As a child, growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I always knew that I wanted to be a cop from a very young age. While in college, majoring in Political Science and Law Enforcement, I was asked if I wanted to take the test to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal. (Most of us hired had never heard of the Marshal's, except on television's Gun Smoke. A common joke at the academy was, 'I didn't know how to spell it, now I is one.' It's funny because most of us spelled Marshal, as Marshall, until hired. And yes, the grammatical error is on purpose)
I was hired, to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal, in June of 1984 and was posted to my home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (extremely unusual and rare. A deputy had just been fired days before I was to be hired). During my 27 years I have hauled hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners to penal institutions. I have seized everything from race horse to million dollar farms and jets. I have protected Judges at every level, including Supreme Court Justices. I have protect some of the most famous and notorious witnesses in the U.S., all without incident. And, finally, have arrested hundreds of fugitives over the course of my career.
The idea for the main character came to me one day as I was walking into the local county jail to pick a prisoner up. The name, Jake Mathews, popped into my head and stayed there for twenty years, until I finally wrote it down on paper, and created this Novel. I've had a blast with this first novel and hope to write many more in this series. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
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Valley of Deception
by T.H. Michael
When two deputy U.S. Marshal are gunned down executing a warrant, supervisor Jake Mathews,is devastated. Fleeing to his farm in N.E. Iowa, he wants nothing more than peace and quiet and some time to think.
Zebadiah Caldwell is preacher, prophet and spiritual leader of a small community.
Sheriff Ron Angre isn't all he seems to be.
When these men worlds collide anything can happen.
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