Jim Besaw

James (Jim) Besaw  was born in Alpena, Michigan in l944 and grew up on a farm in Herron, approximately 15 miles west of Alpena. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1962 and Alpena Community College in l964, then moved to California where he continued his education at California State University in Fullerton. He ultimately received his bachelor’s degree in business, but not before an interruption from a nearly three-year stint in the Army.

Jim completed his basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Ord, California, then obtain an artillery officer’s commission at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He avoided Vietnam with a fortuitous quirk of fate that took him to Germany, then to Fort Lewis, Washington.

Upon discharge from the army, Jim was offered a job with a newly formed company called Athletes Financial Services Inc., as an Investment Counselor where he analyzed portfolios and recommended real estate investments for their professional athlete clients. With the real estate experience gleaned at Athletes Financial Services, Jim obtained a real estate broker's license and started his own company where he ultimately became a builder and owner of shopping centers, industrial buildings, and office buildings in the southern California area.

As Jim's career settled into a routine and secure mode, he began dabbling part time in one of his loves—writing. The Angels of Herron is the first fruit of that passion with a story that takes place in the rural setting of Herron where Jim grew up. He borrows generously from his youthful experiences, adopts many of the local names, and sprinkles the story with historical facts, while weaving this fictional story around actual geographical settings he knew from the areas around Herron. His Army experience helped frame the experience of Robbie, one of the main characters in The Angels of Herron.

While The Angels of Herron is a feel-good, inspirational novel of love, angels in our midst, and triumph over tragedy, The Ultimatum, is a very different narrative of recognizing and combating the ever growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism. It clearly illustrates the quantum leap from the peace and tranquility of the 50’s and early 60’s to the present day global mayhem of terrorism.

The Ultimatum, in part, is a by-product of Jim’s exposure to nuclear weapons as a young Army Artillery Officer in Germany with an artillery battalion possessing nuclear weapons. His Army experience, morphed sixty years later with his ever-growing anxiety for America due to the proliferation of Islamic terrorism, became the stimulus for this book.

Jim and his wife Lana have been married over 45 years, have three children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. They now split there time between Dana Point, California, and Maui, Hawaii.