Tucker Axum III is an international investigator who, like Socrates, believes that the unexamined life is not worth living, and embraces the equally important axiom of carpe diem!
St. Augustine said, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." Tucker has taken that declaration to heart, and has seen more than 65 countries on 5 continents. South America and Antarctica have eluded him thus far, but still remain in his crosshairs.
Having grown up in the heart of Cajun country, it was only natural for him to become one of the Ragin' Cajuns and graduate from the University of Louisiana. After earning degrees in criminal justice and foreign language, he traded the bayous for the urban jungle of Los Angeles, where the Terminator was his Governator.
In 2009, Tucker moved to Italy, where he put up a good fight, but succumbed to local cultural norms and thus became a habitual espresso drinker and wearer of the murse, which he defends as a satchel. If it was good enough for Indiana Jones... When taking breaks from indulging himself on copious amounts of red wine and fresh pasta, or interrogating dangerous pirates off the coast of Kenya, Tucker completed his graduate studies in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He gave the commencement speech in Heidelberg, Germany, where he encouraged improving the world through education, leadership, and service to others.
After an expedition to Normandy, France, Tucker became motivated to write his first novel, The Reawakening of Mage Axum, which was inspired by his investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his uncle, who was an enlisted soldier in the US Army during World War II. Mage went missing-in-action (MIA) after a night-time operation in Germany, and was later declared killed-in-action (KIA).
In 2015 Tucker fulfilled a childhood dream of living in the Far East. He packed up his belongings and moved to Japan after having accepted an assignment to support the US Navy's Seventh Fleet. It was during this time that Tucker learned about MasterClass, the online platform to study with the greats. He enrolled and competed against thousands to become the winner of the 2017 James Patterson MasterClass coauthor competition. Tucker is excited to partner with New York Times best-selling author James Patterson on this international thriller that will take the reader on an exciting journey throughout the world.
Tucker enjoys training in the martial arts, tearing up the asphalt on his Harley Davidson, and being a Glock firearms advanced armorer. His love of aviation and service motivated him to volunteer as a rescue pilot for Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization engaged in the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering, transporting, and adopting animals in need.
Tucker currently lives in California with his family, but he's always ready for where the next adventure will take him.