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 37 years. For more than 30 of those years they lived in California’s Wine Country where Dyer practiced law and taught Government and U.S. History. In 2021, they retired to the hill country north of 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 eleven books, including six in the Cold War espionage thriller series, The Nick Temple Files. In his spare time, when he isn’t reading, swimming, or at the driving range, he is working on Nick Temple File no. 7, Nonessential Personnel. For additional information and links to Dyer’s books, check out his Amazon author page.