About David Hess

     David Hess was born and raised in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He attended a public high school, however at the age of seventeen, he left school and joined the U.S. Army, where he became a tank driver. After serving time at Fort Riley and in Germany, he volunteered to go to Vietnam and became a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 1st Field Forces, where he served as an armored crewman and driver in a Flame Thrower platoon. Upon returning from his tour of duty, he became a student at Penn State University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.A. in English Literature.


     After graduation, he worked as a Veteran's Outreach Specialist for the State of Pennsylvania, where he assisted veterans and their families in obtaining benefits. In 1984, he was hired by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as a Special Agent and became a Supervisory Special Agent in 2001, retiring in 2004. While a Special Agent, he worked in Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA,; and for five years at the DEA training academy where he trained agents basic undercover, clandestine laboratory investigations as well as other drug investigation disciplines.


     From 2005 to 2010, he taught and was the Program Director for the Criminal Justice Department at McCann School in Scranton, PA. In 2010, he was hired as a  government contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was an instructor at CNTA, a narcotics academy, where he taught Afghanistan police and military personnel the latest drug investigation techniques. In 2012 he returned to CNTA as the program director at the academy.

After retiring in 2013, he began writing, and in 2015, published his first novel, Ambush, which was followed in 2016 by a follow-up book, Gamble.


     He and his wife, Marlene, reside in Pennsylvania.

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Served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1970


Retired DEA Supervisor Special Agent


Published Author of four books. Check out his latest; ELLA