Bekker – the 10 Book Series
Hopefully you saw last week’s post “So Kuiken…What the Heck are you Writing About?”, where I talked about the first 5 books in the 10 book series I’m writing.
Briefly, I mentioned that what I’ve done with my life, and the experiences I’ve had actually form the basis for the series of historical fiction novels I’m writing, and that the series follows the main character, Ken Bekker, as he goes through multiple wars, first responder and government service, politics, danger and recovery.
As explained in last week’s post, the series is broken into two sub-series, as Bekker serves on active duty in the Marines, and then gets off of active duty, and goes through his civilian (mainly law enforcement) career…but periodically gets recalled to active duty, eventually serving in six different wars and conflicts. The Warrior sub-series follows him during each of his periods of active duty serving in those wars, and the Protector sub-series follows his adventures during his law enforcement career – between the wars.
Books one (The Making of a Warrior) through five (Tempering the Warrior) follow Bekker on active duty in the Marines in 1973 during combat at the end of the Vietnam War, his time as a firefighter/EMT and a sheriff’s deputy undercover with a violent Aryan biker gang, back on active duty in Afghanistan as an advisor in ’86, rising through the ranks of federal law enforcement on the southern US borders, and into the Gulf War, where he was seriously wounded in 1991.
Picking up where we left off in last week’s post, book six has Bekker coming off of active duty after recuperating from his wounds from the Gulf War, trying to fit back in to civilian life, and getting transferred to Los Angeles where he investigates and combats Counterfeiting, Street Gangs, Drugs, Organized Crime, and is eventually in charge of the District’s Counterterrorism squad as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent …and then later receives a promotion to Washington DC (HQ) as a national policy writer for enforcement and intelligence operations.
Just as he is getting used to Washington, Bekker is recalled to active duty for Bosnia and then shortly thereafter, Kosovo (both in book seven, “Refining the Warrior” since they were so close and were back-to-back for Bekker). He calls these “the ugly wars” because of the terrible inhumanity and barbaric atrocities he witnesses there. Deeply affected, Bekker is again released from active duty, and returns to his federal law enforcement career, with a much heavier burden than ever before.
Shortly after returning to DC and his policy position in book eight, Bekker transfers from INS to the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, with a promotion to Special Agent-in-Charge for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Back in the field again, he runs a multi-state region, working with the FBI, US Marshal’s Service, and multiple other federal agencies to go after corruption, and during his time right after 9-11, helps rebuild the Federal Air Marshal service, and create the Transportation Security Administration – as well as conducting under-cover security audits of many of the largest airports on the East Coast.
In 2002, Bekker is recalled to active duty for the final time (book nine, “Ascension of the Warrior”), and is slated and confirmed as the Sergeant Major for Marine Forces Pacific, the senior combatant command in the Marine Corps (in charge of 2/3 of the operational forces of the Marines) during the stand-up and deployment of the forces into Afghanistan during the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. This time, he sees war from the other end – as one of the most senior leaders, and experiences one of the worst days of his life…the day the first casualty report came across his desk as the first young Marine died in combat…
In the final book in the series (and the final Protector book), Bekker retires from the Marines, transitions from his agency into the Department of Homeland Security when it is created, where he becomes a Director in ICE, then Country Director and DHS Attaché in Iraq (2005-2006), and Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa upon his return to the US. He eventually retires from DHS, becomes a corporate Vice President and CEO, and later runs for US Congress in Texas, experiencing the inside of politics and political campaigns, with all the intrigue and dirty tricks, and the honor of true service.
I hope this week’s and last week’s posts help answer some of the many questions I’ve gotten about this series of books – and I’m really looking forward to offering a few free samples for you to check out and share very soon!