In “What’s Life Without a Dream? How I Overcame Abuse and Delinquency to Become an FBI Agent,” author Gary Marting shares his story of how he overcame childhood abuse, rebellious behavior and a dismal academic record in high school to serve as a high-level intelligence officer in Vietnam, and as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) catching federal fugitives and solving white-collar crimes.
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Marting reflects upon his father’s oppressive role in his life, in his memoir, attributing his father’s physical and emotional abuse to the impetus that led to his delinquency and poor academic performance.
Marting abused alcohol, barely graduated from high school and, at graduation, had not been accepted into college.
While Marting’s story demonstrates the harrowing effects an abusive parent can bring about, so too does it showcase what a supportive parent can provide: “I would not have succeeded in reaching my dream of becoming an FBI agent without the love and support of my mother.”
With his mother’s support, Marting was determined not to let his life turn to ruin.
He finagled his way into college and became an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Following his military service, he achieved his goal of becoming a special agent for the FBI.
The author hopes his story will compel others to never give up on pursuing their life’s passions.
“What’s Life Without a Dream?” By Gary Marting
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781480852488
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781480852471
E-Book | 328 pages | ISBN 9781480852495
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