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Full Name: Alexander Gray
Codename: Sockdolager
Nationality: American
Organization: Presidential Agent
Occupation Agent

Creator: Robert B. Marcus, jr., Kim Frank Richardson
Time Span: 2022 - 2022


Alexander Gray is an agent for the American President.

The man has the unusual codename of 'sockdolager', a slang term which one dictionary defines as "something that settles a matter: a decisive blow or answer; a finisher". Considering the things he is asked to do and which he finds a way to accomplish, it would appear justified.

Gray had been a very promising prospect for the Majors as an incredible pitcher before his shoulder gave way and though surgery corrected much of the issue, he knew that career path was gone. He switched his plans to what his parents had always hoped, to become a surgeon, attending Emory to earn graduate from medical school followed by surgery residency at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. It was there he noticed he was always at odds with his residency supervisors, too many long hours waking "some poor fellow in the middle of the night to jab him with a needle he didn't want or need?" Gray admitted to himself he wanted "to lead a more active life". He joined the US Navy and then a change to call himself a SEAL.

"After six months of training, it was days of blood and glory. Missions never to be found in history books. Men dying at his hands. Worse yet, friends dying beside him. Finding out he was better at the killing business than anything else he'd ever tried.

It was on a mission to rescue a captured US Senator, Theodore Anderson, that saw his career take yet another turn. When Anderson, even then a powerful politician, asked for his help in handling situations around the world, he was always there. And when Anderson's star rose enough to put him in the White House, Gray remained Anderson's personal operative.

That same mission was when Gray first learns about the Coterie, defined in short but ominous terms as a "clandestine organization that wants to unite the world under its control". Gray also discovered at the same time that this group is very, very powerful with major pull everywhere.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Far Side Of Silence The Far Side Of Silence
Written by Robert B. Marcus, jr., Kim Frank Richardson
Copyright: 2022

"When Air Force One is shot down over the Mediterranean Sea with no survivors, Ex-Seal Alexander Gray is tasked with an impossible assignment. The new president secretly orders the U.S. Navy to prepare the Sigonella Naval Air Station on Sicily for a clandestine and experimental operation to save the life of the Russian president, the man most Americans believe responsible for the downing of Air Force One."
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2 Yesterday's Tears Yesterday's Tears
Written by Robert B. Marcus, jr., Kim Frank Richardson
Copyright: 2022

"Is Allison Dead? Alexander Gray, ex-Navy Seal, comes back from Sigonella with a broken heart. While in Sicily on a secret mission, he thinks he lost the love of his life, as well as almost losing his own life. But he didn’t leave it all behind as he thought. Those who sought to destroy the U.S. in Sicily are now at work on American soil with even more sinister plans. Investigating the diabolical plot, he discovers all is not what it seems. With the help of his friends he sets out to stop he enemy and uncover a truth that will change his life forever."
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3 Tomorrow's Destiny Tomorrow's Destiny
Written by Robert B. Marcus, jr., Kim Frank Richardson
Copyright: 2022

"After three years in exile, Alexander Gray is back. The ex-Navy Seal returns with his wife, Allison, to fight an evil that dominates the United States and threatens the world. He must confront the shepherd and the Coterie, the shadowy 2000-year-old organization with the goal of nothing less than world domination. The key lies in the search for an ancient book that takes him to Norway, the Faroe Islands, and then to a small island twenty miles off Crete. Also standing between Gray and victory is the expert gun for hire known as “Uno”, a notoriously brutal killer who only needs one shot."
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According to the blurbs I saw on this series, it is a trilogy with the interesting name of 'The Farside of Silence'. That intrigued me from the beginning which is always a good thing for me - the more I want to know something, the further I will dig into it. This is especially true with the secret organization called the 'Coterie'. I am always amazed at how much of a fiction conspiracy theorist I might be. I never believe much in them in real life but inside the pages of a good adventure, well, oh yeah!


My Grade: B


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