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WILL KANE

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Full Name: Will Kane
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Adventurer

Creator: Bob Mayer
Time Span: 2019 - 2024

ABOUT THE SERIES

William 'Will' Kane is an adventurer.

That is the best way I can think of to describe his activities which we are allowed to follow.

When we first meet him, he works in New York City as a 'fixer' for a high-priced lawyer named Toni Marcelle, doing a lot of things a private investigator would do, though Kane does not has such a license, and a few things most wouldn't. Kane does draw the line on some things, such as killing. As we encounter him, he is still keeping his promise to himself made a few years before when he returned from the Vietnam War to not kill again. Unfortunately for him, he will not be able to keep it that way.

In his current line of work, Kane would definitely not qualify for membership in this compendium. For the kind of work he routinely was ordered to do during the Vietnam days when he was a proud member of the elite Green Berets, he definitely earned a spot since a lot of the super secret assignments he was handed came from the CIA. And now, years later, he will regrettably find that once his name is brought to their attention, people in Langley will recall just how good, and how deadly, he had been. They will come knocking on his door more than once to make use of that talent and experience.

Kane is described as  six feet, lean, with an angular face smeared by two days of not shaving (when we meet) and topped with thick, black hair, poorly cut and not recently combed. Thirty-two hard years had sprinkled some gray in the hair and chiseled lines in his face. His eyes were green, a gift from his father's side of the family. As we learn more about him, we will find that he has to deal with two mental conditions. The first is PTSD from the horrific things thrown at him during the war. The second is that he has undiagnosed Asperger's, a high functioning autistic, "like a number of exceptional people, especially in the arts. Except his art is death and he is very, very good at it".

Good Lines:
- A comment about a junkie about to cause trouble, "A muscle on the left side of his face danced to the dark beat of his subconscious".

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2024

1 New York Minute New York Minute
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2019

"New York City, summer 1977. The Bronx is burning. The twin towers of the new World Trade Center loom over the skyline. Son of Sam. Star Wars. Studio 54. The Five Families. The city faces bankruptcy and unrest seethes. On the dark streets of a city the rest of the country believes is going down the toilet, Vietnam vet Kane’s life mirrors his hometown. Carrying a past cratered with death and tragedy, Kane has been working as a ‘fixer’ for a high-priced lawyer since returning to New York in disgrace. But is he really fixing anything?
He operates out of a diner in Greenwich Village where he starts each day. It begins when he takes a compromising picture as part of the job. As the long hot summer boils, so does Kane as the mob, the CIA, the IRA, and other forces are brought to bear on him. What they all seem to have forgotten, and Kane wishes he could, is that he is a highly trained and experienced warrior. A skilled killer."
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2 Lawyers, Guns and Money Lawyers, Guns and Money
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2019

"New York City. 1977. Ex-Green Beret William Kane has crossed the line he vowed never to: killing. But for every action, there is a reaction and there are forces after him for revenge, chief among them the IRA. The CIA hasn’t forgotten about him either after his involvement in covert ops in Vietnam. There is an elite team of IRA soldiers in New York City and they’ve gotten their hands on some powerful weaponry. What is their target? When will they strike? As the long hot summer of 1977 drags on and the Bronx burns, Kane does some burning of his own, unraveling secrets from his past and helping those who need his particular brand of justice while tracking the terrorists. His problem: where is his new line?"
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3 Walk on the Wild Side Walk on the Wild Side
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2019

A BLOOD DEBT MUST BE PAID WITH BLOOD. This is the message pinned to Will Kane’s door with a Bowie knife. And it doesn’t take long before the first of the Hard Flint Brothers arrives to make good on the threat. Kane barely escapes with his life, but things go downhill from there, with five more Brothers having sworn to take his life in vengeance for his killing of one of their own. ... Lurking behind it all, Kane is beginning to feel the presence of something bigger, an organization more secret than the CIA or FBI. One that has ties stretching back to World War II and involves the highest levels of power and seems particularly interested in him.
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4 Hell of a Town Hell of a Town
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2020

"Will Kane finds a body underneath Hell Gate Bridge. Where this gruesome discovery leads him is a world even he, a New York native, never dreamed existed. Not even in his worst nightmares. No one knows the full extent of the labyrinth that lies below New York City. It's a world unto itself. People, mostly homeless, have made inroads to the more accessible parts for shelter. But there are others who prowl the darkness for their own evil reasons.
He learns this isn't an isolated incident and that murders are being committed in horrendous ways, and they seem to be just the tip of the iceberg that can be seen. The police, not able to control the streets above, care little about what’s below and the missing. It's up to Kane to find out who is behind this. And as he literally digs deeper, he realizes it reaches to the highest levels of New York City. Ex-Green Beret Will Kane has undiagnosed Asperger. He is a high-functioning autistic, like a number of exceptional people, especially in the arts. Except his art is death and he is very, very good at it. Now he faces his greatest challenge yet."
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5 No Quarter No Quarter
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2021

"New York City. 1978. Will Kane has faced down the NVA, the IRA, the CIA and the Mafia. But now he faces the most intense challenge of his life. Someone is trafficking children in New York City. Someone who has connections to very powerful people who want this kept very secret. Kane’s investigation is getting too close. But he can’t back off; not when children are involved. It’s war. And there will be no quarter taken or given. But underneath it all, the Cold War is starting to get hot for Kane and the ramifications of his actions have international implications. More importantly, Kane has to make a choice. Whether to go all out and give no quarter or stay true to the code he was trained to follow."
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6 Shelter From The Storm Shelter From The Storm
Written by Bob Mayer
Copyright: 2024

"Diehard in the Rocky Mountains. Just prior to Christmas 1978, Former Green Beret Will Kane drives away from New York City with no particular destination in mind. All he knows is he had to get away from the death and destruction he’s been faced with in his hometown. But then he gets a call from his former mentor, CIA spook, Plaikos who informs him that his ex-wife, whom he hasn’t seen since their son died a decade ago, is holed up in a small, isolated Colorado town.
As he drives into town he runs into what appears to be the sheriff, but Kane’s combat instincts rule and he guns the man down before he does the same to Kane. Then the pass he’s entering through is blown and Kane’s Jeep is wiped out in the ensuing avalanche. And that’s only the beginning of his problems."
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