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Full Name: Marcus Ryker
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Joel C. Rosenberg
Time Span: 2018 - 2023


Marcus Ryker is an agent with the CIA.

For morst of the time we follow him that is the case and as such he finds himself in some very sticky situations with a big variety of people wanting to do harm to him. Most of that is to keep him from learning the sorts of things they are up to or, since he is very good at his job and does learn those tightly kept secrets, to eliminate him to stop his acting on that intel. Luckily for us, he is also quite adept at staying alive.

When we first meet him, he is 21 years old, a rising senior in college in Colorado in May of 2001. Our introduction to him is a very violent one as he is racing home in response to a plea for help from his mother endangered by a very drunk and extremely violent husband, a recent stepfather Ryker never liked. The ensuing altercation will result in two firings up close with a shotgun and Ryker's life will take a sudden turn. That turn continues a few months later after 9/11 as Ryker, along with many, many others, lined up to volunteer to head to Afghanistan. In Ryker's case, it will be as a Marine.

Over the passage of a few years, we will watch Ryker go from serving a couple of tours, resulting in some undesired but favorable publicity from one horrifying firefight, to returning home to marry his long-term girlfriend and changing careers more than once. A spell as a police officer will transition to the Secret Service and then, after some time, to the CIA.

And in the Agency, his star will both glow brighter as his impressive exploits will become known to the White House and dimmer for the same reason; many at Langley will resent that attention including the sitting Director.

The adventures of Ryker will concentrate, naturally, a lot of time on him but there will be a considerable amount on other people playing major roles in those events. Chief of those other individuals is the fascinating story of Oleg Stefanovich Kraskin, senior aide to and son-in-law of the Russian President Luganov. Kraskin's life path will be as fully described as Ryker's and the two will have many vital interactions.


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2023

1 The Kremlin Conspiracy The Kremlin Conspiracy
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2018

"A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country."
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2 The Persian Gamble The Persian Gamble
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2019

"Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem—Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin."
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3 The Jerusalem Assassin The Jerusalem Assassin
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2020

"Marcus Ryker has spent his entire career studying killers.
One thing he knows for sure - a peace summit is the ultimate stage for an assassination.
President Andrew Clarke is determined to announce his historic peace plan from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
But when senior American officials who support the plan begin violently dying, Clarke orders Ryker and his team of CIA operatives to hunt down those responsible and bring the killing spree to an end."
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4 The Beirut Protocol The Beirut Protocol
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2021

"A game-changing peace treaty between Israel and the Saudis is nearly done.
The secretary of state is headed to the region to seal the deal.
And Special Agent Marcus Ryker is leading an advance trip along the Israeli-Lebanon border, ahead of the secretary’s arrival.
But when Ryker and his team are ambushed by Hezbollah forces, a nightmare scenario begins to unfold. The last thing the White House can afford is a new war in the Mideast that could derail the treaty and set the region ablaze. U.S. and Israeli forces are mobilizing to find the hostages and get them home, but Ryker knows the clock is ticking."
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5 The Libyan Diversion The Libyan Diversion
Written by Joel C. Rosenberg
Copyright: 2023

"The world’s most wanted terrorist is dead. Marcus Ryker recommended the drone strike himself. The intelligence was rock-solid. But what if it was wrong
Abu Nakba—the man responsible for lethal attacks in Washington, D.C., London, and Jerusalem—is finally dead. Marcus Ryker has been tasked with hunting down and destroying what’s left of the terror group Kairos.
But before Ryker can mobilize his team of CIA operatives with their new assignment, a disturbing report from Libya suggests all may not be as it seems. The U.S. bombing that should have taken out Nakba’s headquarters now appears to have been a disastrous mistake—and Ryker himself may be responsible."
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Is it possible for Joel C. Rosenberg to not write an awesome series of extremely exciting and frighteningly topical adventures? From the first one of his I read, Jon Bennett, nearly two decades ago through a couple of other fantastic series to this latest one, Mr. Rosenberg not only delivers consistently page-turning thrills, he also has an amazing grasp of geo-politics. and his ability to blend the two so smoothly that even as we are reading a dissertation on one aspect of international diplomacy (or lack thereof), we are mesmerized. And then to see how that diplomacy will be enhanced or destroyed by unexpected occurrences - do not expect to be able to predict what will happen next. At least, I never guessed right.


My Grade: A-


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