The following are the main human characters in the Hell Holes series of modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and action & adventure novels:
- Members of the Original Research Team:
- Dr. Jack Oswald (geologist)
- Dr. Angela Menendez (climatologist)
- Mark Starr (geology grad student)
- Jill Starr (geology grad student)
- Other Members:
- Members of the Tutores Contra Infernum (The Order):
- High Council:
- Consula Alessandra Romano (Head of the High Council)
- Consul Bertrand Bedeau (Demonologist)
- Consul Liam Blakeslee (North American Curiae)
- Consul Dimitri Gregorovich (Intelligence Curiae)
- Consul Maximillian Hofmeister (Military Curiae)
- Curatoria (demon hunters):
- Members of the Military:
- Lieutenant General Jason Robertson (US Air Force)
- Colonel Yoshie Nakamoto (US Air Force)
- Colonel Enrique Rodriguez (US Air Force)
- Colonel Michael Landsman (US Army)
- Lieutenant Colonel Joe Conrad (Alaska Army National Guard)
- Special Forces A Team:
- Captain Aaron Greenwald (US Army)
- Chief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) Thompson (US Army)
- Staff Sergeant Isaac Addison (US Army Special Forces)
- Master Sergeant Jefferson Black (US Army Special Forces)
- Staff Sergeant Zachary Charles (US Army Special Forces)
- Staff Sergeant Kenneth (Ken) Crowley (US Army Special Forces)
- Sergeant First Class William (Bill) Masterson (US Army Special Forces)
- Sergeant First Class Dane Michaels (US Army Special Forces)
- Sergeant First Class Adam Nicholson (US Army Special Forces)
- Sergeant First Class Joseph O’Conner (US Army Special Forces)
- Staff Sergeant Robert (Rob) Schneider (US Army Special Forces)
- Staff Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) Wolfe (US Army Special Forces)
- Foreign Military:
- Other Humans:
Members of the Original Research Team
Dr. Jack Oswald
Dr. Jack Oswald is a petroleum geologist who teaches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). During the short Alaskan summer, he conducts field research and consults for the oil companies, one of which has hired him to lead an expedition to the North Slope to study huge holes that have mysteriously opened up near the Arctic Sea. Dr. Oswald bears witness to Armageddon in Hell Holes 1, What Lurks Below, the first book in the Hell Holes series.
Dr. Angela (Angie) Menendez
Dr. Angela Menendez is a noted climatologist who teaches at the UAF. Her research concentrates on the climatological impact of methane produced by melting permafrost and marine deposits of methane hydrate. In addition to being a highly respected teacher and oft-cited research scientist, Angie is a fierce environmentalist. Dr. Oswald’s wife, she bears witness to Armageddon in Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton, the second book in the Hell Holes series.
Mr. Mark Starr
Mr. Mark Starr is a UAF geology graduate student working on his doctorate by studying climate-related changes in Alaskan glaciers. He helps Dr. Oswald, his doctoral advisor, perform research and maintains the team’s equipment. Tall, athletic, and ruggedly handsome, he would not look out of place on a movie set with his tousled brown hair and beard trimmed so short it always looked like he’d only started growing it the week before. Instead, he is turning out to be a fine glaciologist and geologist, a man who was as at home crossing a crevasse as he was working in the laboratory.
Mrs. Jill Starr
Mrs. Jill Starr is also one of Dr. Oswald’s geology graduate students working on her master’s degree. Mark Starr’s wife, Jill often joins Mark and Dr. Oswald during summer fieldwork. Tall, slender, and two years younger than her husband, Jill is intrigued by all things permafrost, the subsurface layer of ground that has remained frozen since the last ice age. More specifically, she is fascinated by changes in the permafrost caused by the rapid warming of the Arctic due to climate change.
Mr. Kevin Kowalski
Mr. Kevin Kowalski is a mid-level manager for ExxonMobil, who has occasionally hired Dr. Oswald as a consultant in petroleum geology. He hires Dr. Oswald to put together a team to study the mysterious holes that have suddenly appeared in Alaska’s North Slope and thereby determine the degree to which they threaten oil company operations and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Mr. Bill Henderson
Mr. Bill Henderson is a wildlife biologist, who works part time for ExxonMobil, typically as a consultant developing environmental impact statements. Kowalski hires Henderson, an avid hunter and outdoors-man, to protect the team from dangerous wild animals such as polar bears, grizzlies, and wolves.
Members of the Tutores Contra Infernum
The members of the High Council (Consula/female and Consul/male) form the governing body of The Order. It consists of a prime minister (i.e., the head of the council) and various ministers responsible for locations (e.g., North America) or subject matters (e.g., military, science, and intelligence).
Consula Alessandra Romano is the head of the High Council of the Tutores Contra Infernum, the ancient secret order of sorcerers and sorceresses dedicated to defending humanity from demons.
Consula Romano was born into a noble family in Florence in 1504, during the height of the Italian renaissance. As both her father and mother were powerful members of the Order, she was inducted as a child and rapidly rose through the ranks, eventually rising to the position of Consula of the High Council, the Order’s governing body in 1897. A master of politics and intrigue, she has ruled the High Council with an iron fist inside a velvet glove ever since. She surrounds herself with highly capable councilors, wisely listening to their advice before making her own decisions. She does not suffer fools lightly.
When dealing with mundane high society, Consula Romano plays the role of the reclusive and wealthy Contessa Romano. Secure in her self-image, she has purposely permitted her body to gracefully age so that she appears to be a healthy vibrant woman in her late 60s. With gray hair and clear blue eyes, she is regal in bearing and always impeccably dressed in designer clothes from the most exclusive fashion houses of Milan and Paris.
Consul Bertrand Bedeau was born in 1515 in Paris and was appointed to the High Council in 1897. Short with dark hair and a thin mustache, he is always impeccably dressed in the finest hand-tailored suits. A renowned demonologist, he is deep expertise in all things demonic including language, symbolism, culture, and history. He is also one of The Order’s leading experts in devilstones including their use in casting magic spells.
Consul Liam Blakeslee was born in 1782 into a prominent whaling family in Boston, Massachusetts. He became a member of The Order in 1801 when he was observed killing a devil he happened upon while carting harpoons from the town smithy to his ship. Now balding and somewhat portly, he was once extremely athletic in his youth. He became a member of the High Council in 1902 and is now the head of the North American Curiae, responsible for all North American activities of The Order.
Consul Dimitri Gregorovich
Consul Dimitri Gregorovich is a member of the High Council and the head of its Intelligence Curiae. He is well known for his ability to interrogate captured high demons. He was born during the Russo-Swedish War in 1657 to noble parents in Moscow, Russia. Tall and thin, he has long gray hair and beard. He is very conservative and risk adverse. Gregorovich became an extreme proponent of keeping The Order secret, when in 1574 a mob captured his pregnant wife and burned her at the stake as a witch, while he was away fighting demons in Sweden.
Consul Maximilian Hofmeister
Consul Maximilian Hofmeister is a member of the High Council and head of its Military Curiae. He was born in 1304 in Vienna, Austria to a Teutonic knight. Attacks by demons have scarred his face and neck, cost him his left forearm, and given him a painful limp, forcing him to walk with the aid of a cane. Extremely proud of his warriors, he believes the order is perfectly able to beat the demons without need of the world’s militaries. Hofmeister had a relatively brief affair with Aileen O’Shannon during the Late Middle Ages, when they fought together putting down numerous demon incursions.
Curatrix Maxima Faustina Giordano
Curatrix Maxima Faustina Giordano is a member of the administrative arm of The Order. Born in the Italian part of southern Switzerland in 1821, she joined the order after being rescued when a band of imps attacked the coach her family was traveling in while on the road to Geneva. An ambitious sorceress, she is the loyal personal assistant to Consule Alessandra Romano and therefore lives in Rome where the High Council is based.
Curatrix Maxima Aileen O’Shannon
Curatrix Maxima Aileen O’Shannon is a highly-experienced officer in the military arm of The Order. A survivor of Jack Oswald’s ill-fated expedition to study the mysterious holes that opened up along Alaska’s North Slope, Aileen is a highly talented and amazingly beautiful sorceress born in Ireland 1703 years ago during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. She uses a glamour spell that gives her the illusion of being in her early twenties with long flaming-red hair, green eyes, and a smattering of freckles.
Curator Maxima Jason Thanos
Curator Maxima Jason Thanos is a member of the military arm of The Order and was born around 410 BCE in Sparta during the Peloponnesian War between that city state and its rival Athens. He is responsible for The Order’s military response within the North America Curiae. As a Curatrix, Aileen O’Shannon reports to Jason Thanos when it comes to demon hunting.
Curator Arthur Davies
Curator Arthur Davies is a member of the Curia Physicum, the research arm of the Tutores Contra Infernum. Based in London, Dr. Davies is a highly respected demonologist, has spent the last 350 years specializing in the interrogation of captured high demons and in the discovery of ways of countering their magic. Over the last century, he has also taken several sabbatical from his work at The Order to earn six doctorates in biology, physics, and engineering at various universities including Stanford, MIT, and Oxford. Working with his colleagues in the Curia Physicum, he has developed the highly infectious, magically-enhanced virus that will be used to hopefully cause a catastrophic plague on the demon home world.
Curatrix Tabitha Freeman
Curatrix Tabitha Freeman is a member of the military arm of The Order. When a devil masquerading as a southern gentleman attacked the sugar plantation where Tabitha was a slave in 1701, As a consequence of helping Aileen destroy the demon, the sorceress rescued her, sponsored her induction into The Order, and accepted the young woman as her apprentice. She has been based in Boston for over 200 years and is a close friend and Aileen’s occasional sister in arms.
Curatrix Ceana MacClelland
Curatrix Ceana MacClelland is a member of the military arm of the Order and was born in 1939 in Portland, Oregon. She is currently based in Seattle. A rising star who has an inordinate number of kills to her credit for such a young curatrix, she hopes to be so successful during the Demon War that she will become the youngest Curatrix Maxima in 350 years.
Curatrix Lauretta Rizzo
Curatrix Lauretta Rizzo is a member of the military arm of The Order. Based in Chicago, she is originally from Venice. She was born just prior to the First World War into one of the oldest families of The Order.
Members of the Military
Lieutenant General Jason Robertson
Lieutenant General Jason Robertson is commander of the 11th Air Force and responsible for the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations within theater, including security and civil support actions. Placed me in command of the human military response to the demon invasion in Alaska by the Joint Chiefs. He is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which is a combined Air Force and Army base located just outside of Anchorage.
Colonel Yoshie Nakamoto
Colonel Enrique Rodriguez
Colonel Michael Landsman
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Conrad
Special Forces A Team
The following are the twelve green berets who are members of the US Army Special Forces Operational Detachment A (also known as an ODA or “A Team”) that takes part in the assault on the hell hole. A part of the 1st Special Forces Group headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, they all have significant combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are also cross-trained in each other’s specialties, roles, and responsibilities.
Captain Aaron Greenwald
Captain Aaron Greenwald is the detachment commander. He has overall command authority and responsibility for the A Team and the entire assault on the hell hole. Originally from a small town in Wyoming, he is a natural leader, extremely competent, and highly qualified for his position.
Chief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) Thompson
Chief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) Thompson is the assistant detachment commander and Captain Greenwald’s second in command. From upstate New Yorker, he comes from a long line of soldiers going back to the Civil War.
Staff Sergeant Isaac Addison
Staff Sergeant Isaac Addison is one of the team’s two engineer sergeants and is assigned primary responsibility for the two demon plague drones. He is the only member of the team who grew up in Alaska as the son of an oil roughneck. For him, the invasion is especially personal.
Master Sergeant Jefferson Black
Master Sergeant Jefferson Black is the team’s operations sergeant (better known as the “team sergeant”). The most experienced member of the attachment, he is the team’s senior non-commissioned officer and responsible for all operations of the team.
Staff Sergeant Zachary Charles
Staff Sergeant Kenneth (Kenny) Crowley
Sergeant First Class William (Bill) Masterson
Sergeant First Class William (Bill) Masterson is one of the team’s two weapons sergeant. An expert in all manner of weapons, he has primary responsibility for the thermonuclear bomb including arming, emplacement, and detonation.
Sergeant First Class Dane Michaels
Sergeant First Class Adam Nicholson
Sergeant First Class Adam Nicholson is one of the team’s two communications sergeants. He is responsible for the care and operation of the communications equipment, especially communications back through the portal.
Sergeant First Class Joseph O’Conner
Staff Sergeant Robert (Rob) Schneider
Staff Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) Wolfe
Staff Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) Wolfe is the team’s other engineer sergeant. He is responsible for the second drone as well as any non-nuclear demolitions that might be needed. Growing up in a family that owns and operates a fireworks business, blowing things up is in his blood.
Wing Commander Nigel Blackbourne
Wing Commander Nigel Blackbourne represents Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force out of Base Mildenhall. He commands the UK airmen who are at the Eielson AFB to take part of the training exercise Operation Red Flag.
Group Captain Brandon Sellers
Group Captain Brandon Sellers represents the Royal Australian Air Force out of Base Glenbrook. He commands the Australian airmen who are at the Eielson AFB to take part of the training exercise Operation Red Flag.
Sergeant Sam Novoigak
Sergeant Sam Novoigak is a member of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Based at CFNA HQ, he acts as the Canadian Army’s liaison to the US defense of Alaska.
Dr. Leland (Lee) Curtis
Dr. Leland (Lee) Curtis is a noted exobiologist from the Center for Astrobiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). In his early fifties with a goatee and long black hair pulled back into a pony tail, he stands well over six-foot tall. He has the athletic build of a man who spends a great deal of time doing field work in remote and often inhospitable places. He is the scientist assigned to the assault team that will attack the second hell hole. Like Dr. Jack Oswald, he will be responsible for taking scientific measurements and making observations of the demon’s homeworld.
Dr. Janice Browne
Dr. Janice Browne is the Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security. Reporting directly to the President Warren’s National Security Advisor, Dr. Browne provides daily reports to the National Security Council and conveys orders from the President.
Dr. Lawrence Shaw
Dr. Lawrence Shaw is a principal engineer, who works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of a team performing research and development of potential upgrades to the US nuclear arsenal. He trains the attack team on the use of the modified B-61 variable-yield thermonuclear bomb they will use to destroy the demon’s portal system.
Dr. Jessica Stevenson
Mark Chapman is a human slave that is rescued during the attack on the demon portal system. Now in his mid forties, he was captured by demons and taken to Hell when he was only five-years-old. Over the years, he has been a field slave, a gladiator, and finally a scribe owned by one of top engineers maintaining the portal complex.