Full Circle is Allen Cates' second book and first novel. The work is fiction and takes liberty with some issues, but centered on a familiar period. Allen spent almost eight years in Southeast Asia flying helicopters with the Marines and then Air America. Altogether, Allen flew a variety of airplanes and helicopters for two decades and has an even amount of flight time in both. For the last forty years, Allen has worked in the oil and gas industry domiciled in South Louisiana with his wife Lucette who has been with him more than forty-five years. Allen continues to operate a small oil field related custom manufacturing business, in Lafayette.