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Full Name: Max Bowman
Series Name: Misadventures of Max Bowman
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Private Investigator

Creator: Joel Canfield
Time Span: 2015 - 2019


Max Bowman is a private investigator.

He put in his time, as they say, with the Agency. A long time, according to him, starting back when Reagan was the President, which is not how he put it but his way was a bit coarser which is pretty much the way the Bowman puts most things. Bowman does not worry about political correctness or delicate ears or polite conversation. 

Anyways, back to his history, he worked in the CIA for quite a while "so I established myself well enough. After I went freelance, I kept getting a steady stream of customers. Most of it was s**t work. Usually, the Agency had lost track of an ex-agent and a higher-up for some reason got in a sweat about what had happened to him. Did he defect to China? Worse yet, was he writing a tell-all that might make that higher-up look like a moron, which was probably about as difficult as breathing? They didn't have the time or the resources to go after all these lost sheep, so they hired me to do it, because I knew them and they knew me. And by the time I found the guy, they usually forgot they were looking for him".

Bowman's work with the Agency came from his father having worked there, having been with the OSS during WWII and switching over when it turned into the CIA. Bowman was "raised to be an Agency man". Note: at first I was not sure if that is true because it was something he told someone and sometimes what Bowman tells someone is not really the truth. Not that he is a habitual liar as such but sometimes a good less-than-true story can get better results than the straight facts, again according to Bowman. Anyways, Bowman lets us know later that it was the truth with his father grooming Bowman and his two older brothers to join - the other two bolted but Bowman signed up. This was before, as he tells it, those in the Agency, including himself, "grew over-the-top paranoid, primed to destroy a threat even when there wasn't one".

Not all the cases that Bowman works on come to him from the CIA but it seems that one way or another, no matter who brought the assignment to Bowman or why, the CIA will be in the details somewhere. Of course, that could just be more 'over-the-top paranoia'.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2019

1 Dark Sky Dark Sky
Written by Joel Canfield
Copyright: 2015

"Years after being tossed on the trash heap by the CIA, Max is just getting by - and fine with it. Then his old Agency boss shows up with a job that’s way above his paygrade - tracking down the truth about a war hero who was killed in Afghanistan. Because some people think this dead man isn’t so dead. Max treats it as a paycheck and a big fat waste of time. Until that house explodes. And a guy who looks a lot like the hero of a popular ‘60s TV Western puts a target on his forehead. Oh, and then there’s that secret para-military outfit in Montana, which wants to end his assignment in the most unpleasant way possible."
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2 Blue Fire Blue Fire
Written by Joel Canfield
Copyright: 2016

"Max Bowman is looking for a superhero. Okay, to be more accurate, the creator of that superhero, a mysterious comic book legend who’s disappeared from the face of the earth. Quicker than you can say “Shazam,” Max is in over his head and out of his mind, thanks to a secretly administered dose of Blue Fire, an all-powerful, government-designed psychedelic drug. But he’s not hallucinating any of the weirdness that keeps cropping up—not the zombies on the Upper East Side, not the self-improvement cult run by a clueless pawn, not the hipster assassin who knows her way around a sword, and certainly not the Cold War-era CIA spook program that’s gone underground…and is somehow still operational.
Still, his greatest challenge may not be any of the above menaces. It just might be his neurotic new rescue dog, who absolutely refuses to let Max out of her sight."
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3 Red Earth Red Earth
Written by Joel Canfield
Copyright: 2017

"Max Bowman has female problems. Specifically, three beautiful, rich daughters of three powerful and influential men—all of them with their own secret agendas. Unfortunately, Max doesn’t know which one to trust or which way to turn, because a vicious killer is hot on his heels. And the most perplexing thing about this psychopath is that he isn’t after Max himself—but everyone he knows and loves. From New York City to Miami, from Washington D.C. to Sedona, Arizona, Max is on the run. And that’s not easy when you have two broken toes."
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4 White Rain White Rain
Written by Joel Canfield
Copyright: 2019

"For almost a year, Max Bowman has been locked away in the Community - a 'retirement' home for former CIA spooks with secrets too scary to share with the world, where the residents are drugged into obliviousness and kept content with reruns of Bonanza and The Beverly Hillbillies. But then after a daring escape, Max is back - or, at least, what's left of him. He's lost his love, his home, his money and most of his memories. And the only way to get any of them back is by taking on a crooked lobbyist whose menace is almost as big as his stomach. This creep is selling white supremacy - and his ancient donors are more than willing to dive into that particular gene pool. Max is truly on the highway to hell - with Mar-a-Lago serving as a rest stop along the way."
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I would like to see anyone with any part of a sense of humor read two or three pages of any section of a Max Bowman adventure and not have at least the beginning of a grin on the lips. Sometimes that might be followed by a raising of the eyebrows as in 'I can't believe he just said that' and sometimes, at least with me, often a nod of the head and a 'ain't it the truth?' [I may not be quite as anti-PC as Bowman but ...]

But beyond the often pithy and more often inciteful jabs, these stories are filled with a lot of highly enjoyable action and a good deal of thrills. And of course enough mayhem to give proof to the naming these tales as the "Misadventures of Max Bowman".


My Grade: B


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