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JAMES THOMAS

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Full Name: James Thomas
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Brooke Sivendra
Time Span: 2015 - 2022

ABOUT THE SERIES

James Thomas is an agent with the CIA.

He was, for a while. Then he wasn't for some time. Then he sort of is again. It is an impressive career for a very impressive man, and one filled with a lot of mystery and danger.

At one time Thomas' role for the Agency was that of assassin; he removed problems, silently and efficiently. Back then he went by the name of Liam Smith. Then he, his brother and fellow agent, Deacon, and a female agent named Nicole had a disagreement of sorts with Langley and decided leaving was the best idea. That sort of departure, though, tends to upset the top floor and some harsh feelings had to be changed. When they couldn't be, it seemed best if Liam Smith became part of the deceased. Enter James Thomas.

A man's got to eat and pay bills and when the only job you've had for more than a few years is that of assassin, the choices of viable new careers looks limited. Not wanting to continue killing as a living, newly-created Thomas decided to put his talents to use in the opposite direction. Instead of killing people - bad people in his case - he would work to keep good people alive.

It made pretty good sense as he had learned a lot about getting around involved security layouts in order to get at his intended targets. He could use that knowledge to find ways of shoring up security of his new clients. He and Deacon created Thomas Security and soon he had an impressive number of former operatives working for him and an even more impressive list of customers who were grateful to still be alive and so sang his company's praises.

But his old life would not stay dead and enemies from then, and a few newly made ones, would very much like to see Liam Smith/James Thomas truly dead and buried.

Oh, one final small item. His brother, Deacon, about whom there are a couple of solo adventures, is not really his brother. Not biologically, anyways. Makes no difference to them, though.

Good Lines:
- "Decisions were easily made when there were few options available."

BOOKS

Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Secrets Of Their Souls The Secrets Of Their Souls
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2015

Book 1 of 3 in the Soul series. James Thomas is not in this romance tale but it sets up characters which will play roles in the Thomas adventures.
"By day Zahra Foster is a high-powered hustler with an enviable career, but when the night falls, she's tormented by her violent dreams - dreams she hasn't told anyone about.
On Jayce Tohmatsu's first day as CEO of Mason Corp. the last person he expected to see was Zahra Foster. He recognizes her immediately - he'd recognize her anywhere - but she doesn't remember him. Unable to resist the magnetic pull between them, Zahra and Jayce embark on an all-consuming and passionate affair - one that is built on love and lies..."

2 The Ghosts Of Their Pasts The Ghosts Of Their Pasts
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2015

Book 2 of 3 in the Soul series. James Thomas and his brother Deacon make their introduction and play a vital role in the story.
"Zahra Foster is alone again and once more haunted by the night. If Zahra thought Raven's past was bad, nothing could have prepared her for Makare's. While Zahra tries to piece together the fragments of her past lives, Jayce is dealing with his own demons. The Tohmatsu family is being threatened, and Jayce blames himself. With a security situation spiraling out of control, Zahra and Jayce are brought back together - along with the ghosts of their pasts. Can they make amends for their mistakes and learn to trust each other? Or are they still keeping secrets?"

3 The Blood Of Their Sins The Blood Of Their Sins
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2015

Book 3 of 3 in the Soul series. James Thomas's role is less than the previous one but still important.
"Zahra Foster screams in the night, and wakes in a cold sweat. But for the first time in her life, she wants to see her dreams. She needs to. Because this isn't just about her anymore - it involves Jayce, too. And her dreams could save their lives.
Blood has been shed, betrayal committed, and the sins of their past are coming back to haunt them. Zahra knows that if they want to survive, they will have to uncover the damaging secrets buried deep in their souls. They will need to see who they truly are and what they have done, because those whom they have hurt want one thing: revenge."

4 Escanta Escanta
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2016

Book 1 of 5 in the James Thomas series.
"James Thomas is a hunted man. He has a past full of secrets and a skill set that makes him very dangerous. Mak Ashwood is a criminal prosecutor taking on the Mob in a triple-murder.
When Mak’s life is threatened, she hires James to protect her. James should deny his feelings for her and terminate the contract. But he doesn’t. Can he protect her from the Mob, and the violent men hunting him? And should he tell her the truth about her husband’s disappearance thirteen years ago?"
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5 Saratani Saratani
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2016

Book 2 of 5 in the James Thomas series.
"When his life is threatened, James Thomas doesn’t back down. He does the opposite—he hunts the men that are hunting him, and he doesn’t give them a quick death.
But his life isn’t the only one he’s fighting to save. James assumed it was the Mob threatening Mak Ashwood, but he was wrong. Her missing husband made dangerous enemies, and those enemies are coming for her. But someone else is in the game. Is her husband actually dead, as they suspect—or is he alive and watching her?"
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6 Sarquis Sarquis
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2016

Book 3 of 5 in the James Thomas series.
"James Thomas made a mistake—a mistake that haunts him. A mistake that can’t be undone. A mistake that can’t be fixed. The only thing he can do now is to find the man who went to great lengths to deceive him.
But, the clock is ticking. James is being hunted, and with the resources dedicated to finding him, he knows it’s only a matter of time. He needs to uncover the truth about Mak’s husband—and eliminate the threat to her—before he’s killed. Or worse: captured."
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7 Lucian Lucian
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2016

Book 4 of 5 in the James Thomas series.
"Sarquis’ portraits changed everything. James Thomas has the identity of the man hunting him, but there’s one problem…James can’t kill him until he has the code that will save Mak Ashwood’s life. And the man hunting him is the only one with the code. James must take him alive, but he can’t do that without resources. Resources he doesn’t currently have.
James will do anything to protect those he loves, and that includes making a deal with Europe’s most feared and violent man. The same man that wants to kidnap and torture James’ girlfriend. A man known as Alexandr Biskup. The risks are grave. The deal will create a powerful alliance, but the clock is ticking: if James fails, he and everyone he loves will die."
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8 Sorin Sorin
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2017

Book 5 of 5 in the James Thomas series.
"A code. A cult. A kidnapping. James Thomas is playing a deadly game of chess, but not everyone will survive….Maya Ashwood has been taken hostage, and her kidnapper wants two things in exchange: James Thomas and Mak Ashwood.
James must create a plan that will enable him to both rescue Maya and keep Mak safe from the clutches of the man hunting him. The stakes have never been higher. James must face his past, uncover the truth about his family, and fight for the lives of the people he loves. He cannot fail Mak now—not when she needs him most."
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9 The Ranger The Ranger
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2017

Book 1 of 2 in the Deacon Thomas Duet.
"Seven years ago, Deacon 
Thomas's girlfriend was brutally murdered. Every single day, he lives with the crushing truth—they killed her to get to him. Time hasn't healed his wounds. Not even a little. But he's found one way to survive: to suppress the memories of her—the good and the bad. 
Until now. One image changes everything, and whether he wants to or not, life is going to force him to face his past. But life is also going to give him something else: a second chance at happiness—if he can find the strength to forgive himself."
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10 The Redemption The Redemption
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2018

Book 2 of 2 in the Deacon Thomas Duet.
"Deacon Thomas is facing his past and fighting for his future—for another chance at happiness. But when a dark secret emerges, one that shatters Marianne's world, he will be forced to make a decision that will forever change his life.
Deacon couldn't save Nicole, but he's determined that history will not repeat itself. This is his chance for redemption."
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11 The Vault The Vault
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2018

Book 1 of 3 in the Thomas Security series.
"The CIA are back and they want something from James...
James Thomas thought he’d left his past behind him. For the first time in his life, he actually allowed himself to believe that. But, on the night that should’ve been the happiest of his life, his world began to crumble around him.
One last job for the CIA. One last job in return for James, Deacon, Samuel and Cami’s freedom. This is the moment Cami has been waiting for—revenge. And this is the moment Samuel has feared since his escape. The vault of secrets will be cracked open, their lives and pasts exposed. Can they beat the CIA at their deadly game?"
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12 The Traitor The Traitor
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2019

Book 2 of 3 in the Thomas Security series.
"It’s easy to lie when you don’t have to look at the faces of the people you’re lying to...
James Thomas trusts few. He keeps his inner circle tight. He values loyalty above all else. But when he discovers someone in his inner circle—the people he loves and treats like family—is providing intel to his enemies, he will stop at nothing to find out the traitor’s identity. There will be no forgiveness."
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13 The Conspirator The Conspirator
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2019

Book 3 of 3 in the Thomas Security series.
"James is humiliated. He’s angry. And he’s hell-bent on revenge.
Michael Gunner strikes like a snake, his prey unaware of his next move until it’s too late. James can no longer hide in the shadows, nor in the comfort of Thomas Security. Nowhere is safe—not until Michael Gunner is dead. Everything James values, and everyone he loves, is in grave danger and they need him now more than ever. But neither James, nor anyone at Thomas Security, is prepared for Michael Gunner’s final strike."
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Favor The Favor
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2017

Note: Should be red before the books.
"New identities. New lives. They thought they were safe in Tokyo, but they were wrong . . .James Thomas has been running since he fled Russia, but for the first time in his life, he isn’t alone: Deacon and Nicole are with him. They’d worked hard to keep their identities a secret. However, when a man from James’ past turns up in Tokyo searching for him, James knows they must eliminate the threat before it eliminates them.
But that means going back to Russia for intel, and if James or Deacon show their face on the streets, they’ll never get out alive. They need someone to go in their place. Someone unsuspecting. Someone with no links to the Russian Mafia. Someone crazy enough to help them in return for a favor. They need Kyoji Tohmatsu—Tokyo’s infamous gangster."
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2 Black Widow Black Widow
Written by Brooke Sivendra
Copyright: 2022

"They told him she was dead. They were wrong.
James Thomas is content. His private security firm is thriving, he’s enjoying his role as head of the CIA, and he’s happily married to the woman he loves more than life itself. But just when everything is going right, she resurfaces…The Black Widow.
Five long years he searched for her. When the CIA told him she was dead—killed in an explosion he’d caused—he had given up the search. But now a photograph sits on his desk. A photograph taken one block from his house. James doesn’t believe in ghosts. The Black Widow is back."
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MY COMMENTS

I had fun tracking down the books in this series and while I am pretty sure I got them all, I would not be surprised to learn there were others.

I first noticed the character of James Thomas when I learned of the Thomas Security Trilogy; the mention of the CIA caught my eye and I realized this was another series to add to the compendium.

Once I found the three books in the trilogy, it was a simple matter to determine there were other books about the man (thanks to Fantastic Fiction). So I got those as well and started to read. Then I realized that one of the novellas I had found and was planning to read later needed to be read first to be enjoyed. Then I went back to the first book and ...

It was obvious from the opening pages that something had gone on before.  Something that took place after the prequel novella and the first James Thomas book. That led me to the three-book Soul series even though there was no mention of Thomas in any of the blurbs. First book? Nothing. I almost stopped there. Second one, oh, yeah! Now it is starting to make sense. Checked out the third and saw it fit, too. In fact, it sort of lead to the first Thomas. 

The Soul books are romance-oriented with a bit of action thrown in. The Thomas books are action books with a good deal of romance involved. All written with a deft hand by Brooke Sivendra.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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