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Full Name: Matt Browning
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Other - Former Soldier

Creator: Chris Ryan
Time Span: 2003 - 2004


Matt Browning is a former soldier.

He was a pretty impressive one having been a member in very good standing with the elite British Special Air Service (SAS), at least until he challenged an order and then suddenly his standing was extremely poor and he was invited to leave that illustrious organization. Out on the street, Browning learned that the skills he had learned with the SAS had a calling but, unfortunately, did not pay especially well.

One thing that Browning is not is a spy and like many who proudly wore a military uniform, his attitude towards spooks was less than favorable so that fact that he was not one is a good thing.

Unfortunately for Browning, now that he is a civilian again, things are not going very well for him - downright bad, in fact, and when he is offered a one-shot opportunity to climb out of a very deep hole he had dug himself into, one that had him working - in a way - for MI5, he felt he had no choice but to take it. And then in the second of the two adventures, he will be approached by a sister organization, MI6, for a bit of help and once again he will find himself having to step into the spook world.

Browning's introduction to the cload and dagger world came because of an intense need for money; he had been working as a bodyguard for an independent stock trader who had taught Browning some of how he did what he did and made a considerable amount doing it. Browning had learned a fair amount and did pretty good himself but when the bodyguard gig ended, Browning kept up his trading and made a huge mistake - he thought he was smarter than he really was. His investments tanked and he tried to recoup by borrowing money and those stocked tanked and he tried again. When he reckoned he was £500k in the red, he knew he was in major trouble because the people he borrowed for did not play nice.

So, Browning is ripe for being approached for a dangerous mission backed by MI5 and since danger was something he was quite familiar with, he said yes.

Good Lines:
- Regarding Browning's girl friend with a short fuse: "She could kill a man who turns up ten minutes late for a date."


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2003
Last Appearance:2004

1 Greed Greed
Written by Chris Ryan
Copyright: 2003

"Fresh out of the SAS, Matt Browning is down on his luck. He owes $500,000. If he doesn't get the money soon, he dies. From nowhere, he is offered a lifeline. A hit on al-Queda, sanctioned and helped by MI5.
Matt gathers a small team of former SAS men to steal $10 million in gold and diamonds from the world's most deadly terrorist organisation. MI5 will give them all the equipment and information they need. No charges will ever be pressed. Matt thinks it's the perfect crime. Safe, quick, and patriotic. But after the money is stolen, the killing starts... Someone is taking down the members of the team one by one."

2 The Increment The Increment
Written by Chris Ryan
Copyright: 2004

"MI6 are demanding [Matt Browning] help a giant drugs company destroy copies of its medicines being produced by Eastern European gangsters. But the mission is not what it seems. An old friend from the Army has turned into a homicidal maniac – and so are soldiers from around the country. Suddenly Matt finds himself thrust into the centre of a deadly mystery."


Author Chris Ryan does action really, really well and sitting down with one of his many adventures is always a treat. When these mostly military tales (because that is what he knows so well) also strays into the spy genre, so much the better. That is what happens here as Matt Browning, a member of the elite SAS finds himself in a bad situation and his salvation, if he lives, is with the help of first MI5 and the MI6 (well, the latter sort of ... nevermind).

Tons of action. Lots of excitement. Plenty of bad guys. What is not to like?


My Grade: B


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