The Ericksen Connection is a spy/action/thriller about betrayal, PTSD, corruption, conspiracy, murder and terrorism. Mark Ericksen, the former Navy SEAL Team Six platoon leader and successful businessman, was all about duty, honor, and country. After the end of his tour with an elite tier-one team from the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Afghanistan, the Silver Star recipient resigns his commission on May 10, 2002, and enters civilian life. Over the next seven years he works for three defense contractors, maintaining his top secret security clearance while concealing his PTSD.
In 2009, the CIA receives actionable intel about a wealthy Saudi businessman planning to attack two American cities with enriched nuclear suitcase bombs, as well as shipping an eight-megaton nuclear warhead loaded on a container ship bound for the Port of Los Angeles. The terrorist mastermind needs to acquire several classified biometrics encrypted communications security systems using the palm-vein scanning technology from EyeD4 Systems, a Wilsonville, Oregon company, in order to maintain communications with his sleeper cell operators in the United States.
CIA Director Bill Sullivan meets with Ericksen, the executive vice-president of EyeD4 Systems and task him for Operation Avenging Eagles, to sabotage the terrorist mastermind’s evil plot. Can Ericksen avoid discovery and thwart the nuclear attack before a network of terrorists achieve their horrific plans?
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Barry L. Becker is retired. He was formerly a marketing consultant to the biometrics security industry from 1993 through 2013. He previously served as both the vice-president of marketing for Eyedentify from 1984-1986 and transitioned to vice-president of international sales & marketing from 1986-1991. The company specialized in eye-retinal technology for positive identification in high-security environments. He traveled over 500,000 miles during the period from 1985-1990.
Mr. Becker has been engaged in all aspects of sales and marketing for over thirty-five years. In 1987, he wrote an article entitled “Eyedentify counters security threat,” which appeared in the Journal of Defense and Diplomacy, Volume 5, Number 8.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication Arts and Marketing from San Francisco State University. He has completed Executive Programs at both Columbia Graduate School of Business and Stanford Business School. He and his wife reside in Portland, Oregon.