Steven Becker

Monthly Archives: May 2016

Portolan charts were navigational maps designed to help sailors get safely to and from different places.  The term derives from the Italian portolano meaning a collection of sailing directions. The first chart appeared in Italy during the 13th century, about the same time as the use of the magnetic compass, and countries such as Spain and Portugal began making their own shortly after.  This new design of mapmaking meant that seafarers were… Read More

Our society has become almost obsessed with passing on information. Even if it is not voluntary, it seems as if there is always somebody spying on another person. Whether it is your neighbour checking their home security system to see who comes to visit you, or the latest car crash being on YouTube hours before it hits the news. In this way it appears as if there is nothing that can be… Read More

The CIA was started in 1947 with Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as its first director. The purpose of the agency is to protect the country from overseas threats and attacks, by gathering national security information worldwide. Even though both Congress and the President have influence over the CIA, it is the President that has the ultimate authority and gives the go ahead to initiate covert actions. Covert operations are normally conducted… Read More

  My latest book, Storm Rising, is available now. Storm Rising “After being outwitted by an Iranian spy in London, CIA agent Mako Storm finds himself in dire straits. The trail for redemption leads Storm to the British Virgin Islands and an uncomfortable alliance with a man from his past. When they discover an old nemesis – a beautiful Chinese woman is involved, a terrifying plot to rebuild the blood thirsty Persian empire… Read More