George Starling: George is described as "almost ordinary looking" and dresses "like a fed" except that the clothes are too expensive for government work. He speaks with an odd accent nobody can quite identify. Karla describes it as "Englishy, or maybe Austrailian-ish."George is the title character: he is a man who does too much. He is compulsive about taking care of things, from buying groceries to rescuing damsels. He's the ne'r-do-well son of a wealthy and accomplished family, and he chose the career of "action hero", just to channel his compulsion.At the start of the story, George has left his job as a "recovery agent" for an international security company. (Nobody is quite sure what a "recovery agent" does except perhaps to steal things back which have been stolen, and rescue damsels from terrorists.) He retired because he has fallen in love with a woman he rescued. She was held hostage and suffers from PTSD -- and her fear and dependence matches George's need to be a hero. The only problem is that they can't tell if they are really in love, because they are so totally co-dependent on each other.
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