Retired FBI Agent Reveals How he Overcame Childhood Abuse, Found his Calling in Life

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Gary Marting announces release of his new memoir, ‘What’s Life Without a Dream?’

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In “What’s Life Without a Dream? How I Overcame Abuse and Delinquency to Become an FBI Agent” (published by Archway Publishing), 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 FBI agent catching federal fugitives and solving white-collar crimes. The book is available for purchase at:

In his memoir, Marting reflects upon his father’s oppressive role in his life. He attributes 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
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Gary Marting is a native of Springfield, Illinois, and a retired FBI agent. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1965 and served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer in Thailand, Vietnam and Nevada. He has been recognized by the FBI for his uncanny ability to locate and arrest federal fugitives, and for solving white-collar crimes. After retiring from the FBI, he worked in the drug-testing program for the National Football League. He lives with his wife of almost 50 years, Diana, in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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