I get this question from time to time. For some reason, I’ve avoided creating a simple post that people can reference, and instead, answer it individually. Hopefully, this post causes a little less grief for those who want to start at book one and go from there.
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There’s actually two series when it comes to Jack. The Jack Noble Novels, and Noble Intentions.
The plan for the Jack Noble Novels is for them to be all over the place. They are stand alone with a main plot. The primary (and usually only) point of view character is Jack Noble. You should be able to read these in any order, however some novels may contain hints at previous books.
Noble Intentions is an ongoing saga with multiple point of view characters and persisting story threads. Jack shares the stage with his various partners, and we get a glimpse inside the heads of some of the antagonists in the series. Characters will come and go. Someone who made a brief appearance in one of the first episodes might be a major player in the season three book.
Coming soon will be a series of short novels featuring Clarissa. Bear and Mandy will also get their own series of novella to short novel length books. I’ll do my best to place these within the chronological order below.
Now on to the order of the books. This is a chronological listing of the books in the order in which they take place, not when they were written.
- The Recruit: A Jack Noble Short Story – takes place August, 1994 – sign up for newsletter for a complimentary copy of this story
- Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Novel (Jack Noble #1) – takes place March, 2002
- A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) – takes place December 2004, January 2005
- Thin Line (Jack Noble #3)
- Noble Intentions Season One (Episodes 1-5) – takes place “now, in the fall”
- Noble Intentions Season Two (Episodes 6-10) – takes place six months after Season One, March/April
- Noble Intentions Season Three (Episodes 11-15)
- Never Go Home (Jack Noble) – takes place following Season Three
- Beyond Betrayal (Clarissa Abbot #1) – takes place following Season Three
The individual episodes of Noble Intentions are the same the ones in the Season compilation books. Stick with the compilations and you’ll save 50% or so. The plan is for at least 5 more Noble Intentions seasons, as well as several more Jack Noble Novels. I love this group of characters, and at this time, I can’t imagine running out of ideas for them.