Dean Ing has over twenty books to his credit including New York Times bestseller The Ransom of Black Stealth One and other technothrillers, science fiction, aerospace and self-reliance nonfiction, mainstream thrillers, humor, and short story collections. Ing's active life, from Texas football to testing his backpack equipment designs, adds authenticity to his books: USAF interceptor crew chief, builder of high Sierra dams, builder and driver of sports racing cars, senior aerospace research engineer, and university professor with PH.D. in communication theory. With wife Gina and grown daughters, Ing enjoys wilderness, fly fishing, flying models, scouting remote sites for research and settings, and wildlife reclamation projects. He has hiked Anasazi ruins and Peru's Machu Picchu. He currently resides in Oregon.