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Bob Steck’s Spylog

Written By: bossauthor - Oct• 31•11

Hi out there! You’re a fan of military fiction, right? You love the vehicles, the hardware, the bombs and bullets. You walk the corridors of Langley with CIA operatives. You have contacts at FBI, NSA, KGB, MOSSAD and MI-5. You’re on a first name basis with guys like Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne and someone named Smiley. You love NCIS, even the reruns. You’re a genuine fantasy hero who understands what freedom is and why you fight to protect and preserve it. You read books, watch movies and play video games that support your passion for truth and justice.

If the above doesn’t fit you, just go ahead and navigate away from this page. If it fits you, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Bob Steck. I’m a U.S. Marine. I served in Viet Nam and Laos as a pitifully young, wet behind the ears intelligence officer. I don’t like to brag, but: (Strike that! I do like to brag when I think I can get away with it and still appear humble.) I personally took out a bunch of pretty important agents of the Viet Cong, better known as ‘Charley.’ I escaped twice from POW camps in Viet Nam and Laos. I finally got rescued by some of my real  friends, in spite of my government (Hoorah! Semper Fi, you guys!)

After ‘Nam I joined up with the CIA to use my intelligence training in a positive way. I served as CIA Bureau chief in Iran during the lead-up to the revolution; I spied in Africa for almost a decade; I worked with (and against) MOSSAD when the PPA almost wiped out Israel; I have run  spy networks for the Company (that’s a real cool term for CIA) for a few decades. I chased a rogue agent who had served with me in ‘Nam and worked for me at the agency for years, through two books. I have stalked and fought against Terrorists, international crooks and heads of state – but I’m getting ahead of myself.

In the early nineties I hooked-up with a writer, James Ward, who allowed me to adopt him. Some of my buddies say of this arrangement that it’s hard to tell which one of us is the dog and which the boy. My writer thinks it’s good to keep them guessing. Whatever!

I love a girl named Amy. She’s about the best thing that ever happened to me, even though I often fail to let her know it. Sometimes I think she’s a better spy than I am.

My writer believes it’s okay to tell tales of clandestine operations and adventures without resorting to four letter words or four letter plots. Truthfully, most of the spies I ever worked with used very little profanity. I often wonder why writers think they have to sound smutty to sell books.

Anyway, here I am and I hope we can get to be friends. I like to hear from those willing to share their opinions about my “Adventures as a Spymaster” and I hope to hear from you in this column.

Hang in there,


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