Prologue:  a little background to get you started… 

Chapter 1:  from small town to world citizen: my life’s many changes

Chapter 2:  the meeting that changed my life

Chapter 3:  our not-so-basic training  

Chapter 4:  three rookies: tackling our first big assignment

Chapter 5:  the chosen one

Chapter 6:  a sad meeting in Canada

Chapter 7:  the will-o’-the-wisp

Chapter 8:  back to work… in the Ukraine

Chapter 9:  where’s home?

Chapter 10:  another date with the Russians

Chapter 11:  Christmas… alone

Chapter 12:  out of this world 

(well-documented; can be easily checked out)

Chapter 13:  emergency detour

Chapter 14:  Italian “holiday”

Chapter 15:  what a ride!

Chapter 16:  difficult choices

Chapter 17:  problems at home and in Washington

Chapter 18:  trying out the new team

Chapter 19:  death on a frozen tundra

Chapter 20:  Amy’s good advice

Chapter 21:  visiting The Cemetery

Chapter 22:  tensions at “home”

Chapter 23:  fortress of horrors

Chapter 24:  our efforts to save a small country

Chapter 25:  the mission that wasn’t  (Oliver North) 

Chapter 26:  US base gets new commander (with our help)

Chapter 27:  a failure to communicate

Chapter 28:  a single shot in Turkey

Chapter 29:  tragedy at home

Chapter 30:  stressful times 

Chapter 31:  two more tragedies strike 

Chapter 32:  my world drastically changed, I head back to work   

Chapter 33:  mum’s the word

Chapter 34:  Russians in Amsterdam 

Chapter 35:  the attack 

Chapter 36:  the hit man who missed

Chapter 37:  viva Las Vegas

Chapter 38:  Nancy is gone?

Chapter 39:  what to do with Ellen

Chapter 40:  the phone call

Chapter 41:  a mission close to the heart

Chapter 42:  big changes in Connecticut

Chapter 43:  tying up loose ends before heading “home”



Where in the world?

We hope you’ll come along as Papa reminisces about his unique journey.

In the US:            Internationally:
Arkansas                         Austria

California                       Canada
Connecticut                    France
Florida                            Germany
Missouri                         Greece
New York                       Italy

Nevada                           Japan

Wyoming                       Netherlands

Washington, DC            Russia / USSR






We dedicate this book to all the wonderful people who have worked so hard to make this world a better and safer place... and especially to the many who have given ​their lives or their good health while doing it.

"Who'd have thought a bright, but fairly ordinary young man from middle class America who got just above average grades, dated the same girl throughout high school and went to church most Sundays, would grow up to eventually head a very secretive band of brave individuals—both men and women—who regularly put their lives on the line because they wanted to protect the rest of you. Yet that's what we did, often sacrificing our personal lives (four marriages for me, all in the book) and our health (countless broken bones, major surgeries, even death) to do it.

Meanwhile you're just going to have to call me "Papa" like everyone else around the globe has through most of those wildly unpredictable and dangerous years."

Papa always called the C-130 the workhorse of their team, taking them safely all over the world to accomplish their goals.  As you'll learn in the book, sometimes they lost use of an engine, sprouted a gas leak or had to land without lighting due to the secrecy of the mission.  Yet these no-frills aircraft made so many important missions possible, whether Papa and his team landed safely or parachuted from them into a mission site.

The team in the USSR, which eventually became Russia, thoroughly appreciated Papa and his team's help—and the feeling was mutual.  Above is an ornate Russian flask given by the Russian team leader to Papa and filled with a very fine vodka after the American team's successful effort on a big problem.  




In our 43 exciting chapters, you'll find answers to questions like these:

>  Why was John chosen to be the new Papa?

>  Did eight people really die in a major Las Vegas hotel conference room without anyone ever finding out?

>  What was Papa supposed to do to Oliver North?

>  What did Papa ask all new female agents to do?

>  What happened when Papa went home to his family for Christmas?

My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight