These novels chronicle the people and the events in Jake Dalton’s life. They also show how the people he meets and the incidents hat occur change and affect Jake. The books are listed below in the order in which they were published (first to last or oldest to newest, top to bottom).
The Men and the Eagle tells the story of Jake Dalton, a computer consultant, who isn’t as savvy in the real world as he is in the virtual high-tech world that he usually inhabits. He believes in “the system” and tries to work through the issues he faces. Only when he loses someone near to him does his step outside “the system.” His manner and demeanor change and bring out traits in him that he didn’t think he possessed. This book also sets the stage for what happens in subsequent novels. This is also the most technical book in the series because that information is required in order to understand the actions taken by Jake as he is affected more by the events that transpire than he wants to admit to himself.
DefCon, Oil, and the Eagle tells how Jake tries to deal with his new circumstances after the events in the first book. He finds malicious computer code that is designed to render key military computer systems useless in a national emergency and sets out to correct the situation and to find those responsible for the actions that could leave the US vulnerable to an enemy attack.
Phoenix Project chronicles the events that happen after Jake learns of the actions of a long-time ally that could make the US military impotent at the time they are needed the most. The most intriguing element of the mystery is that the computer systems are designed to recover and be available in a matter of days. The various defense systems rise from their own ashes after a pre-determined length of time. Jake had to solve the riddle and make sure that the actions of an alleged ally do not have their intended consequences.
Fulcrum Protocol shows the growing economic and political clout of the Mexican drug cartels. Against an escalating level of violence that spills across the US-Mexico border, the cartels attempt to kick out the underpinnings of the Mexican government and use Mexico as a safe haven for their operations. The cartels use every ounce of their power and money to corrupt those they can and simply kill those who refuse to be bought. Much like their Mexican counterparts, the highest levels of the US government are also tainted by avarice, corruption, and ambition. The drug cartels capitalize on a weak and corrupt Mexican government and come across the US border in a show of force. Jake’s efforts to unravel the treacherous plot takes him to the center of the halls of power in Washington, DC.
Unholy Alliance revolves around a new administration in the White House and the steps it takes to re-establish the US’s role in the world. A number of deadly enemies form an unholy alliance with the sole intent of toppling the US. Their strategy is incredibly simple; overwhelm the US with a myriad of problems so that the country eventually weakens itself by fighting against a number of enemies simultaneously to the point that it collapses. The efforts to bring down the US are well-funded and well-planned. Jake has to use every trick he knows to learn the identities of those who seek the destruction of the US before they can carry out their multi-stage plan. The is the first part of a two-part story that concludes in Sacred Honor.
Sacred Honor tells the story of the powerful and influential in Washington, DC, as they seek to destroy Jake. He must use every bit of courage at his command if he is to stay alive. His old adversaries conspire against him when he tries to put his past behind him and start over. Jake wants to live his life as far from the politically powerful as possible, but can’t do so until he stops the efforts to kill him. He knows that he has to solve the latest riddle before he runs out of time. This is the second part of a two-part story that began in Unholy Alliance.
Prometheus Gambit shows how determined Jake is to live his life, one of peace and tranquility. He willingly slipped quietly into the background and no longer had the ears of the high and mighty in the corridors of power in the US. Despite his vow to let the world resolve the issues it faced without his help, he is asked to once again come to the aid of his country. Jake works to keep the Iranians from setting off an atomic bomb in the heartland of America. Along the way, he learns just how far he’s willing to go to keep his country and himself safe.
High Treason is the realization of Jake Dalton’s worst nightmare. Someone high in the United States government is doing the unthinkable. The traitor is not just selling secrets for financial gain or leaking classified information for political purposes, he’s actively trying to destroy the country. Jake gathers the information he needs and then does his best to stop the madman before he can accomplish his task. The act of treason must be stopped, no matter the cost. This is the first part of a quadrilogy that includes Extreme Prejudice, and Damocles Dilemma.
Moral Imperative tells the story of how Jake reacts to the events that transpired in High Treason. He can’t live with himself if he doesn’t do that he believes to be the right thing. He finds himself caught up in a political maelstrom that threatens to overwhelm him. He races against time and overcomes his personal doubts to deal with a traitor who would sell out the country and take advantage of high political office. This is the second part of a tetralogy that includes High Treason, Extreme Prejudice, and Damocles Dilemma.
Extreme Prejudice tells the story of Jake’s efforts to survive against very powerful opponents intent on silencing him before he can reveal their treason. He knows the identity of one traitor, but doesn’t know if any others are involved in the plot to sell out America. He must stay alive long enough to deal with the traitor. Powerful forces are arrayed against him as he struggles to keep the country safe from those who violated their oaths to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. This is the third part of a quartet that includes High Treason, Moral Imperative, and Damocles Dilemma.
Damocles Dilemma is the eleventh book of the series. Corruption runs rampant in the halls of power in Washington, DC. Elected officials sell themselves and their votes to the highest bidder and do whatever they need to in order to stay in office. The political system has degenerated to the point that those in office openly seek to serve themselves at the expense of the nation. A powerful political figure wants Jake dead because he simply knows too much. While the two of them are locked in mortal combat, the existence of the United States of America hangs in the balance. Jake must decide if his need for personal vengeance outweighs the nation’s needs in its fight for survival. This is the fourth part of a quadrilogy that includes High Treason, Moral Imperative, and Extreme Prejudice.
Self-Evident Truths is the twelfth book in the series. After the death of a close friend and professional colleague, Jake must deal with some fundamental values, beliefs, and ideals that he once took for granted. At the heart of his quandary are the self-evident truths that have guided his life to that point. The nation struggles to come to grips with the loss of the very pinnacle of American political leadership. Political currents and eddies tug and pull at the heart and soul of America. The nation’s future is in doubt because those charged with maintaining the political underpinnings of the republic pursue their own, private agendas.
I’ve received a number of questions asking if the series can be joined in progress or if there is a need to start with the first novel and read them in the order in which they were written. I strongly recommend that you read them in order so that you learn about the characters as they are introduced. In the later novels, characters who first appeared in an earlier book are not re-presented as if they are new to the story-line It is assumed that the reader knows the characters and the story continues without taking more time to develop the character’s qualities that were already presented to the reader.