Mike Jackson Books

"Dear Reader"

All of my 27 books listed here start with "Dear Reader" (with a short Introduction) and, without further ado, get straight into the adventure.

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About the Author

Everything has a beginning .....

..... and for me this was it.

This was me during WWII. My Dad was a B-17 pilot and I was practicing to be his tail gunner. That didn’t work out…but I had fun trying. Please note the all-wood construction. During the war metal was needed for things like guns, tanks, planes, ships, et cetera. Toys were mostly made of wood.

I served four years in the Navy, 1956-1960. The main thing the Navy years did to launch my writing efforts was giving me long periods of time at sea … during which I started reading quite a bit. The reading continued throughout my life. I read everything from westerns to action/adventure … and a lot in between.

Later in life I started reading action/adventure almost exclusively. Thus when I began writing, I decided to write what I most enjoyed reading. Also, since my family has a long history of military service, with someone in the family having served in every war, starting in WWI to the present War on Terror, I opted to write my action/adventure novels with a military slant.

At the completion of the nine-book “Asps” series though, I went off in different directions; for example, the Bader trilogy while having a number of characters with military background, is more of a crime series, but still packed with action/adventure.

Book Descriptions

Baghdad Butcher

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Baghdad Butcher is the first book of a nine-book "Janitors" series. (The team--formed at the end of this book--which does off-the-books [black bag] jobs directly for the President--doesn't actually pick up the name "Janitors" until the second book.) Most of the main "good guys" characters in all nine books have military backgrounds, with a few still active-duty military personnel included.

The time frame of the series runs from approximately nine months prior to the 9/11 Islamic terrorists' attack through the next seven plus years. The remaining books of the series should be released at this site within the year. Please see 'Excerpt' and two short "Attaboys" below.

"Can you drive a tank?"

"Yes...one of the fun things I got to do in the Marines. I wasn't real good at it, so they put me to doing other things, but, yes, I can drive one."

"A Russian one?"

"I hope so."

"Jim, that is not the answer I was looking for."

"So I'll steal a tank and a driver."

"Oh, yes. That's a good idea. 'Ah, Mister Tank Driver, Sir, would you please block that road over there so my companions and I can get on with the business of killing Saddam.' I can see it now, 'Jew roasted on spit for helping madman American in crazy plot.' I would like to see Tel Aviv again--and not from Heaven. From right down here on Earth."

"Baghdad Butcher has it all...I thoroughly enjoyed every page from the first to the last." Gene Culver, USN 1952-1956

"Clancy without all the extra words" Marty Meagher, Staff Sgt. US Army, 1943-1946

Back to Iraq

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Jim Scott and friends (now called Janitors—as in they clean up other people's messes) are back for another kick at the can in Back to Iraq, the second book of the nine book “Janitor” series. All the folks who helped Jim and Holly in Baghdad Butcher are back with a few new additions. The basic team set up at the end of Butcher is augmented by a new character. We also have a briefly mentioned character in this book who will become prominent in later books when he joins the team.

This time around, Jim and team are headed for Iraq within 72 hours of 9/11. For all of you who enjoyed Butcher and have been making requests (in some case repeated requests) for the next book, here it is…enjoy. The remaining books of the series should be released at this site within the year. Please see Excerpt and two short “Attaboys” below.

General Bradley grunted, “Coming from a jarhead, I’ll take that as a compliment.” Hector groaned as he glanced at Jim. “Hey, amigo, you gonna let him talk about the Marines that way? He’s surrounded by Marines and has nerve enough to come out with that crap.” “And Air Force,” joked Drew. Hector tilted his head. “Come again?” Drew grinned. “He’s surrounded by Marines and Air Force. I was Air Force Intelligence before going over to CIA. Didn’t Jim ever tell you that, Hec?” Hector sighed. “Naw. He treats me like a mushroom…you know, keeps me in the dark and feeds me horseshit.” General Bradley laughed at that, then looked at Drew. “Isn’t ‘Air Force Intelligence’ an oxymoron?” Drew shook his head. “No. You’re thinking of ‘Senate Intelligence,’ as in the Senate Intelligence Committee.” General Bradley smiled. “As a member of the Administration, I didn’t hear that…in spite of how much I might agree.” ·

“Like reading adventure novels that—without much of a stretch of your imagination—might just be REAL? Read Back To Iraq.” John Rollston B/Gen USAF (Ret)

“This squid can really write, Semper Fi.” Sgt. Jacob Warden, USMC

Dog Pound

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Dog Pound is the third book in the nine-book Janitors Series, even though Jim Scott and the Janitors—with the exception of a cameo appearance—take a vacation in this book as new characters are introduced. Three of these new characters become Janitors in later books of the series.

In this book, a famous actress is kidnapped and the race is on to rescue her. All the while, another individual is sailing the Pacific with his dog and is drawn into the situation with the actress through no fault of his own…other than being a good guy. Please see excerpt and two short “Attaboys” below.

When he found Murgatroyd, he also found Billie Jo Lane. She was petting the dog, which had appeared out of nowhere, when the tallish, not totally unattractive man walked up. Steve smiled as he looked at the naked woman who stood up as he approached. He said, “Murggy, you’ve found us a ride home, I hope.” Then, looking into Billie Jo’s beautiful blue eyes (as he tried not to gawk at her very lovely body) he said, “I didn’t see your boat on my way in toward the beach.” Billie Jo’s recent adventure had left her in no mood to be her normal friendly self and she couldn’t pass up the temptation to be sarcastic. “That’s because I don’t have a boat, you dolt.” Only then did Steve notice the chain. He pointed to it and asked, “Would you mind telling me just what your situation is?” “My situation is I’ve been kidnapped and chained to this damned tree. You think this chain is some sort of sexual bondage game?” Trying to control his slowly building anger, Steve bent to a knee, looked at the lock, and calmly replied, “I’ve got some tools back at my raft. I’ll go get ‘em and see if I can’t get you free.” “That’d be nice.” Steve just sighed, muttered “Boy,” and walked off.

“Bottom line: Dog Pound is one hell of a read. Buy it NOW and read it tonight! You’ll be glad you did…PROMISE!” John Rollston, B/Gen. USAF (Ret)

“Dog Pound shows Mike Jackson’s versatility, but maintains his dedication to the Military. Enjoyed the new characters, and glad some will join the ‘Janitors’ in future books. Keep up the good work. Marty Meagher, Staff Sgt., US Army, 1943-1946

Toboggan

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Toboggan is the fourth book in the nine-book Janitors Series. As in Dog Pound, the Janitors take a vacation, except for a cameo appearance, which is a continuation of the mission started in Dog Pound. There are some new characters in this book who either help the Janitors in later books, or become Janitors for one mission.

In this book, a charter plane headed for Las Vegas crashes in the Rocky Mountains. In short order it is determined that the crash was no accident. While that investigation goes forward, a young man and young woman, who met on the plane, get separated from the rest of those aboard and, being well below the rest of the plane, decide to head down the mountain. As they do so, two escaped criminals head up the same mountain, trying to avoid re-capture. Please see excerpt and two short “Attaboys” below.

“Phyllis, let’s pack up our things and get out of here.” “Are you crazy? There’s four feet of snow out there. Here we’re warm; out there we’ll be trooping through all that snow and freezing our butts off—literally.” “Ah, yes, my dear. But I have a surprise for you. We shan’t plow through the snow. We shall float down the river in a majestic vessel.” “Have you been in the booze bag behind my back? What ‘majestic vessel?’ Are you hallucinating?” “No. In the horseshit palace lays a fine boat. With said fine boat, we can just float down the river until we reach a town, village, house with people…or even a road.” “What ‘horseshit palace?” Will you talk sensibly?” “The shed where I’ve been getting the hay and horseshit to use as fire starters. Trust me, as fine a body as you have, I’m not love-crazed. This is a way out for us.” By now, Nick’s excitement was starting to seep in. Phyllis put on his walking shoes over her sandals and headed out the door. He followed, caught her, took her hand, and led her to the shed. She looked at the boat and nearly laughed. “You call that thing a ‘fine vessel?’ I bet it doesn’t even float.” “One way to find out,” a totally undaunted Nick replied. As he wrestled with the boat, he said, “Lend a hand, please.” “Since you said ‘please’.”

“Keep the books coming…another good read.” Sgt. Jacob Warden, USMC

“Each book in the series is better than the last one. Bravo!” Gene Culver, USN 1952-1956

Tickleton Affair

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Dan and Janet Orf from Dog Pound and Toboggan meet Jim Scott and most of the Janitors from Baghdad Butcher and Back to Iraq in this novel of industrial/military espionage. Those who have read Dog Pound and Toboggan should have by now figured out that Dan and Janet are destined to join the Janitors…which happens in the next book, Saltwater Connection.

In this novel, our old spies from the Janitors team, Boris Telman and Drew Hollins, butt heads with an old advisory in the person of a ruthless and bloodthirsty Chinese master spy.

The Saltwater Connection

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In The Saltwater Connection, the Janitors work to thwart a joint al-Qaida/Hamas white slavery operation. During the course of the book, Dan and Janet Orf work with the team, then join it about a third of the way through it. During the course of the book, there are two other changes to the team as well. During this mission, the team also discovers another al-Qaida plot and seeks to defuse it before calamity ensues.

Dead Silent Calm

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As we pass the three-year anniversary of 9/11 in the Janitor series, the Chinese again (as in The Tickleton Affair) come into play. This time they have a deadly plan involving al-Qaida that makes even some within China very uncomfortable with the situation.

Devil's Brew

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The Janitor’s team takes on a large number of new personnel for a major mission inside Syria to take out a very large al-Qaida training camp. Along the way, they discover what everyone has assumed didn’t exist…WMD from Iraq. But with no way to prove where they came from, the President—to his credit—decides to let history stand that the reports of WMD in Iraq were incorrect. After the trip to Syria, the team—back to a smaller number—tracks down al-Qaida cells in the United States and Canada…after another side trip along the way. To review other books by this author, please go to: www.mikejacksonbooks.com. This is a Flippage feature that allows the readers to read a small sample of the book(s) they would like to review.

Sedona Chip

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In this, the final book of the Janitor series, the French offer the opportunity for a bit of comic relief, which the President, General Bradley, and the Janitors jump on. Along the way, the team manages…of course…to find a few pockets of al-Qaidas to deal with. At the very end of the book, the stage is set for the next 9-book series…the Asps. To review other books by this author, please go to: www.mikejacksonbooks.com. This is a Flippage feature that allows the readers to read a small sample of the book(s) they would like to review. Some browsers (such as Firefox and Chrome) do not turn the pages properly. If you run into this problem, simply go to ‘Amazon Listing’ under the book you would like to review and click on it. That will take you directly to the Amazon listing of the book. Once there, just click on the book, and scroll down for the same effect.

Birth of the Asps

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Even though the “War on Terror” had been declared ‘over’ by the new President, birth of the Asps was made possible due to careful planning by Jim Scott, Bruce Edmonds, Harry Chickamunga, Tony Henry, and Sir Alistair Baldwin...the latter two being members of British SIS (Sir Alistair being the Chief of that organization). Even before the new team is formed, they have their first mission assigned…trying to uncover an al-Qaida plot on the island nation of Dominica.

The Zimo Hunt

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The Zimo Hunt is the second of the nine-book “Asps” series. This time around, we have the team working more closely with British SIS (MI6). The former Janitors also become more involved as a ruthless al-Qaida figure, intent on branching out on his own and forming, eventually, a new organization, is first slowed down, then hunted down.

Fido

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“Fido” is the third book in the nine-book Asps series. In this book, the team ranges far and wide in their efforts to thwart the terrorist movement into the drug business. They also seek to stop an al-Qaida plot for more carnage in both the United Kingdom, and the United States, as they break up terrorist training centers in several locations. Many of these efforts take place south of the U.S. border…well south, in most cases.

Tears And Terrorists

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Tears And Terrorists, the fourth book of the nine-book “Asps” series, sees a change in the make-up of the team as they chase an al-Qaida higher-up for a good portion of the book. Along the way the team discovers an alarming secret about the man. They also spend a good deal of time on other matters in the process of the hunt. The team works with both MI6 and Mossad during the course of their operations.

Bear’s War

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Bear’s War is the fifth book in the nine-book “Asps” series. As the book starts, and for a large portion of it, the team is trying to capture a half German, half Egyptian member of al-Qaida. Even as he continues to evade the Asps, and SIS, efforts are made to slow down his plans for attacks in England and the United States. The team travels far and wide, sometimes with SIS/SAS assets, sometimes without, in their fight against international terrorism. Al (Bear) Turner has an interesting battle in one phase of that fight as he winds up alone fighting a large number of the enemy, while Jack Littlefield races to save four Nuns, and a woman he has freed from al-Qaida’s cluthces.

Bullets and Baseball

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In this sixth book of the Asps series, we mix baseball, bionics, and still more action against the Islamist movement. The Asps travel quite a bit as they go to Namibia to help out SIS and SAS on a mission dealing with a combination of al-Qaida and Iran’s Qods Force. They also visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, Yemen, Kenya, Somalia, and Iran. Along the way they get involved for the first time in direct conflict with the Haqqani network. In addition to working on and off with SIS and SAS, the team works with a Navy SEAL team, and clean up a bunch of Islamists sent their way by a combined Marine/Afghan Army group.

Billy's Rescue

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During the course of this book, Billy Garcia is taken captive by a group of Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists. Once away from that mess, he kidnapped by a press-gang type operation of the Taliban and al-Qaida “recruiters” inside Afghanistan. In both cases…pity the terrorists because they know not what they have done, nor what they have let themselves in for. While Billy is doing his thing, the team, the Scotts, and friends deal with tracking down CIA traitors…traitors who had been recommended to the CIA by the White House. They also go back to Columbia once again, as al-Qaida seems intent on getting into the drug business there.

Father Mulligan

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Father Mulligan is the eighth and next to last book of the Asps series. In this book, a billionaire unhappy with Jim Scott is behind repeated attempts on his life. The Asps have a mission in Zambia, and on the way home divert to the Cayman Islands with Jim and Holly aboard the C-13-0 with them. That leads to the first attempt. The team also get involved trying to thwart a terrorist attack in America, even though it is far outside their purview and well against the law to so since they are CIA and Military.

Adios, Amigos

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Adios, Amigos is the ninth and final book in the Asps series, and the last of the Jim Scott books. The members of the team, knowing the end of their time together is drawing near the end, start making plans for their futures. During the book, Drew and Boris head off to Bolivia on a tip, and unearth a country infested with al-Qaidas. The Asps and their British friends take on a mission to Somalia, which in turn leads them to Afghanistan due to information obtained in the Somalia mission. That in turn leads them to Bolivia, as a terrorist they learn of in Afghanistan is headed that way. Their continuing mission coincides with what Drew and Boris have been up to.

Whodunit Did It

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Whodunit Did It is the first book of the Bader trilogy. Elmer Bader is a Homicide Detective with the LAPD. A very evil criminal kills a Navy Vice Admiral during a jewelry store robbery. That brings both NCIS and the FBI into the case, since the Admiral has been nominated to the Homeland Security Secretary. Those two organizations work with Elmer and other LAPD officers in tracking down the killer, who has killed many times in the past, and continues doing so during the course of the book. An unlikely piece of information helps the authorities close in on the killer, but he has an elaborate escape plane set in case they actually find him.

Horace Goes Home

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In Horace Goes Home, the second “Bader” book, now LAPD Homicide Detective Lieutenant Elmer Bader works to solve a mob hit which leaves two mobsters and three innocent people, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong, time dead. Along the way, Elmer and the other detectives in the Homicide Division solve additional crimes while Elmer plods along trying to find a clue to the five deaths. He also helps resurrect the life of a wino—who witnessed the five murders—and as it turns out is a war hero. He also enlists the help of some outside the LAPD to help with the mob murders. As an aside, the writer enjoyed writing this book more than any other since, Toboggan, the fourth book of the “Janitor” series, or Billy’s Rescue, Book #7 of the “Asps” series.

How ‘bout Both

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How ‘bout Both is the third and final “Bader” book. In this one LAPD Homicide Detective Lieutenant Elmer Bader runs up against a case of domestic terrorism. Along the way he nearly gets blown up, has try after try made on his life, and keep right on plugging along in his efforts to track down those responsible. With new partner Maine Bobbitt he thwarts several attempts by terrorists to pull off several planned terrorist acts in Los Angeles. The authorities are helped along the way by Hector Garcia, and my faithful readers know how Hector feels about terrorists…and how he is accustomed to dealing with same.

Ancient Rookie

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Ancient Rookie was originally started as the sixth book of my action/adventure “Asps” series. However, along the way, I fell in love with the back-story characters and turned it into a sports-fantasy book before I knew what I was doing. While it does have some elements of an action/adventure novel, it is what it is—a sports-fantasy book about an old guy (Navy, retired) who is in an auto accident. Before the book is finished, we have bionics, baseball pennant races, trades, and—ultimately—the World Series.

Too Many Women

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In Too Many Women, new hero Bob Becker is introduced in the first of three Becker books. Bob does his best to protect a woman—who witnessed her husband killing another woman—from the husband determined to kill her, too. Along the way, he also gets involved with helping thwart a gunrunning biker gang, and helps track down a fellow who shoots off the governor’s ear. Dan and Janet Orf (from the Janitors and Asps series) lend a hand in protecting the wife from her husband. Bob, now retired, is the Navy SEAL who carried Dan to safety when Dan was seriously wounded some years earlier. Also, Bob runs into an old friend from Australia's Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

Bigfoot Bait

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Bigfoot Bait is the second book in the Becker Trilogy. This book deals with the kidnapping of three coeds: two from Columbia, Missouri, and one from Berkeley, California. We also have the return of the gun-running biker gang that Bob and others dealt with in Too Many Women, the first book of the trilogy. Bob is assisted by old friends of my readers from the Janitor and Asps series…including Jim and Holly Scott.

Pool of Blood

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Pool Of Blood is the third and final book of the Becker Trilogy. In this book, Bob Becker, his wife Michelle, and some other help, try to right a wrong. A man is convicted of murder due to having stepped into a pool of blood near the body of a murdered woman, whom he had been arguing with only hours before she was killed. During his investigation, Bob also deals with someone trying to kill Michelle. The case of the man wrongly convicted leads Bob to Australia, where he is assisted by old friend, now-Colonel Walter Kilgorie, an ASIS Agent, and others…including Jim and Holly Scott.

Back to China

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In this new Jim Scott book (after the Asps have disbanded, with some now working for MI6), the just-elected President asks Jim to help retrieve two topflight physicists from China, where they were taken after being kidnapped in a bloody shootout on the streets of Las Vegas. The President is made aware of Jim’s capabilities by Tony Henry—now Sir Anthony—and SIS (MI6) Chief. Later in the book, Jim also helps stop a Chinese assassination team bent on eliminating the new President, who, unlike his predecessor, has backbone in international affairs. Publisher’s Note: To review more books by Mike Jackson, please go to: www.mikejacksonbooks.com

Monster’s Palace

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In Monster’s Palace, new hero Clyde Feegle, a Navy SEAL, is introduced. This book contains, in addition to the action taking place in various missions of Clyde and his team, many other adventures and tense situations. The leaders of an international drug ring see the fruit of their depravity squashed. We also have fractured trust, a “difficult” situation, and finally the results of niceness. Clyde and two other military personnel (one Delta Force, one Marine) work with the CIA to block al-Qaida and other terrorists from expanding their use of international drug trafficking to further their goals.