Jerry Bentz is a professional biologist (Alberta Society of Professional Biologists) and environmental consultant with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and an M.Sc. in Forest Science, and lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jerry has been an environmental consulting company owner (Geowest Environmental Consultants Ltd.), a senior manager with several other consulting companies, and a senior ecologist for over 30 years.
He has three married daughters and seven grandchildren who also live in Edmonton. Jerry named the two German shepherd police dogs in the John Benson novels after his two former dogs, an Australian shepherd/blue heeler cross named Sydney (Syd) and a border collie cross named Nelle, who were 17 and 15 years old, respectively, when they both died of the afflictions of old age within a month of each other in early 2018.
True to his profession, Jerry developed the four main fictional characters in the series of John Benson novels as being heroic scientists and law enforcement professionals dedicated to global wildlife conservation and the curtailment of the international trafficking of wildlife and illegal wildlife products.
Operation Cobra is the second book in the John Benson Series. The debut novel, Operation Coyote, was released in March 2021. The third book in the series, Operation Simba, will be released in 2023.
Jerry is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta.