Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail. Historic sites, monuments, and statues abound highlighting the journey west, including the Wagons West, Pioneer Women and the Indian Scout located on the bluffs overlooking the wide Missouri. Writing western themed books fit in with his upbringing. His parents considered storytelling a family tradition and the taller the tale, the better, when sharing around the supper table.
A biomedical research scientist in his day job, Frank writes short stories and novels to keep the family traditions alive. He enjoys living on an island on the Alabama Gulf Coast at the Florida border. Can you say Flora-Bama Beach Bar? Welcome to Paradise Island: sunny days, sugar white sands, turquoise blue water, fishing, and smooth sailing. Come on down, Y'all.
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A native of Pittsburgh and a former U.S. Army officer, the author is now a resident of Northern Virginia. He is a former Special Agent of the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).
His State Department career included involvement in criminal investigations and dignitary protection in the Miami and Washington field offices, as well as four years with the DSS Mobile Security Division (MSD). With MSD he provided training to allied foreign security services, as well as tactical support to domestic protective details, and emergency security enhancement to high threat American embassies and consulates around the world.
His DSS travel has taken him to some 45 countries. While assigned abroad, he was a member of the Regional Security Offices in El Salvador, South Africa, and China.
Prior to retirement, he was the Chief of the DSS Counterintelligence Division, which handles all State Department CI investigations - both foreign and domestic - and conducts liaison with the various agencies of the national Intelligence Community.
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