Created by Mark Boal, the Apple TV+ series Echo 3 is an action thriller that tells the story of Amber Chesborough, a scientist who is kidnapped in Colombia because she is suspected of being a CIA agent. The two military personnel, her husband Prince and her brother Bambi, take part in the scenario to rescue her. As they set out on their quest, the seasoned military find themselves facing more challenges than they anticipated.
The series, which stars talented actors such as Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans, Jessica Ann Collins and Elizabeth Anweis in key roles, sets a highly relevant and realistic political backdrop. With the ongoing civil wars and insurgencies in South America, kidnappings and kidnappings are on the agenda. If you want to see more stories that revolve around similar topics, then the following suggestions are perfect. You can watch most of these series like Echo 3 on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Wormwood (2017)
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The dangers of working at the CIA are well known, but Wormwood tells a scenario that illustrates the negative impact the job can have on a person’s personal life and mental health. The docudrama centers on Frank Olson, a scientist who worked for a government bioweapons program. Many people believe there is more to his unexplained death in 1953. Also, he was officially ruled an accident and then a suicide, which is actually related to the experiment he was working on. Amber in Echo 3 and Frank in Wormwood are scientists recruited by the CIA.
7. The Looming Tower (2018)
Lawrence Wright’s novel of the same name forms the basis for the Hulu original The Looming Tower. The drama series traces the rift between the CIA and the FBI that may have contributed to the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the country. In addition, the country’s war with Afghanistan forms the background of the series. Created by Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright, the series offers a very candid political overview of one of the world’s greatest countries. Similarly, Echo 3 also illustrates, in subtle undertones, the power and influence of the US over its neighbors and other countries around the world.
6. Condor (2018- )
Based on James Grady’s novel Six Days of the Condor, Condor is a thriller series about the experiences of Joe Turner, a CIA analyst. After everyone in his office is murdered, he goes on the run to avoid his death. In the meantime, he must also find the people responsible for the mass murder. Developed by Jason Smilovic, Todd Katzberg and Ken Robinson, the series is inspired by the 1975 film The Three Days of the Condor. Again in this series, the CIA is at the heart of the conspiracy, along with the influence of underhanded individuals like in Echo 3.
5. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018- )
The story of a former Marine is told in Jack Ryan, based on a book series by author Tom Clancy. Ryan, now a CIA analyst, discovers a series of suspicious money transfers. These lead to the uncovering of a global terror plan. He is then ousted from his desk position for the first time and sent into the field to work with the organization to stop the looming global threat. The series was developed for television by Carlton Cuse and stars John Krasinski. The organization and involvement of the CIA plays an important role in both series.
4. Strike Back (2010-2020)
A British Special Forces officer named John Porter loses his job after saving the life of a young boy who has ties to terrorism. Despite this, he is recalled to thwart a global terrorist conspiracy. The action-thriller series explores the high-risk lives of such exemplary officers and stars Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Michelle Lukes.
The series is also based on the 2007 novel by former Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan. The resemblance between Special Forces officers Prince and Bambi and John from Strike Back is many. The characterization of their tough and hardened personalities is well portrayed.
3. Homeland (2011-2020)
In the spy thriller series Homeland, Carrie Mathison is a CIA officer with bipolar disorder who was promoted to a position at the agency’s counter-terrorism center in Langley as a result of an illegal but successful operation in Iraq. She believes that Nicholas Brody, a former Marine sergeant released by al-Qaeda after eight years in captivity, has turned against his country and is planning an attack on the United States. Both Echo 3 and Homeland also depict America’s relationships with other countries and rebel troops.
2. Missing (2012)
Gregory Poirier is the creator of the action thriller series Missing, which centers on Rebecca Winstone, a former CIA agent. She is devastated by the sudden and suspicious disappearance of her son. As a result, Rebecca is determined to do whatever it takes to find and protect her son, Michael. Just as Prince and Bambi search for Amber in Echo 3, she too is desperate to know what happened to her beloved son. All three characters know how sad it is to lose someone and not even know if they are dead or alive. In addition, they are tenacious and will stop at nothing to keep their family safe.
1. The terminal list (2022- )
The fast-paced plot of The Terminal List follows James Reece (Chris Pratt), an ex-Navy SEAL, on a quest to bring justice to his squad. While on a top-secret mission, his military unit is hit by a surprise attack. After the death of his train, Reece enters the wormhole and wonders what went wrong. He suffers from the trauma and confusion following the event, but is determined to get to the bottom of what happened and bring about justice. Like Reece in The Terminal List, Prince and Bambi in Echo 3 are veteran army officers. They too venture into the unknown to save their loved ones.