Eugene L Sierras Jr

Eugene Sierras has had a lifelong love of philosophy which has guided his life since early childhood. This love can be seen in his literary works, which include "Athirst in Spirit," "The Shadow of Kukulan" and most recently, "The Way of Saint James: Journey to America." He grew up in the desert Southwest of Arizona and can remember as a boy when the state had less than a million people in it. The vast empty deserts, the mountains and the indigenous people were always easily accessible, often within or just beyond the city limits. As a youth, he spent long hours alone in the desert and mountains learning and appreciating the solitude of sparsely populated places. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in zoology, he was called to active duty with the United States Navy and served until his retirement in 1986. During that service, he qualified as a surface officer and a Naval Flight Officer assigned to various fighter squadrons embarked on several different aircraft carriers. He had two combat tours in South East Asia in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of North Vietnam. He retired from the Navy in 1986. After retirement from the Navy, he completed a second career with the Arizona Department of Public Safety where he served as a police dispatcher and licensing agent for private investigators and agencies and security guards and agencies. He worked with uniformed highway patrol officers and with criminal investigators. He currently lives in Tucson, Ariz.

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The Way of Saint James: Journey to America
Fiction / Literature
Trafford Publishing
July 2019
ISBN 9781490796130
346 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

The Way of Saint James: Journey to America is the story about a family with origins in Spain and their journey to America, including the United States of America and Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (the United Mexican States). More/less

Athirst in Spirit
Fiction / Literature
Trafford Publishing
March 2018
ISBN 9781490789231
204 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Richard Valencia is in the autumn of his life. He has suffered the tragic loss of his first wife and daughter. More/less

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