Author and retired Air Force Officer, Bob Doerr Interview; WOTS 030

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing Bob Doerr. Bob is a Multi award-winning author He graduated from the Air Force Academy, and then had a twenty eight year career in the Air Force. It was a life style that had exposed him to the people and cultures of numerous countries in Asia, Europe and to most of these United States. In the Air Force, Bob specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence, gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage and terrorism. His field of work brought him into close contact and coordination with the investigative and security agencies of many different countries and with the FBI and CIA

About the author

I grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and then had a twenty eight year career in the Air Force.  It was a life style that had me moving every three or four years, but also one that exposed me to the people and cultures of numerous countries in Asia, Europe, and to most of these United States.

In the Air Force, I specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage and terrorism. My field of work brought me into close contact and coordination with the investigative and security agencies of many different countries and with the FBI and CIA. This background has helped me develop the fictional plots and characters in my books.

In addition to my degree from the Academy, I also have a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. I am a full time author now, with eight mystery/thrillers and three middle grade fantasies already published.  I’m very proud to announce that the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) selected me as its Author of the Year for 2013. My book Cold Winter’s Kill was a finalist for the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award. Loose Ends Kill was also selected as a finalist the next year for the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award and later won the 2011 Silver medal for Fiction/mystery at the MWSA annual conference.  Another Colorado Kill won the same medal in 2012, and it also took the Silver medal for General Fiction in the 2012 Stars and Flags national book contest.  No One Else to Kill won First Runner-Up in the Commercial Fiction category for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award.

I live in Garden Ridge, Texas, with my wife of 43 years, and an ornery cat named Cinco.

About the books

DEAD MEN CAN KILL

When Jim West, a former Air Force Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations, moves back to New Mexico, his goal is simple: start an easy going second career as a professional lecturer on investigative techniques to colleges and civic organizations.  He never envisioned that a demonstration of forensic hypnosis on stage with a state university student would stir up memories of an 18-year old murder mystery.  When the student is murdered three days later, West finds himself ensnared in a web of intrigue that pits him and the small town’s authorities against a ruthless, psychotic killer.

An aggressive reporter for the town newspaper seeks out West for help with the story, but after one of her co-workers is murdered, she quickly aligns her efforts with West and the Sheriff to solve the murder.  As West works closely with her, he begins to wonder if this could be the first real relationship for him since his devastating divorce a few years earlier.  The killer, though, has other plans leading to an inevitable, riveting confrontation.

COLD WINTER’S KILL

It was one of those phone calls former Air Force Special Agent Jim West never wanted to receive–an old friend calling to ask if he could drive down to Ruidoso, New Mexico to help locate the friend’s daughter who has disappeared while on a ski trip in the mountains. Once in Ruidoso, Jim discovers a sinister coincidence that changes everything.  It appears that someone is abducting and killing one young blonde every year around Christmas.  The race is on–can Jim locate his friend’s daughter in time?   But why is this happening and who’s doing it?  Jim can’t wait for the local authorities to raise the priority of their search, or for the pending blizzard to pass.  In his haste he puts himself in the killer’s sights.  Will he, too, suffer from a cold winter’s kill? Cold Winter’s Kill was selected as a Finalist for the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award.

Loose Ends Kill

Former Air Force Special Agent Jim West’s goal of a peaceful, relaxed life, after a twenty year career in the military and an unexpected, devastating divorce, is once again interrupted by an old friend reaching out for help.  Not knowing how to say no, West once again finds himself leaving his New Mexico home and Chubs, his pet dog, in the hands of neighbors, while he heads off down the highway, this time to San Antonio, Texas.Once in San Antonio, West faces the challenge of solving the murder of an old friend’s wife.  The police, and even his friend’s defense lawyers, believe they have already arrested the murderer – his friend! Loose Ends Kill was selected as a Finalist for the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award and won the Silver Medal for fiction/mystery at the Military Writers Society of America 2011 conference.

Another Colorado Kill

A three day golf trip that was supposed to be fun and relaxing turns into disaster when, on the drive up to Colorado Springs, Jim and his “friend” Edward “Perry” Mason discover a dead body in the men’s room at a roadside rest stop. A heart attack and two dead bodies later, Jim discovers that murder can become personal! Forget the golf, Jim just wants to go home. Unfortunately, the police want him to hang around, while the killer would be happy if Jim left. In fact, the killer wants him gone – one way or the other. His only saving grace is a smart and savvy cop who believes in him. The fact that she has eyes that captivate Jim ain’t bad either. The ultimate confrontation takes Jim out of his comfort zone and into a role he has only played out once before!  But is it a role that he can survive??  Another Colorado Kill won the Military Writer’s Society silver medal for fiction/mystery at the 2012, and won the Silver Medal for general fiction in the 2012 Stars and Flags national book contest.

No One Else to Kill

In this book, Jim West travels to a small, remote hunting lodge in the Pecos        Wilderness area in New Mexico to rendezvous with an old friend and do some hiking. His friend stands him up, and Jim is about to return home when a murder occurs in the lodge. Law enforcement jumps in, and Jim’s early departure plans are scrubbed. When a second murder occurs less than twenty four hours later, things really start to get dicey. Both crimes were intricately planned to mislead the authorities, no one appears to have a motive for the killings, and everyone has an alibi. Up against a wall with time running out, the deputy-in-charge asks West to be their man on the inside, but West is adamant that this is not his case to solve. Since his retirement from the Air Force, however, Fate has had her own plans for West. Why should this be any different?  No One Else to Kill was a winner in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards.

Caffeine Can Kill

This Jim West mystery/thriller, the sixth in the series, finds Jim traveling to Cover = Caffeine Can Kill the Texas Hill Country to attend the grand opening of a friend’s winery and vineyard. Upon arriving in  Fredericksburg, Jim witnesses a brutal kidnapping at a local coffee shop. The next morning while driving down an unpaved country road to the grand opening, he comes across an active crime scene barely a quarter mile from his friend’s winery. A Fredericksburg policeman who talked to Jim the day before at the kidnapping scene recognizes Jim and asks him to identify the body of a dead young woman as the woman who was kidnapped.  Jim does, and as a result of this unwelcome relationship with the police is asked the next morning to identify the body of another murdered person as the man who had kidnapped the young woman.  A third murder throws Jim’s vacation into complete disarray and draws Jim and a female friend into the sights of one of the killers.

The Attack

A terrorist team has just set off four explosive devices in an international airport close to New York City.  The leader of the terrorists, Ahmad Khalin, survives the attack and plans to attack a second U.S. airport within the month.  As Khalin makes his escape from the New York area he is involved in a shooting in Connecticut. Clint Smith, a U.S. government agent assigned to an ultra-secret agency, is at a restaurant across the street when the shooting occurs. He responds to the scene to see if he can help, but Khalin is gone. On a hunch, Teresa Deer, Smith’s boss, sends Smith after Khalin. Smith’s pursuit takes him to Bar Harbor, Maine; Wiesbaden, Germany; the Costa Brava, Spain; Northern Scotland; Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada; and finally into Saskatchewan, Canada, where the final confrontation takes place.  Throughout the pursuit, a number of interesting characters add to the subplots and try to survive their involvement in the chase.

The Group

Someone is killing off the world’s rich and famous.   The murders are sophisticated, are happening on different continents, and the world’s intelligence agencies are at a loss for an explanation.  On a hunch, Teresa Deer sends Clint Smith to Basel, Switzerland, where the Bilderberg Group, a loose knit group of the world’s richest, is holding its annual meeting.  Smith begins to pick up a trail that leads him to the Mediterranean before contact is lost and Smith returns to the U.S.    The trail is picked up again in Las Vegas  and takes  Smith to Whidby Island, Washington.  The chase is marred by ambush and death, and near the end Smith realizes that he may no longer be the hunter, he has become the prey.

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Author and retired LEO Captain, Bob Bryan Interview; WOTS 029

Welcome to today’s show. I am interviewing Robert Bryan. Robert was born in Queens, New York. He retired after a twenty year career with the New York City Police Department at the rank of captain. He is also an adjunct professor in the homeland security department of a NYC college.

About the author

Robert L. Bryan was born in Queens, New York, and has been a life long New York City resident. He retired after a twenty year career with the New York City Police Department at the rank of captain, and is currently the chief security officer at a New York State government agency. He is also an adjunct professor in the homeland security department of a NYC college. Robert has written several short self help and security / law enforcement related books. His first full length book, “CONDUCTOR” was inspired by his son’s career choice, and details the history of the railroad conductor profession. His next full length book, “C-CASE” is due to be launched during the first quarter of 2017. C-Case is a non-fiction account of his two years assigned as a squad commander in the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

About the book(s)

C Case An Unlikely Journey from Transit Cop to Internal Affairs Bureau Squad Commander

Against the backdrop of the 1995 merger of the NYC Transit and Housing Police Departments into the New York City Police Department, this is the story of a transit police lieutenant who abruptly finds himself performing a job no cop wants to do—namely, investigating other cops. Complicating the situation is the fact that the lieutenant has no prior investigative experience but is thrust into command of a squad of seasoned NYPD investigators. The Lieutenant must deftly walk a tightrope of managing his squad while learning how to perform the wide range of investigations conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Conductor: The Heart & Soul of the Railroad

This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America – the railroad conductor. This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.

Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers

Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. The profession requires cops to see people at their worst. They see death, tragedy, crime, and despair on a daily basis. The very nature of the tasks cops perform and the things cops see skews their sense of humor. Sometimes, a sense of humor is the only defense mechanism in a police officer’s tool box. Stripped of the ability to laugh, or forced to be politically correct in a politically incorrect work environment can be hazardous to one’s health. Coping becomes an essential component of a police officer’s arsenal. One of the primary coping mechanisms utilized by cops is humor. A cop can find something funny about almost anything, regardless of how tragic the circumstances. Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny. This is the story of the author’s twenty-year police career with the New York City Transit Police and NYPD as he worked with some of New York City’s darkest knights – those cops who did and said the funniest things under the most difficult circumstances.

Why Me? A Law Enforcement Officer Teaches How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Crime

After a lifetime of experience in law enforcement / security (35 years), Robert Bryan shares tips and advice that could save your valuables, your home, even the lives of you and your loved ones. Find out what criminals are looking for – what signs they look for to decide who to target. Avoid portraying yourself as a target or as an easy mark. Get detailed insights into what makes a criminal pick someone as a target, and precise steps on how to make it obvious that you are not an easy mark.

50 Tips for Effective Public Speaking

This book contains fifty tried and tested tips that the author has cultivated during over thirty years of public speaking.

Get That Job

Using the author’s extensive experience in job seeking and hiring, this book gets right to the point on what makes for a successful job search in both the government and private sectors simply by being thorough in preparing your resume, submitting applications, and appearing for your job interview.

Staying Safe: How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Crime and Terrorism

The author uses his forty years of law enforcement and security experience to explain to the reader how to stay safe in an unsafe world, through situation awareness of various environments, including home, driving, walking, and commuting.

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