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SCOTT PEARCE

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Full Name: Scott Pearce
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Former Agent

Creator: Adam Hamdy
Time Span: 2010 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Scott Pearce is a former agent with MI6.

Back in the day he was exceptional at his work, enough so that even now when he is talked about, the word 'legend' might easily be mentioned and it would have nothing to do with a false identity. Back when he did what he was asked to do for Queen and Country, he was very, very good at it. Which makes it all the more confusing for those talking about him to rationalize the fact that Pearce had been let go, to put it nicely, or shoved out, if a bit more honest.

When we catch up with him in the first recorded adventure, he is living 'off-the-grid' on an island off the Thai coast wanting to investigate the operations of a smuggling gang in the region. He will get interrupted in that pursuit with a different matter but he will return to it as soon as he could because Pearce is a very stubborn man unwilling to let something that annoyed or angered him 'just go'. working on his own as he is, he knows his job is considerably harder than it had been when he had an organization backing him but nowadays "Pearce didn't need to have faith in anyone but himself" so being solo was what he wanted.

Being alone was something that Pearce was used to. He had been abandoned by both parents when he was quite young and had "drifted from one foster home to another" getting into trouble on a regular basis. Then as he was about to turn a life of juvenile delinquency into adult crime and probable hard time, he was "rescued" by a headmaster of a tough Welsh school and almost thrown in the Army. There he showed potential and was offered a chance at the elite SAS. He'd served with a specialist unit, the Increment, which "provided operation support to MI6", hence his association with that organization.

Playing a major part is the activities of Pearce is Leila Nahum, a "digital security expert", an attractive woman with black wavy shoulder-length hair; her face having "Mediterranean coloring, her Greek nose, dark eyebrows and wide, opal eyes". Her looks are marred with "scarring around her neck and the flat section of her cheek where the bone had once been broken". Add to that the fact that she needed a sturdy walking stick to move on her feet or needed the use of a chair to get around, it is plain to see that whatever Nahum had been involved with before we meet her, she has paid a price for it (we are given graphic details about it but it is better you read them yourself).

Pearce and Nahum had met while both worked for the Firm and they had hit it off right away partially because "neither of them fitted the common media portrayal of spies" as both "were rough and rugged and had been through fire and pain to escape misery, dragging themselves up from nothing, creating such lives as they had through sheer invention and willpower. They recognized in each other the inner strength such journeys required and that mutual respect was the first step towards what had become a friendship."

Together they, and another veteran field agent by the name of Kyle Wollerton look into things that matter to them and because they are as good as they are, they tend to resolve situations in their favor.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2023

Observant people will notice that I talk of there being 3 books in the Scott Pearce series and yet I list 4 with the first one numbered 0 instead of 1.

Looking closer will have you see that the spelling of the last name for #0 is different. Having read that book, I do not believe it is part of the series but because it is by the same author and the name is different only by a letter, I thought I would mention it.


0 Battalion Battalion
Written by Adam Hamdy
Copyright: 2010

"The world of the future is short of oil and riven by strife. Scott Pierce is hunting a man known as the Spider - a man intent on destroying the foundations of American democracy. Pierce discovers a terrifying plot to strike at the institutions that safeguard the United States. The Spider has audacious plans to plunge America into anarchy. Isolated, hunted and facing impossible odds, Pierce races to prevent the unfolding attack."
Note: I do not believe this is part of the Scott Pearce series.

1 Black 13 Black 13
Written by Adam Hamdy
Copyright: 2020

"The world is in turmoil and nothing is as it seems. Radical extremists are on the rise, using new threats and new technologies to divide and disrupt. With governments, the military and intelligence agencies being outmanoeuvred at every step, borders are breaking down and the old espionage rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed and one man will make the difference.
Meet Ex-MI6 agent Scott Pearce.
Off-grid and off the books, Pearce is forced into the fight when he learns of the brutal murder of an old friend. Determined to avenge his death, Pearce assembles a team of trusted ex-colleagues."
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2 Red Wolves Red Wolves
Written by Adam Hamdy
Copyright: 2021

"A daring escape from a Cairo prison. An assassin who kills with a single touch. 
A vicious drug war on the streets of America. 
Three seemingly unconnected events strike terror around the world. Convinced they are related, ex-MI6 officer Scott Pearce and his team of mavericks, digital security expert Leila Nahum, and veteran field operative Kyle Wollerton, uncover a chilling plot to unleash a terrifying new toxin on an unsuspecting world."
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3 White Fire White Fire
Written by Adam Hamdy
Copyright: 2023

Coming
"An ex-MI6 agent driven to avenge a tragic death. A radical environmental group determined to avert climate catastrophe. A lone outsider with the power to devastate the world.
Scott Pearce has torn up the espionage rulebook to overcome those spreading division and hate, but radical environmental group White Fire is a new kind of enemy posing a new kind of threat.
With everything on the line, Pearce discovers links to an old enemy thought long defeated, and as the danger rises, he realizes he and his team have underestimated the fight ahead. As the conspiracy that links Black 13 and Red Wolves emerges from the shadows, the team has one chance to avert a global catastrophe that could disable the world permanently . . ."
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MY COMMENTS

The oddity of the earlier "Scott Pierce" (not "Scott Pearce" adventure notwithstanding - and I only mention it here to make sure people know that I know - this is a very, very well written series with some fascinating, albeit wonderfully flawed characters. I liked the way that author Adam Hamdy presented Pearce to us and he uses the man well to keep the reader interested. Then he throws in Leila and I am hooked.

I was especially impressed with a sequence at the beginning of the first book when Pearce is determined to climb, unassisted, a very steep cliff. He struggles and fights and nearly makes it, only to plummet far down into the ocean below. His attitude? Next time!

Me, I probably would have quit but then again, I am not Pearce.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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