The Ericksen Connection is an espionage thriller about betrayal, PTSD, corruption, conspiracy, and terrorism. Mark Ericksen, the former Navy SEAL Team-Six operator, and currently, a successful hi-tech business executive with an Oregon-based company, was all about duty, honor, and country. He resigned his commission in 2002, and over the next several years worked for three defense contractors, maintaining his top-secret security clearance while concealing his PTSD. In 2009, the CIA received actionable intelligence about a wealthy terrorist mastermind aided by Russian arms dealers who needs a classified biometrics encryption communications systems from EyeD4 Systems, to direct his sleeper cell operatives in launching a horrific nuclear attack on American cities. Ericksen is the executive vice-president of EyeD4 Systems. When America urgently needs his services again, the CIA tasks him for Operation Avenging Eagles to sabotage the plot. Can Ericksen avoid discovery and thwart the nuclear attack before the terrorists achieve their evil plans?
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I have never been a reader of military books, so when I picked up Mr. Becker’s book, I was unsure how I would react to it and quite sure that I would never complete it. I was pleasantly surprised when the story grabbed my attention immediately. What I initially thought was the plot of the story became only one thread, entwined with many intense and dangerous threads where not trusting others became a vital part of staying alive. Mark Erickson was the genius who unraveled this story of deception, greed, and corruption. I found the book captivating, intriguing, and educational. Becker’s style makes the reader feel as if he, too, is a character in the story, living all of Erickson’s experiences. Once I started reading the book I had a difficult time putting it down. I hope to read another fine book by Barry Becker soon. - pam vogels
About the Author: Barry L. Becker
Barry L. Becker retired in 2013, after spending twenty years as a sole proprietor for his independent manufacturers’ representative company. Also, he provided marketing consulting services to the Biometrics Technology industry. He served as the vice president of international sales & marketing from 1984-1991 for Eyedentify. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company specialized in eye retinal technology for positive identification within sensitive and classified facilities. Their major customers were intelligence agencies, ministries of defense and interior, defense contractors, nuclear power plants, banks, and financial institutions. He traveled over 500,000 miles during the period from 1985-1990.
One of his most memorable times was meeting the actor Sean Connery at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo in 1987 and discussing the movie “Never Say Never Again,” where the villain, a senior-level CIA executive, allegedly duplicated the American President’s eye-retina ID template to neutralize cruise missiles around the world for the bad guy. I told him the screenwriter had it wrong. He said “really!” And he asked, “Do you have information on the technology?” I replied, “Of course, I’m in sales.” He asked me if I could give the information to the concierge and have them send it to him. I shook his hand and told him I would gladly do it. I found Mr. Connery to be a gentleman.
In 1987, his article entitled “Eyedentify counters security threat,” appeared in the Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, Volume 5, Number 8.
The Author did research in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2014. See photo.
Barry earned a bachelor’s degree in creative arts interdisciplinary and marketing from San Francisco State University. He has completed Executive Programs at both the Columbia Graduate School of Business and Stanford Business School. The Ericksen Connection is A Mark Ericksen Thriller Book 1. The Ryzhkov Vendetta is A Mark Ericksen Thriller Book 2. In 1987, his article “Eyedentify Counters Security Threat” appeared in the Journal of Defense and Diplomacy. Mr. Becker resides in Oregon.
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