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RORY MACK STEELE

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Full Name: Rory Mack Steele
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Private Investigator

Creator: Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Time Span: 2012 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

Rory Mack Steele is a private investigator.

He is one of three working for the Highlander Investigative Services, a small family firm with offices in both New York (not sure if NYC or elsewhere in the state) and Toronto. Steele's side is the Canadian one but since his father is American and mother Canadian, both Steele and his younger sister, Skye, enjoy dual citizenship so working either side of the border is easy for them. Skye and their father make up the other two members of the firm.

Steele has been a private eye for a number of years. Prior to going to work in the family business he had served for a few years in the Royal Highland Regiment in the Canadian Army, an outfit nicknamed the Black Watch. He joined the military likely to help get over the pain of losing his wife to cancer. They had grown up together and married when they both turned 18; before two years had passed she was gone and he needed an outlet.

Steele tells the story of how he was always a short kid who had to fight a lot due to his size but a growth spurt in his very late teens changed that and now he enjoys a 6'2" athletic frame. So apparently does Skye, junior to him by three years. Both brother and sister also possess an impressive ability to handle themselves in close combat though I would put my money on Skye with her considerable training and expertise in several different martial arts.

The adventures of Rory Mack Steele are part of this compendium because he seems to excel in finding cases which either put him working with or in opposition to different spy organizations from various countries, starting with the very first recorded case in which an NSA analyst gets framed for an act of terrorism. A couple of more routine assignments follow and then a sequence of them arrive which will see Steele dealing with some very impressive international incidents.

BOOKS

Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2018

1 Betrayal Betrayal
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2012

"What would you do if your government labelled you as a terrorist? And you didn't know why! On the run from a massive manhunt, NSA employee Holly Rae Burnette finds herself living another nightmare - being hunted by men with machine guns who want only one thing - to kill her. Drawn into the chaos while working on another case, Private investigator Rory Mack Steele desperately battles to keep them both alive until they can solve the conspiracy or die in a hail of bullets."
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2 Storm Storm
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2012

"When two young boys stumble onto an act of terrorism being planned over a game system, their lives are turned upside down and fear becomes more than just a word. Hired by the young boys for a few dollars, Rory Mack Steele finds himself fighting blindly against a group bent on death and destruction. Kidnappings, machine gun attacks and acts of violence are only a few of the things Rory must overcome to ensure the boys survive."
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3 Hunted Hunted
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2012

"Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele's life takes an unexpected twist when he finds himself taken hostage along with a group of innocent men and women. Fear strikes at their hearts when they discover they will be used as prey in a terrifying thrill hunt. Even escape and freedom proves to be just an illusion when Rory and an unknown woman find themselves trapped in a killing field with no way out. Hunted by dozens of serial killers, armed with high power longbows and bent on rape and murder, Rory and the woman must find a way to battle against overwhelming odds to survive and rescue the others."
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4 Stealing a Country Stealing a Country
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"Cassandra Glynn is running for her life and she doesn't know why. Framed for murder and pursued by the police, Cassandra is now stalked and marked for death by men she has never met. Her life has become a nightmare.
Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele steps in to help and finds himself battling against a powerful force operating in the shadows of society. Fighting for their lives, Rory and Cassandra uncover a political conspiracy of massive proportions that runs to the highest levels of the Canadian government."
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5 Fire Plague Fire Plague
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"A routine missing persons case for Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele turns into terror for America. The deadliest disease mankind has ever known is resurrected and unleashed as a biological weapon of mass destruction. 
The purpose? A mad, twisted lust to reshape the future of the world. Innocent, men, women and children in America begin to die in agony. Framed for the deaths and pursued relentlessly by the police, Rory must find some way to fight back against a formidable foe and save billions around the globe from dying a painful, agonizing death in the Fire Plague."
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6 Jewel Jewel
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"Alton Fitzhum is a brilliant computer scientist who creates a revolutionary computer program to protect cyberspace. His only problem? His pet program goes rogue.
His creation begins to act independently, searching for Netcrimes, the criminal exploitation of the Internet. Suddenly, people from ordinary high school hackers to government spies are accused of being cyber criminals and begin to die horrible deaths. Drawn in to help the innocent person framed for the deaths, Rory Mack Steele finds himself pitted against a formidable foe that can be everywhere, see everything and hear everything."
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7 The Chinese President The Chinese President
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"After seeing her best friend murdered, Candy Jossel is on the run to save her own life. And every time she reaches out for help, her nightmare deepens. Somehow she has stepped into a world of assassins, spies, murder and the corruption of the American political system. When private investigator Rory Mack Steele accidentally becomes involved, he and Candy enter into a life and death struggle against the shadowy, ruthless power behind it all. The Chinese president is a fast paced, political thriller that reaches all the way into the White House."
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8 The Echelon Mind The Echelon Mind
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"It started when a naked, bloody woman, shaved completely head to toe and who didn't know who she was, showed up stealing food from the cabin's refrigerator. Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele's vacation comes to a crashing halt and the nightmare begins. Someone in the shadows knows everything they do. Someone in the shadows knows every place they go. Chased from pillar to post and city to city, Steele and Jane Doe can barely survive repeated attacks from teams of highly trained assassins."
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9 Knights of the Golden Circle Knights of the Golden Circle
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2013

"They waited from the time of the American Civil War for the South to rise again. They waited, watched, plotted and killed. They guarded buried treasure.
In April 1865, as the end of the Civil War neared, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, had the Confederate treasury and the wealth of several banks placed on a special train and moved from Richmond, Virginia into Georgia. Legend says The Knights of The Golden Circle buried the cargo of gold and silver bars, gold dust and gold and silver coins, setting up elaborate signs leading to the treasure cache. They have guarded it ever since from treasure hunters, waiting for the Confederacy to rise again. Finally the Knights of The Golden Circle are ready to strike a massive blow against the U.S. Government. Only Rory Mack Steele stands in the way as he tries to protect two young children and two innocent adults caught up in the mad scheme to destroy the North"
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10 Cruise Cruise
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2014

"A team of serial killers on board the world's largest cruise ship? Or is there more? Passengers are disappearing. The ship's Chief Security Officer is killed. The rest of the security team are newcomers to the job and not up to the task. How many more will disappear? How many more will die aboard the floating death trap? Rory Mack Steele's first vacation in years turns into a nightmare when he is drawn in to help. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that could change the entire course of world events."
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11 Mask Mask
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2014

"A serial killer is on the loose, killing at random, stabbing victims straight through the heart with an ancient weapon. Bodies are piling up through Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and into Canada. An arrest is made because of a DNA sample left at a crime scene. Despite the
overwhelming evidence, Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele is hired by the accused's family to find the truth. But the truth is poisoned by the distant past and a dark, hidden secret. A secret so painful it threatens to engulf thousands in agonizing and bloody death."
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12 The Overstolz Code The Overstolz Code
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2017

"An old German cigarette tin from WW 2 is found on the banks of a Canadian river by a young boy using a metal detector. A delightful story turns deadly as the boy and his mother are soon found floating face down in Lake Erie. The mother's sister hires private investigator Rory Mack Steele to investigate and she disappears mysteriously, leaving Steele to battle alone against an evil force from the shadows of the past. A force looking for a secret code to unlock massive hidden wealth and deadly power that will plunge the world back into an era when the flames of war raged across the face of the globe and untold millions lost their lives."
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13 City City
Written by Eugene Lloyd MacRae
Copyright: 2018

"Private Investigator Rory Mack Steele's newest case unexpectedly takes him deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle. A case that plunges him into the middle of a vicious, no-hold-barred war between remnants of the Spanish Conquistadors and the XingĂș - an Amazonian tribe forced to suffer torture and death over the centuries to maintain their secrets - and the truth of a mythical golden city."
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MY COMMENTS

I read another series by this super-enjoyable author, the adventures of Merlin Arthur Dragon, before I turned to this one and was already set for a lot of fun banter, thoughts, actions, and excitement. I was not disappointed.

Spy-fi fans will wonder at several of these tales as they do not quite fit the compendium but then again, series about private investigators usually do not. It is just how often they flow into the cloak-and-dagger realm that decides if they belong and I can happily say, since I really really like both Rory and Skye Steele, that they do enough to have membership here.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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