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TROY STARK

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Full Name: Troy Stark
Nationality: American
Organization: ERRIU
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jack Mars
Time Span: 2022 - 2024

ABOUT THE SERIES

Troy Stark is an agent with El Grupo.

That's the nickname those in the small organization he currently works for call it. The official name is the European Rapid Response Investigation Union, or ERRIU. As that certainly did not roll off anyone's tongue easily, it was better known as "El Grupo Especial" and then shortened even more. It was a part of the larger Europol.

Stark came to that department by way of a special request for an American liaison with NYPD's counter-terror group where Stark was a temporary member - details of which are recounted in the first recorded adventure.

The youngest of 4 brothers, he is also the shortest though at 6'2" it is hard to call him anything but tall. He joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school already earmarked for SEAL trials. He passed those rigorous tests and became a SEAL at 19 years old.

"Two tours in Afghanistan. More training. A couple of classified deployments with Joint Special Operations Command. Further training. Then things got a little squirrelly. He was on loan to the CIA for a while, bouncing back and forth between there and the SEALs. Then he went on loan to another agency, if you could call it that, a black budget line item that didn't even have a name. In the Pentagon, they called the group 'The Metal Shop'. Or often, just 'The Shop'.

"Troy had been in war zones and under deep cover in a lot of places, for a long time. He was 32 years old. Now he was on his way out, staring down the barrel of a general discharge. That was not ideal, but he was coming to terms with it. People who liked him had pulled strings to get him that. It was better than an OTH by a lot, and a hundred miles better than a bad conduct discharge."

Little-by-little through the adventures we learn more of the bad situation that Stark faced and how he dealt with it that led to his being let go from his chosen career.

It was while home from the trouble that brought about his release from the service that he would help out in fighting terrorists in an attack in New York City and that would lead to his time with El Grupo.

Playing a major role in his new career, and in his life although both might smirk at that, is his new partner in the organization. A woman named Mariem Dubois, described as "small, trim, petite", she was a light-skinned black woman, with braided hair tight to her scalp". Her friends call her Mari, Stark steadfastly calls her 'Dubois'.

Good Lines:
- When asked about his occupation and who he worked for, Troy Stark responded, "I turn up places and people are surprised to see me".

BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2024

1 Rogue Force Rogue Force
Written by Jack Mars
Copyright: 2022

"The NYPD needs Troy’s military expertise to help find and stop a major terrorist threat to New York City.
To pre-empt the attack, they need him to fly to Europe and stop it at its source—using any means necessary.
Troy finds himself partnered with an Interpol agent who is as different from him as can be, and their instant dislike is mutual. But they have an attack to stop, and only a few days to do it, and together they’ll need each other as they crisscross Europe in a high-octane cat-and-mouse chase to shut these terrorists down."
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2 Rogue Command Rogue Command
Written by Jack Mars
Copyright: 2022

"A group of European terrorists have a new, unexpected target, with nuclear-level consequences. With the clock ticking for Troy to stop them before they set off a global war, Troy, partnered with an Interpol agent whom he grudgingly respects, is up against the enemy of his life.
But there is only one problem: no one knows exactly what the target is. And as Troy's investigative work leads to a discovery, he realizes it may not be the target—or the enemy—they all think it is. Just how deep do these terrorists' connections run?"
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3 Rogue Target Rogue Target
Written by Jack Mars
Copyright: 2022

"A new marvel of engineering is set to open with fanfare, heralding a new era of technology and attracting heads of state for the grand opening. But terrorists have their eyes on it, too—along with the high-value targets attending—and in this high-octane action thriller, Troy Stark may be the only person left standing between the terrorists and an event of mass destruction."
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4 Rogue Mission Rogue Mission
Written by Jack Mars
Copyright: 2023

"An isolated sex trafficking case leads Troy to a vast, underground network of organized crime in Europe. Hundreds of women, it seems, are being trafficked, and used to fund terrorist organizations. In this high octane action thriller, Troy must uncover a vast web of crime, protected at the highest levels, and take on his most complex enemy yet."
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5 Rogue Shot Rogue Shot
Written by Jack Mars
Copyright: 2024

"When the world’s tallest tower in China hosts their grand opening, disaster—in the form of a terrorist attack—changes everything.  The terrorists, Troy knows, have Americans—and world leaders—in their sight next, and Troy will have to team up with his Chinese counterpart—an equally rebellious operative—to stop them. Can America and China trust each other long enough to work together to stop the next attack in time? Or will both Troy and his new partner find themselves outfoxed by a shifting list of revolving targets?"
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MY COMMENTS

I liked the author's Luke Stone series a bunch. I really liked his Agent Zero series. Now I have yet another set of adventures from yet another character and I have to say that Jack Mars definitely, absolutely knows how to write action adventure thrillers with spy-fi elements wonderfully infused.

Troy Stark is - and the author deserves a lot of credit for this - not a copy-cat version of his other series heroes. Stark is quite different from Stone and Steele, once you get past the same first letter of the last name. Throw in the fantastic Mariem Dubois and you have another winning series.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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