I was born in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from school, I joined the U.S. Navy. That started my career of
traveling all over the world. Just before my enlistment was up, I flew around the world in seven days. Upon returning
to Sioux City, I married, raised four children and began a career in emergency management. I started as a volunteer
emergency civil defense worker, then a full time civil defense director, and a civilian disaster preparedness officer
for the U.S. Air Force. For 26 years before my retirement, I was a federal emergency coordinator for several federal

Over the years, many people have asked why I chose this profession, and I always give the same answer. If I could
save one life, all of it would be worth it. What I did not say was that I was out to save thousands of lives if a major
disaster should occur. I have never regretted the path I chose. It was a remarkable career that led me right to the
steps of the White House.

My first novel, THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT, was written in 1999, two years before the 9-11 attacks and the actual
activation of the shadow government program. It's a story of fiction that has in many ways become reality. Even so,
it's a story that needed to be told.

I now live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my wife and man's best friend...Lady Samantha. I continue to
write and find myself busier now than when I had a nine-to-five job. On second thought, I never really had that type
of job because I was always on stand-by for what might have happened. I find deep satisfaction in writing and hope
you enjoy my books.
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