About The Ryzhkov Vendetta:
Alexander Leonidovich Ryzhkov, a Russian oligarch and former general in the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU), runs a covert operation in the Middle East. Ryzhkov supplies Saudi terrorists with four Russian-made nuclear suitcase bombs and a list of two US cities to target. A CIA operation thwarts the planned attack and kills many Russian operatives, including his brother Sergei Ryzhkov. The oligarch is out for revenge.
Ryzhkov approaches a former CIA station chief and offers him money in exchange for the CIA operatives’ names. Armed with this intelligence, he launched his vendetta, targeting the former CIA operatives Mark Ericksen, now CEO of EyeD4 Systems, his fiancé Kate McDonald, a banking consultant, and Lars Wahlberg, COO of EyeD4 Systems.
Can Ericksen and his former operatives avoid the assassins’ poisoning efforts and turn around the deadly game of hunter and prey?
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Barry L. Becker retired in 2013 after spending twenty-two years as a sole proprietor for his independent manufacturers’ representative company, covering the Pacific Northwest. He also provided marketing consultancy services to the Biometrics Technology industry.
He served as the vice president of international sales and marketing from 1984 to 1991 for Eyedentify. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company specialized in eye retinal technology for positive identification within sensitive and classified facilities. Their major customers were intelligence agencies, ministries of defense and interior, aerospace and defense contractors, nuclear power plants, banks, and financial institutions. He traveled over 500,000 miles during that period.
In 1987, his article “Eyedentify Counters Security Threat” appeared in the Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, Volume 5, Number 8.
Mr. Becker earned a bachelor’s degree in creative arts interdisciplinary and minored in marketing from San Francisco State University. He has completed Executive Programs at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and Stanford Business School. The Ericksen Connection was his first novel, and The Ryzhkov Vendetta is his second book.
The San Francisco Book Review gave The Ericksen Connection a 4.5 of 5.0-star rating.