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Friday, January 20th, 2012
Hello Bloggers/Readers, as you all know I have released my second book “The Complex” and I am now sending out information regarding my career in Law Enforcement and how it impacted the writing of my novel.
Turf wars between the FBI, local, and state law enforcement have become legendary and movies have even depicted the issues and strife that occurs. What is often forgotten, however, is just how serious the lack of cooperation really is and how it can ultimately lead to innocent people being killed. After 9-11, the Department of Homeland Security was created in part to foster in a new era of cooperation between agencies. Whether or not the department has actually met its goals is debatable, especially since some Law Enforcement Agencies were not included in this process and should have been. It makes the DHS a lion without some teeth!!
In my novel, The Complex, I offer an interesting perspective on just how often petty squabbles between law enforcement agents sometimes spiral out of control. While the book is a fictionalized account of four effective agents who’ve been reduced to a random variable within the system, it can’t simply be dismissed as mere fiction. Before I became an author, I was the special agent in charge at the Secret Service office in Arizona. Because of this experience, I am able to offer authentic insights about how trust sometimes breaks down and law enforcement becomes ineffective.
In the book, the four agents uncover a conspiracy while attending a seminar in Dallas. At first, these agents are seemingly unable to make any headway with their investigation as they’re stonewalled at every turn by various agencies within the government. The Complex, which is the name of the building where the seminar is held, is ironically designed to improve inter-agency communications. Instead, as the heroes of the book discover, the expanded powers afforded to federal agencies after 9-11 may be used for something else entirely. That is the nightmarish aspect of The Complex. What happens when agents with vast amounts of unchecked power uses the privileges afforded to them in ways average Americans could never fathom?
Ultimately, the message of The Complex is that the only way to combat law enforcement abuses is with good men and women from agencies – local, state, and federal – having the courage to call out corrupt officials. While The Complex is a cleverly written fiction novel, it also effectively shows readers why inter-agency cooperation is important and why it can’t simply be purchased with a larger budget.
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
These reviews are from individuals that have read my book “The Complex”, and have commented on Amazon.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read, December 24, 2011
By Common Sense (USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Complex (Paperback)
Wesley Charles, a Secret Service Agent who would rather be on the job, is forced to attend a long-term seminar in Dallas. While there, he and his friends Louis (Secret Service) and Wendy (DEA agent) stumble across a conspiracy at the inter-agency “Complex”. The conspirators are high-level government and agency personnel who murder indiscriminately while pursuing their anti- everyone but certain white males – ideology. Before even guessing at what they’re up against, the three agents battle the unknown enemy while befriending and helping characters whose lives may be destroyed by the Complex’s cruel underlings.
The anti-establishment, anti-conservative/right wing tone of the novel may turn off some readers. Character Kevin Riley, head of security for the Republican National Committee, is the terrifying mind behind the organization. Even Riley’s complimentary thoughts about Wes Charles’ intelligence, bravery, and law enforcement talents are expressed with vile prejudice. For instance, he ascribes intelligence in minorities as anomalies occurring only when a white man contributes to the gene pool.
If readers, who are ideologically to the right of the views expressed in the narrative (who wouldn’t be?), keep an open mind, it’s possible to love reading this book. After all his years spent in government law enforcement, the author is perhaps honestly conveying attitudes that he had to confront over the years. Author Donald W. Tucker has years of experience in law-enforcement – Federal Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Secret Service, Chief of Court Security etc… His descriptions of situations and the settings/action in the book are better than an episode of CSI. The dialogue between best friends Wes and Louis will connect with the reader; Wes and Wendy’s interest in each other adds romance to the fast-paced plot.
Adults who love action, conspiracy, and mystery will enjoy this novel.
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Donald W. Tucker’s book The Two-Edged Sword is a story of one man’s journey from the Southside of Chicago to U.S. Marshall for the District of Arizona. His personal tale is exemplified by this early passage in which he visits a school in Phoenix where he is to “light a fire under inner city kids and let them know the best way to get on their feet is to get off their asses.”
Read Author Interview and Book Review: The Two-Edged Sword by Donald W. Tucker
Monday, November 28th, 2011
“The Complex” – Donald W. Tucker (Dog Ear Publishing)
Category: Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
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Friday, October 7th, 2011
Hello all, ” The Complex”, my second book has just been released. I think it will be an eye opener and demonstrates how the tenacious ability of a Secret Agent and his band of merry men and woman, prevented the destruction of our democratic process. It can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, I-book and through my publisher Dogear Publishing. Pass it on !!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2011 – Special Agents Star in New Thriller Featuring Corruption, Murder & Political Intrigue
Released by author Donald Tucker
A group of self-named outcasts — Special Agents Wesley Charles and Louis Boron, sexy DEA agent Wendy Weisman and Seattle Police officer James Allen — wish they were anywhere but a three-month seminar in Dallas for the Federal Law Enforcement Supplement Office in this new thriller set in 1981. They discover something menacing behind The Complex’s facade of inter-agency cooperation: a conspiracy that threatens the entire democratic fabric of our country. They find it impossible to resist investigating a case featuring a Ku Klux Klan demonstration, a B&E (breaking and entering) that leads to murder, political back stabbings and cover-ups.
The Complex delves into the issues of political corruption, the illegal use of law enforcement and racism, as Wes finds himself passed over for promotion after “making” more cases than any other agent in his office… including the biggest counterfeit bust in the history of the U.S. Secret Service. Bigoted sheriff’s police, suspicious-acting state troopers and employees with expensive vacation homes and flashy SUVs, add fuel to the fire. When one of them is murdered, they realize they have made a dangerous enemy. A deadly explosion adds just one more obstacle in this case that may have ripple effects at this country’s highest political levels before it comes to its final, unexpected conclusion.
This is the second book for author Donald Tucker, who owns a private investigation agency. The first was his autobiography, The Two-Edged Sword. Tucker worked with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Chicago after earning a degree in sociology/criminology from the University of Iowa. He transferred to the U.S. Secret Service, where he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Secret Service Office for Arizona. Tucker earned a presidential appointment as U.S. Marshal for Arizona and was selected as Chief of Court Security in Washington, D.C. For the federal court system nationwide before returning to Arizona and becoming a PI.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Hello Bloggers!!! Just wanting to share the recognition of my auto biography, The Two Edged Sword. The Phoenix New Times has recognized my book and here is the link to what they had to say. Happy Blogging!!! Read New Times
Saturday, May 14th, 2011
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I hope that supervisors, managers, and leaders inside and outside of law enforcement will read Don’s book with an empathetic heart. If they do, they will be better leaders and better people as a result with a deeper understanding of what it is like to be in the minority.