Jonathan Dyer joined the Army in 1981. After Basic Training he reported to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, learning Russian over the course of 18 months. He spent the next six months in cryptologic training at Goodfellow Air Force Base and the National Security Agency before shipping out to Field Station Berlin. From 1983 through 1986, when he was honorably discharged, Dyer worked at the NSA’s intercept site on Teufelsberg in what was at the time West Berlin. He was a SIGINT intercept operator and transcriber, and his job was to keep tabs on the Soviet Union’s military activities in the Group of Soviet Forces Germany.
While Dyer was in Berlin he married fellow Russian linguist Kerry Kaye Dyer. They have been married for more than 35 years and live in California’s Wine Country where he teaches Government and U.S. History. Their daughter, born while Dyer was in Law School, lives in Austin, Texas.
Dyer holds a B.A. in Government, with a minor in Russian, and a Soviet Studies certificate, from the University of Maryland, a J.D. from the University of California Davis School of Law, and an M.A. from Chapman University.
Mr. Dyer is the author of eight books, including five in the Cold War espionage thriller series, The Nick Temple Files. In his spare time, when he isn’t reading or dreaming of retiring to Hawaii, he is working on a sixth Nick Temple File, The Heidelberg Gap, and his first murder mystery, Requiem Lake.