Barry L. Becker retired in 2013 after spending twenty years as a sole proprietor for an independent manufacturers’ representative company covering the Pacific Northwest territory. Also, he has provided marketing consultancy services for corporations in the biometrics technology industry. Mr. Becker previously served as vice-president of international sales and marketing from 1984 to 1991 for Eyedentify, an Oregon company specializing in eye-retinal scanning technology for positive identification in sensitive facilities. In 1987, he wrote an article entitled “Eyedentify Counters Security Threat,” which appeared in the Journal of Defense and Diplomacy. He has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications arts and marketing from San Francisco State University. The Ericksen Connection is A Mark Ericksen Thriller Book 1. The Ryzhkov Vendetta is A Mark Ericksen Thriller Book 2. For more information, please see: https://www.barrylbeckerauthor.com

1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into a book?

After I retired in 2013, I began thinking about my experience marketing a high-security technology system around the world and thought I could write a good story. The marketing and selling of the eye-retinal biometrics technology to major aerospace and defense corporations, banks and financial institutions, nuclear power plants, ministries of defense and interior, intelligence agencies, and even access to a president or prime minister of a country constituted the need by these entities to positively identify a person by their unique eye-retina patterns in order to gain access to their sensitive facilities.

Since I had the opportunity of meeting people whose job it was to secure their environment at all costs, and since I enjoyed suspense thriller espionage movies and books, it was natural for me to let my imagination get unrestrained. Thus, I created my protagonist, Mark Ericksen, a former Navy SEAL Team-Six officer, and later a successful high-tech business executive for EyeD4 Systems. The first book, The Ericksen Connection, was completed in November 2014. The second book, The Ryzhkov Vendetta, is book 2 of the Mark Ericksen Thriller Book.

2. What is it about and who is it for?

The Ryzhkov Vendetta is about Alexander Ryzhkov, a former general of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) who ran a covert operation in the Middle East that the CIA thwarted. During the CIA Operation Avenging Eagles, Mark Ericksen and other CIA operatives sabotaged his mission and killed many Russian agents, including his brother, Sergei Ryzhkov. Now Ryzhkov is out for revenge. He manages to obtain the names of the CIA team and launches his vendetta.

The book is for readers who enjoy espionage suspense thrillers. Primarily, men ages 22-80.

3. What do you hope the reader will be left with after reading it?

I hope the reader can appreciate the high stakes men and women like Mark Ericksen, Lars Wahlberg, and Kate McDonald face in their roles protecting their country’s national security and the threats foreign adversaries pose to our nation.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

As a fledgling writer who drew strength on my background in international sales and marketing of security systems, and on my imagination, I had the desire to write a story and finish it. Finishing the story was my reward. I believe everyone has a story and if they have the desire to write it, hopefully, they will be determined to finish it.

5. What trends in the book world do you see-- and where do you think this book publishing industry is heading?

Truthfully, I’m not sure where the trends are for the book world. All I know is people love to read good stories.

6. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?

The major challenge I faced in writing my story is being focused each time I sat down by my computer and strived to thread the plots and scenes together, hoping each chapter moved the story further until it was finished.

7. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

That is a good question. There are so many excellent books out in the marketplace, and if people truly enjoy reading an espionage suspense thriller with colorful characters, hopefully, they’ll take a chance and read The Ryzhkov Vendetta.

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