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About Chip Bell
Charles L. “Chip” Bell, Jr., lives in the City of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Linda, is the father of two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, the grandfather of Danny, Charlotte, and Parker, and is a practicing attorney specializing in personal injury litigation, with his main office in Arnold, Pennsylvania.
Born on February 23, 1950, in Harrison Township, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Tarentum High School in 1968, attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1968 to 1972, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974, attended Duquesne University School of Law from 1975 to 1979, and graduated Cum Laude. He practiced law as a personal injury trial attorney with the law firm of Rosenberg, Sewak, Pizzi and Bell from 1979 to 2002, and thereafter as a sole practitioner up to and including the present date. He has also been an adjunct professor at Penn State – New Kensington Campus.
He has been a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association) and has served on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association from 1988 to 1990. He is also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Governors in 1988. He is a founder and past president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania, has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
From 2002 – 2004 he was the Director of the Weed and Seed Redevelopment Project for the Cities of Arnold and New Kensington.
He is the author of, currently, twenty novels in The Jake Sullivan Series and, additionally, he is the coauthor of a feature film script, "Cuba Libre", and a television pilot script, "A1A", both based upon The Jake Sullivan Series.
He also has co-written, with Donny Brewer, the Trop Rock Music Association Entertainer of the Year for 2017, 2018, and 2019, “Trouble in Paradise: The Ballad of Jake Sullivan”, collaborated with singer/songwriter Eric Stone on “Topical Crimes in Tropical Climes”, which went to No. 1 on Radio A1A’s Trop 40 Countdown, and collaborated with John McDonald on his singles “La Diablesse" and "Montserrat Is Calling".
Recently, he has collaborated with Mastic Trail Brewery, “Pittsburgh’s Caribbean Brewpub,” in creating Jake Sullivan’s Caribbean Lager, a best-selling Mexican-style summer beer that was entered in the 2021 Great American Beer Festival.
He has consistently given sets of books to be auctioned or sold to raise money for charitable causes such as Music On The Bay’s Shriner’s Hospitals For Children and Don Middlebrook’s Panama City Hurricane Relief Efforts, as well as Parrot Head Clubs across the country.
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The most recent French elections have caused the President of France to include some far right candidates in his Council of Ministers and he has had to accede to several of their demands, one of which was the removal of Phillip Rostand as head of the DST.
However, several operatives still loyal to Rostand have advised him that Group 45, the power behind these new Ministers, is trying to recover a certain item that can be used to create an incident between the United States and France and interfere with the scheduled NATO conference at which the United States is asking for new resolutions, one of which is to designate Group 45 as a terrorist organization.
The Presidents of France and the United States have secretly authorized Rostand to join FSI in a hunt for the item sought by Group 45 and recover it before it can be used to interfere with the scheduled conference.
At a meeting set up with Rostand, Jake Sullivan and Mike Lang discover information that begins their journey and steels their resolve to once again defeat Group 45.
With the assistance of a University of Virginia scholar, they move from the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean back in time to Colonial America, trying to stay one step ahead of Group 45 operatives and other threats, to discover old secrets and intrigue that could irreparably harm the reputation of the United States and France and disrupt the NATO alliance.
Charged by President Fletcher with verifying the incredible secrets found in the Group 45 documents, they are moving ever closer to finding the truth about The Package.
Surviving a murderous attack in the City of Light, they follow another clue to the Bavarian Alps, where the scattered remains of Group 45 are coalescing around a neofascist proclaiming himself the savior of Western Civilization.
Trying to stay a step ahead of their enemies and aided by a Nazi physicist’s granddaughter, they finally find what they are looking for . . . the solution to the enigma of The Package, in the unlikeliest of locations, the Keahlstein Haus itself, the “Eagle’s Nest” of Adolf Hitler.
Mexican cartel and a European far right group, goes missing in the swamps of southern
Louisiana, FSI is soon on the case.
Jake and Mike are sent by Jordan Fletcher to investigate whether or not a mysterious new
financier involved in the deal (known only as “The Broker”) is a part of Group 45 and
responsible for the Agent’s disappearance.
With the help of an historian friend of Charlotte Kosior, they follow a trail that takes them back
to the last days of the Confederacy, legends of a secret society, and infamous train robbers of long
ago, as they hope to find answers on “The Pascagoula Run”.
He soon finds himself in a confrontation with a late night assailant, the descendent of a minor historical figure of the Nineteenth Century, who provides Jake with an amazing tale and a strange drawing that may hold the key to solving a murder clouded by history and finding the long-lost City of Gold.
Once again, Jake and Mike embark on an adventure, aided by a knowledgeable young intern from the Federal Institute of Native Studies, and, as usual, the warning sign circling slowly on the surface of the water does not even begin to represent the dangers and discoveries to be found far below.
Jake’s childhood friend and law school classmate, Simon Branson, is about to be appointed a Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when his wife is brutally murdered and he is charged with the crime.
Turning to Jake for help, Branson pleads his innocence and claims to be the victim of a political plot to wreck his judicial appointment.
Using his reputation and the friendship his investigator, Mike Lang, has with the Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Jake takes on his friend’s case, discovering a political plot does exist . . . one that leads to an unbelievable conclusion.
In a rush of political maneuvering, Jake's suspect is whisked away by the State Department under a claim of diplomatic immunity. The mystery man is no simple treasure thief; he is a covert operator for the Mossad, Israel's elite intelligence agency.
But, Jake and his investigator, Mike Lang, are no less committed to solving the murders of Senator Daniel Simmons and his wife.
Their instincts are piqued when information leads them to the writings of an ancient Hebrew mystic and the lore behind an iconic relic of Medieval Spain lost in 1715 when a hurricane wrecked a Spanish treasure fleet off the Florida coast.
But those findings are less bizarre than their uncovering of an Israeli army faction intent on realizing a dream of a "Greater Israel." Discovering the identity of the mysterious leader of "The Group of 40" becomes more than a quest to solve a murder investigation. Jake and Mike hope to prevent South Florida from becoming a war zone, and the fuse that could light the powder keg that is the Middle East.
Jake Sullivan had everything—his dream job as the chief prosecuting attorney in the Miami Office of the Justice Department, a loving family, and good friends. Many would describe him as a bulldog of a man with a strong moral streak. No one would have predicted what was actually to come.
When Jake Sullivan takes on a high profile case, he naturally anticipates both a moral and a professional victory. But when his drinking and obsession with the horrific nature of the crimes involved cloud his judgement, the case is thrown out of court and a cold-blooded killer goes free.
Shattered and mired in self-pity, Jake withdraws from his family and takes off for Key West where he builds a small practice fighting marine insurance companies. One night, still haunted by his failures, Jake stumbles upon a covert meeting between Attorney General Benjamin Matthews, the man who fired him, and the serial killer he let go free.
What follows is Jake’s fight for redemption and his life as he unravels a Machiavellian plot that leads from Key West to the White House.
This is the first book in the Jake Sullivan Series.
Also by Chip Bell: "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season" and "Havana Daydreamin'"
Jake and Mike have arrived in Martinique, closing in on the elusive “Broker.” Tipped off to a location, they join an assault force provided by the French Government through the head of the DST, Philip Rostand.
Fighting their way through a beautiful island estate, Jake and Mike become separated, and when Jake makes his way into a secret study, he is attacked from behind and knocked unconscious.
Waking momentarily, he sees the shadowy outline of his attacker leaning over him, a form he seems to recognize before darkness claims him again. Jake is taken back to the time after his attack in Key West, as he dreams of a strange encounter with a beautiful woman who is not quite what she seems to be.
Will that dream ultimately lead Jake and Mike to the truth behind the mysterious “Broker” as their final confrontation grows near?
that he and his counterpart at MI5 have credible intelligence that Group 45, due to past setbacks, is in financial difficulty and may be using their new nemesis, “The Broker”, to gain a treasure trove in the Caribbean, Jake and Mike are sent to investigate.
When their contact winds up dead on the island of St. Bart’s, they once again find themselves involved in the hunt for a
Both hunters and hunted, they search for clues in the archives of Robert Louis Stevenson, the exploits of an accidental pirate,
and the Leeward Islands, racing operatives of “The Broker” to find the very real “treasure island”.
Dealing with private and professional turmoil, Jake, and his best friend, Mike Lang, find themselves on the hunt in Key West, trying to unravel an assassination plot in this tropical paradise.
Only here could a high school reunion, a Vice-President Elect, and thousands of Parrotheads attending a Meeting Of The Minds, all play a part in their attempts to take down an evil mastermind.
And, only at the final confrontation, will Jake discover just how treacherous change has become.