Alexander Hawke is a go-to guy for the President.
Hawke is a very rich man, Chairman and CEO of a major conglomerate, who loves adventure and hates injustice. He also happens to be a very close friend of the President of the U.S. from many years before the man ran for office and comes to the aid of his friend on several occasions. Additionally, he is on occasion intimately familiar with the female Secretary of State.
When he was 7, he was cruising the Caribbean with his parents when they ran afoul of modern-day pirates. Hidden by his father, he watched in shock their brutal murders, trauma which affects him to date. Rather than cripple him, however, it strengthened him and gave him a deep need to fight bad guys whenever he can. It is a bitter irony that Hawke would realize later that he was a direct descendant of a legendary English privateer who had also prowled the same waters.
With the death of his father, young Alexander inherited an incredible fortune and an estate and title in England, making the boy the latest in a line of Lord Hawkes. As he grew into manhood, Hawke chose to put aside the privileges of wealth and join the Royal Navy and during that lengthy service became very skilled in naval combat, earning numerous medals and commendations for his actions. Eventually the duties of his company demanded his attention and he reluctantly left the military to become head of his corporation.
Hawke is assisted in his adventures by a varied and extremely interesting band of people. The action often moves to these other players but the author is very good at making sure the excitement never leaves.