Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Carter has been a committed lawman for over 30 years. A decorated Vietnam War veteran, he was highly regarded as a patriot and a man of indisputable principles. And now, a tragic event has caused him to question his own moral convictions.
The year is 2003. A fanatical Sunni terrorist has entered the country undetected. With the collaboration of three young jihadi radicals hell-bent on martyrdom, he successfully plans and executes a series of devastating explosions that mercilessly kill numerous civilians, government officials and military personnel. Prior to the bombings, the ruthless terrorist viciously and sordidly murdered a former member of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force (FTF), who was also Sam’s closest friend and protege; a young man he thought of like a son. Enraged by the cold brutality of the killing, Sam cannot shake the overwhelming desire for vengeance now taunting his soul.
From the results of a preliminary investigation, which included eyewitness testimony and crucial information extracted from an organized crime boss, the insurgent bomber was eventually identified and disclosed he had fled the U.S. by way of Mexico in an attempt to escape back to his homeland.
Invoking the Patriot Act as its authority, the United States District Court in St. Louis, Missouri issued a “fugitive from justice” warrant and ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to track down and apprehend the fleeing jihadi extremist. The arduous responsibility fell to Deputy U.S. Marshal Carter and three hand-picked FTF members.
The dilemma confronting the fearless lawman was not the mission to hunt down the evil madman, but rather, the burden of bringing him before the court to face justice – ALIVE. Fate would ultimately decide the final outcome.
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David Wolf is a retired federal agent who served with several law enforcement and investigative agencies during his thirty-two-year career with the U.S. government. They include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Investigative Service, and Defense Security Service (DSS). He also served with the U.S. Army Military Police in Vietnam and Germany from 1969 to 1971. In 2005, Dave retired as Special Agent in Charge of the DSS St. Louis Field Office.
While serving with the U.S. Marshals Service, Dave was a team member of a multi-agency task force responsible for combating gang-related drugs and weapons activity and tracking down federal fugitives. On occasion, he was assigned to the agency’s Witness Protection Program, providing personal security and facilitating the relocation of key government witnesses testifying in high-profile criminal court cases. As a Special Agent with the DoD, he conducted numerous personnel security investigations involving government, military and civilian positions in support of the country’s national defense.
Dave attended the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy and Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Glynco, Georgia. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Security Institute in Richmond, Virginia.
Dave and his wife of thirty-three years are the proud parents of two adult children and are the adoring grandparents of a remarkable grandson. Another grandchild is soon to join the family. They reside in Southern Illinois with their adopted dog and four cats.