she has shown on more than a few occasions, she could easily have fit into Branch One anytime she chose.

BOOKS

Number of Books:8
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2-10

There are 8 books depicting the adventures of Jane Browne of the Knight Agency. There are also 3 books in an alternate universe in which that Jane Browne was recruited by a less than heroic version of the organization called the Black Knight Agency. Those three are listed at the bottom and are so marked.


1 Secret Keeper Secret Keeper
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2016

For the past five years, "Agent Jane Browne has already played her part in this game as well. But now, a threat is aimed at herself and the few she cares about.
The mysterious ‘M’ might find out it’s not a good idea to tease a Knight Agent in general - and much less of a good idea to tease Agent Browne in person."
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2 Key Pieces Key Pieces
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2016

"Jane Browne works hard to keep her two lives apart - the rich heiress and the ruthless Knight Agent. Now they meet for the second time and this time on a far more personal level than during the Morrigan situation. When she is called in as a scout and assassin to help rescue the victim of a kidnapping, things turn out to be far more personal than she would have wanted them to. Can she unravel the intrigue which threatens her best friend’s life?"
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3 Crime Pays Sometimes Crime Pays Sometimes
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2016

"Sometimes you need a thief to catch a thief. Sometimes you need a criminal organisation to catch a criminal organisation. Jane Browne and her team make a great criminal organisation, if they want to. From the cold-blooded criminal mastermind over the risk-seeking right hand to the mercenary leader, the getaway driver, the secretary, and the engineer, they have what is needed. As supposed criminals, they are looking for a kidnapped scientist and trying to protect his family."
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4 A Plague of Rogues A Plague of Rogues
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2017

"A little favor for Sir Abraham Mortimer, head of the Board of Associates Jane is sitting on for the Knight Agency, turns into a large-scale adventure introducing the Uncle and the Niece. For a change, Jane needs to rely on her more discreet skills such as seduction and acting to find out what is happening."
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5 Changing Times Changing Times
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2017

"Times are changing, for Jane personally and for the Knight Agency as a such. While Jane learns what it is like to have found your soul mate, the other female agents want to leave traditions behind.
As Jane grows more comfortable with Cedric and meets his family (for the first time ever in her life), an old colleague of Steven and Sir Frederic and a new threat (which might not be that new) surface. It becomes perfectly clear that only constant evolution will keep the Knight Agency on top of the game."
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6 Death Dealer Death Dealer
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2017

"Having taken out two of the leading numbers is not enough for the Knight Agency. Even though she is technically the wrong gender, Jane Browne is sent out to pretend to be a budding hitman to get closer to the American branch of the Syndicate. In the guise of stoic Alex Stone, she does what she has to do to convince her possible future employer that she is the person he is looking for - a hitman with the abilities he wants."
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7 Grave Diggers Grave Diggers
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2-10

"When young women who might have had the chance to marry into high society are kidnapped and horribly killed, Jane starts to hunt those who are doing it. And when they make the mistake of threatening what is dear to Jane herself, her rage is only too happy to assist her with the hunt. But Jane is not the only hunter in this case, someone else is following traces as well, shadowing people."
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8 Ignition Rites Ignition Rites
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2021

"The fallout from the elitist movement has barely settled when Jane is kidnapped and finds herself in a burning house, escaping only because of her training as an agent. Staying dead for a while, she finally results to goading the kidnappers into trying it again. Yet this is but the first step into a world where people believe that sacrifices have to be made and young women from high society make the best sacrifices."
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9 Criminal Ventures Criminal Ventures
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2017

Book 1 in the alternate universe Black Knight Agency series.
"In a world without the Knight Agency, Jane Doe never became Jane Browne. Instead of becoming an agent, she became the right hand of a criminal mastermind ruling most of the underworld of Great Britain. It all started with a hand in a wrong pocket and eventually led to the founding of the Black Knight Agency. On the way, this story features heists, fights, and many familiar faces in new surroundings."
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10 Going Legal Going Legal
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2018

Book 2 in the alternate universe Black Knight Agency series.
"In a world without the Knight Agency, Jane Doe never became Jane Browne. Instead of becoming an agent, she became the right hand of a criminal mastermind ruling most of the underworld of Great Britain. It all started with a hand in a wrong pocket and eventually led to the founding of the Black Knight Agency. On the way, this story features heists, fights, and many familiar faces in new surroundings."
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11 Grey Eminence Grey Eminence
Written by Cay Reet
Copyright: 2021

Book 3 in the alternate universe Black Knight Agency series.
"After Jane Doe and Steven Quinn retired, they expected the Underworld to just move on, another organisation to take over, the holes to be filled. Unfortunately, that is not what happened, so when a murder happens among the drug lords and nobody knows how to solve that problem, they are called in again. While Jane works her way through the case, she also picks up the slack in other areas, restoring some balance, greasing some formerly un-greased palms to ease things back in place. There’s a grey eminence needed to keep the Underworld in balance and both fate and her boss have made a decision."
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MY COMMENTS

I reckon you have to wonder if it is possible to warm to any character who is called by her friends the 'Ice Queen'. It makes her sound like she is not friendly which is definitely not the case - just that she can kill as needed without hesitation. This would be a good companion to have if you are expecting trouble but not one to irk.

I have never really taken to the idea of a super old organization remaining in the shadows for hundreds of years but, hey, just go with! Browne is worth the suspension of disbelief.

One highly unusual twist in this series is the existence of a few adventures taking place in an alternate universe. That was a new one for me!

GRADE

My Grade: B

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