Bekker – the 10 Book Series
I can’t tell you how many folks have asked me what I’m writing about…but it’s been a lot.
It usually starts out something like “Hey, you’re a retired Marine Sergeant Major, retired federal law enforcement Director, former corporate executive, and even a former candidate for US Congress…now you’re a writer? Isn’t that a bit outside your area of expertise? Why would you want to be a writer?”
Well… I want to be a writer to tell the stories, and no, it’s not outside my area of expertise. In fact, 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! The series follows the main character, Ken Bekker, as he goes through a gritty, gut-wrenching series of adventures ranging from the battlefield to border security, the mountains of Idaho and streets of LA to the Iraqi desert, and from corporate conference rooms to a US Congressional campaign trail…
I will be sharing more detail about each of these books in future posts, but for now – to answer many of you that have been asking – here is a brief overview of the book series. It is broken into two five-book mini-series, as Bekker serves on active duty in the Marines, and then transitions from active duty to the reserves, 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” mini-series follows him during each of his periods of active duty serving in those various wars, and the “Protector” mini-series follows his adventures during his law enforcement career – between the wars.
Bekker quit college in 1972 and joined the Marines, out of old-fashioned patriotism and a desire to serve his country during the end of the Viet Nam war. As a son of a career military man, and having two grandfathers that served during one or both of the World Wars, one in the military, and the other in a “civilian” (i.e., intelligence) capacity, service was ingrained in his very bones.
This is the basis of the book one, “The Making of a Warrior” – and is the first book of the “Warrior” mini-series. It chronicles his journey from civilian to Marine, looks back at some of the influences and events that shaped his core being as he grew up, and takes us through three harrowing Operations at the end of the war, where Bekker experiences the horrors of fierce fighting and close (sometimes hand-to-hand) combat, losing friends and being seriously wounded, and his struggles to readjust to life after war and fit back in to civilian society.
In book two (the first book of the “Protector” mini-series), Bekker gets off of active duty with the Marine Corps, but remains in the reserve, and goes on to start a civilian career in public service as a first responder. Although he really wants to be a firefighter (like his birth father and grandfather), he takes a job as a State Correctional Officer (“prison guard”), where he experiences first-hand the criminal mindset, and the underground society of prisons. Eventually, he gets his chance to join the Fire Department, and become an EMT and EMT(A) (Emergency Medical Technician – Ambulance Qual.), where he goes through the highs and lows of saving and losing patients, homes and businesses, the drama of human suffering and the joy of new life. Due to budget cuts, he is forced to leave the fire service, and returns to the Prison, until he lands a job as a Deputy Sheriff, and after serving in patrol and motor divisions, eventually makes it to the Narcotics Task Force, where he goes undercover with a violent Aryan biker gang.
In book three, “Forging the Warrior”, Bekker gets recalled to active duty with the Marines, and because of his expertise (he is a Recon Marine and Sniper) and his specialized training (as a Recon Marine, he also went through Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification – SF Engineer (explosives/demo), Intelligence Specialist, and other training), he ends up, under the guidance and direction of one of our civilian “agencies”, attached to an allied nation as an advisor in Afghanistan in 1986. Even though this is a completely different type of war than his first, the combat and the atrocities by both sides (Afghans and Russians) bring Bekker right back to where he was in 1975 when he first returned to the US, filled with rage and violence, controlled only by his core of deep inner humanity and sense of service.
Book four sees Bekker again released from active duty, and he returns to his civilian career and takes a job as security for the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia (in La Jolla, Ca. at their residence), goes on to become a Bond Recovery Agent (bounty hunter), and finally gets back into law enforcement – this time Federal. He becomes an INS Detention Officer in San Diego, and then a US Border Patrol Agent in Calexico Ca.
In book five, “Tempering the Warrior”, Bekker gets recalled and sent to the Gulf War, where as a First Sergeant he is one of the few combat experienced Marines in his unit, and is severely wounded (blown up) as he is leading a patrol to clear out an enemy sniper team right at the end of the war. This book covers the war; actions taken and men lost, and brings Bekker back home, physically and spiritually wounded.
The next five books continue to follow Bekker as he moves back and forth from war overseas to war on the streets of the US, and progresses up the career ladder. I’m really looking forward to sharing an overview of them in my next post, as well as talking about each book in the series individually and in more detail – in posts to come – and even offering up a few free samples for you to check out and share! Stay tuned!