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.
Operation Coyote is Jerry’s debut fiction novel and his two other completed books in the John Benson trilogy, Operation Cobra and Operation Simba, will be available later in 2021. True to his profession, Jerry has developed the four main fictional characters in the three 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. Jerry wrote Operation Coyote over several months in early 2020 while he was in self-isolation in his condominium in Edmonton during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the development of a vaccine for the virus was still many months away at the time, the possibility of a mutated version of the virus emerging to complicate the process was a very real possibility being discussed by scientists. He thought it would be an interesting topic to explore for his novel.