Mark's novels provide a true-to-life peek behind the curtain of top secret security clearances, forgotten CIA files, spy planes, and the unspeakable world of Special Access Programs. The pilot, Duncan Hunter, engages the world's worst, lone wolf terrorists and neutralizes international asymmetric threats with a mix of obsolete and cutting-edge technologies. The Players have unusual CIA access and have some of the highest clearances granted by the U.S. Government.
Mark with the Nutley High School Patriot Club at the International Spy Museum Book Signing Feb 12, 2015
Mark has always had an interest in spy planes, espionage, and the events surrounding Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union. Living in Germany in the early 1960s, he learned of top security clearances, the exploits of James Bond, prisoner exchanges with the Soviet Union, the Beatles, and American fighter aircraft. He flew the jet of his childhood dreams, the venerable F-4 Phantom II, while in the Marine Corps. He served in senior leadership position with the Marines, the US Border Patrol and the US Air Force before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for an international corporation in the Washington DC area.
Mark holds a top secret security clearance and his books have to be reviewed by the Publication Review Board. He also served as an Assistant Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and taught the graduate-level Aircraft Accident Investigation, Aircraft and Spacecraft Development, Airport Operations and Management, and other aviation-related courses. Mark is also on the editorial staff of an aviation/aerospace education and research journal. He earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War Colleges and holds a BS and an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.