Mike J. Krentz writes medical suspense and military fiction featuring complex characters. His medical stories transport the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These ardent heroes sometimes fail. No time to grieve. They suck it up and move on—to quiet a frightened child, relieve pain, straighten a broken limb, repair a laceration, or reassure the worried well. What evil might lurk amid such chaos?
His Flagship Series portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can crucial human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls?
Born and raised in Arizona, Mike Krentz earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families, and to honor their sacrifices in defending our freedom and way of life. Serving in hospitals, ships, and air wings, he earned ten personal decorations, including five awards of the Legion of Merit. His last active duty assignment, as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the flagship, USS Blue Ridge, became the inspiration for the Flagship Series.
After retiring from the US Navy, Dr. Krentz continued his service as a consultant supporting the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as full-time writer of compelling character-based stories.