William E. Dempsey, Author

The Jake Bodine Series


Blood on the Rhine

Financially struggling private investigator, Jake Bodine, is stunned when the FBI offers him a six-figure deal for his services. The contract requires him to infiltrate a vicious, European, drug cartel, and gain the information needed to crush it.

The job is laden with risks. If he survives, the earnings will save his business. If not, his corpse will end up decomposing in a waterfront alley or floating on the Rhine.

All seems well as the case wraps up. He’s still alive, has a million bucks of cartel money hidden away and has acquired a gorgeous blonde fiancée. Would the financial rewards have been as great without the risks? Doubtful, but being back in the USA doesn’t mean he’s out of danger.

The Mike Stafford

Adventure Series

 Fictional stories based

on historical facts

Betrayal at Bahia de los Cochinos

The Navy selects veteran destroyer skipper, Fred Schmidt, for a top-secret mission during the invasion of Cuba by an army of expats at the Bay of Pigs.

The invasion begins. Schmidt calls on Chief Gunner's Mate Mike Stafford and two others to go ashore, and direct naval gunfire. Disaster strikes immediately when the President orders the withdrawal of American forces.

Abandoned, Stafford and the exile army must fend for themselves. Schmidt attacks a Soviet submarine to draw attention to the situation, while the Stafford trio attempt to evade Cuban forces and escape across the island to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay.

A board of inquiry awaits Schmidt, while Stafford and his two men face a Cuban firing squad if captured.


Chief Gunner’s Mate Mike Stafford is back in action as President Kennedy faces Premier Nikita Khrushchev over the installation of Soviet nuclear ballistic missiles in Cuba.

Stafford teams up with Chief Boatswain’s Mate Paul Jones in a series of exploits aboard the destroyer Boyington. The ship’s mission is to find Soviet submarines, enforce the U.S. quarantine of Cuba, and after the Soviets agree to remove the missiles, monitor their departure from the island.

Mike rescues a downed aircraft copilot; becomes a hostage with his inspection team aboard a Soviet transport ship in danger of sinking; and, with Jones’s help, investigates an act of sabotage. Jones searches the dark alleys of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico for a missing crewman.

Deception at San Cristobal

The CIA recruits retired Navy Chief Mike Stafford to determine if Castro has concealed nuclear missiles after Khrushchev agreed to remove all of them from Cuba.

Mike and Agent Félix Molina infiltrate Cuba, and begin the search with the help of friends, María Lopez and Juan Mendoza. After several weeks and many narrow escapes, they complete the mission, including the rescue of María’s cousin, Pedro Lopez, imprisoned by Castro for the past four years. But Mike, Félix, and Pedro’s attempt to escape through Czechoslovakia proves harrowing.

They make it home, but the CIA sends Mike and Félix back to aid the anti-Castro underground by setting up a communications system. They do so, and then attempt to help María and Juan in a risky escape from Cuba.

Revenge at Dealey Plaza

CIA agents Mike Stafford and Félix Molina, working in the new Domestic Operations Division, spring into action with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas.

Their charge is to determine if any link exists between Castro and Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby. They frequently call on Miami-based CIA operatives, Juan and Maria Mendoza, for assistance.

In pursuit of truth, they run afoul of several mob organizations determined to halt the investigation by any means, including murder. Their search takes them into the seedy, dark alleys and mob hangouts where everyone’s life has a price tag. From Dallas, to New Orleans, to Tampa, and to Miami, big money, beautiful women, and corruption combine to thwart their efforts.

Che's Last Stand

In 1965, Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara launch an effort to spread communism around the world. The CIA dispatches Mike Stafford and Félix Molina to disrupt their plans.

Che selects the Belgian Congo, where a simmering insurrection makes it ripe for takeover. The government hires legendary mercenary leader, “Mad Mike” Hoare, to put down the revolution, but he lacks matériel and operable intelligence. Enter the CIA. Mike and Félix obtain the required assets and join Hoare in crushing the insurrection and driving Che out of Africa.

Che resurfaces in Bolivia hoping for an easy victory, but the CIA men remain on his tail. They chase him for six months, finally cornering him where Bolivian Rangers administer the coup de gras. Fidel’s grand strategy dies at Che’s Last Stand.