About the Author
At age 17 he left home, traveled to New Mexico and enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After graduation, he worked at a factory in New Jersey, saving like a miser and in August of 1969 left for a hitch hiking-youth hostel-bike riding tour of Europe and ultimately North Africa. He was arrested in an African garrison city and subjected to torture though ultimately released.
He kept journals during this time and in 1976 upon discharge from military service wrote SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS, initally publishing the first half as the autobiography CROSSROADS: 1969, later adding the 1970 segment as AN AQUARIAN TRAGEDY.
Cassell ultimately published 10 books, all of which combined autobiographical detail at varying degrees within an action-adventure novelesque format. Military injuries ultimately compelled his retirement after serving with the New Mexico State Police and several district attorney offices in that state. He also served for 11 years as a Territorial prosecutor on the remote Pacific island of Tutuila.