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JOHN DEMPSEY

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Full Name: John Dempsey
Series Name: Tier One
Nationality: American
Organization: Ember
Occupation Agent

Creator: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Time Span: 2016 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

John Dempsey is an agent with Ember.

The official name of the organization is Task Force Ember and it answers only to the U.S. President with his Chief of Staff acting as a cut-out. Under these auspices, it has tremendous clout to get work done, all clandestinely, but everyone in that group is aware of the fact that in any political environment, if bad things hit a fan, plausible deniability will come into effect and the Chief Executive will almost certainly claim no knowledge of or authorization of whatever trouble Ember found itself in. Those inside Ember will be on their own. Dempsey, being the key operative inside this new group, is quite happy with the arrangement.

But Before there was Ember, there was the U.S. Navy Seals and a Senior Chief Jack Kemper, a member of that elite Tier One fighting force for over two decades. Kemper loved his job and loved his military family/comrades, even at the expense of his own marriage and estrangement from his teenage son. He was good at it and had passed up promotion to Master Chief to be able to keep doing it. "Kemper did not consider himself a 'details guy'. He really didn't care what JSOC wanted him to blow up, clean up, or pick up; just tell him when and where, and he would get the job done. He had participated in so many missions as a member of the Joint Special Operations Command's covert Tier One SEAL team during the past twenty years that he'd lost count." He wanted it to continue.

Then a nasty wound in a mission put him temporarily on the sideline and a subsequent mission went incredibly wrong and all of his colleagues paid the ultimate price and even Kemper, in a betrayal that should never have happened, was thought dead.

Following that came the offer of a new life and a chance to go after everyone who had any involvement in that terrible day and make them pay. But if it became known that Jack Kemper had survived, he would always have a target on his back by those who would want to correct that and finish the job. To become part of this elite fighting force, Jack Kemper had to stay dead. And John Dempsey had to come to life.

Good Lines:
- "Regret was an unproductive preoccupation for old men."

BOOKS

Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2023

1 Tier One Tier One
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2016

"John Dempsey’s life—as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper—is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice."
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2 War Shadows War Shadows
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2017

"Only a few months into his new life as an operative for Ember, the United States' most covert counterterrorism entity, he must stop an old nemesis who's resurfaced after ten years of operating in the shadows. From the deserts of Iraq, through the jungles of Guatemala, to the streets of suburbia, Dempsey and his Ember team race against time to stop a series of horrific and devious attacks against the homeland."
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3 Crusader One Crusader One
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2017

"When one of the most brazen and lethal acts of terrorism rocks American and Israeli intelligence forces at the highest levels, Dempsey’s ultracovert antiterror unit, Ember, mobilizes. But this operation isn’t just a retaliatory strike by Ember; it’s a mission of vengeance for Dempsey—against the Iranian terrorist mastermind who slaughtered Dempsey’s Tier One comrades."
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4 American Operator American Operator
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2018

"A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria."
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5 Red Specter Red Specter
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2019

"When shadow warrior and former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey goes undercover to meet with a Vory arms dealer, he thinks he’s laying the groundwork to penetrate the Russian criminal underground. Instead, he walks into a trap orchestrated by Zeta, the secret Russian task force behind a recent assassination attempt on the US President,:
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6 Collateral Collateral
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2019

"After a surprise assault on Task Force Ember's secret compound in Virginia by Russian covert operators, John Dempsey and his teammates are mourning their dead and trying to put the pieces back together. But in the ever-evolving world of shadow warfare, there is no respite for heroes or victims. Russian spymaster Arkady Zhukov, the mind behind the attack on Ember, has a new and devastating agenda-directing false flag missions to destabilize Ukraine and enable Russia to seize control of the Black Sea."
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7 Dempsey Dempsey
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2023

"After Task Force Ember's successful intervention in Ukraine, John Dempsey disappears without a trace--with no notice or explanation given to his teammates. Spotty intelligence eventually places him in Russia where he is rumored to have been captured by the Russian FSB and is now presumed dead. Unbeknownst to his teammates, Dempsey is very much alive and on mission."
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2020

1 Scars Scars
novella
Written by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Copyright: 2020

"You may think you know John Dempsey, but not like this! In SCARS, Tier One fans get a rare glimpse into Dempsey's past when he was Jack Kemper, a young Navy SEAL operating in Iraq. Discover the story of Dempsey's first encounter with Mahmood Bin Jabbar (the villain in WAR SHADOWS) and learn how Dempsey got his iconic serpentine scar."
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MY COMMENTS

This batch of action-filled adventures work more on the side of military action than espionage but since the main character - and his team - go after really bad guys on behalf of and under orders from the President, I felt it belonged here. 

The writing duo of Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson clearly show in this seven-plus set of books that they know how to keep the action going and the excitement churned to the max. I felt I could use a nap after some of the scenes that they throw poor Kemper/Dempsey into. So, I get a bit of a snooze and Dempsey gets yet another impossible situation to find a way out.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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